Bake Healthy Dinner Cupcakes
Most kids would jump at the chance to have dessert for dinner, but for parents this is a definite no-no. That is, until now: in this activity, you can make healthy "cupcakes" loaded with vegetables and protein that you won't mind serving your child for dinner. Give these healthy treats a try to get your child involved in the kitchen!
Makes about 6 cupcakes.
What You Need:
- Cupcake pan
- Vegetable oil
- Medium mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- ½ pound ground turkey
- ½ cup zucchini, grated
- 1/3 cup onions, finely chopped
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg white
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- ¼ cup carrots, cooked and finely chopped
- ¼ cup cooked peas
What You Do:
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Have your child combine the turkey, zucchini, onions, breadcrumbs, egg white, salt, and garlic powder together in the medium mixing bowl and mix well to form a meatloaf mixture. Make sure to wash your hands after you're done!
- Lightly grease the cupcake pan with vegetable oil.
- Spoon the turkey mixture into the cupcake tins so that each tin is filled to the top but not overflowing. Smooth with a spoon so the tops are flat.
- Place the turkey cupcakes in the oven and bake until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees, about 20-25 minutes.
- Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let cool for a few minutes, and then carefully remove them from the pan. You may want to use a knife or rubber spatula to gently loosen them before removing them.
- Arrange the cupcakes on a plate and have your child "frost" them with the mashed potatoes.
- Ask your child to finish the cupcakes by scattering carrot and pea "sprinkles" on top for decoration.
- Dig in!