This recipe is a gift from Michelle to the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club. It is her mom’s recipe and it’s her family tradition to make this Baked Apple Pancake on Christmas morning while the kids are busy opening their gifts.
You can reduce the butter to 1/4 cup but it does change the consistency of the pancake slightly.
- 6 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (only if using unsalted butter)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar
The South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club had a Christmas theme cooking session for the last meeting of 2013.
Michelle prepared some easy breakfast recipes and cookies recipes for the holiday season.
The first recipe is a Parfait with Dried Fruit Compote.
Pizza is ideal for lunch box as it is flexible in the combination of vegetables and meat that you know your kids will like. In order to make a healthier version, try to use whole grain pizza crust. You may even substitute the pizza crust with Indian naan bread like this Naan Pizza or with Italian focaccia bread or ciabatta buns.
We made the pizza with two types of crust, i.e one with a regular pizza crust and another with focaccia bread. The focaccia has more flavour to it but then the pizza crust is more crispy.
- 4 whole wheat flat breads such as Italian focaccia bread, ciabatta buns or Indian naan bread
- 1/4 cup (60ml) pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup (125ml) sliced button mushrooms
- 1/2 cup (125ml) sliced red pepper
- 1/2 cup (125ml) sliced onion
- 1/4 cup (75ml) chopped olives
- 1 cup (250ml) shredded mozzarella cheese or soy cheese
- olive oil for brushing
Source: this recipe is adapted from Alive Magazine #275, September 2005
Have you wonder how the pocket in a pita is created? The pocket is created by steam which puffs up the dough and as the bread cools and deflated, a pocket is left in the center. Pita pocket is such a convenient container for all sorts of fillings. I love Peanut Butter Pita Bread which has the creaminess from the peanut butter and crunchiness from the frosted cornflakes which I created in the early days of chowtimes.
Here is a another simple Tuna Pocket recipe that kids will enjoy and is ok for school lunch box as many schools are peanut free zone nowadays.
Tuna and grape goes well in this simple Tuna Pocket recipe. The coleslaws and lettuce adds crunch to it and made this a complete meal with carbohydrate, protein, fiber and vitamins.
- 1/2 cup coleslaw blend
- 1/2 cup halved seedless red grapes
- 1/2 cup flaked drained canned tuna in water
- 2 tablespoons of your preferred dressing, like mayonnaise, kraft calorie-wise Rancher’s choice dressing
- 1/2 round whole wheat pita
- leaf or romaine lettuce
Yields 1 serving
Minoo prepared four dishes in the Gilmore Park Community Kitchen. We made Chicken Patties, a warm salad, a Spinach Cake and a Red Rice Pilaf.
The Chicken Patties are marvelous. They are fried to crispy. Kids will love the Chicken Patties in their lunch boxes.
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 10 minutes; Serve 4
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 onion, grated
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup parsley, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/3 cup canola oil for frying
Kids love pancakes and this Multigrain Apple Cinnamon Buttermilk Pancakes make a healthy breakfast.
- 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) multigrain flour
- 2 tablespoons (30ml) granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (7 ml) baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon (4 ml) cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) salt
- 2 eggs
- 3 to 3 1/2 cups (500 ml) buttermilk
- 1/4 cup (50 ml) butter, melted
- 1 apple, peeled and cored
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil
This Easy Granola Bars are fantastic and have a lot of flexibility. You can adapt the recipe to your liking. They are great for hikes, long road trips and camping as they store well and keep for fairly long time. You may adapt any combination of chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut, pecans, almond slices, or any other tidbits you like in this granola bar.
This Easy Granola Bars are loaded with carbohydrates from with oats, protein from the nuts and vitamins from the dried fruit. They are also rich in fiber. They make a great on the go breakfast for busy people.
- 3 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
Getting kids into the kitchen to prepare a weekend breakfast is perfect time for sharing quality time. Age-appropriate tasks not only help divide the workload in the kitchen but also give kids a chance to take pride in their accomplishments. Kids often enjoy the food more if they are involved in the making of it. Working side by side lets adults keep a watchful eye without hovering.
Below are samples of age-appropriate tasks that kids can involve in making a healthy breakfast:
- placing cut fruits into juicer for juicing fruit
- setting the table
- flaking fish for Smoked Fish Hash
- pressing blender buttons
- whisking eggs together for scrambled eggs
- measuring ingredients
- cracking eggs into a small bowl before adding in case some shells slip in
- whisking, stirring, mixing, folding
- mashing butter for Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and stuffing them
- cooking with some minor assistance with a nearby adult at hand for support and to answer any questions
This easy side dish makes a nice addition to many breakfasts, such as scrambled eggs and Smoke Fish Hash. If you like, use small tomatoes cut in half.
- 6 ripe tomatoes (about 3 pounds/1.5 kg)
- 1/4 cup (50 ml) butter, softened
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) chopped fresh pasley
- dash of Worcestershire sauce
- pinch of each salt and pepper
- 1 cup (250 ml) fresh bread crumbs
- 2 eggs