Kid-Friendly Recipes (That You'll Love, Too)
For Kids: Sweeten the marinade by adding orange juice. Boost the veggie quotient by adding bell peppers, broccoli, or onions to your skewers. Serve it to kids on a bed of brown rice for a wholesome meal.
For Adults: Include scallops on the skewers. To add depth and flavor to the marinade, add grated ginger and minced garlic, Dijon mustard, and red pepper sauce to the marinade. Serve it on top of brown rice or lemon orzo.
For Kids: Skip the lemon juice and sweeten the dish with a touch of honey or maple syrup. Serve on top of steamed white or brown rice along with a piece of grilled chicken for a complete meal.
For Adults: Try a spicy variation to the dish: add crushed red pepper, cumin, and slivered unsweetened coconut to the hot oil. Sauté for a minute or two, then add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve garnished with a mixture of mint and cilantro leaves. Complete the meal with brown rice and grilled chicken.
For Kids: This dish is very mild, and kids will enjoy these cakes burger-style, tucked in between buns with a touch of mayonnaise and ketchup.
For Adults: Serve the crab cakes over a bed of seasonal greens and top them with a red pepper mayonnaise: Diced red pepper, a touch of garlic, cayenne pepper, and mayonnaise mixed well.
For Kids: Use berries of their choice. For a fun presentation, let them help you freeze individual berries with some water in ice-cube trays to create whimsical ice-cubes that add playfulness to this drink. Sweeten with honey instead of sugar, if you prefer.
For Adults: Make this drink a frozen cocktail with the addition of silver tequila and a touch of Triple Sec.
For Kids: Serve the chicken diced on some baby spinach greens along with your kids' favorite dressing, or serve it atop couscous made with chicken broth and raisins. Nutrient-boosting option: Top with homemade fruit salsa.
For Adults: Serve with caramelized onions, spicy tomato salsa, and homemade guacamole. Or serve it on the kid-friendly couscous above, adding diced olives, cashews, and lemon zest. Warm salad option: Diced, atop baby spinach greens sautéed with mushrooms, garlic, and cayenne.
For Kids: For a fun presentation, trace a smiley face on the finished eggs using ketchup.
For Adults: Top the finished eggs with a touch of caviar, scallions, and a small dollop of unsweetened whipped cream or crème fraîche.
For Kids: If strong spices are a deal-breaker, you can leave all but the cumin. You can also sweeten the yogurt and then try this dish with grapes instead of the cucumber and onions or small, diced pineapple.
For Adults: Substitute jewel-like pomegranate seeds for the cucumbers and onions, and use honey to sweeten the yogurt a little, to balance out the spices. It is a perfect side to accompany our lightened Lemon-Ginger Fried Chicken.
For Kids: Replace the hazelnuts with their choice of nuts and allow them to add their own final garnish – chocolate sprinkles, diced bananas, whipped cream and of course a cherry on top.
For Adults: For a touch of indulgence, top this dish with a Kahlua-flavored whipped cream: Beat ½ cup chilled heavy cream with 1 ½ tablespoons Kahlua, for a heaping tablespoon of whipped topping per serving.