As the weather heats up, it’s time to be prepared with a stash of kid-friendly summer-ready food ideas. Plus, because keeping it simple at this time of year is ultra-important for parents, these three ideas can be made by the kids (with some supervision) and only need a few ingredients. Getting kids in the kitchen is a wonderful way for them to learn new skills.
Strawberry Pops (makes approximately 10)
Using a kid-friendly knife (or spare disposable plastic knife), de-hull a punnet of large strawberries. Then push a paddle pop stick (popsicle stick) into each one before laying them flat on a baking paper lined tray and popping them into the freezer for 1 hour.
Cheese and Tomato Beach Ball Rolls (makes 4)
Using a kid-friendly knife (or a spare disposable plastic knife), children can chop up a punnet of cherry tomatoes, the more crushed and messy the better! Tear up 4 large basil leaves into small pieces and add them to your tomato mix. Cut 2 bread rolls in half and put them on a baking tray. Spread the crushed tomato and basil mixture over the rolls. Slice 4 cheese slices into a triangle by cutting diagonally from each corner. Place the cheese on the rolls leaving gaps for the red stripes to be seen. Grill for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Peanut Butter and Raspberry Chia Puddings (makes 2)
Summer berries are amazing! Combine 1 cup of milk, ¼ cup chia seeds, ¼ cup of chopped up fresh raspberries, 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste and, 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter into a bowl and mix well. Divide mixture into 2 ramekins and let it sit overnight. You can serve them for breakfast with some chopped bananas, a dollop of vanilla yoghurt or crushed nuts. To make it a bit more tropical and summery, substitute coconut milk, mango and almond butter.
And if in doubt, a fruit platter with some frozen watermelon and orange wedges is a great way to cool off on a sticky afternoon!
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