Healthy Hands Cooking
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The food is tasty and children love to help create these delicious, good-for-you dishes.
Choose one of these recipes to add a new twist to your family favorites, or make them all and serve to family and friends as one delicious meal.
We promise, everyone will love the food – with or without knowing that the dishes are good for you and yours.
By KATHERINE PETTIT Recipes compiled by JAN PINNINGTON Photos by CARTER WADE
Preparation time: 5 minutes
2 cups watermelon cubes
Dash of Stevia or squeeze of honey
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup 100% cranberry juice
1/2 frozen banana
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1/2 cup crushed ice
Chia seeds or fresh/dried mint for garnish
- Mix first 7 ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Garnish with cubed watermelon, chia seeds and/or fresh or dried mint leaves.
Orange Blueberry and Mint Salad
Preparation time: 15 minutes
1 large naval orange (peeled, seeded, and sliced into 5 or 6 rounds per orange)
2 strawberries, washed and sliced
10 fresh blueberries, washed and dried
3 fresh mint leaves, washed and torn into small pieces to be scattered on top of orange salad
2 tablespoons Greek vanilla yogurt
1 pinch grated orange rind (1/4 tsp)
- Wash and dry orange. Grate a bit of orange peel and set aside.
- Peel orange and slice into 5 or 6 rounds. Place sliced oranges neatly on a plate.
- Wash and slice strawberries and place on top of oranges.
- Wash and dry blueberries and arrange on top.
- Place washed, torn mint leaves on top.
- Mix yogurt and orange rind (zest) as a dressing and drizzle or dollop on top of salad, or serve as a dipping sauce on the side.
- Recipe can be doubled, tripled, etc. as required and served as individual salads or arranged on a large serving platter.
Veggie Pasta Bowl
Preparation time: 30 minutes
1 8oz. box of pasta (approx. 2 cups cooked) such as whole wheat, gluten-free, spinach, black bean, quinoa pasta, etc.
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 cups chopped fresh veggies such as peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, etc.
Optional: 1/2 cup shredded or Parmesan cheese
Optional: 1 cup diced chicken, turkey, pre-cooked shrimp, natural pepperoni (no preservatives) if not making vegetarian dish
- Cook noodles as directed. Once cooked, add 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, 2 teaspoons garlic powder.
- Mix, then stir in chopped veggies of choice. Multi colored veggies are terrific!
- If not making vegetarian dish, you can add chopped chicken or turkey, slices of pepperoni, or small pre-cooked shrimp.
- Serve warm or chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
- Can be topped with 1/2 cup shredded cheese or Parmesan cheese (optional).
Southern Grilled Peaches
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Butter, olive oil or organic cooking spray (to oil grill)
4 medium peaches, slightly soft to the touch
2 tablespoons 100% Maple Syrup
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Pinch Red Hot Pepper Flakes
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- Heat grill to 400°F (medium heat). Moisten grill with butter, olive oil or cooking spray.
- Wash and dry peaches. Cut, split in half, and remove pit using metal spoon.
- Place peaches cut side down, close lid, and grill for 4 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
- Turn peaches and brush with marinade. Close lid and grill 3 more minutes. Transfer peaches to a serving plate.
- Brush or drizzle remaining marinade or a bit of balsamic vinegar over peaches.
- Can be served warm or cooled.
- Makes a great side dish for chicken, fish, and seafood or a yummy dessert served over vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Healthy Chicken Peanut Satay
Preparation time: 40 minutes
2 pounds chicken tenderloins
25-30 wooden skewers
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
- Soak wooden skewers in water for 5 minutes. Thread each chicken tenderloin onto individual skewer.
- Mix marinade ingredients (except for green onions) and pour over chicken. Let stand for 20-30 minutes.
- Heat indoor or outdoor grill to high. Place the chicken satay on the grill, 3 minutes per side (or until no longer pink).
- Meanwhile, heat remaining marinade in a small pot on the stove. Bring to a low boil for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Serve on the side as a dipping sauce or pour over chicken skewers just before serving.
- Garnish with fresh green onion slices before serving.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Preparation time: 60 minutes
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1½ cups organic brown sugar
1 cup organic liquid coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini, moisture removed by squeezing in paper towels
½ cup mini semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
Sifted icing sugar/powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with nonstick spray.
- Measure dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Whip eggs and then stir in sugars, oil, vanilla and zucchini.
- Fold into dry ingredients until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes back clean from center of cake.
- Let sit and cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar.
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