Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten

Favorite recipes

The children often ask me to "tell mommy and daddy how to make this", so I'm sharing a few of their favorite foods.

 Pizza Crust Dough (from Breadman Ultimate instruction manual and recipe guide)

ingredients: 1 2/3 cups water, 2 TBS oil, 2 TBS sugar, 2 tsp salt, 2 TBL dry milk, 4 1/2 cups bread flour, 2 tsp active dry yeast

directions: If you have a bread machine, select "pizza" cycle, and let the machine mix it.  If not, you can work the dough manually. How to knead bread

After the dough is formed, press it onto two 12" pizza  pans, raising the edges.  Spread pizza sauce over the dough, and have your child help you add toppings such as cheese, pepperoni, or veggies.  Bake at 425* for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown around the edges.

Smoothies

 ingredients: vanilla yogurt, chunks of frozen fruit, orange juice or milk

directions: layer similar amounts of frozen fruit and yogurt in a blender, add a little liquid (juice or milk), and blend until smooth.  Yum!

 

 Pumpkin gingerbread muffins

 ingredients:

2 1/3 cups sugar               1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup applesauce           4 eggs

2/3 cup water                    3 cups pumpkin puree

2 tsp ground ginger           1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon                  1 tsp cloves

2 cups white flour              1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 tsp baking soda              1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees  F.  Grease 2 muffin pans (recipe makes 48 - 60 mini muffin, or 24 regular)

In a large mixing bowl combine sugar, oil and eggs, beat until smooth.  Add water, pumpkin, and spices, stir.

In another bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Add dry ingredients to the pumpkin mix and combine.  Pour into muffin tins and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Even although this makes a huge batch, they remain incredibly moist and fresh for about 4 days - if you can resist that long.  They also freeze well.  Pumpkin is an incredibly healthy food, chock full of vitamins A and C, fiber, and even protein and calcium!

 

 Disappearing Potato Bits

 Ingredients:

baking potatoes                  clove of garlic

fresh or dried herbs (I use oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage fresh from my garden)

seasoned salt                      olive oil

 Directions:

Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1" chunks.  Put them in a large bowl.  Wash, chop and add fresh herbs, or just sprinkle on dried ones.  Drizzle with a couple of Tbsp olive oil, and sprinkle liberally with seasoned salt.  Spread them on a baking tray, and place in a preheated 450* oven.  Bake 35 - 45 minutes, until browned and sizzling.  

 

Scrambled eggs

Ingredients:

eggs, usually 1 per child         milk

shredded cheese                    butter

Directions:

Crack eggs into a bowl.  Add a slurp of milk (just a little, don't fret about the inexact measure) and a handful of grated cheese.  Stir well.  Melt butter in a skillet, add egg mixture, and stir until cooked through, just a few minutes.  The cheese and milk make these eggs the yummiest!

 

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

Ingredients:

Your usual pancake mix (homemade or boxed mix)

1 cup pumpkin puree              1 cup plain oats

1 tsp pumpkin pie spices, or a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

 Directions:

To your regular mix, add the pumpkin, spices, and oats.  Mix well, and cook as usual.  The pumpkin and spices add a lot of flavor (and vitamins) and the oats add fiber and make the pancakes thick and fluffy. Try eating them without syrup, they're yummy!

 

Tuna patties

Ingredients:

1 can of tuna (7 oz)                 1 egg

about 1/4 cup flour                   seasonings, including seasoned salt and herbs

2 Tbsp ground flax seeds (optional)

 Directions:

Put the tuna and the water it is packed in, into a bowl.  Add the egg, flour, seasoned salt and herbs (I use parsley, garlic and onion flakes), and flax, and mix well.  Spoon onto greased hot griddle or George Foreman Grill in tablespoon sized portions.  Cook until it is nicely browned on the outside, and cooked through.  If using a griddle, turn over to cook top too.  Serve with ketchup.  The kids call this Dead Fish! (use a pirate voice to say it) and think it is wonderful.

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