Doing anything in the kitchen becomes a challenge when you have kids, especially creating eye popping dishes for holidays. If you have little ones running circles around you this Memorial Day, it’s best to use recipes that involve them.
1. Red, white and blue popcorn
For this recipe, you’ll need popcorn, margarine, sugar, corn syrup, water, and Jello mix. Clair over at Clair’s creations used strawberry and berry blue Jello.
My favorite part of this recipe is how easy the presentation is. Just wait for it all to cool and throw it in a bag. You might have to draw straws over who cleans the dishes afterwards though.
Why this recipe rocks: it’s a great lesson in measuring and math, and it looks impressive to boot.
2. Yankee Doodle Dandy treats
This snackpicks recipe takes about an hour to make, and is a little more complicated. On the plus side, this recipe features microwave directions so your kids can be involved in every step.
You can find find both stove and microwave directions over at snack picks. The only downside is for dieters: substituting for low fat ingredients isn’t recommended.
Why this recipe rocks: the microwave option makes the kids feel more involved. Of course, it’s rice krispies treats with chocolate, so beware the sugar rush.
3. Nestle Toll House Stars and stripes cookies
Twenty of these cookies takes about 40 minutes, including time to cool-so even if it’s last minute you can enjoy this tasty and fun looking treat in no time at all. Bonus for you: this recipe includes fruit, making it easier to talk yourself out of your diet for the afternoon.
Besides a star shaped cookie cutter, you’ll need Nestle cookie dough, cream cheese, sugar, strawberries, blueberries, and mini chocolate chips.
Find the full recipe at Very Best Baking, but it pretty much involves baking and topping the cookies.
Why the recipe rocks: the kids will have as much fun rolling out and cutting the stars as they will eating them.
4. Pizza flag
This four ingredient pizza from Taste of Home is perfect for the kid’s table. And while it retains the flag theme of this post, you get a bit of a break from the red, white and blue color scheme.
Why it rocks: This one is a bigger bonus for the adults than the kids. It’s easy, quick, and a sure favorite. A possible twist on this would be to make four smaller pizzas rather than one big one, and give each child their own flag to eat.
Yup, we’re back to red, white and blue. But for as simple as this one is, it’s worth it. As the adult, you’ll be melting the white chocolate but after that you can hand the whole production over to the kids. You might want to make a lot, though, as it’s easy to get carried away eating these.
Why it rocks: This recipe takes all of five minutes to complete, gets a serving of fruit into the little ones, and looks impressive enough to get the PTA off your back. There’s really no downside to this one.