A-Z Dinners for Kids | Letter A

The Meal:tuna for kids

Main Dish: Albacore Tuna Wrap

Side Dish: Apple Strawberry Kugel Crunch

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Albacore Tuna Wrap:

  1. 1 Can of Albacore Tuna
  2. Shredded Cheese
  3. 1 Onion
  4. 1 Tablespoon of Mayo
  5. Soft Burrito Wraps

Apple Strawberry Kugel Crunch:

  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 Cups of Rolled Oats
  3. 3/4 Cups of Sugar
  4. 3/4 of Oil
  5. 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  6. 1 can of Strawberry Pie Filling
  7. 2 Apples peeled and sliced
  8. 1 tsp. Vanilla

Cooking Directions:Apple Strawberry Food

Albacore Tuna Wrap Directions:

  • Dice Onion into tiny squares
  • Mix Onion, Mayo and Tuna in a bowl
  • Place Tuna mix on a wrap
  • Sprinkle cheese over Tuna
  • Roll wrap up
  • Place in oven at 200 degrees for 5-8 minutes

Apple Strawberry Kugle Crunch Directions:

  • Grease 9×13 pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl mix, oats, flour, sugar, oil and vanilla until crumby
  • Place 1/2 of the of the crumbs on the bottom of pan
  • Top with Apples and sprinkle cinnamon on top
  • Pour Strawberry filling over the apples
  • Top with the rest of the crumbs
  • Bake for about 1 hour uncovered

Outcome:

My son loved the and finished his wrap.  My daughter on the other hand liked the wrap, but not the Tuna.  Next time, I’ll have to cut out the onions, because that was the part she said she didn’t like 😦 .  The Apple Strawberry Kugle Crunch can be a side or a dessert.  It is also a great dish to top with ice-cream!

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A-Z Dinners for Kids | Letter Z

The Meal:Z foods for kids

Main Dish: Ziti (Baked)

Side Dish: Zucchini Bread

Dessert: “Z” Cookies

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Ziti Noodles:

  1. 1 box of Ziti noodles
  2. 1/2 cup of shredded cheese
  3. 1 cup of pasta sauce

Zucchini Bread:

  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  6. 3 eggs
  7. 1 cup vegetable oil
  8. 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  9. 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. 2 cups grated zucchini

“Z” Cookies:

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  2. Any color icing (or black and white icing to create “Zebra” cookies

Cooking Directions:

Ziti Directions:

  • Cook Ziti according to box
  • Drain, and add into a cooking pan
  • Cover with sauce and cheese
  • Pop it in the oven at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes or until Cheese is sufficiently melted

Zucchini Bread Directions:

  • Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl
  • Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans
  • Bake for 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool

Outcome:

The Zucchini Bread is a great opportunity to get your kid to eat something somewhat healthy :).  I actually tell them its a kind of cake, and they eat it up.      I did the cookies with the icing because it’s an easy, no mess way to include the kids in the preparation.   They had fun putting the icing on, and even more fun eating it.   It was also great writing practice for them!

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A-Z Dinners for Kids | Letter U

The Meal:Matzah Brei For Kids

Main Dish: Unleavened Bread and Eggs (Matzah Brei)

Dessert: Upside Down Pineapple Cup-Cakes

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Unleavened Bread and Eggs (Matzah Brei- or “Ireishmeltz” in Yiddish):

  1. Matzah
  2. Eggs
  3. Pinch of Onion Powder
  4. Salt To Taste
  5. Shredded Cheese of choice

Upside Down Pineapple Cup-Cakes:

Upside Down Pineapple Cake for Kids

  1. Pineapple Cake Mix
  2. 1/4 cup of Butter or Margarine (you can do without this if you want though)
  3. 3/4 cup of Brown Sugar
  4. 24 Maraschino Cherries
  5. 1 can of sliced or chopped Pineapple

Cooking Directions:

Unleavened Bread and Eggs Directions:

  • Mix eggs, matzah, salt, onion powder and cheese in bowl
  • Cook on stovetop

Upside Down Pineapple Cup-Cakes Directions:

  • Prepare Pineapple Cake Mix from the box in a bowl
  • Line all 24 muffin cups with a muffin liner
  • Add a spoonful of the butter/margarine to each cup
  • Sprinkle a little brown sugar over the butter/margarine and mix each one
  • Press a Cherry in the middle of each cup
  • Place pieces of Pineapple around the cherries
  • Pour cake mix over and fill each cup 3/4 full
  • Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes
  • Let Cup-Cakes cool and then invert them!

Outcome:

“U” was a hard letter to come up with for foods!  Thankfully, my kids are used to eating Matzah and Eggs from Passover, and they actually like it.  If your children haven’t had it before, you should try it.  It’s a nice twist on the average omelet!  The Cup-Cakes are also fun, and just having the name of “Upside Down” was funny enough for the kids to want to eat it….not to mention it comes out really great tasting!

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A-Z Dinners for Kids | Letter T

The Meal:

Tuna for Kids

Main Dish: Tuna Casserole

Dessert: Tarts

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Tuna Casserole:

  1. Tuna
  2. 1/4 cup of Mayo
  3. 1/4 Chopped Onion (finely chopped)
  4. 1 tablespoon of Relish
  5. 1 box of Mostaccioli
  6. 2 Cups of shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  7. 1/2 cup of French Fried Onions

Tarts:

  1. 12 frozen tart shells
  2. 2 cups of milk
  3. 3/4 cup of Riches Cream
  4. 1/4 cup Corn StarchCustard Tarts for Kids
  5. 1/8 teaspoon of Salt
  6. 4 Egg yolks
  7. 2 tablespoons of Butter
  8. 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  9. 1/2 cup of Strawberries
  10. 1/2 cup of blueberries

Cooking Directions:

Tuna Casserole Directions:

  • Cook Mostaccioli according to box
  • Combine Tuna, Onions, Relish and Mayo in a 9×13 baking dish and mix well
  • Sprinkle half the cheese over the tuna
  • Drain the Mostaccioli noodles and put them on top of the Tuna and Cheese
  • Add the rest of the Cheese
  • Finish it off with the French Fried Onions
  • Pop it in the oven at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes or until Cheese is sufficiently melted

Tart (Custard) Directions:

  • Cook Tart Shells in the oven at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes (or until browned)
  • Combine Milk, Sugar, Cornstarch, Salt and Egg Yolk in a bowl (microwavable)
  • Blend for about 5 minutes
  • Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for 6 minutes
  • Let Custard cool for 2 minutes and then whisk it until smooth
  • Add the Butter and Vanilla and continue whisking until smooth
  • Spoon the custard into each tart shell until full
  • Cut up berries and place on top of each Tart

Outcome:

I have picky eaters, but they will always eat Tuna Casserole.  The trick is to give it to them with very little tuna, and lots of noodles.  Slowly, every-time we serve it I add a little more of the tuna to their servings.  Now, they love it and I don’t have to down the tuna servings!  The tarts came out awesome!  It’s such a different dessert than we are all used to in the house, so it was fun to have.

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A-Z Dinners for Kids | Letter P

The Meal: pizza for kids

Main Dish: Pizza 

Side Dish: Potato French Fries

Dessert: Pastries

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Pizza (1 Plain and 1 Veggie):

  1. 2 Pizza crusts
  2. 1 jar of Pizza sauce
  3. Shredded Cheddar cheese
  4. Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  5. One Pepper (Green or Yellow)
  6. Sliced Mushroomspizza for kids and fries
  7. 1 Cut-up Onion

Potato French Fries:

  1. I used a frozen package and followed directions on the bag.

Pastries:

  1. Cookie Dough (defrosted)
  2. Apricot Jam
  3. Strawberry Jam
  4. 3/4 Cup Confectioners Sugar
  5. 1 tbl.spoon Water

Cooking Directions:


pastries for kidsPizza Directions:

  • Spread desired amount of pizza sauce on each pie
  • For plain cheese pizza, add desired amount of cheese
  • For veggie pizza, do one layer of cheese, one layer of all the veggies and another layer of cheese
  • Pop the pizzas into the oven at 425 degrees until dough is golden

Pastries:

  • Roll out dough and cut out small squares
  • Place squares on a baking pan
  • Add half a table-spoon of jam (flavor of choice) to the middle of each pastry
  • Fold over two sides and squeeze them together (see picture)
  • Put pan in the oven at 400 degrees until dough is brown (do not over cook!)
  • For the glaze combine the sugar and water and mix
  • Once pastries have cooled off, use a spoon to pour glaze over each one
  • Let glaze harden and then eat it and love it!

Outcome:

We love making this pizza because, a. we know the kids will eat it, but b. it is a super easy way to involve the kids in the cooking process.  I let them spread the sauce and give them each a small bowl of the shredded cheese to put on the pizza.  If your child likes veggies on his/her pizza, you can encourage them to create a face on the pizza using the peppers and mushrooms as eyes, nose and a mouth.  Then the kids think its funny to eat the face parts!  The pastry dessert is really easy to make, hardly any way you can mess it up, and it tastes great!

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