Friday, October 31, 2014

Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen #98: Raddish Kids Picnic Dinner

Time for Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen
(A weekly linky to share what you and your children have created in the kitchen.)

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 A couple of months ago I celebrated my 5 Year Blogiversary and hosted a Back to School Giveaway. One of the products that I received for review was a Pack-Me-a-Picnic cooking box from Raddish Kids. At the time my Sponsor Spotlight went live, I was unable to get all the ingredients to make the recipes that were in the box. We finally had a chance to make the recipes and have our Picnic Dinner a few weeks ago and I wanted to share about it here on Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen.


I feel the Raddish Cooking Kits and Subscriptions are a great way to encourage time with mom (or dad) in the kitchen. You can check out my Sponsor Spotlight to see what all comes in the boxes. Right now I would like to share our experience with Raddish Kids.

We decided to take one Saturday afternoon and make all 3 dishes that came with our cooking box. We decided we would have a picnic dinner on the living room floor. We started out by making the Chunky Monkey Bars as we could then set them aside while we made the Polka Dot Orzo Salad and Backyard BBQ Chicken Wraps.

Chunky Monkey Bars:



Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup dried banana chips
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal (we took that to mean Rice Krispies)
4 Tbs butter (plus extra for greasing the pan)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

First we crushed the banana chips into fine pieces.


Then we combined the crushed banana chips, oats, and Rice Krispies in a large bowl and stirred them together.


The girls helped to make the syrup. We put the butter in a saucepan and melted it over medium heat. then we added the brown sugar and honey and stirred it slowly until it was combined. We brought the mixture to a boil over medium high heat and boiled for 2 minutes. Then we turned off the heat and added vanilla and cinnamon. We stirred it carefully.


Mommy poured the syrup into the bowl with the cereal/banana chip mixture. We stirred it well.


Then we added half of it to the 8x8 greased cake pan and spread it evenly. We sprinkled on half of the chocolate chips and repeated the layers.


Then we put foil on top of the pan (because we didn't have wax paper) and used our hands to press firmly. We set it in the freezer for 30 minutes while we started the salad.


The Polka Dot Orzo Salad was quite easy to make. 
We did substitute regular black olives for the Kalamata olives and grape tomatoes for the cherry tomatoes.


The older girls helped to cut the veggies (grape tomatoes, cucumber, and olives).


Hannah and I cooked up the orzo pasta.


Hannah and I also made the vinaigrette together.


When the orzo was done, I drained it and added it in with the vegetables. Then I added the cut up mozzarella and vinaigrette.


This was also set aside so we could make up the BBQ Chicken Wraps.

We used leftover chicken that I had cooked up in the crock pot the night before. The directions say to cook the chicken in the oven, however, I have always preferred my chicken in the crock pot because it comes out very tender. I didn't feel bad using this chicken, seeing as the guide suggests substituting a rotisserie chicken in the Kitchen Tips section. The chicken was shredded and mixed with barbecue sauce.



Then we made the crunchy slaw (my first time making coleslaw).


Hubby was able to find some matchstick cut carrots. We cut thin strips of 1/4 each green and red cabbage. Then we mixed them together with the carrots and made the dressing. It was then all mixed together.


To make the wraps I put a tortilla on a plate, added some slaw, added some chicken and topped it with cheese. The tortilla was then wrapped up and placed in the sandwich wrapper.


I cut them in half and arranged them on a plate.


Here are all three dishes. They paired very well for this picnic dinner.


Picnic Time!


The recipe guides from Raddish Kids are really easy to follow. They have detailed directions with illustrations to help guide children. I love the Kitchen Tips, Fun Bites, and Ingredient Spotlight sections on the back of the cards. 

Don't forget to check out my Sponsor Spotlight post for more details.


Do you have your children help you in the kitchen?  What lessons do they learn? Do you have any kid friendly recipes to share?
I'd love to see your posts, whether you have done something this week or some time in the past. Just link up below. This is a weekly linky.


I am linking up to:
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Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Try a New Recipe Tuesday at Home to Four Kiddos
The Gathering Spot at Mamal Diane
Friday Food Frenzy at Close to Home
Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs
Foodie Friends Friday at Robyn'sView
Family Fun Friday at Happy and Blessed Home
Find a New Recipe Friday at Almost Supermom

And here is my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky

1 comment:

  1. I love when the kids help out in the kitchen, great learning experience, and they love it. My youngest says she's a little chef who is going to have her own bakery one day. So cute!

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