Playdate/Slumber Party Food Ideas

In my parent ed. class one of the mothers shared how her son is having a few of his friends sleeping over. She was asking for some fun ideas for them to do. I thought I’d list a few here that you can try at your next playdate ect. Now with summer quickly approaching, it might be good to have a few of these on stand by. Depending on the ages of the kids, most of these can be assembled by the kids. The recipe is already on the blog so I will just list the title and you can scroll down to it. I will try to tell you the post title so it isn’t hard to find. Also, some of the recipes under “Go ahead and play w/ your food” will work for a smaller sized group.

Meal ideas

BBQ chicken pizza, Turkey Hummus Tortilla Rolls, Fettuchini Alfredo (adding Rotisserie Chicken is good touch) These are Under the Whole Foods Demos, “BRC” Beans Rice and Cheese  burritos, Scrambled Egg Sausage and Cheese Breakfast burritos, Cucumber Avocado Carrot sushi roll, make your own pizza or calzones (Trader Joe’s has a nice wheat uncooked pizza dough)

Snacks

Oatmeal Raisin cookies, Baked tortilla Chips with guacamole, Banana in a blanket, Butterfly carrots, Healthy Rice Krispy bars, fruit juice popsicles, Smoothie and Go Go, (5/22/10 Whole Foods Class)Roll the can Ice cream, (I have done this with my kids at home and at cooking class.) recipe under Seasonal recipes, Oven baked Churros, Hummus with baby carrots/celery/jicama, apple sauce, sweet potato latkas, Zucchini bread (seasonal recipes), Fruit kabob with yogurt (play with your food), Frozen Crunchy Skeleton Bone “frozen banana dipped in chocolate), Witch’s Brew (smoothie), (under Spooky recipes for a bewitching Meal)

Simple Guacamole by Sonia Chung at Whole Foods Market

Guacamole is best when mixed up right before serving. If you do have to store it a few hours before using it, then put it in a narrow container and place plastic wrap directly on top of it. The plastic will prevent the air from oxidizing your avocados.

Hardware-big mixing bowl, potato masher, cutting board, knife, plastic juicer, mixing spoon, flatware spoon, zip top plastic bag, pizza slicer

Software-Ripe avocados, Fresh lime juice, Chopped Cilantro, Garlic salt, cherry tomatoes, diced red onions (optional)

Steps

  • Wash the avocados and lime
  • Rinse off the cilantro and chop it up by rolling the pizza cutter over the leaves. Remove any thick pieces of stem. Set aside.
  • Rinse off the tomatoes and dice. (optional) Set aside.
  • Cut the avocados in half by rotating the avocado around and keeping your knife still. Give it a twist and pull apart
  • Using your flatware spoon scoop out the shell into the big mixing bowl
  • Putting your hand under a kitchen towel, place the avocado half with the seed stuck in it on the towel. Wack the seed with a knife so that the blade is slightly embedded in the seed. Give the knife a twist to remove the seed. Place your hand over the back of the knife and pinch right behind the seed and this should make the seed fall off the knife w/out any threat of cutting yourself
  • Scoop out the shell into the plastic bag
  • Sprinkle it with garlic salt. Remember to use less because you can always add more later
  • Press the air out of the bag and zip it up. Mash up the avocados by squeezing the bag.
  • Cut the lime in half and put it in the juicer. Squeeze lime juice to a bowl.
  • Open the bag. With a teaspoon add juice to the bag.
  • Add the cilantro and red onions (optional) and smash it around in the bag.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir gently. Chill until ready to serve

I like to serve this with baby carrots, celery, and the oven baked no salt added chips or the oven baked flax seed Omega 3 chips. It is also great in sandwiches and wraps instead of mayo. Try it on your next BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato). I use the Applegate brand turkey bacon over at Whole Foods. Enjoy.

Beads on the Cheap

On freecycle someone was looking for beads for her preschool activity. Here is the email I sent her.

I taught kinder for glendale unified. in my class we used macaroni noodles since they are so cheap. to color them, put in a ziploc bag with liquid food coloring plus a teaspoon or less of rubbing alcohol (depends on how many noodles you have) and shake them around til the color is all over the pasta. The more food coloring you use, the deeper the color. Dump them out on wax paper and let them dry overnight. I used the tube and ring pastas for our thanksgiving Native American Indian necklaces.



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