A simple but classy desert that just about everyone
loves! You can lighten the recipe up by using reduced fat
margarine, and by substituting the new Splenda Brown Sugar for regular
brown sugar (it mixes half sugar and Splenda, with all the brown sugar
3/4 brown sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter
To start, preheat the oven to
If you have an apple coring tool, use this to remove the center of the
apple, leaving it whole. Or you could just roughly cut it out with
a knife. Then let the children pack each apple with about 1
tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
(You can cut the butter into 1 tbsp pats and let them use measuring
spoons to scoop the sugar. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be
You can either sprinkle the
cinnamon over the apples just before baking, or premix it into the sugar
before the kids stuff the apples. Or both!
Now place all the apples
together in the baking dish (the kids can work on wax paper or small
plates). And bake for 15 minutes. (If your apples are
extra large they will need extra cooking time.)
This is a simple "cooking" activity that kids
love to eat as much as they love making it. You'll need:
green seedless grapes
small wooden or plastic skewers (about 6 to 8 inches long)
You can vary the fruit a bit, but it must be
cut into thick enough slices or chunks that it will stay on the
kabob stick after being skewered. Crispy tart fruit like
apples and grapes make a better complement to the cheese than soft
bananas -- but whatever the kids would like to eat is fine.
The important thing in making the kabobs is
that the sharp tips of the skewers be snipped off with kitchen
shears so that there is no chance of children impaling themselves
with the skewers. For safety, don't give preschoolers more
than one skewer to work with at a time and monitor them at all
times. Even a trimmed skewer can cause injury to eyes,
lips, nose, etc. So be sure to go over the rules about
Have the children thread the fruit chunks onto
the skewers (older kids can also help cut the fruit with plain table
knives). Let them fill up the whole skewer, alternating the
fruit and cheese. You may want to have them work on patterns with
Fruit salad is one of those things that some
people find easy and others find hard. Which fruits should you
use? Which ones shouldn't be used together? How big
should I cut the pieces, and so on.
But with a few simple guidelines anyone can
make a tasty fruit salad. The most important thing is to
select good quality ripe fruit. If the fruit is
under-ripe, or bruised and over-ripe, the result will not be as
Next, cut the fruit into bite sized slices
or chunks. Of course when kids are doing the
cutting, they will need to see some examples of appropriate sized
pieces. (Note that preschoolers can cut with plastic knives
(disposable picnic-ware) and older children can use ordinary table
knives if not too sharp). Note that very young children can
best cut bananas, and if an adult quarters the apples, removes the
seeds, then slices the apple, the children can also chop the slices
into chunks to toss in the bowl. Little ones can also help by
pulling the pre-rinsed seedless grapes off the bunch. Make
sure they check to see that all bits of the stem are removed.
Try to choose 3-5 different types of fruit
for your salad. You will want to vary both the colors and
textures of the fruits. As for color, you might pick quite
different colors, such as a red fruit, a green fruit, and a white
fruit (such as strawberries, bananas, and green grapes).
Or you might choose different shades of a similar color (for
example: oranges, cantaloupe, and peaches). When it
comes to texture, try to combine soft fruits with crunchy ones, dry
fruits with juicer fruits. This makes the salad tastier and
Finally, you can jazz your fruit salad up even
more by adding nuts, raisins, or sweetened yogurt.
An attractive bowl or container can make it
even more appealing. For a really festive container,
make your own watermelon bowl or basket. First cut open
the top of the watermelon. Use a melon-baller scoop to remove
the watermelon fruit from the rind. Place it aside in a large
bowl or in ziploc storage bags. Once the fruit is removed, use
a small knife to cut the edges of the hollow watermelon in a
decorative pattern (optional). Now cut up your other
fruits and toss your salad together. Transfer the fruit
salad into the watermelon "bowl". You're done!
Note: don't forget that some fruits,
such as apples, and bananas turn brown after peeling and cutting.
So either sprinkle them with Fruit Fresh, dip them in lemon juice or
salt water, or simply wait until the last minute to cut them up.
For some reason, adults like to make this creamy
fruit salad using sour cream. Most young children meanwhile think
sour cream "tastes funny". Not to mention they find the
entire idea of "sour" cream repulsive. After all, they reason, why
would you want to let yummy delicious whipped cream go sour -- like milk
gone bad? So our recipe below calls for Cool Whip instead of the
more traditional sour cream. Whipped Cream will work as
well, but generally speaking it will separate and start to lose its
consistency if it sits for too long in the refrigerator. Plus,
Cool Whip is perfect for those kids who are lactose intolerant.
(Be aware it is made from soy however, in case you have a child who is
allergic to legumes -- as is becoming more common for some reason.)
1/2 to 1 cup Cool Whip (You'll be
adding this last, so you can decide how creamy to go.)
3/4 cup of fresh cut up orange segments (you
can use the more traditional mandarin orange segments, drained, if you
1/2 cup canned pineapple tidbits, drained
3/4 cup seedless grapes, red or green
1/2 cup to 1 cup mini marshmallows
Mix all the fruit together with the marshmallow and
add in Cool Whip. Gently stir until well mixed.
Optional: Add in 1/2 to 1 cup dried
and sweetened coconut flakes. A traditional ingredient of ambrosia
salad. (Note that not all children enjoy the coconut however.
Plus, if you add the coconut, plan to let the salad sit in the
refrigerator overnight, so that the dried coconut can absorb moisture
Other options: You can
also add 1/2 of chopped pecans or walnuts into the salad.
Many folks enjoy adding about 1/4 of maraschino cherries, a food most
kids do enjoy. And of course, if you don't have exactly the
fruits listed above, you can substitute in some canned fruit cocktail.
To add a little zip to your salad, substitute some
flavored yogurt (such as cherry or strawberry) for part of the Cool
Whip. Blend together then add to fruit.
For sour cream lovers: if you simply
must be traditional, substitute about 3/4 sour cream for the Cool Whip.
Sweeten if desired with 1 tablespoon sugar. Be sure to let salad
sit overnight if using sour cream, so that the marshmallows and coconut
can blend with the sour cream, mellowing its zesty flavor.
1, 10oz. bag
of regular size marshmallows (can use
cottage cheese instead)
Apples, quartered and then
sliced into thin slivers
Pink jelly bean (Optional)
For this tasty salad, let kids lay pear
half flat side down on a plate. (For more color and
interest, lay a lettuce leaf on the plate first!)
Use raisins for eyes, and a raisin
or jelly bean for nose. Use apples slivers for long ears.
For the tail, use either a large marshmallow or a similar sized
blob of cottage cheese.