Kid-Friendly Back to School Recipes!

August means the end of the summer for most kiddos across the US. That usually means many trips to the store to stock up on new school supplies, clothes, backpacks and more from the endless list of things that kids need. While you’re out at the store, we recommend sticking to the actual school supplies list, rather than also stocking up on packaged snacks and breakfast items. It takes a little more time to craft those homemade goodies, but the taste and quality will be something the whole family appreciates. We’ve gathered up a little list of our favorite healthy, quick, nutritious and delicious recipes that are perfect for kids of all ages! We hope that you’ll give one or two of these recipes a try…who knows, they might become your go-to items to meal prep each week!

While each of the recipes in this list is easy and quick, we recommend bringing the kids into the kitchen to lend a hand! It’s important to teach kids where their food comes from, and you can also make the most of a little extra bonding time before they’re off to school during the weeks to come.

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  1. Healthy Oat Muffins

Healthy, low-fat muffins that are still packed with flavor and taste delicious! A perfect source of fuel that will fill you up on the go! This is a great recipe for older kids to practice and help with measuring.

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  1. Maple Vanilla Oatmeal Bars

Substantial, go-anywhere, breakfast bars made with pure, healthy ingredients. Rodelle’s Maple Vanilla Oatmeal Bars are flavorful and filling to fuel your busy day! Kids of any age can squeeze baggies of their favorite toppings onto these bars and will be able to press the “batter” into the pan.

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  1. Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

Delectably healthy to-go snacks – packed with Rodelle flavor. Three unique recipes to try! The peach flavor is perfect for the bruised, banged up bargain peaches from the fruit stand! Attentive children can help wash and pick over berries, and creative kids will enjoy cutting the finished fruit roll ups into different shapes or rolling them up and tying them.

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BONUS! Grilled Salmon Skewers

We know you will be busy establishing a new evening routine around sports, pick up, homework, and all the activities of your family, so we recommend trying our Herbes de Provence Salmon Skewers on the grill! You can prep the ingredients the night before, and then fire up the grill to make these in a snap when it’s time for dinner.

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Back to school can be delicious and easy! Make the family some homemade snacks that you’ll feel good about!

 

Summertime Pavlova Party

We love the lush elegance of a pavlova all year long, but this airy dessert is the perfect thing for summertime! The light, meringue-based treat is a lovely base for summer flavors. Another bonus of pavlovas are that they are naturally gluten-free – that means everyone can have a taste without worrying, and it’s not a “tough sell” on picky eaters.

We have three favorite pavlova recipes to share with you that work well with summer produce, and are easy to whip up for a weekend dessert, but fancy enough to serve at a bridal or baby shower!

  1. Cocoa Pavlova with Vanilla Cherries

This pavlova is airy and light but feels decadent and indulgent. The vanilla cherries are lush and flavorful. If you are lucky enough to have sour cherries growing in your area, you can use them and increase the sugar. We love how this recipe marries the flavors of our Gourmet Baking Cocoa and the juicy cherry, vanilla notes in the topping!

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  1. Drunken Cherry Pavlova

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Another cherry pavlova, but this one comes together with a splash of white rum to kick things up a notch! The Rodelle Vanilla Beans make the meringue and filling shine, and your family and friends will love the specks of vanilla bean that add delicious character to this dessert.

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  1. Lemon Curd & Strawberry Pavlova

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This beauty pairs a homemade lemon curd with sweet, summer strawberries. We love the slightly tart filling with the vanilla meringue, and the strawberries make the dessert taste like a summer dream!

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Beat the Summer Heat!

With the 4th of July in our rear view mirrors, the dog days of summer are here! We are using the rest of summer to bask in the Colorado sunshine and trying to appreciate the heat before the seasons inevitably change. We have a few recipes that are helping us appreciate the heat (deal with the heat) and hope you’ll check them out! From vegan ice creams to a couple of bonus recipes, we have something for everyone here!

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  1. Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

This beauty of an ice cream pairs black sesame and strawberries. The unlikely pairing is perfectly coupled with the vegan coconut ice cream base. Our friend Sarah at Snixy Kitchen made this recipe no-churn, so it doesn’t require any special equipment to make at home!

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  1. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

This decadent ice cream recipe takes 1 hour to prepare, then freezes over night and voila, you have a recipe that’s perfect for this festive time of year! Everyone will be screaming for seconds of this tasty treat!

Make Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

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  1. Honey & Lemon Thyme Ricotta Ice Cream

Fresh whole milk ricotta blended into a rich and creamy egg-free ice cream – served up with vanilla peaches. We love this as a use for all of the bruised peaches you might have picked up for a deal at the Farmer’s Market!

Make Honey & Lemon Thyme Ricotta Ice Cream!

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  1. Blueberry White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream

The white chocolate chips dancing in this ice cream are the perfect complement to fresh blueberries and raspberries pureed and swirled throughout!

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  1. Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is the perfect way to eat vanilla bean ice cream- between two homemade chocolatey cookies! Our Vanilla bean ice cream sandwich is the something the whole family will love…and, for a new twist, try the ice cream sandwiched between Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers!

Make Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches!

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  1. Blueberry Rhubarb Pie Ice Cream Parfaits

Bonus recipe! Our friend Traci at Vanilla and Bean stunned us with her Ice Cream Parfaits and we had to share them! She describes the recipe: “All the deliciousness of pie, deconstructed in an ice cream parfait – super simple to prep ahead and assemble later. Blueberry-Rhubarb Pie Ice Cream Parfaits are fun for summer holidays and anytime ice cream is called for with vegan options included!” … we can’t help ourselves around them! Get the recipe!

4 recipes for the Fourth of July!

Firecrackers and sparklers make the 4th of July extra sparkly, but delicious recipes are what we really look forward to! Here are 4 of our favorite recipes for the 4th of July that you can make ahead of time. Take a little extra time this week and weekend, and have all of Independence Day off to enjoy the summer weather and take in the fireworks show!

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  1. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie a la Mode Popsicles

Nothing says summer fun more than a decadent popsicle. These beauties feature a strawberry rhubarb compote, a vanilla cream layer and a healthy sprinkle of homemade (gluten-free) pie crust topping. We love that you can make all of the ingredients ahead of time, and when you are ready to serve, sprinkle with the pie crust topping and everyone will think you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen!

Make Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Popsicles

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  1. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

When you say 4th of July- we say ICE CREAM! This decadent ice cream recipe takes 1 hour to prepare, then freezes over night and voila, you have a recipe that’s perfect for this festive time of year! Everyone will be screaming for seconds of this tasty treat!

Make Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

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  1. Naked Vanilla Berry Ice Cream Cake

A naked cake featuring 2 layers of vanilla bean cake and a layer of homemade vanilla bean berry ice cream…summer’s perfect cake! This dreamy cake was whipped up for Rodelle by Beth at The First Year. This recipe is a two day project – but it’s not overly time intensive. Make and bake the cake and allow it to cool completely. Make the ice cream and assemble the cake, then allow it to freeze overnight. The next day add the thin layer of cool whip, decorate the top of the cake, and freeze it until ready to serve! Trust us…it’s worth it!

Make a Naked Vanilla Berry Ice Cream Cake

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  1. Strawberry Pie

A delicious, traditional strawberry filling complimented by a vanilla graham cracker crust. We love the easy assembly of this pie, and the all-natural ingredients that go so well together! We definitely recommend serving this pie with homemade whipped cream!

Make this Strawberry Pie!

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BONUS: Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

This show-stopper summer dessert is definitely our favorite ice cream cake yet. All of your favorite banana split flavors in one impressive dessert! Pineapple ice cream, chocolate cookie crumble, roasted banana ice cream, strawberry ice cream and homemade whipped cream icing….you have to try this one!

Make a Banana Split Ice Cream Cake!

 

 

7 Memorial Day Recipes to Start Summer Right

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have served, gather with friends and family, and start summer off with a backyard cookout. Make this holiday extra memorable with fresh and unique bites from the Rodelle kitchen. Here are just a few of our favorite Memorial Day recipes to kick the summer off in style:

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  1. Homemade Triple Chocolate S’mores

Gather ’round the fire pit and get your kumbaya on…it’s time to roast some marshmallows and make s’mores! Our homemade chocolate s’mores aren’t your typical s’mores, though – they combine made-from-scratch chocolate graham crackers and specially flavored marshmallows for a truly delectable summer treat.

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  1. Raspberry Jam and Vanilla Bean Celebration Cake

Celebrate the start of summer with this mouthwatering dessert! Made from fresh Rodelle ingredients, this recipe layers moist vanilla cake with raspberry jam, which is topped off with a homemade champagne buttercream frosting.

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  1. Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

Have a vegan guest attending your Memorial Day bash? No problem! This coconut black sesame ice cream is a crowd pleaser for vegans and non-vegans alike. Whip up the ice cream using coconut cream and maple syrup, and add the strawberry and vodka swirl for an extra kick.

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  1. Lemon Lime Tartlets

Fresh, tangy and scrumptious, these lemon lime tartlets are perfect for a summer dessert. This easy recipe combines zesty lemon and lime flavors for a meringue filling, which is served over a crunchy graham cracker crust.

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  1. Rodelle Tenderizing Marinades

Every Memorial Day BBQ needs a delicious marinade or two! Rodelle’s marinade recipes step outside of the traditional box to explore new and delightful flavors. Our red wine marinade, white wine marinade and balsamic marinade are all the perfect addition to any steak or chicken breast.

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  1. Raspberry Shortcake

An easy-to-make shortcake, homemade vanilla bean whipped cream, and juicy raspberries! Who could ask for anything more? Want a festive dessert? Add in blueberries and strawberries for a little pop of patriotic color!

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BONUS: Grilled Salmon, Potato and Tomato Kebabs

Take your neighborhood BBQ to the next level with this fabulous recipe from Floating Kitchen, one of our brand ambassadors. These unconventional kebabs combine salmon filet, seasoned potatoes and tomatoes, brushed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, for a spectacular main course dish.

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Make your Memorial Day gathering extra special this year with a little pizzazz coming out of the kitchen!