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Summer lunch and snack recipes for kids

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Chef Marshall O'Brien shares delicious, smart snack and lunch ideas for kids -- not to mention, they're easy to make!

RECIPES

Bionic Pita Power

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup black beans, rinsed, drained
½ cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup salsa
¼ cup guacamole
2 whole wheat pitas
4 Romaine lettuce leaves
¼ cup shredded lowfat cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. In a bowl, mix black beans, cherry tomatoes, salsa and guacamole.
2. Slice pita in half to make a pocket and toast.
3. Stuff pita with lettuce and black bean mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.

Tasty Turkey Wrap
Serves 4
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients:

½ lb. deli style sliced turkey, low-sodium
4 slices Provolone cheese
4 tsp. Ranch dressing
Carrot, peeled, 4 thin slices
Tomato, thinly sliced
½ cup Romaine lettuce, chopped
½ cup cucumbers, thinly sliced
¼ cup red bell pepper, seeded, sliced
½ avocado, sliced

Directions:
1. Lay turkey slices flat on cutting board, separated into four 2 oz. portions. Place slice of cheese on top of each portion.
2. Spread 1 tsp. dressing on cheese. Add carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers and avocado.
3. Roll up and secure with toothpick.

 
Amazing Hummus Sandwich
Serves 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

8 slices whole wheat bread
4 Tbsp. hummus
4 Tbsp. guacamole
4 romaine lettuce leaves
4 Tbsp. feta or goat cheese
2 mini cucumbers, sliced
1 medium tomato, sliced

Directions:

1. Toast bread. Spread 1 Tbsp. hummus and guacamole on 1 slice of bread, add 1 romaine lettuce leaf, spread 1 Tbsp. goat cheese, then add cucumber and tomato slices.
2. Top with second slice of bread.

Pineapple Pear Shake
Serves 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup pineapple, cored, chopped
1 pear, peeled, cored, chopped
¾ cup 1% milk
3 cups lowfat frozen vanilla yogurt

Directions:
1. Place pineapple, pear, milk and yogurt in blender and puree until smooth.

 
Pistachio Apple bread
Serves 8
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 – 45 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour (blend half whole wheat with white if desired)
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup sugar
1 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
1 cup coconut milk
2 apples, cored, peeled, diced
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
2½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Grease and flour 9×5-inch loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans.
3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and pistachios in large mixing bowl.
4. In separate bowl, whisk together coconut milk, apples, applesauce and vanilla.
5. Make a well in the middle of dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Fold with a spatula until just combined. Do not over mix.
6. Spoon batter into prepared pan(s).
7. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes for mini-loaf pans or 40-45 minutes for 9×5-inch pan, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
8. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

Apple Pear Gondolas
Serves 2
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 apple, cut into 4 wedges
1 pear, cut into 4 wedges
4 slices mozzarella cheese, cut in half
4 slices Colby cheese, cut in half
8 cherry tomatoes
8 toothpicks

Directions:

1. Lay apples and pears skin side down, and stack ingredients on each fruit piece as follows: Mozzarella, Colby, cherry tomato, and then pick with tooth pick.

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