While browsing through recipe websites recently, I came across several featuring recipes kids can help create.

Giving even young kids a job to do to help prepare a family meal helps them feel a sense of accomplishment. Kids are also more likely to eat a menu item they helped prepare. Children also learn skills such as measuring, cutting and mixing. For older children, reading and following a recipe is another useful lesson. Not to mention, cooking can be fun!



This snack from weelicious.com is as much fun for children to make as to eat!

Banana Sushi

bananas

almond butter or whipped cream cheese

Toppings (crushed cereal, chia seeds, shredded coconut, chopped chocolate or cinnamon sugar)

Cut the bananas into 1-1/2 to 2-inch pieces. Roll banana slices in almond butter or whipped cream cheese, then roll in any desired coating. Bananas can be picked up with chopsticks or by hand.



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Easy Cucumber Salad

1 cucumber, sliced

1 avocado, chopped

1 teaspoon freeze dried onion

1/4 cup lime juice

1 teaspoon chopped parsley

pinch salt

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Enjoy right away or allow flavors to meld together for 2 hours in the refrigerator.



This bread from allrecipes.com is a tasty addition to a meal of spaghetti or lasagna.

Delicious Bread

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled

1 egg

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1-pound loaf frozen bread dough, thawed

In a large bowl, combine cooled butter, egg, garlic salt and dried parsley. Pull off walnut size pieces of dough. Dip the bread pieces in the butter mixture and place in a lightly greased Bundt cake pan. When all of the bread dough has been placed in the pan, pour the remaining butter mixture over the top of the dough.

Cover pan and put in a warm place until bread pieces have doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes, until browned. Serve warm.



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Grilled Veggie Packed Turkey Burgers

1 whole grain roll or slice of bread per burger

1 pound fresh ground turkey

1 fresh red pepper

1 fresh green pepper

1 Spanish onion

1 clove fresh garlic

2 fresh zucchini

4 pinches ground or fresh rosemary

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup fresh chopped mushrooms (optional)

Ketchup, mustard or relish for topping

Gather all the vegetables and spices. Wash veggies and chop into large chunks

Put veggies in the food processor on chop, and chop until they are bits (do not over-chop).

Mix veggies into one pound of lean ground turkey in a large bowl. Blend with a spoon. Add minced garlic (or garlic powder). Add 4 dashes of salt, pepper and 4 pinches of ground or freshly chopped rosemary. Mix gently and make into burger patties.

When the grill is ready, put the turkey burgers on the grill. Cook for about 7 minutes each side until golden brown (flip burgers only once or twice). Check to make sure the burgers are cooked thoroughly. For cheeseburgers, add 1 slice of cheese to the burger about 3 minutes before taking them off the grill.

Top buns or bread with mayonnaise, lettuce and fresh slice of tomato as desired before adding the turkey burger.



This recipe from delish.com can transform an ordinary day into a party day!

Funfetti Dump Cake

1 cup milk

1 box vanilla instant pudding mix

16 Golden Oreos (12 whole, 4 crushed)

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1 box Funfetti cake mix

1 stick butter, thinly sliced

1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl or glass measuring cup, combine milk and vanilla pudding and whisk until thick, around 2 minutes.

Spread pudding on the bottom of a 9"-x-13" baking dish. Top with a layer of 12 Golden Oreos and sprinkle with white chocolate chips.

Pour cake mix on top and use a fork to level out the mix, breaking up any clumps, especially around the corners. Top with butter (spread all over) and sprinkle all over with crushed Oreos and sprinkles.

Bake until cake mix is completely baked through, 20 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

Readers are invited to submit four to five of their favorite recipes to enjoy, along with a note about what makes them special. Send recipes to lskarpness@parkrapidsenterprise.com and they may appear in a future issue.