A healthy trio of kids' favourites
These are children’s favourites -- that are also very nutritious -- soyou can make sure your kids get all the essential nutrients and alsoget to enjoy the food.
Spring is approaching, which means it’s time to get ready for March break. It also means it’s time to dig up some great family recipes. These are children’s favourites -- that are also very nutritious -- so you can make sure your kids get all the essential nutrients and also get to enjoy the food.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Make Ahead:Prepare the entire pie up to a day in advance and refrigerate. Bake just before serving.
This is a real classic that families still love to eat. For more nutrition, try sweet potatoes.
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Place a large, nonstick skillet lightly coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the oil and onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and carrots and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and sauté for 5 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking up the meat as it cooks.
3. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, stock, tomato sauce, basil leaves and salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 minutes or until thickened. Add the frozen peas. Place in a baking dish.
4. Meanwhile, cover the potatoes with water in a pot, and boil for 10 minutes or just until tender. Drain and add the olive oil, milk, Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. Mash until smooth.
5. Spread the mashed potatoes over the beef mixture in the baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bake for 20 minutes or until hot. Garnish with fresh basil.
Nutritional Analysis per Serving
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Make Ahead: Prepare the filling up to a day in advance and refrigerate. Add 5 minutes to the baking time.
Tex mex food is an all-time kids' favorite. These fajitas are creamy and rich, but without the fat of regular fajitas, which are loaded with a lot of cheese, sour cream, guacamole and beef. My version has plenty of vegetables, along with some light cheese and sour cream. Easy to make, and the whole family loves them.
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
2. Lightly coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for about 8 minutes or until cooked and no longer pink. Let rest for 10 minutes, then slice thinly. Wipe out pan.
3. Add the oil to the pan and brown the onion and garlic, about 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium. Stir in the red pepper strips and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the parsley or cilantro, green onions and cooked chicken.
4. Divide the mixture among the tortillas. Top with the cheese, salsa and sour cream. Roll up.
5. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the center of the oven for 5 minutes or until the fajitas are heated through and the cheese has melted. Cut in half and serve immediately.
Nutritional Analysis per Serving (1 fajita)
Peanut Butter and Jam Muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Make Ahead: Bake up to a day in advance or freeze for up to 2 weeks.
You can't find a better combination than peanut butter and jam. Always use natural peanut butter (the kind that contains peanuts only). The other types often contain hydrogenated vegetable oil and icing sugar. If you're baking for someone with a peanut allergy, try using other nut butters or soy butter.
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
2. Using a whisk or electric beaters, combine the oil, sugar, banana, peanut butter, egg, sour cream and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat until smooth.
3. In another bowl, combine both flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt with a wooden spoon. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients gradually and stir until the dry ingredients are just moistened.
4. Divide the mixture among the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Press gently in the center of each muffin to make an indent and place a small amount of the jam inside.
Nutritional Analysis per Serving (1 muffin)