Kiddie Kabobs

kiddie kabos, cantelope, mango
Paula Hible
Nothing's more fun than food on a stick. We came up with grilled and no-cook skewer combos that even picky eaters will go for.
Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Pizza

The Lineup: Focaccia bread, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes

Make It: Fold Canadian bacon into quarters first; brush skewers with olive oil before you grill kabobs.

Serve with: Pizza sauce

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Paula Hible

Ranch Chicken

The Lineup: Chicken nuggets, broccoli, baby carrots

Make It: Thaw nuggets and precook carrots in microwave for 2 minutes so they're easy to slide onto skewers.

Serve with: Ranch dressing

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Chili-Lime Shrimp

The Lineup: Snow-pea pods, shrimp, yellow-pepper strips

Make It: Brush with Asian sweet chili sauce and lime juice before you put them on the grill.

Serve with: Extra chili sauce

Mealtime becomes a struggle when your little one has a very discerning palate. Learn how to handle a picky eater and some reasonable guidelines for what you should expect your child to eat.

Mealtime becomes a struggle when your little one has a very discerning palate. Learn how to handle a picky eater and some reasonable guidelines for what you should expect your child to eat.

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Pasta and Meatballs

The Lineup: Cooked meatballs, cheese ravioli, zucchini, yellow summer squash

Make It: Boil ravioli until it's barely tender (undercooking the pasta helps it stay on the skewer).

Serve with: Pasta sauce

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Polynesian Chicken

The Lineup: Pineapple, red-pepper strips, chicken pieces

Make It: Brush kabobs with olive oil before you throw them on the grill.

Serve with: Sweet-and-sour sauce

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Berry Pound Cake

The Lineup: Blueberries, pound cake, raspberries, strawberries

Make It: Slice boxed pound cake, then cut out shapes with a cookie cutter or a small round glass.

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Fruity French Toast

The Lineup: Peaches, French toast

Make It: Cut toast into triangles; serve syrup in a small bowl so kids can dip their skewers right in.

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Banana Bites

The Lineup: Banana, strawberry yogurt, rainbow sprinkles

Make It: Dip chunks of banana into yogurt first, then skewer. Up the fiber factor by rolling bananas in crushed granola instead of in sprinkles.

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Apple-PB Crisp

The Lineup: Rice Krispies Treats, peanut butter, apples

Make It: You can pipe the peanut butter onto the RK Treats, or just spread it with a knife to save time.

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Marshmallow Surprise

The Lineup: Strawberries, marshmallows, fudge sauce

Make It: Put fudge sauce in a zip-top bag, clip off a tiny corner, and drizzle designs onto marshmallows.

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Double Melon

The Lineup: Cantaloupe, honeydew melon

Make It: Marinate fruit in a mixture of lime juice, brown sugar, and mint; cut out shapes with cookie cutters.

Originally published in the July 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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