Cooking with kids can be a fun way for them to make their own snacks. When a snack attack strikes, fight back with these lip-smacking ideas. After school, after a game, before bed or during a great, late movie, these snacks will attack any cravings that might sneak up on you.
A. Apple slices arranged around a bowl of chunky peanut butter thinned with just a dab of mayonnaise.
B. Baked potato zapped in the microwave for 6 minutes on high. When it's done, add shredded cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, chives and anything else that makes your mouth water.
C. Celery stalks cut into 1-inch pieces stuffed with cream cheese. Goes great with a glass of tomato juice.
D. Dill pickles chopped up and mixed with cream cheese makes a dilly of a dip for raw vegetables.
E. Eggs hard cooked and dipped in salt, mayonnaise or mustard are right for any snack attack.
F. Frozen fruit juice ice cubes are fun to lick. Pour juice into an ice-cube tray. Cover with plastic wrap and stick toothpicks through the wrap into each cube.
G. Graham crackers slathered with peanut butter and marshmallow topping make a snack that's sure to stick to your ribs.
H. Hot chocolate with a candy-cane straw takes the chill off after a day in the snow.
I. Ice cubes and fresh fruit whirled in the blender make a quick and easy smoothie.
J. Jell-O whipped and frozen has a texture that tickles the tongue.
K. Ketchup squirted on a plate and surrounded by Little Smokies is fun for little fingers to pick up, dip and eat.
L. Lettuce leaves stuffed with salsa, crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheese and sour cream has snackers saying "Ole!"
M. Melted chocolate chips mixed with shredded wheat, shredded coconut and peanuts makes a dandy candy. Spoon it onto a sheet of waxed paper to cool.
N. Nibbles make of pretzel sticks, Rice Chex and cheese crackers is a great after-game snack.
O. Onion dip made from dry onion soup mix and sour cream makes a zippy dip for any chips.
P. Pineapple chunks wrapped in pieces of boiled ham and speared with toothpicks are easy to handle and even easier to eat.
Q. Quench your thirst with homemade orange punch. Add one scoop of fruit sherbet to a glass of orange juice and stir until the sherbet is melted.
R. Rice cakes spread with pineapple cream cheese are just right anytime.
S. Seeds from the pumpkin turned Jack-o-Lantern taste great when washed, dried, salted and spread out on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven at a very low temperature (250 degrees) for an hour.
T. Tomato sauce or pizza sauce on two English muffin halves, plus a slice of American or mozzarella cheese makes a pizza-like treat. Pop it into a toaster oven until the cheese is bubbling.
U. Unwind after a hard day with some chocolate worms. Melt together 1 small package of chocolate chips and one of butterscotch chips. Add 1 can of Chinese noodles and drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper to cool.
V. Vegetables (carrot sticks, green pepper strips, celery) dipped in mayonnaise mixed with ketchup make crunchy munchings.
W. Wrap a hot dog in a slice of bread that's been buttered on the outside. Then wrap it all up in foil and pop it into the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
X. X-rated snacks are snacks that are so rich you should only eat a little at a time. A good chunk of cream cheese rolled in coconut with a spoonful of honey drizzled over it is definitely X-cellent!
Y. Yogurt (plain) mixed with fresh fruit, jam or preserves is yummy and healthful.
Z. Zippy cheddar cheese melted on rye bread fingers and topped with crumbled bacon bits is a great mate for a big glass of apple cider.
Cooking with kids in the kitchen has many benefits. It is a great learning experience and it can make for wonderful and interactive quality time. But the kitchen is also one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. Inviting a child to share experiences in the kitchen requires constant supervision and guidance at any age. Here are a few tips to help you both enjoy the experience.
Before kids begin cooking, they need to learn basic cooking safety.
You can create fun apple crafts at home with your kids during cooking time. An apple a day keeps the boredom away, especially when the apple you have is turned into an old fashioned apple-head doll!