Easy Lunch Recipes for Kids : Tortellini Meatball Soup

This quick and delicious soup is one of our family’s favorite lunches to make on days that we are home, and makes a fast and tasty dinner for evenings when we are short on prep time. There are more easy lunch recipes for kids coming on Creekside Learning. Be sure to follow the Creekside Learning Facebook Page or our main Pinterest board so you don’t miss any of these great recipes. 

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Tortellini Meatball Soup
A quick, easy and delicious meal for lunch or dinner.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 to 4 cups chicken broth
  2. 1 package cheese tortellini
  3. 1.5 cups meatballs (mini meatballs or whole meatballs cut into quarters)
  4. 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  5. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  6. Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Boil water for tortellini. Cook tortellini according to package directions and drain.
  2. In a separate pot, bring chicken broth to a boil.
  3. Add shredded carrots.
  4. Sprinkle dried oregano.
  5. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until carrots are tender.
  6. Add meatballs and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, to heat meatballs, a bit longer if they were frozen.
  7. Put tortellini in a bowl and ladle the soup over top.
  8. Sprinkle parmesan cheese.
Notes
  1. If you make meatballs from scratch, make a batch of miniature meatballs and freeze. They are great for soups like this, or for a fun meal for kids with pasta and sauce. No mini meatballs? No worries. You can use regular sized meatballs (in the frozen foods section of the grocery store) and cut them into quarters for this recipe.
  2. You can also throw in some diced celery, frozen or fresh peas, and greens, such as kale, if you want to increase the veggie content of this soup.
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We usually serve this soup with a side of fruit and a chunk of crusty bread.

Tortellini Meatball Soup for an easy lunch or dinner

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Healthy Kid Snacks: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins {Gluten Free & Sugar Free}

GlutenFree SugarFree Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

These are quick and easy and a big hit with the kids. My kids don’t generally eat gluten free, but I do, so when I find something they love that I can eat, too, it’s a keeper.  And, these muffins truly taste like cupcakes. I don’t even miss the frosting—the mini chocolate chips add a gooeyness that put these over the top.  [Read more...]

Easy Peasy Gingerbread Houses

Milk carton gingerbread houses.

These milk carton gingerbread houses are so easy to make.  They are quick and fun, an activity that we were first introduced to when my kids were younger and attended a weekly play group. We’ve been making them ever since.

You will need:
***A pint sized carton (or cut a quart sized carton in half)
***Graham crackers
***Spreadable frosting
***Candy

Start with a half-pint carton and a stack of graham crackers.  [Read more...]

How to Make Cough Drop Lollipops

cough drop lollipops

How to Make Cough Drop Lollipops

  1. Check the package of your favorite cough drops to make sure they are safe for your child.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with foil, then parchment.
  3. Place cough drops in pairs on the parchment.
    cough drops to melt into lollipops
  4. Leave spaces for lollipop sticks.
  5. Bake at 275 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes.
  6. Remove baking sheet from oven and immediately roll lollipop sticks into melted cough drops.
    cough drop lollipops DIY
  7. Let cool.
  8. Wrap individually in a cupcake wrapper.
    cupcake wrapper around cough drop lollipop

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Beach Dough: Homemade No-Cook Play Dough Recipe

I have a super easy way to make homemade play dough without cooking it on the stove. I decided to make play dough that looked like sand, to go along with a beachy theme. My kids are somewhat obsessed with collecting sea shells and bringing them home, thus we have a huge collection.

Here’s one way to play with sea shells. This was a great boredom buster as well as fine motor skills for my preschooler. And my big kids started their morning with a calm, soothing sensory activity rather than, you know, the usual chaos of arguing over who gets the last bit of the favorite cereal.

no cook play dough recipe for beach dough

Our beach dough looks like sand, but has the soft and smooth texture of homemade play dough.

Homemade No-Cook Play Dough Recipe for Beach Dough

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tbsps. oil (I used grape seed, because it’s what I had.)
  • 2 tbsps. cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • yellow and brown paint (I used washable tempera paint.)

The whole wheat flour really gives the dough a sandy look, however it smells rather, well, wheaty, so to cover this, you can add  1 tbsp. of your favorite extract (peppermint, vanilla, lemon, orange, almond) or a few drops of essential oil (lavender is my favorite).

Here’s the fabulous no-cook part:  I threw all the ingredients into my stand mixer, in no particular order, except for the paint.  I started the mixer and then added a squirt of yellow paint, a bit of brown and kept doing this until it looked like the color of sand.

I added a bit more extract at the end to make it smell really good.

Then I set it out for the kids to find in the morning, They each got a plastic container filled with Beach Dough and their containers of shells.
no-cook play dough

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