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Innovative Ideas For Great Kitchen Fun!

Your kitchen doesn't need to be the place in your home where you undertake dreary daily cooking chores. It can be a room full of fun and new adventure. Forget about cooking standard food items the customary way and start being creative, and your kitchen tools can soon be as fun a place as any playground, especially during the holiday season. Walk into your kitchen with a playful mindset and begin exploring all the fun things you can do with normal, everyday foods.

Nothing is more of a staple food than rice. Nevertheless, you can innovate when you cook it - and have fun doing so. The next time you make rice, divide it into two equal portions. Use a small amount of two different food colorings in the cooking water. Choose the colors according to your whim, or if it happens to be a holiday season, get your inspiration from that. For Halloween, color half the rice black and the other half orange, for Christmas use red and green, pink and yellow rice will look wonderful on your table during the Easter holidays.

Another way to have fun in the kitchen is to use non-traditional items to make things. For instance, you can use any of the wide variety of flavored yogurts now available to make frozen popsicles for your kids. Another idea is to pour juice in ice cube trays, freeze and use the cubes to flavor your tea. Instead of adding regular ice cubes to your iced tea, use iced tea cubes to prevent the tea from becoming too diluted. Use spearmint extract to flavor hot chocolate and make delicious peppermint patties to savor in the winter.

If you would like your children to drink more water, add a couple of drops of food coloring to it. Your children will be attracted to the colorful 'new drink' and you won't need to sweeten it at all. To encourage kids to drink their milk, you can mix in a spoonful of chocolate or strawberry ice cream into their glass of milk. Frozen peanut butter buttons make tasty and nutritious snacks for growing children. Put the peanut butter on wax paper before you freeze it so it will be easier to remove without breaking.

Make pancakes using cookie cutters to shape them into awesome shapes for your family one morning. Or better yet have pancakes for supper, just to throw them a curve. You can even throw in some chocolate chips or M&M's for added color and flavor. Cook eggs in metal cookie cutters for added fun at breakfast. Cut up fruits to make funny faces or animals on the kid's plates, it's just another way to add more fruit to their diet, but its fun. One more way to get more fruit in your kids is to use a juicer. Try different mixtures of fruits and fruit juices to create your own beverage. You and your kids can even give funny names to the creations you make.

The most important take away from this is to have fun and be creative. Diversify the foods you eat to make them more enticing, more interesting. Use regular everyday foods and make something special from them. Something as simply as frozen seedless grapes will make a fantastic summer time snack. Use a dehydrator to dry bananas to make banana chips. They are so much better for you and your kids than potato chips, and they are delicious. Forget about mom telling you not to play with your food, play with it all you want.


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