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Fun Food Saturday: Whole Lotta Shakin’

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We’re doing a lot of shaking over here in our kitchen, and not just because we live in Southern California. We’ve been spending time trying recipes that involve putting ingredients together in a plastic bag or container and shaking them up. It’s a great job for the littlest kids, and if you have some good music on, the bigger kids will probably get into it too.

Of course most of us have used recipes that involve shaking chicken in a bag to coat it with flour or a nice crispy coating. But you don’t necessarily want to put your kids in charge of the raw chicken – and besides, there are plenty of other foods that you can shake up. We started with this recipe from Carrots ‘N’ Cake for sweet potato fries. You put the sweet potato strips in a plastic bag or container with olive oil, cinnamon, paprika – and start shaking! Best of all, there’s nothing that can go wrong if your overzealous little one shakes it too much.

Next we love these oven-baked onion rings from Comfort of Cooking. The best part about this recipe (aside from the shaking) is that you get to crush the Ritz crackers in a bag before you shake the whole thing up. (The recipe calls for crushing the crackers in a food processor, but we say, let your little one use a toy hammer if he likes – there’s no such thing as too much crushing.) Just bash away, and then shake. Another bonus about this recipe is that it’s one of the few ways our kids will eat onions.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, we like these chocolate crinkle cookies from Zahra Cooks. The recipe is super-easy and you should have no problem finding volunteers to shake the little balls of dough in a bag filled with powdered sugar. However, your assistants will need to have just a little more restraint with this recipe – you don’t want to shake the dough balls too vigorously or they’ll fall apart. Happy shaking!

Fun Food Saturday: Because food should be fun.

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