The school holidays are fast approaching once again and parents everywhere are desperately searching for activities to entertain their children. I’m sure many parents can attest that keeping hungry mouths fed during the break is also a challenge. At The Organic Place we thought, how practical would it be if we could involve our children in creating healthy snacks? That way we can keep their minds active and their bellies full at the same time. Check out these fun and simple school holiday cooking ideas and kill two birds with one stone.
Nothing sells fruit to kids more than a fruit kebab. Bite size pieces in an array of colourful fruits can tempt even the fussiest eater. Provide your children with a wide variety of vibrant produce and they can use our kids safe knives to chop them up and thread them onto sticks. They will love coming up with different patterns and combinations, then devouring them! It’s the perfect morning or afternoon snack! It also ensures your energetic children are fuelled with a range of vitamins, minerals and fibre so they can play hard.
Mini Veggie Pizzas
Pizzas are yet another meal that most children will enjoy both assembling and eating. If you have time you could make your own pizza dough with your kids. This two ingredient recipe is super simple and most children love feeling the texture of the dough and rolling it out into bases. The kids can roll the pizza dough into shape themselves or you can use round or interestingly shaped cookie cutters to create specialised formations.
Alternatively, if you want to save time you could use wholemeal pita bread or slices of our organic bread as your pizza base. Smear the base with Global Organics tomato paste and then sprinkle with your favourite toppings. From the simplest toppings of tomato and cheese to the more refined tastes of capsicum, broccoli, mushroom and potato, they will love to experiment with their favourite veggies and herbs. Pop the decorated bases into the oven or under the grill until the cheese is all melted and the base is crispy and brown. If you make a large batch, you could even freeze some for school lunchboxes for the upcoming term.
Homemade Icy Poles
Kids LOVE icy poles, rain, hail or shine! As most of us know, the store bought ones are FULL of sugars, preservatives and colours, and are absolutely no good for our children. Furthermore, the individualised plastic packaging clogs up our landfill or our local environment and waterways if they are not disposed of properly.
Luckily, it’s super quick and easy to make your own icypoles at home by blending up some fruit mixed with water. And, if you use our Sinchies Reusable Pop Packs to freeze them in, you will save our environment from harm as well. Take the opportunity to use up any fruit or veg that have almost hit their expiry date to reduce waste. Alternatively, here are some yummy combos to try:
Strawberries blueberries, chia seeds, four kale leaves and water
Banana, apples, cinnamon, chia seeds and water
Spinach, apple, cucumber, celery and coconut water.
Nothing says ‘home’ like the smell of homemade sausage rolls cooking in the oven. They are the perfect bite sized snack for the kids, are filling, and a winner when friends are over for a play. They are also quite easy to freeze. The kids will enjoy mixing and grating the ingredients and it’s a good opportunity to extend their maths knowledge at home with the use of cups, grams and litres. Their teachers will love you for it! The best thing about practical maths is that it they know they will be rewarded with piping hot deliciousness when the timer goes.
If your going to cook anyway, why not do yourself a favour and make a double batch? Freeze some for an easy dinner with home made chips and salad one night, or bring them out for filling after school snack when school goes back. Make the most of the extra cooking time now so that those busy school nights are just a tad easier.
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, grated
Zest of one lemon
2 sprigs of rosemary, finely chopped
2 tbs of fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
2 tbs tomatoes sauce
500gm of sausage roll mince
Packet of puff pastry
Salt and pepper to taste.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well
Cut a sheet of pasty in half
Spoon a thin layer of sausage mixture on the pastry and fold in half; push down the edges with a fork.
Cut sausage rolls into four.
Prick each sausage roll with a fork and baste with milk or egg.
Place on a lightly greased oven tray and bake for 30 mins
After more ideas?
If these ideas aren’t enough check out these school holiday baking ideas. for some more inspiration!
What’s your favourite snack to cook up when your kids are on a break? Let us know in the comments.
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