FOR THE KIDDOS
This page features Chef Shayna’s recipes for meals and snacks to enjoy any time of the day. She strives to offer families and children healthy and achievable instructional dishes.
As a mom snacks play a big role in our lives. Our kiddos constantly request them. We always stuff them in our bags as to never leave home without them. We are usually cleaning them out of the hard to reach crevices of the car. Snacking seems so routine and mindless but is really an opportunity to fill our kiddos (and us) with nutrient dense foods. Today I’m sharing some thoughts on snacking and Little Miss is blending up one of our favorite afternoon snacks- Peanut Butter Protein Bites.
When I first started cooking I wanted fruit tarts to be my signature “thing” but after my first attempt and the crust didn’t quite turn out, the custard was runny and the fruit slid everywhere, I decided that maybe I should pick something else to be “my thing.” Friday I decided it would be fun to make them again with 20 toddlers and their mamas but this time with some short cuts. Check out the recipe and I promise you too can make a fail proof Fruit Tart too.
Have a picky eater? Let them help make lunch. Oftentimes empowering kiddos in the kitchen encourages them to try to eat new foods. Avocado toast is super trendy but all for a good reason. It is delicious and simple to make. Set out the ingredients and tools and let your kids to the rest… Little Miss shows you how with a quick video.
Monday, Monday! I am learning to tame the chaos with a solo cup of coffee to gather my thoughts before the girls wake up and yoga, lots of yoga. Did you see my yoga giveaway on Instagram? Monday is also a great day for the girls and I to work together in the kitchen. My youngest daughter, who I call “Little Miss” has been making my lunch and asked me to film her. In today’s post, I’m sharing my thoughts on getting kids in the kitchen, how I let the girls help at home, and our tuna salad recipe.
Some Mondays I am ready to charge ahead and some seem to be a whirlwind of chaos. Mondays seem to be a day that most moms I know can use a little more support so I aim to share weekly ideas on simple projects to do with young kiddos. Today I'm sharing a great snack to make with your kiddos at home, my version of "kid only sushi" as I called it in my class. I encourage you to make both the green (aka healthy) roll as well as the sweet treat. Let your kids get their hands dirty and have fun rolling their own food. Make it a longer activity and check out the book recommendations as well.
Thanksgiving is next week. This kiddos will be off of school with a little extra time on their hands so why not get them involved in the kitchen? This recipe is perfect for little and big kids to help with and it is a crowd pleaser. I love pumpkin pie so you may wonder why change a classic but I promise these make a great little addition to the dessert table. Give them a try, you will not be disappointed.
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Whether you are hosting the main feast, bringing a side dish, or attending a Friendsgiving this is a great recipe to try out. My hubby does not like, actually hates green beans. It has been a long goal of mine to make green bean dishes that he will eat. When the girls and I served this dish to him, he ate the entire dish thus I do not have any pictures of the finished product. If the girls can make it, so can you, and your kids. Watch the video, try out the tips, and let us know what you think.
Halloween is only 1 day away but if you're looking for a fun treat to make, chances are you have a box of cake mix in the cupboard and can throw these together. No time to make them now, keep the recipe in mind because it makes delicious fluffy cookies. My girls, with a special guest, whipped them up in a short video. Check it out and share with a friend who's kiddo likes to cook.
Crawl into the kitchen this weekend to whip up some Halloween treats. Every year I have a little too much fun concocting some festive snacks but I think this year is my favorite treat so far. Click to see the video and guide for make spooky spider webs and creepy crawly marshmallow treats.
After years of working with children in the kitchen it is fun to share my experience with my girls at home in our own kitchen. It is crazy how I can have so much patience at YCA but find myself having to take a breath and consciously wait with my own girls. I have to remind myself to apply the same principals at home as I do at work which is to let the kids jump and work 100% hands on without trying to intervene or correct too much. Even if that means flour flies everywhere and dough is smashed into the granite. Everything can be cleaned and at the end of the day it's worth it if it means they are being empowered to explore and create in the kitchen. So for our project today, the girls are sharing how to make salt dough ornaments.