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Master Chef-To-Be: 40 Easy Recipes To Cook With Kids

Master Chef-To-Be: 40 Easy Recipes To Cook With Kids

It’s so much fun to cook with your kids. Not only will you have a greater chance of having your food eaten, it’s also a great opportunity to bond with them. Cooking enables your kids to express their creativity, try something new (instead of spending the whole day watching TV), or discover their passion for food and cooking. These recipes need some adult supervision but they’re extremely easy to make. So hand those aprons to your little ones and start cooking these recipes with your kids!

Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Balls

    1. Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Balls from Baby Gizmo. These peanut butter chocolate balls are to die for! Plus, they’re so easy to make that you can just sit back, relax, and watch your kids do finish them in one sitting. And did I mention, it requires less than five ingredients?

    Cheese Puffs

      2. Cheese Puffs from Childhood 101. If your kids can’t get enough of cheese, then this recipe is something you can do together for an afternoon snack or lunch. Have fun doing this by coming up with a theme and shaping your cheese puffs based on it.

      Spinach Ricotta Shells

        3. Spinach Ricotta Shells from Simple Bites. Having trouble getting your kids eat vegetables? Then this recipe is a must try! It takes less than 30 minutes to do and only requires a few ingredients. With minimal assistance, you can get your kids cook good, real, and healthy meal.

        Chocolate Granola Bars

          4. Chocolate Granola Bars from Pint-Sized Treasures. Are your kids craving for something sweet? These chocolate granola bars are perfect fit! The fun involved in making these bars will make your kids think that these are way better (which they are) than those sold in the market.

          Blue Cheese and Herbs Dip

            5. Blue Cheese and Herbs Dip from True Aim Education. Who says only adults can whip up a delectable dip? Kids can do it too! This blue cheese and herbs dip is perfect for almost anything.

            Corn Dog Muffins

              6. Corn Dog Muffins from Moments with Mandi. Get your kids excited for lunch with muffins they made themselves. These corn dog muffins are easy to make (take less than 30 minutes) and taste good too. Even your most picky kid will have a hard time not trying one.

              Apple Cheesecake Breakfast Quesadillas

                7. Apple Cheesecake Breakfast Quesadillas from Lemon Tree Dwelling. Sweet quesadillas for breakfast? Why not? These apple-filled quesadillas will make your kids excited again for breakfast.

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                Onion Rolls

                  8. Onion Rolls from BeBetsy. If you haven’t tried baking with your kids, these homemade onion rolls is a great way to start. Unlike other breads, this doesn’t require kneading. And the best part of it? Your kitchen will smell amazing.

                  Chewy Cookies and Cream Bars

                    9. Chewy Cookies and Cream Bars from Picky Palate. This a 3-ingredient no-bake dessert that will give you a 5-star rating from your kids. Make several batches and have them share these with their friends.

                    Breakfast Toast Cups

                      10. Breakfast Toast Cups from B.Britnell. Give your kids a cereal break for breakfast with these easy to make toast cups. The preparation and serving of this healthy meal requires a little more effort than the cereal-milk combo but it is something that your little ones would enjoy.

                      Shells and White Cheddar

                        11. Shells and White Cheddar from She Makes and Bakes. Are your kids craving for their comfort food again (yes, the all-time favorite mac and cheese). Give in to their craving by letting them cook with you this shells and white cheddar meal. Unlike the usual mac and cheese, you’ll be boiling the pasta not in the water but in milk!

                        Taco Pizza

                          12. Taco Pizza from Life in the Lofthouse. While it’s easy to make a taco, it’s more fun to make a taco pizza! The spreading of the colorful toppings is something that your kids won’t resist.

                          Nutella Brownies

                            13. Nutella Brownies from Kirbie Cravings. If your kids are huge Nutella lovers, then there’s no doubt that they will love these chewy brownies. The best part? They only require 3 ingredients – Nutella, eggs, and flour (no kidding!).

                            Honey Bread

                              14. Honey Bread from Mess for Less. Help improve your kids sensory and motor functions by having them join you in making this honey bread. It tastes good and leaves your home smelling great!

                              Pappardelle with Leeks and Corn

                                15. Pappardelle with Leeks and Corn from Hello Wonderful. Pasta dishes can be your way to get your kids eat vegetables. This easy-to-do pasta recipe is perfect for family dinners.

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                                No Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Bars

                                  16. No-Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Bars from Averie Cooks. Cereals are not just for breakfast; they can be fun snacks too! This no-bake snack bar will make your kids realize that their Cherrios deserve more than just the milk.

                                  Salad in a Jar

                                    17. Salad in a Jar from Hello Wonderful. If you have picky eaters in your house, this salad in a jar is a wonderful strategy to make them eat their veggies. Lay down their options and have your kids decide for items to place in the jar.

                                    Chicken Salad

                                      18. Chicken Salad from Half Hour Meals. Preparing healthy meals with your kids is a great way to talk to them the value of healthy eating. While you chop and they toss the veggies, you can talk how each of them can do good to their bodies.

                                      Orange Mango Carrot Smoothie

                                        19. Orange Mango Carrot Smoothie from Simple Bites. Here’s another trick to get your kids eat fruits and vegetables – let them help you make a delicious healthy smoothie. The color and flavor of this orange mango carrot smoothie are things that your kids (and you) won’t resist.

                                        Turkey and Cucumber Wraps

                                          20. Turkey and Cucumber Salad Wraps from Delish. Looking for a quick lunch? These turkey and cucumber salad wraps aren’t just filling but as well healthy for you and your kids.

                                            21. Ham, Cheese, and Spinach Muffins from Learn with Play at Home. These ham, cheese, and spinach muffins taste so good that your kids can’t trace the vegetable in it. It’s a quick lunch you can prepare together.

                                            Pineapple-Mango Salmon

                                              22. Pineapple-Mango Salmon from Parenting. Surprise your family with this pineapple-mango salmon dish that only take less than 30 minutes to prepare. The tangy flavor of the fruits complements the flavor of the fish in teriyaki sauce.

                                              Tuna Flippers

                                                23. Tuna Flippers from Community Table. Are your kids craving for burgers? Skip the fastfood and do this instead! Your kids will enjoy flipping their healthy patties.

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                                                Banana Ice Cream

                                                  24. Banana Ice Cream from 100 Days of Real Food. Nothing beats homemade ice cream! This frozen banana treat is perfect for those warm, lazy days.

                                                  Baked Spaghetti Squash

                                                    25. Baked Spaghetti Squash from Cooking with My Kid. Surprise your kids with a healthier version of their favorite pasta. Make use of their endless energy by letting them do the squash scraping (they’ll love it!).

                                                    Donut Hole Skewers

                                                      26. Donut Hole Skewers from ValSoCal. This is a quick snack that you and your kids can enjoy doing and eating together. See your kids on their biggest smile as they put together the fruits and donut holes.

                                                      Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

                                                        27. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries from Damn Delicious. Who says zucchinis are boring? These baked zucchini fries will make your kids forget the unhealthy fries they used to crave. Broil them for a few more minutes and you’ll achieve the extra crisp the entire family will love.

                                                        Berry Ice Pops

                                                          28. Berry Ice Pops from Fit Fun Delish. Beat the heat of warm days with these berry ice pops. They’re free from unwanted added sugar and flavoring.

                                                          Peanut Butter Quesadillas

                                                            29. Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas from Budget Bytes. Give in to your kids’ peanut butter craving with these easy to make quesadillas. Let your kids do the preparation (in any way they want) and you can do the cooking.

                                                            Maple Belgian Waffles

                                                              30. Maple Belgian Waffles from Country Living. Make your kids jump out of their beds in the morning by having maple belgian waffles for breakfast. Cook with them and they’ll have more reasons to get up early.

                                                              Strawberry Agua Fresca

                                                                31. Strawberry Agua Fresca from Cooking Light. Skip the sugary drinks in the grocery and make a healthier one instead using this recipe from Cooking Light. You can add more or less strawberries depending on how sweet you’d like your drink to be.

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                                                                Quinoa Burrito Bowl

                                                                  32. Quinoa Burrito Bowl from Eating Rules. Get your picky eaters at home eat healthy food by getting them involved in preparing for this quinoa burrito bowl. Your kids can do the stirring, mixing, and with some assistance, they can help measure the ingredients too.

                                                                  10 Minute Creamy Cauliflower Soup

                                                                    33. 10 Minute Creamy Cauliflower Soup from Super Healthy Kids. Another trick to get your kids eat vegetables is to make soup. This creamy soup is a great way to sneak in the healthy goodness of cauliflower in your child’s meal.

                                                                    2 Ingredient Banana Cookies

                                                                      34. 2-Ingredient Banana Cookies from Kid Activities Blog. Looking for a sugar and guilt-free snacks you can give to your kids? This 2-ingredient banana cookies recipe is the answer.

                                                                      Healthy Bites

                                                                        35. Healthy Bites from Laughing Kids Learn. These healthy bites are so easy to make that even your toddlers can do them!

                                                                        Healthy Chicken Pot Popovers

                                                                          36. Healthy Chicken Pot Popovers from Food Network. These creamy chicken popovers are appealing to both kids and adults. Hand your kids the job of cracking the eggs, stirring the batter, or even measuring the ingredients.

                                                                          Mini Snowman Pizzas

                                                                            37. Mini Snowman Pizzas from Tablespoon. Can’t get enough of pizzas? Try this kid-friendly snowman version!

                                                                            Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

                                                                              38. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie from Meaningful Eats.Treat the entire family with this chocolate peanut butter smoothie. It’s easy to make that your kids can do this on their own everyday.

                                                                              Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza

                                                                                39. Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza from Gimme Some Oven. Be prepared with oohs and aahs from your kids as you make this colorful pizza. Let your kids arrange the veggies in any way they want. They can do it in rows by color or just mix everything! This vegetable pizza is a 5-star both in taste and look.

                                                                                Easy Chicken Fried Rice

                                                                                  40. Easy Chicken Fried Rice from Iowa Girl Eats. Cooking at home is healthier and can save you money. So why opt for stir fry takeouts if you can make it at home? You can make this chicken fried rice with your kids in less than 15 minutes.

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                                                                                  Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                                                                                  13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                                                                  13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                                                                  Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

                                                                                  Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

                                                                                  Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

                                                                                  1. Stress Eating

                                                                                  I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

                                                                                  While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

                                                                                  I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

                                                                                  If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

                                                                                  How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

                                                                                  2. Nail Biting

                                                                                  Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

                                                                                  People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

                                                                                  Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

                                                                                  For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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                                                                                  3. Hanging out with Naysayers

                                                                                  We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

                                                                                  Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

                                                                                  Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

                                                                                  4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

                                                                                  Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

                                                                                  While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

                                                                                  Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

                                                                                  Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

                                                                                  5. Smoking

                                                                                  Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

                                                                                  In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

                                                                                  Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

                                                                                  Smoking risks

                                                                                    6. Excessive Drinking

                                                                                    All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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                                                                                    According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                                                                                    • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                                                                                    • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                                                                                    • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                                                                                    • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                                                                                    • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                                                                                    If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                                                                                    If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                                                                                    7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                                                                                    Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                                                                                    If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                                                                                    A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                                                                                    “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                                                                                    And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                                                                                    While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                                                                                    Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                                                                                    Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                                                                                    8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                                                                                    There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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                                                                                    In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                                                                                    Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                                                                                    Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                                                                                    9. Watching Too Much TV

                                                                                    I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                                                                                    Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                                                                                    Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                                                                                    It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                                                                                    10. Being Late

                                                                                    Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                                                                                    Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                                                                                    Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                                                                                    11. Being in Bad Relationships

                                                                                    Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                                                                                    I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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                                                                                    Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                                                                                    12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                                                                                    Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                                                                                    Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                                                                                    Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                                                                                    By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                                                                                    Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                                                                                    13. Focusing on the Negatives

                                                                                    In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                                                                                    Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                                                                                    Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                                                                                    And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                                                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                                                    So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                                                                                    Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

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