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The Bay County Library is hosting Kids in the Kitchen this Friday at 10AM. The admission is free, but you must call the library to make a reservation. The phone number is 850-522-2100. Below is a list of recipes you can do at home with your child.


Kids in the Kitchen: Easy Foods You Can Make Together

Kitchen Basics

  1. Have supervision. Never cook without asking for permission.
  2. Clean is good. Keep hands and surfaces clean.
  3. Cut with caution.
  4. Use pot holders and oven mitts, keep loose clothing away. Tie hair back.
  5. Keep hot foods hot. Cold foods cold.
  6. Stay alert. Never leave something cooking unsupervised.
  7. Focus on one task at a time.
  8. Never point a knife at a person.
  9. Always hold knife by handle.
  10. Use a cutting board.
  11. Go Slow. Take your time to learn how to cut. Beginners can start with sturdy plastic knives.

Preparing a Recipe

  1. Read recipe all the way through. Make sure you understand instructions.
  2. Make sure you have all ingredients for recipe.
  3. Set ingredients out in the order you will use them.
  4. Make sure you have proper tools for recipe.

What Makes a Good Snack?

Most of the time, feed your child the same types of foods you would at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, just in a mini size. Good snacks provide carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and some healthy fat. Generally speaking, foods rich in protein or fiber help kids stay fuller for longer, and they're packed with the nutrients kids need to thrive.

  1. Smoothies or fruit juice/smoothie popsicles
  2. A small amount of guacamole or low-fat bean dip, and baked snack chips or toasted whole wheat pita bread broken into chips
    1. Low-fat microwave popcorn tossed with Parmesan cheese.
    2.  Trail mix ingredients: 1/4 cup each: whole-grain cereal, raisins or dried cranberries or other dried fruit, and 2 tablespoons each: sunflower seeds or chopped nuts
    3. Low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt topped with fresh fruit or fruit canned in juice or light syrup
    4. Whole-grain crackers, fruit and cheese
    5. Cooked or raw vegetables with low-fat ranch dressing, and a hard-boiled egg
    6. Instant oatmeal made with milk in the microwave with 1 teaspoon cocoa powder stirred in and topped with sliced raspberries or strawberries
    7. Whole-wheat pretzels with peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter
    8. Bowl of whole-grain cereal and low-fat milk
    9. Small container of low-fat Greek yogurt with fruit
    10. Mini bagel spread with low-fat cream cheese and strawberry jam, and low-fat milk
    11. Hummus or salsa and whole wheat pita chips
    12. Half a sandwich or whole-wheat pita bread and glass of orange juice fortified with calcium and vitamin D
    13. Slice of pizza
    14. Pistachios or other nuts and glass of milk
    15. Dried fruit or fruit leathers with no added sugar
      1. Vegetables dipped in hummus, bean dip, or salad dressing

Microwave Scrambled Egg




Shredded Cheese*

1 tsp. fresh dill, thyme, parsley or basil**

Salt and pepper to taste







½ T

1 T

45 to 55 seconds


½ T

1 T

1 ½ to 2 minutes


1 T

2 T

2 ½ to 3 minutes


1 T

¼ cup

3 ½ to 4 ½ minutes


2 T

½ cup

5 ½ to 6 ½ minutes


  1. Place butter in a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 20 seconds to melt butter.
  2. Add eggs, milk and **herbs if desired.
  3. Use fork to scramble eggs.
  4. Microwave for half of the cooking time.
  5. Remove from microwave and break up the cooked parts around the edges and move to the center of the dish.
  6. Continue microwaving. Stop one more time to stir.
  7. When they are complete remove from microwave.
  8. *Add cheese if desired. Stir and enjoy. Recipe from 4-H Project Microwave Magic p.16

Dry Italian Salad Dressing Mix

¼     cup dry parmesan cheese, grated (or Romano)

1      tablespoon sesame seeds

1      tablespoon garlic powder

1      tablespoon onion powder

1      tablespoon sugar

2      tablespoons dried oregano

1      teaspoon pepper

¼     teaspoon dried thyme

1      teaspoon dried basil

1      tablespoon dried parsley

1      tablespoon paprika

½     teaspoons celery salt


Mix all ingredients together. Store in an air-tight container. If you have a spice jar, that will work. Note: To make an oil and vinegar dressing, mix 2 tablespoon mix with ¼ cup vinegar, 2 tablespoons water, and 2/3 cup oil in a covered container. Shake vigorously. For dipping sauce, use grapeseed or extra virgin olive oil.

Strawberry Butterfly 

Fresh Strawberry

2 Blueberries or raisins

2 crackers

  1. Wash fruit
  2. Place crackers on plate for wings.
  3. Slice the washed strawberry and place the two largest slices on top of crackers.
  4. Cut little strips of washed strawberry from center to create antennas
  5. Place washed blueberries or raisins on the strawberry slices for the bug's eyes.



Black Bean Corn Salsa

1    (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1    (11oz.) can Mexicorn

2    cups Salsa

2    teaspoons dry Italian salad dressing mix (see recipe below)

2    teaspoons sugar


Mix all ingredients in a large container. Chill 1 hour minimum for flavors to blend. Serve chilled with tortilla chips. This recipe will keep 3 days before serving. 

Tortilla/Bagel Pizza

Whole wheat, spinach or flour tortilla (may substitute bagel)

1 tbs. Pizza or Spaghetti Sauce


Other toppings (green pepper, pineapple, precooked turkey peperoni)


White Variation

1 tbs. lite ranch dressing

Bacon crumbles


Spinach leaves


Spoon sauce on tortilla, top with cheese and other ingredients microwave ~15-20 sec. until cheese is melted. Fold in half and eat.


Baked Potato  



Sour Cream*

Shredded Cheese*






3 to 5 minutes


4 to 6 minutes


7 to 10 minutes


10 ½ to 12 ½ minutes


12 ½ to 14 minutes


  1. Scrub potatoes under running water until they are clean. If there are any spots carefully remove them with a paring knife
  2. Pierce the scrubbed potatoes with a fork so stem can escape. This is very important if you do not pierce they may explode while cooking.
  3. Microwave on high for half of the cooking time.
  4. Rotate in microwave.
  5. Continue microwaving.
  6. When they are complete remove from microwave and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. They may feel firm but they will continue to cook while standing. You may want to wrap them in aluminum foil or a clean kitchen towel for the standing time to hold the potatoes longer.
  7. Add butter, sour cream and cheese if desired. Enjoy.

Recipe from 4-H Microwave Magic Book p.10


Cutie Orange Bugs


4 crackers

  1. Peel the Clementine.
  2. Separate into 2 chunks one with 4 wedges and

one with 3 wedges.

Create slits into the end slices by using your thumb.

  1. Stick crackers in between wedges to create wings.




Marshmallow S'mores


Cookies or graham crackers


  1. You can heat up marshmallows anytime by

        placing 2 or 3 on a plate in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.

  1. You'll need 2 cookies for each.
  2. Carefully remove your toasted marshmallow from the microwave.
  3. Place in between the 2 cookies and squeeze together.


Fruit Crisp

Fruit – 1 Cup

¼ Cup Whole Oats

¼ Cup Flour

¼ Cup Brown Sugar

¼ teaspoon Cinnamon

2 Tablespoons Butter or margarine

Dash of salt

Microwave Safe Dish

Fork or pastry blender

Measuring cups and spoons

Mixing bowl


  1. In mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  2. Cut butter or margarine with #1 using a pastry blender or fork until crumbly.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Prepare fruit and place in microwave safe dish.
  5. Sprinkle crumbly oatmeal mixture evenly over top.
  6. Microwave for 1 to 1 ½ minutes on high.
  7. Remove from microwave and test doneness of fruit, if using apples they should be fairly tender.
  8. Continue microwaving if needed for 1-2 minutes, checking often.
  9. When they are complete remove from microwave and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.

Recipe from adapted from Microwave Magic p.28



Octopus Hot Dog

Hot dog


  1. Using a knife, slice the hot dog in half lengthwise, leaving 2 inches connected at one end.
  2. Roll the hot dog 90 degrees, and repeat, slicing lengthwise in half but leaving the 1 inch connected at one end. You should have 4 legs for the octopus.
  3. Of course, an octopus has 8 legs, so carefully cut each of the 4 hot dog legs in half.

The legs will be thin and fragile with some hot dogs.

  1. Place the hot dog with arms spread on a micro-safe plate and microwave on high for 30 to 40 seconds.

The arms will get curly and the head will plump.



Apple Butterfly


2 Crackers

1 chocolate candy (tootsie roll style)

  1. Wash and half apple remove core.
  2. Place washed apple peel side up on plate.
  3. Unwrap the chewy chocolate candy, but leave it loose in the wrapper.
  4. Microwave the chewy chocolate candy for 5 seconds or until soft. (caution can be hot)
  5. Mold the warm chewy chocolate candy and place on washed apple.
  6. Gently press crackers into the chewy chocolate candy to create butterfly.


Water with a Twist

Your choice of fruit or vegetable (lemon, lime, orange, strawberry, pineapple, cucumber)

Chilled water or seltzer water


Wash the fruit.

Either slice or zest fruit and place in water to add flavor. Squeeze or zest citrus to release more flavor into water.

From: Choose Healthy Family Newsletter

Apple Yogurt Smoothie

2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt

1 granny smith apple, cored, peeled and diced

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup ice

2 tablespoons honey

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth and pour into tall glasses. Garnish with sliced almonds, julienne mint and 1/2 teaspoon of honey, if desired.

Cherry chocolate smoothie Variation: Combine 1 cup low-fat milk, 1/2 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt, 1/2 cup frozen or fresh pitted cherries, and 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth

Variations: use any frozen or fresh fruit with yogurt and juice or water. /Recipes/Pages/Apple-Yogurt-Smoothie.aspx


Microwave Monkey Bread

½ c firmly packed brown sugar

3 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp. water

1 8oz. can biscuits or cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon-sugar mix (1 tbsp. sugar to ½ tsp. cinnamon

Nuts & maraschino Cherries Optional


In shallow 1 qt casserole dish combine brown sugar, butter and water. Cook in microwave 1 min. or until butter melts. If nuts and cherries desired add now.

Place microwave safe glass in center of dish, this helps cook evenly. Separate biscuit dough into 10 biscuits. Cut into quarters. Roll each piece in cinnamon and sugar.

Place biscuits in casserole dish. Stir and coat each piece do not mash down and compress. Cook uncovered 2-3 min until biscuits are no longer doughy. Biscuits should be cooked through but not hard. Let stand 2 min. Turn upside down on serving plate and serve.

Easy to Please Yogurt Parfait

1/2 cup lightly drained canned peach slices*

1 cup vanilla flavored yogurt

1/2 cup raisin-bran cereal**


Layer peaches, yogurt and cereal in a glass or cup. Serve immediately.

*May use any fresh or canned fruit.

*Use any crunchy cereal such as granola, toasted oat.

From: National Dairy Council