Kids in the Kitchen: Sun Tea

Kids want to “cook” something but you don’t want to heat up the kitchen on the hottest days of summer? Sun Tea is such a fun, kid-friendly project!

Using the sun’s rays, you can brew up a batch of tea flavored any way you want. It’s perfect served over ice – and the kiddos will love watching the tea get darker as it brews!

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Summer Fruit & Veggie Bingo

Welcome to summer!

Our favorite try-it game is back for a new season! Fruit and Veggie Bingo cards featuring summer produce can be found below – and they’re free!

Various fruits and vegetable sketches arranged in a heart shape. The words " Summer Fruit & Veggie Bingo" is overlaid.

This game is a great way to get kids (and adults!) to start thinking about seasonal produce and trying new things – after all, if you want to cross of a square, you need to try what’s in it!

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Red, White, and Blue Eats for Your Patriotic Cookout

One week until Memorial Day!

While it definitely won’t be a “normal” summer here, we’re planning to keep up the tradition of patriotic cookouts for Memorial Day and the 4th of July – even if it is just the four of us. I love hanging on the deck with a spread of red, white, and blue food and since it’s social distancing approved, I’m leaning in!

Whether you’re celebrating with just your immediate family or you’re able to gather with extended family and friends, I’ve rounded up some fun red, white, and blue-themed food options for you!

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Broccoli Apple Salad

Does anyone else crave fresh produce in the summer? I’d blame it on pregnancy, but this happens every year. Farmers’ markets become crazy dangerous because I just want to buy everything.

Summer also makes me lazy, though. I can’t tell you how many times I end up cooking up those impulse farmers’ market just before they go bad. Salads like this that require no cooking are always my best bet.

To my surprise, the toddler really liked this too. I fully expected him to just pick out the cranberries and apples, but the dressing was just sweet enough that he would happily eat it all.

BroccoliAppleSalad

Broccoli Apple Salad
(from The Recipe Critic)
Serves 6-8 as a side

4 cups fresh broccoli florets
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 large Gala apples, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli, carrots, onions, apples, pecans and cranberries.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the broccoli mixture and toss until evenly coated.

Refrigerate until serving.