One of my favorite activities to do with my students is cooking. I could go on and on about the possibilities of integrating all aspects of your curriculum through cooking, but instead I will just say it is FUN, plain & simple!
So! To get your creative, child-approved, culinary juices flowing, I wanted to share a blog about a few fun (and healthy) snacks to make at home together.
As a fairly new vegan myself, I have fallen in love with Kale. Years ago, while working at a preschool in Williamsburg, BK I was quickly reminded by a 3 year old that if I was feeling weak, I should just “eat more kale”. I have finally taken her advice and boy was she right. Kale is delicious and while it may not appeal to all children, creating these crunchy Kale Chips, might just change their mind!
Here’s what you need:
1 bunch Kale
Olive Oil Spray
Garlic Salt or Sea Salt
Smoked Paprika or any other spice you like (Cumin, Curry Powder, Herbs de Provence, Thyme, Oregano, etc…)
- Preheat oven to 350˚F with the rack in the middle.
- Rinse kale & dry it well in a salad spinner or blot with paper towels. Trim leafy parts from stem and tear leaves into bite sized pieces.
- Spray leaves lightly with olive oil or cooking spray. Season with salt and/or spices according to taste. Careful not to oversalt!
- Arrange pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp. Turn a few times with tongs while to ensure an even crispiness on both sides.
FYI-If you start to see them browning take them out, they can burn quickly. Also don’t worry if not all the pieces seem crispy when you take them out, they will dry out after left alone for a while.
What kid doesn’t like hummus? It is a very popular choice for both snacks & lunch boxes in my classroom. This recipe brightens it up and makes it even more appealing with its crazy color!
What you need:
1 Large Beet (Roasted & Peeled)
1 Can White Kidney Beans (Drained and Rinsed)
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Tahini Paste
2 tsp Garlic Powder
- Throw it all in the food processor
- Pulse until smooth and creamy
One Last Idea!
Lastly, while reading some of my favorite blogs, I came across this awesome idea for FRUIT SUSHI!!! While I haven’t tried it myself, it looks like so much fun, not to mention tasty. Give it a try with your kids!
ALSO please feel free to comment & let me know what you love to cook with your children or students!