Archive for December, 2010

13 yr old’s Cooking Birthday Party

December 4, 2010

Imagine 10 chatty girls, lots of ingredients and knives. That was the scene at a very sweet 13 year old girl’s party. Our menu was Simple Guacamole, Turkey Spinach Cheesy Quesadillas, and Oven Baked Cinnamon Crisps. (my healthy style churro) They girls had fun and got to enjoy a tasty meal and…I hope, learned a few new cooking skills.

Turkey Spinach Cheesy Quesadilla

This is a great way to sneak in a little spinach in anyone’s day. I use frozen spinach to save myself some work. You can assemble a whole bunch of these and put a piece of wax paper between them and freeze them for latter use. They also make a great appetizer for a party. I like to serve these with nonfat plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream. You’ll be surprised how similar they taste.

Software- extra lean ground turkey, 1 box of frozen spinach defrosted, shredded cheddar cheese/mexican blend cheese, whole wheat tortilla, 2-3 garlic cloves, olive oil,”I can’t believe it’s not butter” spray (optional)

Hardware- fry pan, cutting board, pancake flipper, wooden spoon, knife, 2 bowls, small plate, fry pan/griddle, pizza rotary cutter


  • Using the side of your knife, smash the garlic cloves using the palm of an open hand. Make sure you spread your fingers upward so they aren’t near the blade.
  • Pick away the garlic’s outer paper and throw it away.
  • Chop the smashed garlic and set it aside on a small plate
  • AHN “Adult Help Needed” to heat up a 3 second pour of olive oil in a fry pan/skillet.
  • AHN -When the oil is hot, add the turkey meat by sliding it gently in from just above the oil. Do not just plop it in or the oil will spatter.
  • Using a wooden spoon, move the meat around so the raw parts are getting cooked. Add the chopped garlic.
  • Continue to stir the meat until all the meat is fully cooked. Turn off the heat and set it aside.
  • Open the spinach and with your hands, squeeze out as much water as you can from the spinach. Set the spinach in a bowl. Pull apart the spinach so it is fluffed and not just in a tight ball.
  • Place a tortilla on a dish, spoon on some ground turkey, sprinkle on some spinach, and sprinkle on the cheddar cheese (like you would motzarella cheese on a pizza) Top with another tortilla.
  • Squirt on 2 squirts of butter spray, Lay that side on the clean fry pan/griddle.
  • Cook til golden brown.
  • Using the flipper, flip it over,┬áSpray the untoasted side with 2 more squirts of butter spray. Or forget about the squirts all together and just cook them dry.
  • Once that side is golden brown, slide it onto a cutting board.
  • Using the pizza cutter, cut into triangle slices just like a pizza.

Simple Guacamole by Chef Sonia 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

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


  • Wash the avocados and lime
  • Rinse off the cilantro and chop it up. Remove any thick pieces of stem. Set aside.
  • Rinse off the tomatoes and dice. 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 shells 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 bowl
  • Sprinkle it with garlic salt. Remember to use less because you can always add more later
  • Mash up the avocados using the potato masher
  • Cut the lime in half and push it on the juicer.
  • Add lime juice to the bowl. Start with a teaspoon then add more juice if needed.
  • Add the cilantro and red onions (optional) and stir with the mixing spoon
  • Add the tomatoes and stir gently.
  • Chill until ready to serve

I like to serve this with the oven baked no salt added chips or the oven baked flax seed Omega 3 chips. Enjoy.

Oven Baked Cinnamon Crisps

I love the crispy crunch that these chips have. It has the flavors of a churro without the deep frying in oil technique. I like to keep the cinnamon sugar already mixed up in a tin for easy access.

Software- ground cinnamon, sugar, flour tortillas, “I Can’t believe it’s not butter” spray,

Hardware- teaspoon, small bowl, foil, cookie tray, rotary pizza cutter, cutting board


To make cinnamon sugar- in a cereal bowl put 3 tsp of sugar and 1 tsp of ground cinnamon. Stir with a spoon to combine. Congrats. you just made your own cinnamon sugar. Pour it into a sprinkle jar for easy use.

Place a tortilla on the cutting board, squirt on the butter spray, sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar, Flip and repeat.

place it back on the cutting board and use the pizza cutter to cut the tortilla into strips or triangles. Move the pieces to a foil covered cookie tray.

Bake in a 400 F oven for 8-10 minutes.