RI PBS Kids Club FUN STUFF
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These recipes and fun food ideas come from a variety of sources. We do our best to include all necessary ingredients and directions, but not all recipes have been tested in our kitchen. Do you have a yummy kid-friendly recipe to share? Email it to us and we'll share it here!
CHILDREN, PLEASE USE THESE RECIPES WITH ADULT PERMISSION AND SUPERVISION.
HALLOWEEN (or anytime) Ideas
for fun and healthy snacks and treats
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Just quarter and core an apple,
cut a wedge from the skin side
of each quarter, then press
slivered almonds in place for
Tip: If you're not going to serve them right away, baste the apples with orange juice to keep them from browning.
Here's a Halloween trick your
child will have no trouble
pulling off--turning a ripe
banana into a Halloween treat.
Remove any stringy fibers from
the peeled banana, then cut it
in half widthwise. Push a
Popsicle stick into each half
through the cut end, then cover each pop with plastic wrap and freeze until firm (about 3 hours).
Next, place a 1.5-ounce piece of white chocolate candy in a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high until melted (it generally takes about 1 minute). With a butter knife, spread the melted white chocolate on the frozen banana halves.
Set the pops on a waxed-paper-covered dish. Press on candies or currants for eyes and mouths and return the pops to the freezer until ready to serve. Makes 2.
Carrot Finger Food
CARROT FINGER FOOD
(gives a whole new meaning
to "finger food")
4 long carrots
1 medium carrot
softened cream cheese
To prepare them, just fill a serving bowl with your favorite vegetable dip. Wash and peel 4 long carrots for fingers and 1 medium carrot for a thumb.
With a paring knife (a parent's job), cut a flat, shallow notch in the tip of each carrot. Then use a dab of dip or softened cream cheese to glue a sliced-almond fingernail atop each notch.
Stick the fingers in the dip, as shown, and serve with plenty of peeled baby carrots for dipping.
Hot Dog Mummies
HOT DOG MUMMIES
Feast your eyes, if you dare,
on these Hot Dog Mummies.
They're the perfect energy
food before an evening of
trick or treating.
11-ounce can of refrigerator
1 12-pack of hot dogs
For each mummy, separate one breadstick from the roll and use kitchen shears or a knife to slice it in half lengthwise to create two thinner strips.
Wrap one strip at a time snugly around the hot dog. Depending on the size of the hot dog, you may not need all of both strips. Leave about 1/2 inch of hot dog exposed for the face area and continue wrapping the top of the hot dog.
Bake the mummies on a cookie sheet at 350º for 15 to 18 minutes or until the breadstick wrapping is golden brown.
Remove the mummies from the oven and cool them for 5 minutes. Add yellow mustard eyes just before serving. Makes 12 mummies.
Peanut Butter Spiders
Peanut Butter Spiders
2 round crackers
8 pretzel sticks
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
Spread most of the peanut butter on one cracker, reserving a small amount for the raisin eyes. Press the 8 pretzel sticks into the peanut butter, 4 on each side, to make the spider legs. Top with the second cracker. Put two dots of peanut butter on the top cracker and add raisins for eyes.
Disguises aren't just for Halloween. Surprise your family with these dressed-up, spooky-looking snacks any time of year. Kids can help by spooning the
pizza sauce on the English muffin
and making the mummy face with
the cheese and vegetables.
Red or green pepper
Cheese sticks or slices
Heat the oven to 350º F. For each mummy, spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce onto half of an English muffin (toast it first, if you like). Set olive slices in place for eyes and add round slices of green onion or bits of red or green pepper for pupils. Lay strips of cheese (we used a pulled-apart cheese stick) across the muffin for the mummy's wrappings.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the muffin is toasty.
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