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.
- 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
- Saute diced onion and garlic in olive oil.
- Add a can of rinsed beans of your choice (we prefer pinto beans!).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste or season with half a packet of taco seasoning.
- Let cool; then, puree in a food processor.
- Mix with a can of corn kernels, diced tomatoes and grated cheese.
- Bake until bubbly.
- 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.
- 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)
Blend until smooth. Can add ice, frozen coconut water or frozen pineapple for a more ice-creamy texture.
- Always start out 60% fruit and 40% greens. Flip-flop once palate adjusts: 60% greens; 40% fruit.
- To save money and get the best nutrients, buy organic fresh fruit when in season on sale, wash and freeze.
- 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.
Dinners on next page