PYRAMID RECIPES *



MILK, YOGURT, CHEESE


ORANGE MILK  

Combine 1 ounce orange juice with 4 ounces milk. Put in a small jar and shake. Small children need one hand under the jar and the other hand on the top of the jar - Then push up with one hand and down with the other hand while holding firmly. Add a few ice chips for coldness.

SHAKE, SHAKE PUDDING 

In a jar, mix 2 cups skim milk or 2% milk with 1 small package of instant pudding. Put the lid on the jar and shake, shake, shake for at least one minute.  Have dessert dishes ready to pour portions into. 

PUDDING POPS

Follow directions for making instant pudding but add extra milk.  Portion out pudding ingredients and milk so each child can mix own ingredients in a small jar and pour into a mold for freezing. 

ORANGE YOGURT SMOOTHIE 

Combine 1/4 cup chilled orange juice, 2 Tbsp. chilled low-fat yogurt, 1/3 small banana mashed and then chilled in freezer.  Stir or whip together with a mechanical mixer. To serve, sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. 

COCOA SMOOTHIE 

Add 1 Tbsp. sweetened cocoa to 1/2 cup chilled vanilla yogurt.  Stir or whip together.  

BERRY BERRY SMOOTHIE 

Combine 1 part berries, 1 part chilled vanilla yogurt, and 1 part mashed banana. Mix together with a mechanical mixer. 

CHEESE BALLS

Put cheese chunks through an old fashioned mechanical grinder. Roll cheese into balls. Cut up raisins, dates or other dried fruit, or crunchy cereal to roll cheese balls in.  

WHIPPED MILK TOPPING 

The adult needs to dissolve 1 Tbsp gelatin (any flavor) in 2 Tbsp. boiling water. Set aside to thicken. The child uses a mechanical mixer to beat 1/3 cup nonfat/skim milk until foamy.  Add 2 Tbsp lemon juice and continue beating.  When soft peaks are formed, gradually beat in 3 Tbsp sugar.  Add the thickened gelatin and beat till the mixture holds its peaks. 

 

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DRY BEANS, EGGS, & NUTS *


NUTTY NUTS

A hard surface and a child size hammer for cracking nuts and coconuts require lots of "energy". Both hands on the hammer prevents hurt fingers. Select a "floor" safe area for using the hammer.

SNOWY PEANUT DIP

Mix 2 Tbsp peanut butter with 1/2 cup low-fat or 0 fat yogurt.  Mix together. Use dippers of bread, fruit or vegetables. 

BEANNIE BEAN DIP

Mash 1/2 cup canned beans.  Add onion flakes.  Mix for a dip. Thin with yogurt as needed.  Eat with vegetable or bread-cracker dippers. 

DEVILED EGGS

Have adult hard cook eggs and chill.  peel hard cooked eggs that are cooled. Use a table knife to cut eggs in half. Remove the yellow yolk.  Mash the yok and mix with 12 tsp mustard. Fill the egg.  Garnish with paprika. 

PEANUT BUTTER - BANANA CIRCLES

Use a table knife to cut bananas into 1/2 inch or inch circles.  Spread with peanut butter. Roll in crunchy cereal. 

CHUNKY PEANUT BUTTER

Grind peanuts in an old-fashioned hand-cranked vegetable grinder to make chunky peanut butter.  Spread on crackers, vegetables or fruit. 

DINOSAUR BONES

Wash and scrub celery.  Fill with chunky peanut butter.  

PEANUT BUTTER TOFU DIP

Mix equal parts of smooth peanut butter and tofu. Add lemon juice to thin.  Serve with vegetables or bread or cracker dippers. 

HUMMUS

Mash 1/2 cup chick peas (garbanzo beans). Add clove garlic (rushed), 1 tsp cumin powder, 4 Tbsp tahini (optional), 4 Tbsp. lemon juice. Thin with yogurt to desired consistency. Serve with vegetable or bread dippers.  

 

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VEGETABLES & FRUIT


JUICY JUICE

Put a wet cloth under the juicer to help hold it still. Show small children how to put one hand on the handle of a small plastic or glass juicer and the other on the top of the citrus fruit. The top hand pushes down and rotates the fruit at the same time. Make citrus drinks using oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit.

CARROT - CELERY DIPPERS

Scrub carrots and celery with a vegetable brush. Break into bite size pieces. Use alone for snacks OR to dip in Snowy Peanut Dip.

GREEN STALK BEANS

Wash green beans and break into bite size pieces. 

BERRY BERRY CRUSH

With a fork mash 1/4 banana and 1/2 cup berries and chill. Mix with 1/2 cup chilled cranberry juice using a mechanical mixer.

FRUITY FREEZE

Have a child pour juice into a mold to freeze as a Popsicle. Use straws or Popsicle sticks for holders.  In Australia Popsicles are called ice blocks. 

ORANGE PIECES

Peel skin from an orange. Pull the pieces apart and eat for a snack or to add to a mixture.  

CRANBERRY-ORANGE RELISH    

Wash the fruit. Follow the recipe on the cranberry package of fresh cranberries. Use an old fashioned hand grinder to grind the orange and cranberries. 

CARROT RAISIN SALAD

Grate a carrot. Add 1 Tbsp raisin and 1 Tbsp vanilla yogurt. Mix together and chill. 

BROCCOLI  RAISIN SALAD

Wash and tear broccoli into very small pieces.  Combine 1/2 cup broccoli pieces with 1 Tbsp. raisin, 1 Tbsp/ sunflower seeds, and 1 tsp onion flakes. In a small jar mix the dressing - 2 Tbsp. vanilla yogurt, 1 tsp. vinegar, and 1 Tbsp sugar. Shake. Add to the salad and mix together. 

LAYERED LOLLY

Use popcycle molds, small paper cups, or ice cube trays. Pour layers of fruit juice alternately with yogurt. Insert straw  for holders.  

MELON BALLS

Use a 1/4 of a melon. Scoop out seeds. Use a round melon-baller to cut round balls.  Use to make kebobs, dessert treat, or mixed fruit dessert. 

MIXED FRUIT CUP

Combine melon balls, orange slices, banana slices, grapes, and water melon chunks.  

GUACAMOLE

Peel avocado and mash with a fork. Mix with 2 tsp. lemon juice, 2 Tbsp onion flakes, 3 Tbsp crushed tomatoes, 1 Tbsp vanilla yogurt.  Serve as a dip. 

BANANA OJ DESSERTS

Juice an orange to make OJ (orange juice). Peel banana and cut or break into slices. Pour the OJ over the banana slices to keep them from turn brown. Chill until ready to eat.   

FRESH ORANGE JUICE

Cut orange in half for child. Have child use juicer to squeeze juice. Remove seeds. Chill for snack time.  


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BREAD, CEREAL, RICE, & PASTA


SNICK SNACKS

Combine equal amounts of the following :  3 different ready to eat cereals. Mix together with a spoon in a bowl with lots of extra space for mixing.

TRAIL MIX

Follow the snick-snack recipe. Add dried fruit, pretzels, and/or nuts.  Mix together.  

TORTILLA DIPPERS

Use scissors to cut tortillas into small pieces for dipping. 

CRUNCHY CEREAL BALLS

Combine 1 part peanut butter, 1 part orange juice, 1 part cut dried fruit, and 2 parts crispy cereal. Use clean hands to mix and roll into balls.  

VEGGIE BURRITO

Prepare bite size veggies:  2 Tbsp. grated carrot,  2 Tbsp finely torn broccoli,  and 2 Tbsp finely torn cauliflower. Combine ingredients and season with 1 "shake"  chili powder.  Put 1 lettuce leaf in the center of the tortilla.. Grate 1 Tbsp cheese (OR 1 slice cheese torn into pieces) an put on top of vegetable mixture  Wrap the tortilla.  (Can you small snack size tortilla chips or larger ones for meals).

CEREAL MIXTURE WITH YOGURT

Many European families specialize in making their won cereal mixture. Design  a special mixture by asking families for suggestions or studying recipes books. Serve with vanilla yogurt. 

 

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*NOTE: Recipes are child-safe and can be prepared without hot, heavy, sharp methods

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