Snow Day Eats

School may have been canceled yet again, but your kids can learn something new on a snow day: that you’re a master chef. These super-easy (and delicious) snacks will prove it. We promise!

Single-serve mug cake. In a microwave-safe mug or dish, mix ¼ cup flour, 4 tablespoons sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 egg, a drop of vanilla extract, and a dash of salt. Microwave on high until puffed, about 1.5 to 2 minutes. Serve warm so it’s gooey.

Edible bouquets. Give a plate of fresh veggies eye appeal by creating flower shapes with green or red bell peppers and celery. Slice the peppers into strips and place them in a circle as “petals.” Cut the celery into sticks for the stem. Place a small dish of dressing or dipping sauce in the center of the peppers to complete your “flower.” Or try your own veggie mix and design.

Upgraded PB&Js. Instead of the standard peanut butter and grape jelly on bread, skip the jelly and spread a thin layer of Neufchatel cheese and fresh blueberries over the peanut butter, or forgo the peanuts altogether and opt for sunflower or almond butter.

Snowman pancakes. These will make your kids giggle, for sure. Pour pancake batter onto a preheated griddle in small, medium and large circles that overlap slightly, so the result looks like a snowman. Size it so you can flip it easily, and serve with fresh fruit for the eyes, nose, and mouth.

End the snackfest with laundry duty. Snow play can make for wet, sweaty gear. When they’re done eating, have the kids cart their messy snow pants and thermal underwear—and if they got snack stains on their shirts, those, too—to the laundry room. Launder it all with a detergent that’s made to deliver a powerful clean for both colored and dark loads, pancake splotches included.

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