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Get Kids in the Kitchen



There are a lot of kids' cookbooks out there, but Handstand Cookbook Kits have a little bit of everything -- they each feature the cuisine from around the world and incorporate the country's language and culture with colorful illustrations. The kits are adorable; the Chinese Cookbook comes packaged in a takeout box with a pair of child-friendly chopsticks. We think it'd be a great way to get your kid to be a little more adventurous with food. He might not think he likes "chow mein noodles", but "chocolate noodle clusters" sound much more delicious! Below is an excerpt from The Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook. Check out the Mexican and Italian kits, too.

The Emperor's Favorite Treat, Chocolate Noodle Clusters
Serves 8 to 10

2 cups (12 ounce bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups (5 ounces) Chinese chow mein noodles, broken into 1-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) salted peanuts

Measuring cups
Medium microwaveable bowl
Large mixing bowl
Rubber spatula
Nonstick baking sheet
2 soup spoons

1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper, parchment paper, or aluminum foil.
2. Melt the chocolate chips and butter together in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave oven, stirring every 30 seconds. Heat just until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
3. In a large mixing bowl, toss the noodles and peanuts together. Pour the melted chocolate mixture over them and stir. Use a rubber spatula to coat the noodles and nuts with chocolate quickly before the chocolate hardens.
4. Use 2 soup spoons to scoop up spoonfuls of the mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet. Set the baking sheet in a cool place or refrigerate for 15 minutes until the chocolate hardens.
5. The clusters can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

Alternative: Try using different types of nuts. You can also leave out the nuts and just use the chow mein noodles!

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Chicken and Fruit Kebabs
Mini-Fish Burgers