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Chefs and Celebrities Gather for Kids’ Cancer Benefit

Chefs and Celebrities Gather for Kids’ Cancer Benefit

Mario Batali, Christina Tosi, and Karlie Kloss were among attendees for the annual 'Chefs for Kid's Cancer' benefit

Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, supermodel Karlie Kloss, and other notable chefs and celebrities raised funding for pediatric cancer research.

Notable chefs and celebrities gathered on Feb. 25 at the Altman Building for the Chefs for Kids' Cancer benefit. Proceeds will go to the Cookies for Kids Cancer organization, which raises funds for pediatric cancer research. Founded in 2008, the organization honors the memory of Liam Witt, a young boy whose dreams of becoming a chef were cut short after he died in 2011, at the age of six.

Since then, Liam’s parents have remained committed to raising money for research and better treatment options for children. This year's event raised $900 thousand in funding.

The event was co-chaired by Dan Kluger of abc kitchen and Jonathan Benno of Lincoln Ristorante, and participating chefs included Geoffrey Zakarian of The Lambs Club, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter, Gavin Kaysen of Café Boulud, Nick Anderer of Maialino, and others. Each chef prepared a multi-course meal for individual tables of guests. Meanwhile, Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar led a team of pastry chefs, including Erin McKenna of BabyCakes, and supermodel Karlie Kloss, whose project Karlie’s Kookies, is available through Milk Bar.

Other notable guests in attendance included Chef Mario Batali, actor Paul Rudd, and the Barenaked Ladies, who performed a live set.

Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.


5 Vegan Chefs Who Are Revolutionizing Food

Every industry has its visionary pioneers, and the food industry is no different. In the world of vegan food, certain individuals stand out from the crowd, pushing plant-based food into the mainstream at breakneck speed. These five driven, creative chefs are delivering to the masses creations such as bestselling cookbooks, award-winning restaurants, and innovative plant-based meat, seafood, and cheese product lines&mdashall with the shared vision to mainstream veganism.

Derek and Chad Sarno
Chefs Derek and Chad Sarno are the plant-pushing brothers who co-founded the Wicked Healthy brand and co-authored the cookbook of the same name. These New England natives have worked with industry giants such as grocery chain Whole Foods and renowned online cooking school Rouxbe. Derek Sarno works as the director of plant-based innovation at United Kingdom retail giant Tesco, where you can find the Wicked Healthy line of products such as Spicy Mushroom and Veg Sourdough Pizza, Big Bros Enchilada, and Hipster Salad. Chad Sarno is the VP of culinary at all-vegan seafood line Good Catch Foods. These visionaries believe plants are the future, and they&rsquore making it a reality.

Chloe Coscarelli
Chef Chloe Coscarelli stole everyone&rsquos heart as the first vegan to win the televised culinary competition Cupcake Wars&mdashwith a vegan cupcake, of course&mdashand it&rsquos been onward and upward for her ever since. Founder of the famed by Chloe chain that bears her name (although she&rsquos no longer affiliated with the company) and author of cookbooks Chloe Flavor, Vegan Italian Kitchen, Chloe&rsquos Vegan Desserts, and Chloe&rsquos Kitchen, she recently launched new eatery Chef Chloe and the Vegan Café at St. Roch Market in Miami, FL. Named to the Forbes 2017 Class of 30 Under 30 in the food and drink category, this vegan chef superstar continues to work tirelessly to bring vegan cuisine to the mainstream.

Tal Ronnen
Chef Tal Ronnen is the founder and owner of upscale Los Angeles restaurant Crossroads, author of the cookbook The Conscious Cook, and co-founder of vegan food brand Kite Hill, which has revolutionized the plant-based food industry with its artisanal cream cheese, yogurt, and almond-ricotta-stuffed ravioli. Since cheese is often thought of as the final frontier in the vegan journey, the founding of Kite Hill was welcome news. Ronnen, who has brought veganism to the fore working with celebrities such as Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres, has also teamed up with vegan meat brand Gardein to develop its popular line of products. Ronnen&rsquos undeniable influence on mainstream plant-based products has ensured it&rsquos never been an easier time to go vegan.

Doug McNish
Chef Doug McNish wants you to become a plant addict, and he&rsquos got the books and restaurants to make it happen. Author of several cookbooks including Vegan Everyday Eat Raw, Eat Well and Raw, Quick and Delicious&mdashand another to be released in 2020&mdashthis classically trained, award-winning vegan chef ran the much-loved brunch haven Public Kitchen in Toronto before closing its doors and helping to open and run Mythology Diner in the city&rsquos affectionately nicknamed &ldquoVegandale&rdquo stretch of Toronto&rsquos Parkdale neighborhood. Mythology marks McNish&rsquos partnership with The 5700 Inc., which runs the Vegandale chain of businesses, including ethical clothing and lifestyle store The Imperative and vegan brewery Vegandale Brewery. When McNish isn&rsquot blowing patrons&rsquo minds with his vegan Reuben sandwich or vegan eggs, he&rsquos sharing his professional services as a speaker, consultant, and private chef to spread the vegan message far and wide.

Miyoko Schinner
Chef Miyoko Schinner&mdashaffectionately nicknamed the &ldquoQueen of Vegan Cheese&rdquo&mdashis the vegan blogger and mastermind behind much-loved cookbooks like Artisan Vegan Cheese and The Homemade Vegan Pantry. Determined to reconcile her love for both cheese and animals, Schinner&mdashthe self-proclaimed cheese-a-holic who started out baking and delivering vegan pound cakes&mdashmade countless vegan dreams come true when she founded Miyoko&rsquos Kitchen and brought artisan vegan cheese and vegan creamery butter to the masses. This dedicated, animal-loving activist even founded her own animal sanctuary, Rancho Compasión, in Nicasio, CA. Assorted vegan cheese wheel, anyone?

Marika Collins is a writer, editor, and photographer in search of the perfect doughnut and her next cup of coffee.

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How to Introduce the Mediterranean Diet to Kids

Of course, you&aposre not going to be able to switch your child&aposs eating habits overnight, but take these steps to make your family&aposs meals and snacks more Mediterranean:

Upgrade your drip. Does your kid drip his baby carrots in creamy salad dressing? Exchange this condiment – which is high in saturated fat, sodium, added sugar, and calories – for healthy hummus.

Make pizza at home. Using thin whole-grain crust, make pizza yourself (find a recipe here). Top it with whatever veggie your kid likes𠅎ven if it&aposs corn.

Start eating more seafood. With the Mediterranean diet, you should eat fish and seafood often. Let your child give seafood a try in a no-pressure situation, like when it&aposs on a buffet or when she&aposs having a bite of yours. Eventually, work your way up to homemade fish. When you&aposre ready to move onto grilled fish, top it with a salsa made from your child&aposs favorite fruits.

Build on veggie success. Chances are, your child likes a lot of different kinds of fruits and a few veggies. Combine a favorite with something that&aposs unfamiliar or not as well liked (such as corn with red onions or cucumbers with radishes or watermelon with baby spinach) to increase the chance that he&aposll eat it. Salad can be a tough sell, so start with mild butter lettuce and add a lot of fun familiar ingredients (like dried fruit, sunflower seeds, or orange wedges). Kids may also enjoy salads more if they&aposre chopped. Even though it takes longer to prepare, you&aposll have a happier, healthier eater as a reward.

Avoid red meat and butter. The Mediterranean diet involves very little red meat like beef, lamb, and pork. To get adequate protein, opt for high-fiber beans or fish. Also swap butter for heart-healthy olive oil.

Satisfy during snack time. Curb hunger between meals with nuts, low-fat cheese, yogurt, fresh fruits, and veggies. These items are also full of healthy nutrients!


Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer

We hope that you and your families have remained safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) continues to monitor the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the guidelines associated with holding large events. The Greats Chefs Event NYC 2021 will remain postponed until further notice. The health and safety of all involved remains our top priority. We look forward to the time when it is safe for us to gather once again!

ALSF is committed to the cause of helping children and their families battling cancer. We will continue to plan virtual or socially distanced events in the coming months including alternate culinary experiences. We will announce any future event details via email and social media when they are available.

Our hearts and thoughts remain with our incredible culinary community. We are tremendously grateful for your longstanding support and we wish you continued strength during this challenging time. We look forward to the next time we can come together to support kids fighting cancer. Please email [email protected] with any questions.


30 Celebrities Who Donated To Food Organizations During The Coronavirus Pandemic So Far

Several of your favorite celebs are continuing to be their stellar selves by donating money to support nonprofits dedicated to feeding people in need during the coronavirus pandemic. As if you didn&rsquot need another reason to love them (and follow suit), here are all of the celebrities helping out food organizations right now.

The Rock's tequila brand, Teremana, released a line of merch with 100 percent of proceeds going to a good cause. Purchases will benefit Another Round Another Rally, an organization that supports bartenders and restaurant workers that lost their jobs during the pandemic. You can check out the merch line here.

This power couple has once again issued a $1 million donation to help fight food insecurity, according to CNN. Their donation will be split up into two $500,000 donations, benefitting Feeding America and Food Banks Canada's COVID-19 response funds equally.

The superstar has teamed up with Yoplait to donate to Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Look for the specially marked Yoplait products, scan and submit your receipt at YoplaitLids.com. For each eligible purchase and submitted receipt, Yoplait will donate 10 cents to Feeding America for a maximum total donation up to $600,000.

Michael Jordan donated $2 million of the earnings he received from his hit Netflix docuseries The Last Dance to food banks in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Chicago. In a statement, he said: "In these challenging times and in a year of unimaginable difficulty due to Covid-19, it&rsquos more important than ever to pause and give thanks." His donations were made through Feeding America and will benefit their food banks in those areas.

The Black Eyed Peas partnered with Barefoot Wine to release an augmented reality musical experience with proceeds from the project&ndashcalled Band Together&ndashgoing to CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees, a nonprofit that provides financial relief to food and beverage employees with kids, as well as the American Cancer Society. Here&rsquos how it works: Barefoot has an app that you can use to scan its logo on your favorite label to listen to a new version of the Black Eyed Peas&rsquo single &ldquoVIDA LOCA.&rdquo Every scan is equal to a $1 donation. When you scan a label, you&rsquoll also be able to see a 3-D animated performance from the group.

Tiller & Hatch co-founders Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams Paisley have pledged a donation of 1 million meals in partnership with Feeding America. The brand will make stops in 15 cities to give out frozen, chef-crafted Tiller & Hatch meals to local communities nationwide. You can learn more about the cities included in the donation tour here.

Tyler Perry gave back to the city of Atlanta this week when he gifted 1,000 $50 Kroger gift cards to people in need in the community. This isn't the first time during the pandemic the actor and director has done his part. On April 8, he paid for the groceries of all shoppers during senior hours at 44 Kroger supermarkets in the Atlanta area and 29 Winn-Dixies across Louisiana.

Impossible Foods has teamed up with Colin Kaepernick and Know Your Rights Camp and is on track to distribute more than 1 million meals in 2020. The partnership began on July 9 in San Francisco and the company will donate food to additional Know Your Rights Camp engagements in Los Angeles and New York, as well as other cities that are yet to be announced.

IRL buddies Lin-Manuel Miranda and José Andrés teamed up with Coca-Cola to put together this huge initiative: Coke is donating $1 million to José's World Central Kitchen and LMM recounted some amazing Hamilton memories to help promote it all. The money will ultimately yield 100,000 meals and will help "150 local restaurants in communities hit hardest by COVID-19 to rehire up to 1,400 employees. "

The star is teaming up with Postmates to donate up to $100,000 to World Central Kitchen. For every order made on Postmates from May 29 until May 31, $1 will go directly to World Central Kitchen until they reach $100,000.

Usher recently partnered up with food company Veganaire to donate meals to families and shelters in Atlanta affected by COVID-19. The 2,000 donated meals included vegan items made with produce from local businesses and featured plant-based alternatives of meatballs, lasanga, meatloaf, and more.

Kanye West and Chick-fil-A have both sponsored the Dream Center in Los Angeles, helping them to provide 300,000 meals to people in the area, according to Fox News. The organization credited Kanye's donation as what abled them to provide meal delivery to seniors.

Tan France has been donating to Frontline Foods, an organization that's supporting local restaurants and frontline workers by delivering meals to hospitals. Frontline Foods is feeding healthcare providers and helping local restaurants in 38 cities stay afloat.

The man, the myth, the legend teamed up with Buca di Beppo over the weekend to donate 1,000 meals to the Keck USC Medical Center in Los Angeles to help feed their first responders.

Additionally, The Terminator star&rsquos non-profit organization After-School All-Stars normally offers after-school activities for kids. In collaboration with Tik Tok, it now helps deliver food to families in need.

The TV chef is donating $4 million through The Rachael Ray Foundation and The Yum-o! Organization. Half will be donated to food and nutritional programs for kids and families, while the other half will go to animal welfare organizations.

The Amazon CEO announced on Instagram that he is gifting $100 million to Feeding America "to support those on the front lines at our nation&rsquos food banks and those who are relying on them for food" during this time.

Oprah is donating $10 million to COVID-19 relief efforts, and $1 million of that will go to America's Food Fund. The fund aims to help feed local communities during this time. The other $9 million will go to other organizations Oprah loves like Minnie&rsquos Food Pantry in Plano, Texas.

Leonardo DiCaprio is helping launch America's Food Fund, an organization that aims to help low-income families, the elderly, individuals facing job challenges, and children who rely on school lunch programs to get meals. America's Food Fund has already raised $12 million.

The late-night host announced on Instagram that his family donated to Feeding America in an effort to help the world&rsquos most vulnerable populations. He encouraged others who are able to do the same because &ldquoany donation is GIANT.&rdquo

Kristin Bell donated $150,007.96&ndashto be exact&ndashto No Kid Hungry. What&rsquos with the extra $7.96? &ldquoWhen my kids overheard me making the donation, they asked if they could also donate the money from their piggy bank,&rdquo she wrote on Instagram. &ldquoI couldn't have been prouder to add that extra and important 7 dollars and 96 cents.&rdquo

Everyone's favorite power couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds decided to donate $1 million split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada to help older adults and low income families who are impacted by COVID-19. Ryan is also donating 30 percent of Aviation gin proceeds to bartenders who are out of work.

Justin Timberlake said on Twitter that he donated to Mid-South Food Bank, an organization in his hometown that provides food to families in the mid-South. &ldquoStart small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need,&rdquo he said in the post.

The duo teamed up to raise funds for Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to &ldquoshine a spotlight on kids across the country who need our help and support during this difficult time,&rdquo Amy Adams wrote in an Instagram post.

Riri&rsquos education and emergency relief non-profit, the Clara Lionel Foundation, donated $5 million across multiple organizations fighting COVID-19&ndashincluding Feeding America.

JJ Watt and his Wife Kealia Ohai provided over one million meals to those in need during this time with a $350,000 donation to Houston Food Bank, according to ESPN&rsquos Adam Schefter.

To support their community in Seattle, Ciara and Russell Wilson donated 1 million meals to Seattle&rsquos Food Lifeline. &ldquoRally with us and support your local food bank @FeedingAmerica,&rdquo they wrote in an Instagram post. &ldquoWe can all make a difference together.&rdquo

The Modern Family star shared on Twitter that he donated 200,000 meals to the food bank Harvesters in Kansas City. &ldquoI&rsquom only posting this to maybe motivate you to do what you can, when you can, if you can, to help vulnerable families in our community during this time,&rdquo he wrote in the tweet.

Steph Curry and his wife Ayesha announced on social media that their Eat.Learn.Play. Foundation is donating to the Alameda County Community Food Bank to help &ldquothe 18,000+ kids that rely on school for 2+ meals daily&rdquo in Oakland.

The former Disney actress threw her support behind Feeding America with a donation to help the immense demand on food banks. &ldquoLet&rsquos help each other out rather than freaking the fuck out. Kk?&rdquo she wrote in an Instagram post.

The country singer runs a year-round, volunteer-operated free grocery store that is &ldquomobilizing delivery of a week&rsquos groceries to our elderly neighbors in Edgehill and Berry Hill on Wednesdays/Thursdays,&rdquo he shared in an Instagram post.


Celebrity chefs offer quarantine-friendly cooking tips, recipes during coronavirus outbreak

Celebrity chefs, including Rachel Ray and Alton Brown, give their advice on home cooking during the coronavirus outbreak.

Cooking while self-quarantining may feel daunting. After all, you can only eat pasta and marinara sauce so many times in a row.

To pull you out of that impending food rut, celebrity chefs are weighing on Twitter and Instagram with their simple, healthy and isolation-friendly recipes, as well as cooking hacks and recommended shopping lists.

Chef Rachael Ray was among the celebrity chefs offering advice how to cook during a quarantine. (John Lamparski/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

TV host and celebrity cook Rachael Ray shared with her followers a comprehensive collection of 15 meals made only with “pantry staples” — which include a heaping helping of frozen items and canned goods.

“Keep Calm and Cook On,” Ray shared in her Twitter post encouraging her fans to “cook with a little more love, lean a little more heavily on your pantry…”

Food Network star Amanda Freitag shares her “Easy AF” tips on how to transform plain chicken by learning how to properly sear food.

“Learning to properly sear food is essential to lock in flavors and make even the most basic ingredients delicious, so if you’re quarantined and getting sick of plain chicken, I promise this will help change the game,” the chef wrote, along with a video of her explaining the technique.

Meanwhile, chef and host Alton Brown tweeted out his super simple grocery list to help everyone “get through this.”

Padma Lakshmi, host of “Top Chef,” advised everyone to stock up on frozen vegetables — saying they often have the same nutrition as fresh — as well as dry goods like beans, lentils, quinoa, orzo, tuna and other shelf-stable items that provide protein, but last longer than “a steak” or more costly items.

Lakshmi also suggested those concerned about cooking from home make stews or large batch meals and then freeze portions for quicker meals later in the week.

Some chefs are going beyond sharing recipes and are answering your burning questions about how to make delicious and nutritious meals from home.

Chef and restauranteur Tom Colicchio took to Twitter to help those who “are not used to cooking” by sharing a tip he would utilize: “Cook vegetables now and freeze them for future use.”

Chef ad television personality Michael Symon also spent time answering questions on Twitter for those unaccustomed to cooking.

The chef also shared a pantry-staple recipe fit for a family as part of the Food Network’s 10-day meal plan with pantry items.

As quarantine policies continue to shift around the nation, chefs will likely continue to help out via social media with tips and tricks on how to cook and stay healthy. Meanwhile, these restaurants are still open for take-out and delivery, if you need a break from all those home-cooked meals.


“I grew up on the farm. Off in the woods, walking through the blueberry bushes, shoes off. I ate dirt as a kid. When I tell you I was living off the soil, I was living off the soil. Because I know what it tastes like.”

About Nick Wallace

Nick is Gifted, talented, and inspired by nature. Nick Wallace's mission is to remain focused on the beauty of food. Nick was voted Best Chef for Jackson, MS, the last four years. He was named Best Chef of Mississippi 2020 and has remained on the list of Best Chef America.

National Recognition and Cooking Around The World

Nick has also been featured on many Publication Networks such as Southern Living Magazine, Food Networks "Comfort Nation" (Season 2), Food Network's "Chopped" and Alton's Challenge on Food Networks "Chopped," Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen," Food Network's Canada "Firemasters". "Unexplored America - Mississippi." It aires in France on the Channel "Voyage." Beautiful Destinations. Two Features with Visit USA (Beautiful Destinations).

Nick participated in 50 States – 50 Chefs (Flavored Nation) in Chattanooga, TN, and has also been blessed to present five James Beard Foundation "Mississippi Themed" dinners in New York. He is known for redefining the Southern experience.

More about Nick Wallace

Nick can express his understanding of food through the taste and appearance of every plate of food that he prepares. While giving his grandmothers, Queen Morris and Lennel Donald credit for his beginning love for culinary arts, everyone would agree that Wallace's talents lie within his heart and have been there before birth.

Nick combines his family farm origins with a sophisticated French technique to create his modern Mississippi cuisine that is exceptionally pleasing to the pallet.

Nick has served as Executive Chef for some of the country's largest and most prominent museums and hotels. Through these positions, both his leadership skills and drive for continuous innovation flourish.

Nick Wallace is currently Chef Partner at the Capital Club of Jackson, Founder/Chef of Nick Wallace Culinary, Nick Wallace Catering, and the important Non-Profit Creativity Kitchen, giving kids and families the utmost attention inside the public schools, teaching and preparing the best experience ever.

Giving Back

Nick works closely with local farmers. With the ability to produce healthier fresh foods, Wallace has moved his culinary talent and innovative ways into Jackson Public Schools through his non-profit organization, Creativity Kitchen. Through Creativity Kitchen, Nick works closely with the Jackson Public Schools' chefs to provide better tasting and healthier food for scholars. Just recently, Creativity Kitchen partnered with Whole Foods 5% Community Giving Program and put the money back into the community by donating a percentage of it to one of the local elementary schools. Nick's vision for culinary innovation, understanding of flavor and technique have formed an exquisite growing of innovative cuisine.

Nick continues to reach out to the community by partnering with organizations such as Dole, Novo Nordisk, American Cancer Society, Co-Chair of Share the Gulf, Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi. Nick will continue to use his gifts, abilities, and talents to touch lives through innovation, palate-pleasing cuisine, and humbleness.


26 Cooking Without Fire Recipes For Children

1. Deviled eggs

The nutritious and easy-to-prepare recipe is mostly served in main meals.

You will need:

  • 3-4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp mustard sauce
  • ½tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup parsley (freshly chopped)
  • Herbs mix (for garnishing)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  1. Slice the boiled eggs in two halves and scoop the yolks out. Put all the egg whites on a plate and all the egg yolks in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Mash the egg yolks into a smooth paste, using a fork. Next, add mayo or Greek yogurt, lemon juice, mustard sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the yolk paste and mix everything well.
  3. Start filling the egg whites with the yolk filling, using a spoon or a piping bag.
  4. Sprinkle parsley and herbs mix on top of the filling. Serve immediately with toasted whole-grain bread or saucy pasta.

2. Peanut butter balls

Peanut butter balls are a quick recipe that is a perfect addition to after school snacks. This delicious recipe is healthy and can be prepared easily by children of all ages.

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats, ground into a coarse flour
  • 1tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins (chopped, for younger children)
  1. Warm the peanut butter and honey until smooth, in a microwave or over the stove.
  2. Combine with other ingredients and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
  3. Once the mixture is ready, make small balls and put them on waxed paper.
  4. Refrigerate them for ten minutes and serve.

3. Strawberry crackers

Strawberry is a nutritious fruit that children love. This recipe is a simple and fun way to let your child include their favorite fruit into a quick snack.

You will need:

  • ½ cup strawberries (chopped)
  • ½ cup cottage cheese (grated)
  • 1 packet of whole grain crackers
  1. Take a small mixing bowl and mix chopped strawberries with cottage cheese.
  2. Next, evenly spread this mixture on the crackers.

4. Cheese nachos

Nachos are a crunchy snack that can be used in several mouth-watering recipes. One such recipe that your child can make with fun and ease is cheese nachos.

You will need:

  • 1 pack of nachos
  • ½ cup bell peppers (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup red onions (thinly sliced)
  • 4tbsp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1tsp chili flakes
  • 1tsp oregano
  1. Preheat the oven to 356°F (180°C).
  2. Take a serving plate and spread nachos onto it.
  3. Spread bell peppers, onions, and cheese over the nachos. Sprinkle chili flakes and oregano.
  4. Cover the filling with a new layer of nachos and repeat the process until you get three to four layers.
  5. Put these in the oven for five minutes or until the cheese starts to sizzle.
  6. Serve while still hot, with lemonade or fruit shakes.

5. Pinwheel sandwiches

Pinwheel sandwiches are quick, customizable, and easy-to-prepare food that children love to eat.

You will need:

  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 2tsp organic cream cheese
  • Sliced organic turkey breast
  • Sliced organic cheddar cheese
  • 1tsp green chutney
  • Bell peppers (thinly sliced)
  1. Mix together the cream cheese and chutney.
  2. Spread over the tortillas and top with bell peppers.
  3. Place the turkey and cheese on top in a flat layer.
  4. Tightly roll the tortillas up.

Cut into pinwheels and serve immediately or wrap in wax paper and serve later.

6. Mini pizza

Mini pizza is an easy and quick recipe that needs just three basic ingredients. Your child can customize this recipe by adding a variety of vegetables, seeds, and protein-rich items, like tofu.

You will need:

  • 2 English muffins
  • 1 cup quick pizza sauce
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • ¼ cup spinach, finely shredded
  • Herbs mix (seasoning)
  1. Take the English muffin and apply quick pizza sauce on it.
  2. Sprinkle spinach, mozzarella cheese and herbs mix on top and microwave the muffin for ten minutes.
  3. Serve while still hot with homemade tomato sauce or hummus.

7. Puffed rice peanut butter balls

It is yet another quick recipe that your child can prepare by mixing all the ingredients in the right proportions.

You will need:

  • 2tbsp peanut butter
  • ½tsp organic honey
  • ½ cup dried fruits and nuts (finely chopped)
  1. Mix honey and peanut butter in a bowl.
  2. Add puffed rice and dried fruits/nuts to the mixture and give a gentle toss to all the ingredients so that they mix well.
  3. Take a tablespoon of this mix between your palms and make small balls.

8. Strawberry Ritz

Strawberry Ritz is a tempting recipe that is most raved among children. Your child can easily prepare it by spreading all the right ingredients on crackers.

You will need:

  • 1 pack of whole grain crackers
  • 1 cup spreadable cream cheese
  • ½ cup unsweetened strawberry jam
  • 1 cup strawberry (sliced)
  1. Take a mixing bowl and put a spoon of strawberry jam and cream cheese into it. Mix the two well.
  2. Next, spread this mix and place a piece of strawberry on each cracker.
  3. Refrigerate the crackers for 10-15 minutes.

9. Cinnamon pears

Cinnamon pears are a healthy snack choice, which is easy to prepare and quick to serve. This recipe has all the goodness of pears and cinnamon that can be beneficial for your child’s health.

You will need:

  1. Cut the pears into two halves and place them in a bowl.
  2. Drizzle maple syrup and cinnamon over them and microwave for two minutes.
  3. Serve with fresh lime water or coconut water for added flavor and enhanced nutrition.

10. Fruit salad or fruit chaat

This recipe lets children prepare a customized fruit salad that they love to eat.

You will need:

  • 1 cup seasonal fruits (chopped)
  • 1tsp seeds and nuts trail mix
  • 1tsp pepper powder
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Place all the chopped fruits in a mixing bowl. You can add fruits such as apple, papaya, banana, mango, muskmelon, dragon fruit, blueberries, and kiwi.
  2. Next, add salt, lemon juice, pepper powder, and trail mix to these fruits. Toss the mix a couple of times so that everything gets mixed properly.
  3. Serve immediately as a delectable midday snack or an after-school snack.

11. Mixed sprouts salad or chaat

Sprouts are a healthy addition to your child’s diet. Adding ingredients, like tofu, carrot, cucumber, and lemon, can make it healthier. Your child can prepare a customized sprouts salad that they will relish for sure.

You will need:

  • 1 cup boiled mixed sprouts (whole green gram, chickpea, Bengal gram, moth bean)
  • ½ cup carrot and cucumber mix (finely grated, carrots, cucumber)
  • ½ cup silken tofu (cubed)
  • 1 cup red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup tomato (finely chopped)
  • 1 green chili (finely chopped)
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Take a medium-sized mixing bowl and put boiled sprouts into it.
  2. Add chopped onions, green chilies, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and tofu to the sprouts. Give this mixture a thorough toss twice or thrice so that everything gets mixed well.
  3. Next, add lemon juice and again give a gentle toss to the mixture.
  4. Serve it immediately with lemonade or berry squash.

12. Saucy zucchini noodles

Zucchini or courgette is a nutritious summer squash and has a mild refreshing taste. Your child will love this hassle-free zucchini recipe that is simple and quick to prepare.

You will need:

  • 1 cup zucchini (finely stripped)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • 20g mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Peel and pit the avocado. Put it in a blender with water, nuts, and lemon juice.
  2. Blend the ingredients until you get a smooth sauce. If the blend looks pasty, add more water.
  3. Take a mixing bowl and put zucchini strips/ noodles, cherry tomatoes, carrot, cucumber, salt, pepper, and avocado sauce. Toss and mix everything well.
  4. Serve these noodles to your child as a light snack with buttermilk or fresh juice.

13. Vegetable pita pockets

Pita bread has a mildly sweet flavor that children will likely enjoy. This recipe combines the pita bread with the goodness of fresh vegetables, mayo, and other delicious ingredients.

You will need:

  • 2 whole-wheat pita bread
  • 1 cup homemade falafel
  • 3-4tbsp tahini sauce (preferably homemade)
  • 4tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tomato (finely chopped)
  • 1 cucumber (finely chopped)
  • 1 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  1. Cut the pita bread into two halves and create a pocket between the two layers of the bread.
  2. Mix falafel, chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumber, and chopped parsley in a mixing bowl
  3. Add tahini sauce and mayonnaise to the vegetable mix and mix everything well.
  4. Fill the pita bread with the veggie mix, and the preparation is ready to eat.

14. Sweet corn salad

Sweet corn is used in the preparation of a variety of soups and salads. This is a no-fire delicious corn salad recipe that your child can prepare quickly.

You will need:

  • 1 cup sweet corn (boiled)
  • ½ cup spring onions (chopped)
  • ½ cup nuts (cashews, almonds) (chopped finely)
  • 1 chopped green chili
  • ¼ cilantro (chopped)
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Take a mixing bowl and put all the ingredients into it, except cilantro.
  2. Mix well and transfer to a serving plate.
  3. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

15. Guava smoothie

This no-flame recipe is a blend of guava and coconut milk, which are healthy for children. Your child can quickly prepare this recipe with minimum ingredients in use.

You will need:

  • 2 cups 100% guava juice (chilled)
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup vanilla unsweetened yogurt
  1. Put guava juice, coconut milk, and vanilla yogurt in a blender.
  2. Blend the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and frothy.
  3. Pour equal quantities of the smoothie into serving glasses and enjoy!

16. Veggie fajitas

Fajita is a Tex-Mex preparation made from grilled meat and often served with a taco or tortilla. This recipe is a vegetarian version that does not include grilling, and thus, has no use of fire.

You will need:

  • 2 cups fresh vegetables (chopped)
  • 1 can (200g) pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 5 cup tomato salsa
  • 2 limes (zested and juiced)
  • 2tbsp hot sauce
  • ½ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 ripe avocados (cored and diced)
  • 1tsp garlic clove (finely grated)
  • 4 soft flour tortillas (medium-sized)
  1. For the fajita mix, put the marinated veggies into a mixing bowl and add pinto beans to it.
  2. Add two tablespoons of salsa, half of the lime zest, lemon juice, hot sauce, and cilantro. Mix everything well and keep the mixture aside.
  3. Take another bowl and put avocado into it. Add the remaining lime zest, lemon juice, and garlic.
  4. Use a fork to mash everything until you get a coarse filling.
  5. Next, take a tortilla, spread the avocado filling, followed by the fajita mix onto it. You can top it up with the remaining salsa, soured cream, sauce, and cilantro.
  6. Wrap the tortilla and serve with fresh homemade hummus.

17. Creamy canapé

Canapé is a cracker or piece of bread with a savory or sweet topping. It is often served as a starter. Preparing it can be a fun and creative learning experience for your child.

You will need:

  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 3-4tbsp hung curd
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 multigrain bread slices
  • ½ cup fresh Fruits (chopped)
  • ½ cup chocolate sauce
  • ½ cup colorful sprinkles (for decoration)
  1. For the dip, take a blender and put cottage cheese, hung curd, honey, and vanilla essence into it. Blend all these ingredients well until you get a creamy dip.
  2. Now, take a multigrain bread slice and cut its edges. Flatten the bread with a rolling pin and cut desired shapes with the help of a cookie cutter.
  3. Once the canapé base is ready, spread the creamy dip over each canapé.
  4. Place chopped fruit, drizzle the chocolate sauce, and decorate with sprinkles.
  5. Serve with warm milk or cold smoothie as an evening snack.

18. Fruity oats smoothie

A smoothie is a refreshing and filling drink prepared from pureed raw fruit and/or vegetables. Your child can prepare various smoothies by combining fruit/vegetables with other ingredients, such as nuts, seeds, grains, and milk.

You will need:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups skimmed milk (or coconut milk)
  • 1 cup fruit and veggie mix (papaya, banana, and spinach)
  • 1tbsp seeds and nuts trail mix
  • 1tbsp chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, and pistachio) or nut butter
  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender except chopped nuts.
  2. Blend the mix until you get a flowy, smooth-textured smoothie.
  3. Pour the smoothie into a serving glass and top it with chopped nuts.
  4. Serve as a midday snack or an after-school snack or a quick breakfast.

19. Instant bread dahi vada

It is an alternative to traditional dahi vadas, which are made with deep-fried black lentil cakes. In India, dahi vada is a popular snack often eaten between meals or even as an appetizer.

You will need:

  • 4-5 white bread slices
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1tsp brown sugar
  • 3tbsp sweet tamarind chutney
  • ¼ cup roasted cashew (roughly chopped)
  • ⅛ cup raisins
  • 1in ginger piece (finely chopped)
  • 2tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • ¼tsp roasted cumin (powder)
  • Black salt, to taste
  1. Wash and soak raisins in water and keep them aside.
  2. Next, take yogurt in a bowl and whisk it until you get a smooth, flowy consistency.
  3. Add ¼ cup water, black salt, and brown sugar to the yogurt and mix all the ingredients well.
  4. Now, take the bread slices, remove their edges, and cut them into round shapes with a cookie cutter.
  5. Take the cut bread piece, dip it in the curd, and place it in the serving dish.
  6. Sprinkle chopped cashews, raisins, ginger, and coriander on top.
  7. Cover the dressed bread piece with another piece and repeat the process.
  8. Place the third bread piece and drizzle yogurt mix, tamarind chutney, salt, and cumin powder.
  9. Drizzle yogurt mixture over it to cover all the sides.
  10. Serve immediately with sweet lime water or any other beverage of choice.

20. Rainforest yogurt sundae

Sundae is one of the fabulous desserts that consists of ice cream topped with a sweet sauce or syrup. This recipe replaces ice cream with frozen yogurt and adds mixed nuts and seeds to make the preparation nutritious.

You will need:

  • 1 cup low-fat yogurt (frozen)
  • 1cup fruits (chopped)
  • ¼ cup mixed nuts and seeds (chopped)
  1. Take the chopped seasonal fruits such as banana, pineapple mango, etc., of your child’s choice.
  2. Place these fruits in an ice cream dish and layer them with frozen yogurt.
  3. Sprinkle chopped seeds and nuts.
  4. Serve immediately for the best flavors and taste.

Cooking without fire can be a fun learning experience for your child. Guide them on the steps involved in the recipes and discuss customizations that can be done. Let them pick the ingredients and motivate them to look for healthier options. It can help inculcate healthy eating habits in your child, in the long run.


Celebrities Unite with Favorite Holiday Recipes for Charity

Planning your holiday menu? How about cooking up a dessert table that includes NY Giants Quarterback Eli Manning’s Lace Cookies, Nicole Kidman’s Chocolate Crackles, Katie Couric’s Lemon Squares, Faith Hill’s Coca-Cola Cake, Justin Timberlake’s Granny’s Coconut Cake, Cat Cora’s Italian Cream Cake or Marlo Thomas’ Corn Pudding. Al Roker’s choice is his mother’s Sweet Potato Poon, Beyonce has the perfect Guacamole, Oprah favors Corn Fritters and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott fondly recalls her family’s Monkey Bread. These recipes are the perfect conversation piece around your holiday table and they can be found in the World Cookbook Award winning Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook.

A sequel, Loukoumi’s Favorite Holiday Recipe Celebrity Cookbook will be released in the Fall 2014 featuring over 100 celebrity recipes. NY Attorney Nick Katsoris has also just launched a new Loukoumi storybook with an anti-bullying theme, Loukoumi And The Schoolyard Bully, featuring Oscar winner Morgan Freeman as the voice of the Schoolyard Bully and Nia Vardalos as narrator.

For the Cookbooks, Katsoris, author of the acclaimed and award-winning children’s book series featuring Loukoumi the fluffy lamb, has gathered the favorite childhood recipes of more than 50 celebrities in his delightfully illustrated cookbook for children and their families, LOUKOUMI’S CELEBRITY COOKBOOK. A minimum of $2 from the sale of each book will be donated to Chefs for Humanity and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In LOUKOUMI’S CELEBRITY COOKBOOK, Loukoumi and her friends Dean the dog, Marika the monkey and Fistiki the cat are playing happily when they become hungry. At Loukoumi’s home they discover Fistiki’s Aunt Cat Cora, a character based on celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Cat Cora, the first and only female Iron Chef, and President and Founder of Chefs for Humanity, which works to reduce hunger around the world. Aunt Cat offers to help them make her childhood favorite dish — Grandma’s Special Cream Cheese Cake. The story continues as Aunt Cat guides the friends in gathering and measuring ingredients and preparing them for the oven, all the while sharing child-friendly safety tips.

Beginning with Cat Cora’s recipe for Alma’s Italian Cream Cake, LOUKOUMI’S CELEBRITY COOKBOOK is divided into Weekend Breakfasts, Lunchtime Favorites, After-School Snacks, Family Meals, and Delicious Desserts. With tasty treats for the whole family, the book includes Rachael Ray’s French Toast Cups with Fresh Fruit, Oprah Winfrey’s Corn Fritters, Ellen DeGeneres’ Vegan Sliders, Beyoncé’s Easy Guacamole with Corn Chip Scoops, Betty White’s Chicken Wings, Miranda Cosgrove’s Spaghetti Tacos, Nicole Kidman’s Rice Pudding, Matt Lauer’s Beanie Weenie Stew, Mario Lopez’s Chicken Enchiladas, Marlo Thomas’ Corn Pudding, and Eli Manning’s Lace Cookies — plus recipes from Jennifer Aniston, Katie Couric, Bridgit Mendler, Jay Leno, Constantine Maroulis, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris, Paula Dean, George Stephanopoulos, Faith Hill, Sherri Shepherd, Al Roker, and many others.

Perfect for Holiday cooking fun, LOUKOUMI’S CELEBRITY COOKBOOK will bring you and yours together over many fun-to-prepare meals.

“The Loukoumi series of books have been wonderful for kids and parents alike. They each have an inspiring message and like the others, Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook is a great story with the bonus of being full of delicious recipes. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is honored to benefit from this project.”
—Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

“Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook is a fantastic way to get your children excited about helping out & experimenting with you in the kitchen, to make delicious and healthful meals from the heart that the whole family can enjoy together.” –Celebrity Chef Cat Cora, President & Founder Chefs for Humanity


Grade School (Ages 6 to 9)

Grade-school kids are ready for a lot more responsibility in the kitchen, and they’re at a great age to absorb whatever you teach them.

They can help prep ingredients: measuring out flour, sugar, spices and condiments cracking eggs grating cheese, ginger and citrus zest and grating or pressing garlic. And they can be excellent whiskers, mashers and sandwich makers. (For these recipes, school-age kids can whisk together the torte ingredients, and perhaps even melt the butter, and they can learn how to use an electric mixer for whipping the topping.)

This is also the time to introduce them to the world of knives and other sharp kitchen equipment like skewers and graters. Butter knives and rigid plastic knives marketed for kids are wonderful options for slicing fruit, cheese and soft vegetables. Depending on your kid, you might even be able to give them a real knife to use. (Be sure to supervise them closely.)

[How does Ina Garten do it? Read our profile of the Barefoot Contessa.]

Make sure that whatever knife you give them is small enough to fit comfortably in their hand: Paring and small, 6- to 7-inch knives can work well. Then, go online together, and watch a few instructional videos on how to safely use them. (Your knife skills might benefit, too.)


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