Parenting Tales, Recipes

Salad on a Stick

My daughter is becoming quite the little homemaker this summer. One of her favorite things to do is read cookbooks, especially ones geared towards kids. She came upon this recipe and insisted we try it out. With the onslaught of many ripe tomatoes and loads of fresh basil, we gave it a try the other day when two of my nieces were here.

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The concept is extremely simple, and you only use a few different ingredients.

What I did was gather my ingredients and place them in various bowls, then had some toothpicks available in a pile.

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All you need is tomatoes (cherry ones would be better), cheese cubes (I used mozzarella), basil leaves, and a mix of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping.

It’s sorta like a Caprese salad, but on a stick.

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The kids were pretty into making these. They were totally grubbing on them!

Just as an FYI–my kids can make a bag of potato chips disappear in record time, so I loved this as a healthy snack option.

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I am a huge Caprese salad fan, so I loved them too.

This could be adapted in different ways to suit different tastes. Maybe it could even be a healthy lunchbox option.

(Actually, I’m not sure if kids can still take toothpicks to school, they might be perceived as a weapon of sorts, LOL.)

So anyway, that’s our little kid and/or grown-up snack idea for you.

Hope you have a glorious late summer day!


Recipe for Saltine Treats

Looking for a new easy-peasy dessert or snack recipe? Well, you are in luck my friend, because I have a new simple recipe for you. This one uses only 4 ingredients and is a snap to make. Also, it is a good one for kids to help put together. I got this recipe years ago from a Penzey’s spice catalog and hadn’t made it in quite some time. To me it has the perfect blend of sweet and salty with the right amount of crunch. Wanna make some? Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place saltines side by side on the parchment until it is covered.

1 sleeve of saltines

Melt butter and sugar together and pour over the saltines. Bake for 10 minutes.

And did I mention that this recipe is really healthy too 😉

Sprinkle on chocolate chips and return to the oven for 1-2 minutes so the chocolate chips will stick to the crackers.

The final step...

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, then break apart before serving. I used regular sized chocolate chips for this batch, but the mini size actually works even better. Another variation that I have seen is to melt the chocolate chips entirely and pour in a layer over top of the crackers, then chill. Bon Apetit!