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At this website we offer women (and the people they love!) the latest news on safe, effective weight loss, and weight control. You’ll find recipes, hint and tips to help you make sensible eating choices, plus healthy menu planning for you and your whole family.

It’s not enough to just lose the pounds, you have to keep them off. There is nothing worse for your body than fad diets or yo-yo dieting. Effective long term weight management strategies should be an integral part of any weight loss program, as should sound nutritional guidelines.

Cool Cottage Cheese Salad

What You Need:

1 1/4 C of cottage cheese
1/2 C of celery, chopped fine
2 tbsp raisins
1 C of pears, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon

How to Make It:

Place the cottage cheese into a bowl.
Stir in the celery and raisins well.
Fold in the pears.
Sprinkle with the cinnamon and stir well.

Makes 4 servings

This delicious little salad is a great beginner’s salad for children to make. At first you might need to do the chopping but it won’t take long and they will be doing it all themselves.

Preparation Time: approximately 10 minutes
Total Time: approximately 10 minutes

Kids Favorite Tortilla Chips

What You Need:

12 corn tortillas
Olive oil

How to Make It:

Set the oven temperature to 350 degrees and preheat.
Mist 2 large baking sheets with olive oil.
Gently break the tortillas in half and cut each half into 3 triangles.
Spread the tortilla pieces in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets.
Lightly mist the tortillas with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt.
Bake the chips for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Makes 6 servings

Almost all children love tortilla chips and these ware no exception. They are much healthier than store bought chips and the kids can whip them up in no time, which makes them even better. Eat them alone or add a favorite homemade dip or homemade salsa for the perfect snack.

Preparation Time: approximately 20 minutes
Baking Time: approximately 10 minutes
Total Time: approximately 30 minutes

Alfredo Bacon and Pasta

What You Need:

3 C of uncooked bow tie pasta
1 1/2 C of frozen baby peas
Q C of Alfredo sauce
1/2 C of real bacon pieces

How to Make It:

Fill a saucepan half full of water, place over medium high heat and bring the water to a boil.
Carefully stir the pasta into the boiling water.
Cook the pasta for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the peas and bring the water back to a boil.
Cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Drain the pasta and peas well.
Return the pasta and peas back to the saucepan and place over low heat.
Stir in the Alfredo sauce and bacon pieces.
Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until completely heated through.

Makes 4 servings

Being in the kitchen can be a lot of fun for not only the children but their adult helpers as well. Be sure to teach your children kitchen safety. Remind them of hot water, sharp knives and hot cooking surfaces. Teaching them safety in the kitchen also teaches them good habits that will last a lifetime.

Preparation Time: approximately 15 minutes
Cooking Time: approximately 15 minutes
Total Time: approximately 30 minutes

Flower Power Sandwich

What You Need:

1 (16.3 oz.) can of refrigerated biscuits
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 tsp sunflower seeds
1 large tomato, sliced
8 lettuce leaves
4 oz. deli ham, sliced thin
8 slices of American cheese

How to Make It:

Allow the oven to preheat to 350 degrees.
Separate the dough into 8 biscuits then separate each biscuit into 2 pieces.
Place the biscuit halves onto a cookie sheet and press it out to 3 1/2 inch circle.
Bake the biscuits for 12 minutes or until nice and brown on top.
Use kitchen scissors and make short cuts around the edges of 8 of the biscuit halves while still warm to form a sunflower.
Use a pastry brush and lightly brush the center of the 8 cut biscuits with the egg.
Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of the sunflower seeds into the middle of each of the prepared biscuits.
Turn the other half of the biscuits upside down.
Place a lettuce leaf, a slice of tomato, a slice of ham and a slice on cheese onto each of the upturned biscuit halves.
Top with the sunflower top.

Makes 8 sandwiches

If you’re teaching your daughter how to cook this is one of the easiest recipes for her to try. It’s also a lot of fun for them to create a flower sandwich all by themselves. If they prefer they can use of their favorite deli meats instead of the ham.

Preparation Time: approximately 20 minutes
Baking Time: approximately 12 minutes
Total Time: approximately 32 minutes

Pepperoni Pizza Pizzazz

What You Need:

1 (12 oz.) can refrigerated flaky biscuits
1 C of pizza sauce
80 pepperoni slices
1 C of mozzarella cheese, shredded

How to Make It:

Spray a cookie sheet with a non stick cooking spray and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Separate the biscuits into 10 individual biscuits and then separate each biscuit into 4 pieces.
Place the biscuits on the prepared cookie sheet.
Spread 1 tsp of pizza sauce over each of the biscuits
Add 2 slices of pepperoni and 2 tsp of cheese to each biscuit.
Bake 8 minutes or until the cheese has melted and tops are golden brown.

Makes 40 mini pizzas

These are a great snack for kids to make if they are having company over. They also work great as a party snack. Let the kids make them with all their favorite toppings or just with cheese if they prefer.

Preparation Time: approximately 20 minutes
Cooking Time: approximately 8 minutes
Total Time: approximately 28 minutes

Strawberry Cookie Cake

What You Need:

1 (18 oz.) pkg. refrigerated sugar cookie dough
2 tbsp of sugar
1 qt. of fresh strawberries, washed, stems removed and sliced
1 (3.4 oz.) box of instant vanilla pudding and pie filling
1 C of cold milk
1 1/2 C of frozen whipped topping, thawed

How to Make It:

Allow the oven to preheat to 350 degrees.
Turn two nine inch round cake pans upside down and cover them both with foil.
Remove the foil, turn the pans over and carefully line each pan with the fitted foil.
Remove the cookie dough and cut in half.
Fit the dough pieces into the prepared cake pans and press it out with your fingers to cover the bottom of the pan all the way to the edges.
Sprinkle the sugar evenly over both pieces of dough.
Bake the dough for 20 minutes or until a light golden brown.
Place the pans on a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes.
Carefully remove the baked dough from the pans using the foil as handles.
Place them back on the wire racks and cool for 20 minutes.
Place the pudding mix into a bowl.
Add the milk and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Fold the whipped topping into the mixture well.
Remove the foil from 1 cookie layer and place the cookie layer on a plate.
Spread half of the pudding mixture over the cookie layer.
Top with half of the sliced strawberries.
Repeat the layers again using 1/2 of the remaining pudding mix and all the strawberries.
Top with dollops of the remaining pudding mixture.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Makes 8 servings

This shortcake can be a little messy to make. Be sure to teach your children about being clean in the kitchen. It’s important they learn food handling, washing their hands and keeping a clean working space. Let them fancy up their cake by adding a few whole strawberries as garnish.

Preparation Time: approximately 30 minutes
Baking Time: approximately 20 minutes
Cooling Time: approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: approximately 2 hours 20 minutes

Italian Au Jus Dippers

What You Need:

1 (18.5 oz.) can of French onion soup
1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
3/4 lb. roast beef, sliced thin
6 (3 to 4 in) French rolls
6 slices of provolone cheese

How to Make It:

Pour the soup into a saucepan and stir in the Italian seasoning.
Place the soup over medium heat and bring to a boil
Add the roast beef slices and stirring occasionally cook for 5 minutes or until heated through.
Cut the French rolls in half lengthwise.
Cut the slices of cheese into 2 pieces each.
Place a slice of cheese onto the bottom of each cut roll.
Add slices of the roast beef over the cheese and add the second slice of cheese.
Top with the remaining French roll halves.
Pour the soup into small bowls and use as a dip for the sandwiches.

Makes 6 servings

Children love to be the center of attention as well as impressing their friends and family. These sandwiches are a great for serving when the kids want to impress their friends with the culinary creativeness. Teach them how to pronounce au jus and let them know it’s the French way of saying “with juice”. Their friends will be really impressed with how smart they are.

Preparation Time: approximately 15 minutes
Cooking Time: approximately 5 minutes
Total Time: approximately 20 minutes

Mixed Salad Shaker

What You Need:

1 C of torn salad greens
2 tbsp carrot, grated
1/4 C of cooked chicken, cubed
2 tbsp cheddar cheese, shredded

How to Make It:

Place the salad greens into a bowl with a tight fitting lid.
Spread the carrot over the top of the greens.
Add the chicken and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.
Cover the bowl and shake until all the ingredients are mixed together well.
Top with your favorite dressing before eating.

Makes 1 salad

Kids love to be silly and this salad gives them a chance to show their silly side. Let them go crazy shaking the bowl to mix their salad together. They can add any of their favorite salad ingredients like tomatoes or chopped hard boiled egg.

Preparation Time: approximately 15 minutes
Total Time: approximately 15 minutes

Five Gadgets All Kid Chefs Need Part 2

4. Measuring Devices

Kids love to count and measure things out, which is why a great set of measuring cups and spoons are a must-have. Any child old enough to grip a cup can do learning to measure properly. Plus, there are plenty of fun models out there that are easy to use, some that even pop open and fold flat for storage.

5. Pasta Machine

What kid wouldn’t love to roll out and cut their own spaghetti? While it doesn’t make for a quick dinner night, a simple session before hand will get your kids ready to dish up some fresh pasta. It is also fun to add different foods to color your pasta like beets or spinach to give it a wild red or green color.

Every chef loves playing with their gadgets, so why not let the little chefs, who love to play, have their own gadgets? Try out different tools and even visit your local kitchen store and let the kids pick out the gadgets they want to try. Cooking can be fun; if you have the right tools.