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I need Fun and easy food ideas - AFTER SCHOOL DAYCARE

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I am looking after 7, kids every afternoon. I help them with their homework and drive them to their activities. They are aged between 7 and 10.

I am running out of fun but healthy (ish) food ideas! Please any nice and easy recipes!

Currently I'm making:

Mac & Cheese ; Spaghetti bolognaise ; Curry & rice ;Fish fingers with scramble eggs ; Pancakes ; Ham and cheese toasted sarmies ; Lesagne ; Chicken burgers ; Hotdogs

I am looking for more ideas, it feels like I'm making the same food over and over again and worried the kids might get board!!

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Anita - posted on 06/08/2012

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My son loves his banana smores--Graham crackers, spread them with peanut butter (or other nut butters in case of allergies) and a slice of banana.

Natassia - posted on 04/17/2012

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I take a pkg. of crescent rolls and tear at the seams. I fill them with ham & cheese or little smokies sausages and cheese. I serve them with fresh sliced fruit and fresh diced veggies. This is a good afternoon snack and it holds my kiddos over until dinner time. I also like to google healthy filling snacks to get more ideas.

Karli - posted on 04/17/2012

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What about pinwheels? You can put almost anything in them. I use the large tortilla shells, herb and garlic cream cheese, any deli meat (I like ham, or turkey slices), lettuce leaves, a few slivers of peppers, grated cheese and whatever else you like. Spread the cream cheese thin..leave an inch from the edge, layer 2 or 3 slices of meat, a couple of lettuce leaves, peppers and sprinkle grated cheddar, roll up tight, wrap in plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge. When they get home slice the 1/2 inch thick and serve. You can google pinwheels, they have dozens and dozens of different recipes. Hope it helps.

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Denikka - posted on 06/17/2012

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Nachos is a big favourite around here. And you can do SOOO much with them. Instead of just cheese, you can add in veggies (peppers, green onions, mushrooms, olives), make them with multicolor (veggie) tortilla chips, you can add on ground beef or chili. Serve with sour cream, salsa (you can even make your own salsa), and guacamole. Tons of good stuff to go on there.

Pizza is another one that's pretty versatile. Buy plain crusts or make your own. Some tomato sauce and the toppings are endless.

Stir fry is a good one. You can marinate some meat the night before, fry it up, add some rice and veggies, and viola :) There's a ton of different sauces you can use to add a little pizzaz.

I totally agree with getting the kids involved. Unless you're doing something like pizza or tacos where everyone makes their own, I would suggest maybe picking one or two of the kids each day to help out in the kitchen. Rotate between them so that everyone gets a chance. Having only one or two will make your life WAAAY easier, instead of all 7 in the kitchen at the same time (oh god, the chaos XD)

Mummo - posted on 06/17/2012

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Try cooking with them. That will get them fed and keep them entertained. I've been surprised at how much kids like helping out in the kitchen. This week, I am going to my son's daycare (he's 6) to do a pizza lesson with them.

I recently wrote a cookbook story about a cute little monster who teaches kids how to make a pizza (with food options for pickier eaters). "Little Belly Monster Makes a Pizza", is a very simple story/recipe book using lots of easy to find, healthy ingredients. There are page by page instructions that young kids can easily follow.

http://tinyurl.com/cvw95xl

The second book, "Little Belly Monster Makes French Toast" will be available soon, too. We tried the recipe again today, as a Father's Day warm-up, and the kids loved it!

Melanie - posted on 06/15/2012

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There are also celery stalks filled with cream cheese and olives or peanut butter and raisins.

Tea sandwiches cut into fun shapes are also popular (you can make them popular to boys and girls depending on what shape you are cutting them into) some good fillings are cream cheese and cucumbers, cream cheese and olives with or without ham, peanut butter and honey, peanut butter and bananas, peanut butter and apples (granny smith are best), cream cheese and sun dried tomatoes, regular peanut butter and jelly, water cress and cream cheese with cucumbers (though kids may not care for this one) any of these can be served with sliced veggies, cut fruit and other finger foods.

bagel or english muffin mini pizzas- cut the bagel in half add favorite pasta sauce, low fat cheese and toppings of choice.

Frozen grapes are a fun addition to any meal

cobb salad- especially with avocado

These are a great dessert (though not the healthiest) 1 c. peanut butter, 1 egg, and 1 c. sugar mix together well, cook at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. These do not travel well as they are easily broken. But are extremely yummy.

This is a super easy healthy crockpot recipe that can go a long way. You'll need 2 16oz jars of salsa. Use any salsa you like. Pour jar in the bottom of a crockpot, top with a 1.5-2.5 lb beef roast and top with more salsa, add carrots, onions, and snow peas or other vegetables to taste. and cook on high for 4-6 hours.

Melanie - posted on 06/15/2012

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you could make carrot, cucumber targets. You cut a cucumber (width-wise) into small enough pieces to easily core and then stuff carrots into the cored out area until its secure in place and then cut into slices. They look like miniature targets you could also serve them with "arrows" made of pretzel sticks or celery. They are easy enough to make if a little time consuming, however they are great to make ahead of time and have already prepared.

Brit - posted on 06/04/2012

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My After School Kids like Turkey burgers with Grilled Pineapple and they sell Hawaiian roll hamburger buns too. You just grill the turkey burgers or use a stove top same goes for the pineapple then you add cheese, condiments, lettuce, tomato, onions or whatever they feel. Really good with Teriyaki sauce too. Then you can make a fruit salad on the side. My kiddos like; grapes, bananas, apples, blueberries, pineapple and raspberries =D I hope I helped. I will try to think of some more later.

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For a quick snack for my girls I have also done with chips/fries either baked beans in tomato sauce and/or cheesy scrambled egg. Certainly a quick and easy meal. The bit that takes the longest is the chips/fries in the oven to cook - could also do wedges to use up left over potatoes in the fridge.

Alison - posted on 05/02/2012

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Is this supper or snack time?

Some fun snacks:
* cucumber, cherry tomato, cheese cube on a tooth pick
* wrap some ham, bologna or salami around a rectangular piece of cheese, chop in smaller pieces and serve with toothpicks
* PBJ pinwheels (roll-out some sandwich bread using a drinking glass)

Samantha - posted on 04/30/2012

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Mini Taco salads and chicken tortilla soup. These are really fun and easy to make. My kids LOVE it. You don't have to use hamburger meat... If you are looking for healthy you can use turkey or tofu. Preheat oven to 350 get out a cup cake pan, warm up flour tortillas in the microwave so they are more flexible. Brush them with olive oil then insert in to the cupcake hole…. Cut the excess tortilla off with a little bit of overhang. Set aside the excess tortilla. Put them in the oven until they are very little browed. Do not overcook them or the crunchiness will not be fun to eat. Meanwhile cut the excess tortilla in to strips brush any missed pieces with olive oil and bake until crispy. (The tortilla cups & strips can be made ahead of time and stored in a Ziploc bag).
Brown the meat , drain ….you can use general taco seasoning or you can make your own. I make my own taco season in large batches and store in in empty used spice shakers. I find it to be cheaper and the taste is better and not as much sodium. For the soup you can get store bought soup such as bear creek, its $4.00 and it makes 8 full cups or you can easily make your own but it will make less.
Once the soup and meat are heated the meal is done. Place shredded lettuce in the cups then add the meat and toppings! Use the strips as a topping to the soup.

Taco Seasoning:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Homemade chicken tortilla soup.
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut pieces
3 1/2 cups Chicken Broth (I use “better than bullion” to make the broth)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
1 can fiesta style corn
1 cup Salsa
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves (if you have it)
Cook the cut chicken until brown in a large pot then add the broth, the cumin and rice… Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and cover it. Let it cook for 20 mins. Then add the salsa, corn, and cilantro and cook until the rice is tender. Top with the tortilla strips.

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