Summer Lunches for Kids

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By: Faith Phares | Teresa Strasser Posted: 3:48 PM, Aug 4, 2022 Updated: 1:50 PM, Aug 5, 2022

Okay, it’s time to turn your kids’ unimaginably long summer vacation into an educational experience that will — bonus — save you some work when school starts. Josie Ippolito, owner of My Nana’s Best Tasting, has three summer recipes kids can make themselves — and that might even spark an appetite for cooking! 

Nachos 

What better dish to jump in than everyone’s favorite – nachos!  This is a fun dish because like all cooking it’s a process — and with nachos, we can clearly see the results of the steps as we take them.  Start with tortilla chips.  Then go to their favorite protein (bonus it’s a chance for a ‘teaching moment’ on the nutritional value of protein!)   Then add cheese, chopped tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos (if they can handle then!) Top off with sour cream, salsa or guacamole and let the kiddos go to town.

Dessert Nachos

Also known as bunuelos, this starts out as a tortilla.  It’s deep fried and dusted with cinnamon and sugar — then it’s topping time!  We’re talking anything from caramel, chocolate, honey, cereal, and sprinkles to marshmallows, and even fruit. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles.  This one is perfect for feeding a crowd at a sleepover because it’s a dessert AND and an activity —that’s a win-win!  

Personal Pizzas

Starting with a fajita sized tortilla makes it a breeze.  Add pizza sauce

and whatever toppings they like.  Of course you can to the traditional route with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni but hey it’s a pizza — anything goes! 

Lunches made by — and for — kids.