Kids in the Kitchen

This school break, have fun with your kids by engaging them in the kitchen. If they help with the prep and enjoy learning a thing or two, you might just get them to eat something new – and healthy!
Check out our top suggestions for what to cook with your kids in the week ahead:

1) Set up a make-your-own pizza station. Give each child a portion of pre-made dough. Then, let them top their own! Include a bowl of tomato sauce, along with barbecue sauce for a change. In addition to shredded cheese, offer mini fresh mozzarella balls and local Seal Cove Farm chevre. For veggies, try caramelized onions, peppers and mushrooms. And for meat, upgrade the options with our own Brothers Marketplace Dry Salami Pepperoni and sausage made in-house by our butchers.

2) Turn healthy, raw ingredients into homemade granola bites. Grind your own nut butter in-store and roll with a blend of grains, dates and dried fruit. Coat in shredded coconut for nutrient-packed snacks ready for a day of skiing or snacking at home. Mix in mini dark chocolate chips for an added treat!

3) Serve up a steakhouse dinner at home. Give the kids a chance to learn how to properly set a table for a fancy dinner by creating a steakhouse vibe in your own dining room. For steaks, the antibiotic and hormone free Niman Ranch Petite Sirloins are on sale this week. Season with salt and pepper and pan sear with fresh rosemary. Saute wild mushrooms in the pan drippings. For a starchy side, roast a blend of chopped white and sweet potatoes. Or boil baby potatoes and then let the kids smash them on a pan before roasting for ultra crispy results.

4) Make fish exciting to eat with local fish and new spices. Choose locally landed fish at our seafood counter, such as cod or haddock. Cut it into sticks and brush with egg. Then have the kids help roll them in a spiced flour mixture. Try Brothers No Salt Lemon Pepper Spice or make your own blend with garlic powder and smoked paprika. Bake in the oven until crispy and serve with fries for traditional fish and chips.

5) Blend yogurt with fun flavors and freeze. Start with plain or vanilla Greek yogurt and let the kids choose their own fruit and flavors. Puree fresh mangoes or use frozen, and add some berries, too. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup. Fill mini muffin tins with the mixture and freeze for easy frozen yogurt bites.

6) Change up what’s inside their grilled cheese. Grilled cheese is comfort food for all ages. Update it by giving the kids new cheese choices, such as fresh mozzarella, brie or goat. Keep it simple and dip in tomato soup. Or try some new add-ons, such as sliced green apples and a drizzle of honey, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar, or a spread of Chocolate Fig Sunshine jam from Dove & Figs, with a blend of apples, dried Mission figs, oranges & Taza Mexican Chocolate.

7) Go global with homemade chicken fingers. Teach your kids about spices from around the world with a fresh take on chicken fingers. With our Brothers Marketplace Spices & Rubs, you can bring a taste of the Middle East, North Africa, or Asia to chicken fingers or any weeknight dinner. Let the kids choose where to go around the globe with our new line of 20 locally blended spices and dry rubs. Add Za’atar – a blend of ground sumac and other spices – to your coating for a taste of Jerusalem, Beirut or Cairo, and serve with a salad of chopped tomatoes and cucumbers. Or give the chicken fingers an Indian flair with Garam Masala.

8) Show your kids how to make an easy, healthier mac & cheese, with their own style. Skip the box and powder with homemade mac & cheese. It’s easy to make, and healthier, too. Cook their favorite pasta. Stir in any mixture of cheeses you’d like to try! Shredded sharp cheddar is a no-brainer. Change it up with smoked gouda, gruyere and/or goat cheese – whatever the kids what to taste. Use approximately 2 ½ cups of cheese and 1/8 cup of milk for every half box of pasta. Mix everything together on low heat until the cheese melts! Serve just like that. Or bake it in the oven with breadcrumbs on top.

And, when everyone needs to get out of the house, stop by for your favorite prepared foods and ice cream sundaes. Or visit our Medfield diner for a full meal at any time of day! Have a great school vacation week.