A 1960’s Family Tradition Pancakes For Dinner Is Back

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Growing up in a family of 5 kids my Mother would announce occasionally, that we were having  pancakes for dinner.  I remember happily being thrilled about that dinner, as a kid Pancakes always were loved as something special.   With the Holidays rapidly approaching most house holds see their grocery budgets rise.  The colder temperatures, damp filled nights mixed with rain, and the anticipation of the Holidays in Mid November,  sets the Family Tradition of  having pancakes for dinner.  Pancakes for Dinner is a quick time-saving,  pantry basic, that has a big cost savings effect on the 2009 family budget!  From teens to toddlers, everyone gets excited when they have a fun-filled Pancake Dinner.  At KidsRecipes we did it with Net Etiquette by sending the kids an invitation using the new Bisquick fun and games page.

A special touch is serving real butter and real Maple Syrup the difference in goodness versus calories is part of a southern tradition. At kidsrecipes our house is filled with infants, toddlers, and a never-ending eating teen.  Pancakes got a roaring respond of Yea! The small kids loved the finished pancakes with their names on their plate.   With a four year old learning Alphabets everyday in pre-school the family had one of most fun dinners.  The best part is, the meal is a cost cutting saver.

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Who Loves Peanut Butter And Banana Sandwiches?

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Elvis Presley loved Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches and so will your kids. This is one recipe your kids will go bananas for.  Turn on some Elvis music like Hound Dog and sing while you prepare these great tasty sandwiches.

  • 4 ounces peanut butter
  • 2 slices Texas Toast or Thick Bread
  • 1 whole ripe banana
  • 4 ounces  butter

Directions

Spread peanut butter, evenly on 1 side of each piece of bread. Slice banana in 3/4-inch slices and place on 1 piece of bread with peanut butter. Banana slices should be close together, and cover 1 side completely. Top with the other slice of bread.

Heat butter in grill pan on medium heat. Place the sandwich in the grill pan and brown for approximately 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Add 2 ounces of butter to the grill pan and flip sandwich to other side and continue cooking for 2 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and peanut butter is melting. Cut into quarters and serve hot.

Photo credit: Taste.com.au

Can You Say BLT Sandwich?

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A class summer sandwich your kids and whole family will love.  BLT or Bacon, Lettuce and Tomaote Sandwich.

Ingredients:
2 slices of bread (toasted if desired)
4 slices of cooked bacon strips
2 leaves lettuce
2 tomato slices
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon mayo
1 tablespoon avocado and mayonnaise (mashed together, optional)
1 tablespoon avocado (mashed, optional)

Simply assemble this sandwich for a family favorite.

Why Not Make Quesadilla For Your Kids Dinner?

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A easy recipe kids love are Quesadilla. Queso” is cheese in Spanish.  And a quesadilla is a toasted tortilla with melted cheese inside.  Not only is this a meal the whole family can enjoy, it also easy on the  family grocery budget.

Heat a large cast iron frying pan to medium high heat.

Add a small amount of oil (about 1/2 teaspoon) or butter and spread it around the bottom of the pan with a spatula .

Place one large flour tortilla in the pan. Flip the tortilla over a few times, 10 seconds between flips.  Pockets of Air should begin to form within the tortilla.

Add a handful of grated cheese, sprinkle over the top of the tortilla, making sure that the cheese does not land on the pan itself.

Add whatever additional ingredients you choose – grilled diced chicken, onion, sliced mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, etc.  Do not  layer on the ingredients to thickly, this is a quesadilla, not a quiche.

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Reduce the heat to low and cover he cast iron pan, to melt the cheese and brown the tortilla.

After a minute, check to see if the cheese is melted. If not, return the cover until the cheese is melted.

When the cheese is melted, use a spatula to lift up one side of the quesadilla and flip over the other side.   The tortilla should by now be browned slightly. If not flip every 10 seconds until it gets browned. Remove from pan and cut into wedges.

Quesadilla are delicious served with thinly slice some iceberg lettuce, sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

What Was Michael Jackson’s Favorite Food?

Michael Jackson favorites food was Mexican food.  His favorite number was 7.  At Kids Recipes Kids Love, we instantly thought of  7 layer dig.   An easy family favorite recipe to make and one of Michael Jackson’s favorite dips.  In honor of the Michael’s music, play his music in the background, while your kids descend around you.  Let everyone add one layer of the ingredient of the 7 layer dip. Each layer is representation for Michael’s great, salsa dance, cheesy jokes, etc.  Make this a family fun experience and tribute to Michael Jackson.

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7 Layer Bean Dip

Mexican Seven Layer Bean Dip

1 can (16 oz) refried beans
1 package (1 oz) taco seasoning mix
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles
1 cup Chunky salsa (any variety)
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups shredded Cheddar or Mexican cheese blend (8 oz)
1 can (2.25 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained (1/2 cup)
1 medium tomato, diced (3/4 cup)
Tortilla chips, if desired

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1. In medium bowl, mix refried beans and taco seasoning mix. Spread mixture on large platter.
2. In another medium bowl, mix cream cheese and chiles. Carefully spread over bean mixture.
3. Top with salsa, lettuce, cheese, olives and tomato. Refrigerate until serving time. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Pizza Kids Love It

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Kids love Pizza and so do adults!  As a Parent midweek can be a bit of a challenge or perhaps another word could be stress full.  Then why not order a Pizza for dinner tonight.  Not only do kids love pizza, it is a fun way to teach kids about different types of toppings to pick from.  You can ask who want Sausage, Peperoni, pineapple, anchovies, spinach, and then play the game of them naming more.  When the pizza arrives, you can make it a big family project to open the box and count how many slices there are.

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