After School Snack- Baked Zucchini Chips

I have one child at home by 12:30pm on most school days. I am always looking for craft ideas to keep my daughter busy until my son gets home (and then he can entertain her!).

I am a big fan of engaging her in projects, particularly ones that involve healthy delicious foods (like preparing dinner but she doesn’t always think cooking dinner is fun)! A new kid-friendly box company called Foodstirs combines creativity, fun, and healthy food! Check out www.foodstirs.com for a complete list of their brilliant kits for more after school, holiday, and weekend ideas.

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Don’t miss Foodstir’s Blog, which also shares creative and healthy recipes to stir up some fun with your kids. Here is a great afterschool activity and recipe from their blog that helps kiddos practice counting and fine motor skills. Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Baked Zucchini Chips


5 medium size zucchinis, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt, pepper and favorite seasoning to taste


1.)  Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
2.)  Slice zucchini as thin as you can but still keeping it in a circle shape.
3.)  On a parchment lined baking sheet, evenly spread slices in a single layer.
4.)  Lightly sprinkle with desired seasoning and allow to sit out for 10 minutes to draw out excess water.
5.)  Blot zucchini with paper towel.
6.)  Using a pastry brush, gently brush each zucchini chip with olive oil.
7.)  Bake for 60 min to 90 min or until zucchinis brown and become crispy. Oven times may be longer without convection fans.
8.)  Remove from oven and cool before serving.
9.)  Can store in airtight container for up to 2 days.


Easy Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry

In an effort to avoid another night of cooking chicken, we visited the fish section at the market today. My kids think the fish are sleeping with their eyes open. My 1st grade son informed me that is how fish sleep.

Once home, I let the kids remove the tails, which is a good thing because I didn’t want to do that anyway. They helped set out all the ingredients and fought over who got to mix the sauce.

We had a nice sit down dinner where we went around the table and discussed our highs and lows of the day and both kids actually ate all their shrimp stir fry! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Easy Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe


1 lbs raw deveined and peeled shrimp- let your kids pull off the tails!
1 cup broccoli- cut into pieces
1 red pepper- sliced thin (if your kids prefer carrots you can add or substitute in for the red pepper)
3 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons vegetable broth
2 teaspoons minced ginger
2 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoon sesame oil
½ cup cashews (leave out nuts if anyone has tree nut allergies)
1 cup brown rice- cook according to package directions


1.)  First cook brown rice and set aside.
2.)  In a bowl, combine soy sauce, vegetable broth, minced ginger, olive oil and sesame oil. Whisk.
3.)  Steam (or microwave if frozen broccoli) broccoli separately with water and a pinch of salt for 5-7 minutes or until tender.
4.)  In a pan over medium high heat, pour in ginger mixture and warm it up for 20 seconds. Then add shrimp and pepper slices. After two minutes or when bottoms of shrimp appear to turn opaque, turn over each shrimp and cook for another 2 minutes.
5.)  Add cashews and steamed broccoli to the pan for 1 minute. Blend with shrimp and peppers.
6.)  Serve hot over brown rice.


Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here is a twist on the typical oatmeal raisin cookie. Replace the raisins with cranberries and don’t forget the chocolate chips! These are super easy to bake and so delicious to eat!

Let your kiddos help with the prep work. Measuring, mixing and tasting! Math, muscles and fun! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 stick butter
½ cup old fashioned oats
1 large egg
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla


1.)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.)  Combine all ingredients and stir.
3.)  Bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown.


Baked Honey Wheat Pretzel Chicken Strips

My whole family loves snacking on pretzels! It doesn’t matter if they are crisps, rods, or twists. They also love chicken, so I paired the two for a simple and delicious dinner.

My kids always have fun when recipes call for crushing ingredients and then dipping and making messes! This recipe is sure to please everyone from the fun preparation to the delicious end result. Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Baked Honey Wheat Pretzel Chicken Strips Recipe


1 ½ pound chicken breast cutlets- cut into strips (use cooking scissors- makes it so much easier to create strips!)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cups honey wheat pretzels- crushed (or whatever kind of pretzels your family likes)
2 eggs- whisked
cooking spray


1.)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.)  Take a large Ziploc bag and put the pretzels inside and seal bag. Let your kids mash, crush, smash, and pound the pretzels until they become crumbs. Try using a mallet or a rolling pin.
3.)  Set out 2 bowls- one for the pretzel crumbs and one for the whisked eggs.
4.)  Spray a 9x13 baking dish or a lined baking tray.
5.)  Salt and pepper both sides of each chicken strip, then dip the seasoned strip first into the eggs and then into the pretzels, until completely coated.
6.)  Place strips side by side on tray.
7.)  Bake 30-35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.