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Updated on December 31, 2014
Kid Friendly Food
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Teaching healthy eating

Today my students and I cooked in class. I teach life-skills along with reading, writing and 'rimetic. We had previously decided unanimously to make chili. All of the students were so excited, they love when we cook, and to them chili is more like a fun junk food than an inexpensive, nutritious meal. To tell the truth, what we cook doesn't seem as important to them as the fact that we are cooking. The little devils love the whole process of working informally together, they have the best time weather we're making candied apples or vegetable soup. They don't realize they're using reading and math to put the recipes together. To them this is just fun.

I threw them a curve ball today. Instead of ground beef we used ground turkey in the recipe. I was told by several people to keep that particular piece of information a secret. They seemed to feel that the kids would refuse to eat the chili if they knew they would be making it with ground turkey. I knew my students better than that. We had been spending quite a bit of time talking about healthy eating and they had begun eating healthier snacks at school. I had even gotten them to eat turkey sausage. Imagine that. Anyway, as I suspected, my kids did me proud once more. They loved the chili and all but licked their bowls clean.

I am sharing our own special chili recipe that the kids rated as the best they ever had. Of course, everything they make and eat is the best they ever had. I decided to include our meatball sub recipe and our vegetable turkey soup recipe. Hope you enjoy them all. I do know they are kid friendly.

Kid friendly recipes using turkey
Kid friendly recipes using turkey | Source

Our Class Chili


2 lbs ground turkey

1 large onion, chopped

5 cans pinto beans (14.5 oz each)

2 can petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz each)

2 can diced tomatoes with oregano, basil, and garlic (24 oz each approx.)

3 packages chili seasoning


Spray large fry pan with spray oil and cook crumbled ground turkey and onion.

In large soup pan pour in diced tomatoes, pinto beans, and chili seasoning and mix well.

Add cooked meat and blend.

Cook on low-medium heat for about an hour.

Serve with crackers or sliced french bread with butter.

Our Favorite Meatball Subs


2 lbs ground turkey

1 envelope onion soup mix

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs

1 egg

1 tbsp oil

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2 to 3 large loaves of french bread

1 pkg shredded mozzarella cheese


Mix together all ingredients except oil.

Shape into mini meatballs - about 1" in diameter.

Heat oil in a large frying pan and brown meatballs on med-high heat.

Turn heat down and cook on med-low until meatballs are cooked through (about 15 minutes).

Add a large can or jar of spaghetti sauce and simmer on low for about 15 minutes.

Cut french bread into 3 to 4 inch lengths and cut open.

Place meatballs with sauce inside open bread and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Our Special Vegetable Turkey Soup.


1 cup leftover turkey, chopped

2 pkgs frozen mixed vegetables

1 onion, finely chopped

3 stalks celery, thinly sliced

3 carrots, thinly sliced

4 potatoes, chopped

2 cans petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz. each)

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper


Place all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours.

It doesn't have to be boring to be kid friendly.
It doesn't have to be boring to be kid friendly. | Source

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks K9. The kids love these recipes and the best thing is they are so good for them.

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      This is one to link to! Lovely job here, thanks!


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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Eiddwen, one of the reasons I like these recipes is that they are so easy to make with kids and they are so delicious. I would love it if you let me know how you liked them. Thanks for visiting.

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Thank you for sharing these recipes. I am going to try some of them and I'll get bact to you.

      I am bookmarking them in my recipes page.

      Take care.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You're quite welcome, kaltopsyd. It's funny how a recipe can do that - make you hungry. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, a pleasure as always to hear from you. I've made meatloaf with turkey meat, it's delicious. I think you should write a hub with a turkey meatloaf recipe.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      wickless, We stared with the meatball sub - it was great.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rebecca, please do get back and let me know how you liked them. As for being a saint wellll...

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      mmmm... now I'm really hungry. hehe. Thanks for sharing these delicious sounding recipes.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I haven't done it for awhile but I used to use ground turkey in meatloaf. My mother always used a combination of ground beef and ground pork. I wanted something with less fat so I used turkey instead of pork. It Works well, I think.

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      Tammy 7 years ago from USA

      I think cooking with kids is entertaining as well as informative and a way to bond and teach them. My favorite is teaching them how to make pie crust and bread. Something about digging their hands into a pile of flour is cheep entertainment and fun. Thanks for sharing. I am going to have to try some of these recipes out with my crew.

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      wicklesscandles 7 years ago

      What great recipes. I don't know which one to make first, the chili or the meatball subs.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      all I can say is that you are a saint, I need to try these out, I shall get back to you on how they went.