Healthy After School Snacks you can make with the kiddos. Nutritious, easy, and delicious recipes for Glazed Pineapple and Orange-Cranberry-Coconut-Candied Ginger-Walnut-Granola Bars.
Healthy After School Snacks – How This Post Came To Be
While visiting the bank one day with my hubby, I had a chance to visit with a couple of friends. Of course, they wanted to know how the blog was coming along and what I was cooking this week. My new friend, Staci, began to share all about her daughter Audrey and proceeded to tell me about her aspirations for the future, her goals, and dreams. Listening, I thought her daughter must be in high school with such clear and concise goals. I about dropped my purse when I found out she was only ten years old.
Audrey, a 10-year-old young lady who knows exactly what she wants to do with her life when older. I found that amazing!
Audrey desires to be a Pastry Chef and own a bakery. She has her bakery name and synopsis of what she will offer to the community in the area of sweet treats. Heck, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I was ten years old. As long as I had my bike and a way to get to the swimming pool, I was a happy camper.
Audrey’s mom was set up to take photos, and I thank you, Staci, for taking care of the photography needs to create a post.
One of Audrey’s dreams was to meet and cook with a real live chef. Thus the cooking class with Audrey was scheduled. As adults, I believe when we have the opportunity to mentor young people we should take the opportunity to share our gifts and talents. The mentor and the mentee are both blessed for sharing with each other as the giving is on both sides. #BeAMemoryMaker
Glazed Pineapple on Sticks – A Great Recipe To Make With The Kiddos
To involve kids in making Glazed Pineapple Sticks, the adult should prep the pineapple and supervise when cooking, other than that, the kids can do the rest. (Including clean up.)
Even though Audrey cooks and bakes in her parents’ kitchen all the time, I wanted to begin with a simple recipe to assess her skills in the kitchen. Again, very impressive.
When cooking with young people or even cooking by yourself, remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect; it just needs to be fun! I do want to share, Audrey did an outstanding job with every aspect of the recipe and the next one, Cranberry Orange Granola Bars. (This recipe will post the week of September 24, 2017. After that, I am working on a Gooey Caramel Apple Crisp baked in cast iron skillets.)
Getting Started – Cooking With Young People
Look at that face – Audrey was so excited! Can you image the excitement of your daughter/son, niece/nephew, or grandchild waiting to build something in the kitchen with someone they love? Just sayin’.
After pulling back our hair, washing our hands and putting on our aprons, Audrey’s assignment was to read and review the recipe. (Love that picture.)
I prepared the Pineapple and Audrey pushed the skewers through the spears of fruit. She whisked the sugar mixture and covered the pineapple spears. The prep was ready.
To keep things easy, I brought my panini press into my cooking studio and heated it too high. The panini press was used to grill and caramelize the sugar on the pineapple; a skillet would work as well.
Skewers are not necessary for this recipe, but using them is a safer option for the kids to be involved. Audrey placed the pineapple on the heated grates and watched them glaze, turning each piece of fruit to caramelize each side.
The True Test Is In The Taste
As you can see on Audrey’s face is telling the story of great success.
Cooking With Young People Will Produce
- Time spent together
- Memories that will last a lifetime
- Lessons learned to use in the future
- Great pride and accomplishment in both the mentor and the mentee
Challenge: If you cook or bake with a young person, take pics and post on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #BeAMemoryMaker. We could start a movement!
Audrey’s Assignment From Chef V – I gave her an A+
I asked Audrey to send me five things she learned from our time together. Here is what she had to say:
- Always wear closed toed shoes (when cooking)
- Always wash hands
- Always clean up after cooking
- When you have a knife say knife walking
- Always keep an eye on the food
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Healthy After School Snacks – Glazed Pineapple Sticks and Cranberry Orange Granola Bars
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Healthy After School Snacks - Glazed Pineapple on Sticks
Healthy After School Snacks, this recipe can be made with the kiddos. Nutritious, easy, and delicious recipe for Glazed Pineapple
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar*
- 1-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt or pink salt
- 1 fresh, ripe pineapple, cleaned and cut into wide long strips. Long enough for a skewer to hold in the middle
- 10 to 12 wooden skewers, the longer, the better if cooking with kids
*Brown Sugar will create more caramel flavor.
- Whisk together the sugar, chili powder, and salt, set aside.
- Prep the pineapple and run a skewer through the entire middle, begin at the bottom ending at the top.
- Using a grated cast iron pan, a grated panini press or a skillet, heat the pineapple to caramelize the sugar onto the fruit.
- Serve as is or with a bowl of vanilla yogurt.
Optional: If glazing pineapple for dessert, cut the pineapple into chunks and glaze in a skillet. Right before serving over Ice Cream, flambe' with a little orange liquor or brandy.