Compromises to Fast Food: Better than Subway and Drive-thru Burgers

At our house we have been trying VERY hard to avoid prepackaged and fast food items. Sometimes the pressure of peers and advertising can be overwhelming to kiddos (and adults too!) I really feel the pressure when we are just driving around and the kids are hungry. “Can we have Subway?” or “Wow, that burger looks good, Mom. Can we stop?”

I can only say, “NO!” so many times before I start to feel like I am the bad guy—never letting my kids have that food. So we have made some compromises AND this is not the kind of food that your mom said, “It’s going to taste just like McDonalds—and it never did.” My kids actually ask for this food and can recognize how McDonald’s food is inferior!

Mommy’s Big Sandwich (Instead of Subway)

Compromises to fast food

This sandwich is a family favorite for picnics, games, or just a weekend lunch. No GMO’s in the chips are a BIG plus and I only use no nitrate meats! Sometimes I even make my homemade ciabatta bread for this big sandie. But when I am not feeling creative I just go to the bakery isle of the market and choose a bread that has yeast as one of it’s ingredients. (I also make sure I can read the rest of the ingredients!) The entire sandwich takes about 10 minutes to make AND it is our compromise to Subway sandwiches. I bet you can tell why this is our new family favorite instead of Subway!

Mommy’s Big Sandwich

Serves 4-6
Prep time 10 minutes
Allergy Milk, Wheat
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party

Ingredients

  • 4oz Sopressata (or other salami of your choice)
  • 4oz Mortadella (or other balongna of your choice)
  • 4oz Black Forest Ham
  • 6-8 Slices--Provolone
  • 3-4 leaves Romaine Lettuce (Chopped)
  • 1 Large Tomato (Sliced)
  • 1 Small Onion (Thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper

Optional

  • Avocado

Directions

1. Slice the bread in 1/2 (If it isn't already sliced.)
2. Drizzle olive oil and balsmic vinegar on both halves.
3. Sprinkle both halves with oregano, basil, salt and pepper. (If your meat is salty go easy on the salt.)
4. Place sliced provolone along the length of the bread first. Then place the meats on top of the cheese.
5. Finally top with tomato, lettuce, onions and avocado.
6. Place the top of the bread on the sandwich and wrap the entire sandwich in plastic or foil tightly for 20 min. before serving. (Wrapping the sandwich helps the flavors come together and the sandwich stays together better when bitten into.)

Burgers–Fast Food Style at home!

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Hamburger Buns–Fast Food Style!

The two biggest complaints from kids when talking about homemade burgers is that the buns are not the same and the burgers are too thick and chewy. I have got solutions to both problems and your kids are going to LOVE these burgers more than McDonalds or any other fast food burger! Guaranteed!

Soft Hamburger Buns

Soft Hamburger Buns

Serves 8
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hours, 5 minutes
Allergy Wheat
Meal type Bread, Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party

Ingredients

  • 2+ tablespoons Butter (Soft --you will need additional butter to brush the tops of the warm buns.)
  • 3/4 cups Warm Water
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 3 cups Flour (All purpose)
  • 3 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Yeast
  • Olive Oil (enough to grease the baking pan)

Directions

1. Mix all of the ingredients in your bread machine or kitchen aid until the dough is smooth and pliable.
2. Roll the dough into a log and cut into 8 equal pieces.
3. Form each piece of dough into a ball shape and place on an upside down cookie sheet that has been oiled with olive oil.
4. Allow dough balls to rise to at least double their original size. (approx. 30-40 min.)
5. Bake rolls at 350F for 17-20minutes or until golden brown. Immediately brush the tops with melted butter after removing the buns from the oven. (The butter keeps them soft.) Allow buns to cool before cutting. (I usually cover them loosely with a clean, dry, thin, cotton dish towel.)

Note

If you don't have a bread machine you can use your kitchen aid to mix the dough ingredients. I would not recommend kneading this dough by hand as it is very wet.

If you don’t have a bread machine or kitchen aid OR you just don’t want to make the buns, try using King’s Hawaiian Rolls as a substitute. They have more ingredients in them and are low on my list of ‘healthy’ foods, but when compromising for fast food they are MUCH better than any thing in the drive thru.

Now we have to make the BEST, juicy kid friendly burgers you have ever tasted. You will never go back to store formed, pressed burgers again!

The Best, Juicy Hamburgers–>EVAH!

The Best, Juicy Hamburgers EVAH!

Serves 4-6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly

Ingredients

  • 1lb Ground Beef (I use grass fed. Better taste and better nutrition!)
  • 4 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Yellow Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Mayonaise (REAL mayonaise...don't use that fake stuff.)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

1. Mix all ingredients together well. (I use my hands.)
2. You are going to press your burgers with two round plates that are inverted. (Bottoms together.) Pull off a handful of your ground beef mixture and form it into a ball. Put it in the center of the bottom plate. Place the center (bottom) of the second plate on the top of your ground beef ball. Firmly and evenly press the top plate down to form your burger. You want your burger thin and slightly concave.
3. Your burger will be very soft and will need to be firmed up by cooking it in a pan first on both sides BEFORE placing it on the grill. Refrain from pressing down on it while it is in the pan. (I just cook mine until done in the pan and then move all of the burgers to a baking sheet to be placed in a 170F oven until being served.)

You can top your burgers with cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon (my personal favorite) or anything you like. My brother-in-law likes his with a nice egg over-easy and cheese. Any way you like your burgers I am sure your kiddos will be asking for more of these.

I hope that you will find these recipes a great substitute for fast food for your family too!

 

Fluffy Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Almond Muffins

Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Almond Muffins

Fluffy Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Almond Muffins

Serves 12
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk, Tree Nuts, Wheat
Meal type Breakfast, Snack
Misc Child Friendly
Slightly crunchy on the outside at the top and soft in the middle.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Egg (Beaten)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Whole Milk
  • 4 tablespoons Coconut Oil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease your muffin pan with melted coconut oil. In a medium bowl mix together dry ingredients.
2. In the same bowl add the wet ingredients. (I find adding the melted coconut oil first and lightly mixing helps to keep it from clumping if the rest of your ingredients are cold.)
3. Mix together well using a spoon. (Do not use a hand mixer as it will cause the muffins to become chewy instead of fluffy.)
4. The batter should be thick and full of air pockets. Scoop the batter into the muffin pan. You can fill each pocket to the top.
5. Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes. Muffins will be slightly browned on top. The tops will be slightly soft and spongy when touched lightly.

Kid Chef Recipe: Creamy, Cheesy Quinoa

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Have you been wanting to try Quinoa but don’t quite know how to make it in a tasty way for the whole family? I guarantee that this recipe will be one the entire family will enjoy!

Why Quinoa?
According to this article by Natural News quinoa is full of nutrition and its history goes way back to the ancient Incas.

Contrary to popular belief quinoa is not a grain but a seed and it is full of complete proteins. It contains lysine which is essential for growing and repairing bodily tissues. Which makes this ‘super food’ a terrific addition to your growing child’s diet. (Not to mention your diet as well!)

As I have experimented with quinoa I have found it nutty but not full of flavor which allows for a great ‘blank canvas’ for your additions. I developed the recipe below while making stuffed veggies for a crowd. I didn’t have enough ‘stuffing’ so I decided to use quinoa as the base for my flavors. The result was this wonderful side dish that I dare call a health food because it is so tasty!

Creamy, Cheesy Quinoa

Ingredients:
1 cup dry Quinoa cooked with 2 cups water or broth (yields about 4 cups of cooked quinoa) –I used red and white quinoa.
4 oz. Mozzarella (diced or perlini)
4 oz. Parmesan (grated)
2 oz. goat cheese
3-4 leaves chopped kale or spinach (uncooked)
1/4 c diced onion
2-3 cloves diced garlic
1 med-lrg diced tomato
3 tbs. balsamic
1 tbs. dried oregano (optional)
1 tbs. dried basil (optional)
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)

Crunchy topping (optional)
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tbs. melted butter
3 tbs. grated Parmesan
olive oil (optional)

Directions:
No Crunchy Topping: Preheat oven to 350F. Mix up all of the ingredients for the creamy, cheesy quinoa together with your cooked quinoa. Add salt and pepper as necessary. Pour into an oven safe baking dish and cover it. Bake at 350F for 15-20 min. or until heated through. Crunchy Topping: In a separate bowl mix together the ingredients for the crunchy topping. Add additional olive oil if necessary to ensure that all of the bread crumbs are moistened. Pour the quinoa blend into an oven safe baking dish and top with the crunchy topping. Bake at 350F for 15-20 min. or until heated through and topping is brown. (You can broil on low for 2 minutes if necessary to brown the bread crumbs.)

Creamy, Cheesy Quinoa served with Kale, Avocado, and Pork Tenderloin

Creamy, Cheesy Quinoa served with Kale, Avocado, and Pork Tenderloin

This recipe is great with no crunch topping as a side dish for chicken, pork or beef or with the crunchy topping as a stuffing for tomatoes or zucchini. Just fill in hallowed tomatoes or zucchini with the stuffing, top with the crunchy topping and bake on a sheet pan for about 20 min. or until the veggies are soft.

I use my Pyrex containers as a baking dish for this recipe and then once they cool just pop on the lids and put them into the refrigerator! Gotta love easy clean up. Plus Pyrex is safer for storage and reheat than plastic! Win/Win!

Kid Chef:Soft Hamburger Buns Recipe

My daughter has learned to make these buns for our family!

My daughter has learned to make these buns for our family!

We try to make our own bread in our home. You may have noticed (based on previous posts) that I am trying to eliminate prepackaged foods from our diet. So I have learned to make bread! Now let me prelude this recipe by saying that many people believe that white flour is a non-food item. I am inclined to agree. BUT—that being said there is only so much denial that my family can withstand before they start to rebel.

Our compromise to fast food is homemade hamburgers with homemade buns. We use yeast (which is a type of fermentation) and honey as a sweetener instead of white sugar and real milk instead of milk powder that some recipes call for. The results are a light, soft bun that is BETTER than the processed buns you buy at the store or at a fast food restaurant.

This is the dough as it looks almost ready for the oven.

This is the dough as it looks almost ready for the oven.

Here’s my recipe:

***Please note: I use the dough setting on my bread maker to knead this dough because it is a HUGE time saver and the dough is very wet.***

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c water
  • 1/4 c whole milk (I use raw milk.)
  • 2 tbs butter (I use grassfed.)plus 2tbs. melted for brushing onto the top of baked buns
  • 3 c flour
  • 3 tbs honey (I use raw local honey.)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp yeast
  • Olive oil for greasing sheet pan

Directions:
Measure milk and water in the same measuring glass and warm about 30 sec. in the microwave- to lukewarm. (microwaves vary–you do not want to boil here.) Pour milk/water into the bucket of your bread maker. Add butter and honey. Add all of your dry ingredients reserving yeast for last. Place the bucket into your bread maker and start the machine on the dough setting. Do NOT let the dough rise in the machine. When the machine stops kneading pull the dough out onto a sheet pan that has been greased with olive oil. Form the dough into a log and cut it into eight equal pieces with a sharp knife. Form each piece into a ball tucking and pinching the ends into the bottom of the ball. Place each dough ball onto the sheet pan (evenly spaced) and cover with a clean towel. Allow the dough to rise for at least 30min. (double in size) Then bake in a 350F oven for 15-18min. or until golden brown. Brush the tops of the buns with melted butter immediately after pulling them out of the oven. Allow the buns to cool on the pan.
–I have used this recipe for long ‘hot dog’ rolls too. You just need to shape the dough in a long log before rising instead of a ball.—

Golden Brown, Warm and Fresh from the Oven!

Golden Brown, Warm and Fresh from the Oven!

My model of the Breadman no longer exists (I have had it THAT long.) Here is the latest model on Amazon. I LOVE mine and use it to make all kinds of bread from these soft buns to ciabatta (I will post my recipe in another BLOG.)

Arts in Education—it’s not just fun—it’s IMPORTANT!

Chalk Pastels on Black Paper--Self Portrait

Chalk Pastels on Black Paper–Self Portrait


With all of the school budget cuts, increasing class sizes, and standardized testing focus many public schools have dropped art education. Being from the unique circumstance of teaching on both coasts I can share with you the sad reality that all public schools are not alike.

I was educated in Pennsylvania to be an elementary education teacher. When I taught in PA there were classroom teachers and specialist teachers. The specialist teachers taught subjects like art, music, physical education, computer, and library skills. Then I moved to California and I was very surprised to find out that there were no specialist teachers in most of the public elementary schools. Those schools that did have specialist teachers often supported a PE program. Art education was either taught in the classroom or by a PTA program where every student was taught how to produce the same product. (Everyone painted the same blue dog—complete with instructions on how to make every detail for every dog to look identical.) NOT very creative.

Blue Dog

Blue Dog

Music education has totally been pushed to the side in many circumstances, however. If there is a parent volunteer to lead a band or a chorus this important art is given attention. OR if the PTA donates funds to a music program students may enjoy brief cursory lessons by a part-time teacher or paid professional. But sadly in many circumstances music education is left to those students whose parent chooses to pay for an after school lesson.

And unless you are going to a charter school are participating in extra-curricular clubs or activities you will probably not see a drama or dance class anywhere. Sad isn’t it?

This is heartbreaking to me on so many levels. For one reason is that I am an artist. I love to paint, draw, write, and craft! It is my hobby and my passion. The second reason that I feel so terribly about the lack of art education is children need the arts to express themselves. Arts education supports critical thinking. (Check out my links below for support of this theory.) But more than that arts education teaches kids to be creative, to think outside the box, to make mistakes without worry, and to problem solve in an environment that has no right and wrong answers.

Sir Ken Robinson on Arts Education

So what can we do about this? Support your children at home with arts education. Value and respect their creative energy in all forms–dramatic play, music and dancing, drawing and painting. Participate with them—yes, this means you will paint, act, and dance too! And believe it or not you will LOVE it —right after you give up the notion, “I am not good at drawing, dancing, acting.” When you do it with your children they believe that it is important to you too.

Use drawing or dramatic representations as a means of communication for tough emotions like jealousy, anger, or sadness. Take time to go to museums, plays and concerts with your children. Provide opportunities for exploration early! I set my children up in their highchairs with ketchup and mustard for finger painting when they were 6mths old and could sit independently. Get all kinds of materials for them to experiment with—music instruments, paints, clay, old clothes/halloween costumes to dress up in and create plays! Use videos from YouTube to teach dance steps, guitar chords or just to inspire!

It really doesn’t matter what you do to inspire your children to create art–just do it. One of the saddest things I have ever seen a parent do was in the toy isle of a department store. A woman was talking with her toddler boy about how to spend his birthday money from his grandma. He reached for a drum in the creative toys isle and his mother said, “No, you don’t want that BORING toy—about about this electronic robot?” My heart died a little that day.

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Probably the BEST feature of my Kindle is all of the FREE or low cost books that I can find. I post my finds on my facebook page at least twice a week. My Friday FREEBIES posts are something you need to be aware of if you are a lover of FREE eReading!

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I am getting my copies soon and I will tell you which are my favorites and why! Yay! Reading for ME is so exciting!

Homemade Cool-Aid–Without the Chemicals!

Flavored Waters are all the rage. But fake sweeteners have been linked to all kinds of health problems ranging from headaches to stomach issues. On the other hand if you choose the ‘mix your own’ version from the packet the recipe calls for at least a cup of white sugar. AHHHH! Do our kids really need more white sugar?!

Flavored Waters in FUN flavors! Chemical free and tasty too!

Flavored Waters in FUN flavors! Chemical free and tasty too!

So at our house we make our own ‘cool-aid’ by flavoring water with fruit juices or whole fruits. Here are some of our favorite recipes:

Start with filling your glass with ice and filtered water

Fill glass 3/4 with ice and filtered water.

Fill glass 3/4 with ice and filtered water.

These are the juices we used.

These are the juices we chose for the following recipes. Pineapple, Blueberry/Pomegranate, Apple, Tart Cherry, Coconut, Apricot.

These are the juices we chose for the following recipes. Pineapple, Blueberry/Pomegranate, Apple, Tart Cherry, Coconut, Apricot.

Sweet Southern Cherry:

Tart Cherry and Apricot or Peach juices

Sweet Southern Cherry-Apricot or Peach juice and Tart Cherry Juice

Sweet Southern Cherry-Apricot or Peach juice and Tart Cherry Juice

Sour Cherry Splash:

Tart Cherry and Lemon Slices with a splash of Apple Juice

Sour Cherry Splash- Tart Cherry, Lemon Slices and a splash of apple juice

Sour Cherry Splash- Tart Cherry, Lemon Slices and a splash of apple juice

Refreshing Lemon Mint:

Lemon slices, Mint leaves and a green tea bag (you can leave out the green tea if you like)
(This is my personal favorite!)

Refreshing Lemon Mint- Lemon Slices, Mint Leaves and a Green Tea Bag

Refreshing Lemon Mint- Lemon Slices, Mint Leaves and a Green Tea Bag

Blueberry Blast:

Blueberry juice and Apple juice

Blueberry Blast- Blueberry juice (blueberry/pomegranate shown) and Apple Juice

Blueberry Blast- Blueberry juice (blueberry/pomegranate shown) and Apple Juice

Tropical Sensation:

Coconut milk, pineapple juice, and a splash of apple juice

Tropical Sensation-Pineapple juice and Coconut milk

Tropical Sensation-Pineapple juice and Coconut milk

My kiddos love them all but really want to experiment with other flavors! I would love to hear about your flavor concoctions—post them here!
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Every one in my family has one of these Kleen Kanteens to put our favorite flavors in on the go. They are made from the best food grade stainless steel and are completely safe to put your drinks in. These bottles take a beating. My kids have dropped a number of times and they never break! Best of all they do not leach dangerous BPA, phthalates, lead, or other toxins into your drinks!

Get Outdoors with Your Kids!

My children and I love to be outdoors. When I was pregnant with my third child I was restricted to bed rest during the third trimester. Yeah, right….bed rest as a stay at home mom with 2 other children under the age of 5! At that time I decided to set up play centers outside and take them out every day. I learned a very valuable lesson about being outdoors. Children will always find something new and interesting to explore. Nature is ever changing and dynamic. There is always something new to discover!

So here I am on a beautiful Saturday wondering what to do with the day. And I remember those times 6 years ago when we spent every summer day outdoors. I am going to share with you a few of the activities we came up with.

Cave Painting

Cave Painting with Mud

Cave Painting with Mud

Kids LOVE mud. It’s natural to want to squish it, mold it and PAINT with it. AND at our house it is inevitable that if we spend time outside with water available my children will make mud. Now some of you may cringe at the thought of allowing your children to get so dirty. But remember….there is always the hose! We just hose them down before they come in. What’s a childhood without a few good, solid mud-pies?!

Getting Crafty with Nature

Dragonflies from Maple tree seeds

Dragonflies from Maple tree seeds

My children have used maple tree seeds for many play activities. They once created a store with their friends and used maple seeds as currency. They take these unique seeds to the top of the jungle gym in batches and drop them. They call them helicopters. In the picture above we crafted dragonflies by gluing the seeds together with FabriTac glue and then attaching a stick for the body. We painted them with acrylic paints and attached magnets to the back to create refrigerator magnets to sell at our entrepreneur day.

Crayon rubbings are also a great outdoor art activity for children. Use the flat side of the crayon instead of the tip and put your paper against a tree and rub the crayon over the paper to see the tree’s pattern. Then do the same thing on other outdoor items like your patio, leaves, a concrete/brick wall. Notice the differences and the similarities.

Discover Nature

Collecting and Observing Nature

Collecting and Observing Nature

Have you ever taken a magnifying glass outdoors with your kids? One of the easiest and most entertaining things we have done is to take small containers, shovels, and magnifying glasses outside. Then we collect a bunch of ‘stuff’ and make observations using our magnifying glasses. Taking the time to stop and notice the details and features of bugs, sticks, and rocks helps kids to slow down and appreciate the big world they live in.

Enjoying nature is a fundamental MUST DO with your kids. Charlotte Mason was a home-school theorist that emphasized the importance of getting out into nature EVERY day! Her natural approach to teaching is one that I really identify with. I hope that I have inspired you to get outside and enjoy nature and the living world with your kids. I guarantee a day full of fun!

Spring Break Activity: Homemade Magic Shell Chocolate Sauce AND Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Bites

This post is for your little chef. It is so easy and healthy to make your own ‘Magic Shell’ chocolate sauce you will never go back to buying the expensive, chemical laden stuff again. And I have included a BONUS recipe for making chocolate covered frozen banana bites that your family will just devour. The best part of these recipes is that they are totally kid friendly because you only need a microwave and a freezer to make both of these treats!

Homemade Magic Shell Chocolate Sauce

Homemade Magic Shell Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients:

  • Coconut Oil (We used unrefined extra virgin—but use what you like and can find.)
  • 1, 7oz bar of 85% dark chocolate (or whatever % you like–the darker the more healthy your recipe will be.)
  • 3 medium ripe bananas (firm but not green)
  • toothpicks
  • small glass jar with lid (we used an old jelly jar)

Directions for Homemade Magic Shell Chocolate

First break the chocolate bar into small bits. Then pour the bits of chocolate into your small jar. Scoop 2 heaping tablespoons of coconut oil and put them into your jar with the chocolate. Cover the jar with a paper towel and microwave the chocolate and coconut oil for 1min. Stir. If it is not melted, microwave in 30 sec intervals until the mixture is smooth and runny. (see picture below) This chocolate sauce is shelf safe for a few weeks. (If it lasts that long.) If it becomes hard, just microwave it for 30 seconds and stir until smooth. Do not store in the refrigerator.

Directions for Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Bites

Cut 3 bananas into bite sized circles and poke a toothpick into the center of each slice. Freeze the banana bites on a parchment (or silpat) lined cookie sheet for at least 1 hour. After an hour pull the frozen banana bites out of the freezer and carefully dip each one into the melted magic shell sauce (from above) and place back onto the cookie sheet. After all of the banana bites are covered in chocolate refreeze them until ready to serve. Serve frozen. If there are any left over you can store them in a covered container for a month or more–they never last more than a few days here so I am not sure how long they will keep in the freezer. 😉

Homemade Magic Shell Chocolate Ingredients

Homemade Magic Shell Chocolate Ingredients


Smash the chocolate and pour the bits into your small glass jar.

Smash the chocolate and pour the bits into your small glass jar.


Add two heaping tablespoons of coconut oil to the jar with the chocolate bits

Add two heaping tablespoons of coconut oil to the jar with the chocolate bits


The jar will be pretty full. Put a paper towel on top of it and microwave it for 1 minute. Additional time may be needed to get it melted and smooth.

The jar will be pretty full. Put a paper towel on top of it and microwave it for 1 minute. Additional time may be needed to get it melted and smooth.


The melted 'magic shell' chocolate will be runny and smooth.

The melted ‘magic shell’ chocolate will be runny and smooth.

Dip frozen banana slices into the melted magic shell chocolate

Dip frozen banana slices into the melted magic shell chocolate


The chocolate will harden almost immediately on the frozen bananas

The chocolate will harden almost immediately on the frozen bananas


Place dipped frozen bananas back onto cookie sheet and refreeze until ready to serve.

Place dipped frozen bananas back onto cookie sheet and refreeze until ready to serve.

After looking at this post I realized I need new cookie sheets. Here are the ones I just ordered!