My oldest daughter, Ella is eight years old and has been on a kick of wanting to cook healthy things “all on her own.” She has been even more inspired while we have been reading our new favorite book series Disney Star Darlings. Because one of the characters in the book series is Tessa, she loves to cook and create new recipes. When my daughter read about her in the she said that she wanted to make a dinner all her own. Since she has conquered French Toast, a smoothie and can make a mean peanut butter sandwich for her lunch, naturally dinner was next. Both of her Aunts were in town this past week so we decided to make a fun “Night of Celebration” like they do in the Star Darlings books. Complete with Tie-Dyed Cupcake Jars and Colorful Healthy Lettuce Wraps.
First we started with dessert of course, the Tie-Dyed Cupcake Jars to get them baking in the oven. We just divided up the batter and added a little food coloring to each bowl.
We cooked them in a glass jar so you could see all the bright colors.
We used an ice-cream scoop to scoop a layer of batter on top of each other.
This is the finished product! We loved how it turned out and would make a darling gift as well.
Here is the recipe-
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 1/3 cups water
4 egg whites
3 Tbs. Oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 Tbs. flour
1 cup milk
Cook in a sauce pain over med heat until consistency of frosting
Set aside and let cool
1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
Mix together until well blended
Add 1 tsp. vanilla to flour mixture when cool and to the butter mixture and beat until a soft fluffy frosting is formed (approx 4 min)
Next up we made Colorful Healthy Lettuce Wraps and Fruit Kabobs. These were inspired by each of the characters in the book series. There are twelve tween girls who each have their favorite colors and unique personalities. I have discussed this many times with my daughter, about the importance of individuality. I know we all want to fit in and share similar interests, but it should not be at the expense of your own belief system, core values and unique strengths. I found my daughter afraid to share some personal things about herself and she was trying to dress like other girls in her class, not like her normal spunky self. In Disney Star Darlings, they all have their own interests, hobbies and talents. Such a great thing to teach girls, to not try to compare yourself to others and to be the best version of yourself. I loved that this book series created great way to start a discussion with my daughters.
Now this is the best dinner for an eight year old to make, Colorful Healthy Lettuce Wraps. They are such an easy dinner, no cooking involved and they are so quick to make.
Ella actually cut everything by herself, with her Aunt standing close by making sure she was cutting correctly and safely. The best thing to use for the carrots is THIS veggie shredder, it slices carrots thinly and really easily.
Colorful Healthy Lettuce Wraps Recipe
- Shredded Chicken (we used a Rotisserie Chicken and shredded it)
- Shredded Carrots
- Bite Size pieces of Red and Yellow Peppers
- Raw Broccoli Slaw
- Cooked Pasta (this is really great for kids to feel like they aren’t just eating veggies)
- Butter Leaf Lettuce (to use as your wrap)
The key ingredient is the sauce. You can buy an already made peanut sauce, but why do that when you can easily make your own!
Lettuce Wrap Sauce Recipe
- ½ cup canned full fat coconut milk
- ¼ cup smooth almond butter or peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (or sriracha)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 minced garlic clove
- pinch of salt
Cook all of the above ingredients in a medium sauce pan. The original recipe says to blend it in the blender after, I didn’t do that and it turned out great. Adapted from THIS recipe.
The best part is kids can assemble them all on their own, with some coaching to make sure to get some veggies in the wrap.
We also had the fruit Kabob station. With strawberries, pineapple, watermelon and grapes.
We are always on the look out for fun new books to read. I wanted to share a little more about Disney Star Darlings. The series is about a group of tweens trying to answer the question of where wishes come from, and features a diverse array of girls who encourage and help others to fulfill their heartfelt wishes.
Just like real girls, each Star Darling has her own wish that she pursues with full force and determination—and the help of her friends. These shared journeys and experiences provide exceptionally positive examples to inspire tweens to follow their dreams, and are experienced through books, dolls, music and apparel, along with a mobile app and animated shorts (that my girls loved watching). Disney “Star Darlings” offers an innovative and unparalleled lifestyle experience that encourages tweens to harness the power of their individuality, highlights the power of making positive choices, and shows that they can make anything possible. What a great series.
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