What’s Cooking with Melissa?

Little ones always seem to love snacking, and I know mine love to help prepare their snacks. My children have always liked to help me in the kitchen and now I’m blessed to have grandbabies that love to be in the kitchen with me. Sometimes it’s a challenge to find things for them to help with, so I’ve found some recipes that are great for little helpers.

Banana Chocolate Quesadillas

6-8 small corn or flour tortillas (I use gluten free corn tortillas)

1/3 cup chocolate nut spread (my favorite is Reese’s)

2 bananas, sliced

Spread chocolate nut spread on tortillas. Place banana slices on each. Top each with another tortilla, with chocolate nut spread side down. One at a time, place in a preheated skillet. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes and carefully flip and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from skillet and let cool. Slice in half or quarters.

*Kids can help spread the chocolate nut spread, slice the bananas with a plastic knife and assemble before putting them in the skillet.

**If the skillet is not nonstick use a little butter when preheating.

 Breakfast “Pizzas”

2 English muffins (plain, cinnamon raisin or blueberry)

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp. honey

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Pizza toppings: sliced strawberries or kiwi, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries

halved grapes, mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, sliced almonds

Toast English muffins and set aside to cool. In a small bowl mix together yogurt, honey and vanilla extract. Spoon yogurt onto each muffin half and spread. Top with favorite fruit toppings. Slice in half or in quarters and serve.

*This is a great recipe for children to mix, spread and top their own pizzas for breakfast.