Cooking with Kids Week 4

Cooking Class Week 4 was all about snacks! The kids love to snack all through class, so I knew this class would be a successful one! We started with some flat bread crackers. I found this recipe through Smitten Kitchen. We make it at home pretty often, because it is so easy and tasty and I always have all the ingredients on hand. The kids devoured the first sheet of crackers to come out of the oven and were excited to take a few home when the next batch came out.

Crisp Rosemary Flatbread

Adapted from Gourmet, July 2008

  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary plus 2 (6-inch) sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil plus more for brushing
  • Flaky sea salt such as Maldon
  • Preheat oven to 450°F with a heavy baking sheet on rack in middle.
  • Stir together flour, chopped rosemary, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Make a well in center, then add water and oil and gradually stir into flour with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. Knead dough gently on a work surface 4 or 5 times.
  • Divide dough into 3 pieces and roll out 1 piece (keep remaining pieces covered with plastic wrap) on a sheet of parchment paper into a 10-inch round (shape can be rustic; dough should be thin).
  • Lightly brush top with additional oil and scatter small clusters of rosemary leaves on top, pressing in slightly. Sprinkle with sea salt. Slide round (still on parchment) onto preheated baking sheet and bake until pale golden and browned in spots, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer flatbread (discard parchment) to a rack to cool, then make 2 more rounds (1 at a time) on fresh parchment (do not oil or salt until just before baking). Break into pieces.
  • Flatbread can be made 2 days ahead and cooled completely, then kept in an airtight container at room temperature.
Have I mentioned that I have to take everything with me that I need to do every single recipe? This week the vita-mix made it in the overly-large duffel bag that I transport all my goods in so I can walk on the ferry (and avoid the extra charge for my car). It was a little heavier pulling it up the hill! Anyways, it was essential to snack day – because smoothies are one of my favorite snacks. I started with the Goop Chocolate Love Smoothie. Sometimes I like to try things that are a little different than what the kids typically eat, because I feel like they’re a little braver in class to try new things. I’m happy to report that everyone tried it, but only one of the kids really enjoyed it!

Chocolate Green Smoothie

  • 1 T chia seed
  • 4 – 6 oz water
  • 4 – 6 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana cut into chunks
  • small piece of avocado – about 1/5 of a large avocado or 1/4 of a small one
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 – 4 ice cubes
After everyone tried the green smoothie we moved onto energy balls. These are another favorite snack of mine. I like to have a bunch in the fridge for lunches and when I just need a little chocolate peanut butter pick-me-up!
No-Bake Energy Bites
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.
  2. Scoop out and roll into balls, it helps to keep your hands a little wet – they’re a little sticky!
  3. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.   Enjoy!
While the energy balls were getting chilled, we tried another smoothie. This was the favorite recipe of this class. I think the kids forgave me for the green smoothie attempt with this one!

Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • one banana
  1. Stick it all in the blender and blend away :)

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2 Comments

  1. Raspberry Leaf

     /  November 15, 2012

    Yes, my daughter loved the smoothie… I have been hearing all week about how no one liked it but she did.

  2. Julie

     /  November 19, 2012

    I wish we could send our kids. It all looks amazing and ou would be a great teacher!

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