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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 M

The Meal:M food night

Main Dish: Macaroni and Cheese

Side Dish: Melon Slices

Dessert: Muffins

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Macaroni and Cheese:

  1. 32 ounces (2 boxes) of elbow macaroni (this makes tons- so be prepared for leftovers)
  2. 1 Bag of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  3. 1 Bag of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  4. 5 pieces of American  Cheese (sliced up)
  5. 1 Cup of Butter
  6. 10 tablespoons of Flour
  7. 8 tablespoons of Butter (for breadcrumb mixture)
  8. 2 cups of Breadcrumbs

Muffins (Banana Chocolate Chip):

  1. 1 stick of Margarine (melt, then let cool)
  2. 2 Eggs
  3. 1 cup of Sugar
  4. 1 tea spoon of Salt
  5. 1 1/2 cups of Flour
  6. 1 tea spoon of Baking Soda
  7. 3-4 mashed Bananas (ripe)
  8. 2 tea spoons of Vanilla Extract
  9. 1 cup of Chocolate Chips

Cooking Directions:

Macaroni and Cheese:

  • Cook Macaroni according to box
  • In a sauce pan, melt Butter over a medium flame
  • Stir in Flour
  • Add Milk slowly
  • Stir in the Cheese
  • Cook over a low fire until cheese is melted and sauce has thickened a bit
  • Place Macaroni in a baking dish
  • Pour sauce over Macaroni
  • In a small sauce pan combine Margarine and Breadcrumbs until brown (about 10 minutes)- mix along the way
  • Spread Breadcrumbs over Macaroni
  • Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes

Muffins (Banana):

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and thoroughly mix
  • add in Chocolate chips (I first make 6 muffins with out the ch. chips, for people who want a somewhat healthier option.  I then add the chips to the rest of the mixture).
  • Pour into muffin tin (fill 3/4)
  • Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until brown (makes 18)

Outcome:

Macaroni is way better homemade than out of the box!  The kids weren’t too crazy about the breadcrumbs so I gave them scoopings from the middle and bottom of the tinpan.  The children loved the melons cut up with little toothpicks in them, and actually finished that first!  The toothpicks are a great way to present a food in a fancier and more exciting way to children (as long as the kids are old enough to handle them).  As always the desert was what they wanted most!  And any chance I get to make any Banana Bread dish, I take it (it’s my favorite too).

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