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Recipes for Parents Who Hate to Cook

These six ideas, from pizza dough to veggie pancakes to a killer stir-fry, are healthy and yummy alternatives kids (and parents!) will love

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Easy Snack Recipes

Lynne's Cheesy Bean Dip

Lynne Meredith Golodner, a writer and mom from Southfield, shares a family go-to dish that's popular with her four kids.

Ingredients

  • Diced onions
  • Minced garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 1 can beans, rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste, or taco seasonings
  • 1 can corn kernels
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Grated cheese

Directions

  1. Saute diced onion and garlic in olive oil.
  2. Add a can of rinsed beans of your choice (we prefer pinto beans!).
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste or season with half a packet of taco seasoning.
  4. Let cool; then, puree in a food processor.
  5. Mix with a can of corn kernels, diced tomatoes and grated cheese.
  6. Bake until bubbly.
  7. Use as a taco base or as a dip.

Tropical Green Smoothies

Nutrient-packed greens offer a healthy punch in this simple raw recipe from Andrea McNinch, owner of Regeneration Raw and its sister company, the Heal Yourself Institute in Royal Oak.

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers (skin on – where all the nutrients are!)
  • 1/2 pineapple (fresh or frozen – read label; make sure nothing added)
  • Water from a young Thai coconut (the highest source of electrolytes found in nature)
  • 1 large handful cilantro
  • 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla (or 1/2 vanilla bean; can throw in, pod and all)

Directions

Blend until smooth. Can add ice, frozen coconut water or frozen pineapple for a more ice-creamy texture.

Other tips

  1. Always start out 60% fruit and 40% greens. Flip-flop once palate adjusts: 60% greens; 40% fruit.
  2. To save money and get the best nutrients, buy organic fresh fruit when in season on sale, wash and freeze.
  3. For kids, when you first introduce them to it: Have an "alien juice" or "mermaid juice" party to warm them up to the new green beverage.

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