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Family Meal Plan: Bubbly Fruit-Filled Crumbly Crisp in a Mug + Wondrous Whipped Yogurt + Berry Lovely Lemonade + Rainbow “Crudités” Veggie Sticks + Cool Ranch Dip for One

Family Meal Plan: Bubbly Fruit-Filled Crumbly Crisp in a Mug + Whipped Yogurt + Berry Lovely Lemonade

Bubbly Fruit-Filled Crumbly Crisp in a Mug + Wondrous Whipped Yogurt + Berry Lovely Lemonade + Rainbow “Crudités” Veggie Sticks + Cool Ranch Dip for One

by Erin Fletter
Photo by vm2002/Shutterstock.com
prep time
32 minutes
cook time
3 minutes
makes
1-2 servings

Fun Food Story

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Bubbly Fruit-Filled Crumbly Crisp in a Mug

We love making fruit crisps, and here’s why: You can take just about any fruit in season, frozen or fresh, and top it with a simple mix of oats, sugar, and butter, that you barely need to measure, then bake (or in this case, microwave), and you’ve got a delicious, cozy dessert. Kid chefs will go crazy for this incredibly easy and tasty idea.

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief
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Shopping List

  • FRESH
  • 3/4 C fresh or frozen berries (use blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or mixed berries)
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 pinch fresh chopped parsley (or dried parsley/dried dill)
  • Kid Chefs' Choice for “Crudités:”
  • 4 to 5 baby carrots or carrot chips
  • 1 to 2 celery stalks
  • 1 mini cucumber or 1/4 large cucumber
  • 3 to 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 to 2 red radishes
  • 2 to 3 jicama sticks
  • 1/2 red, orange, or yellow bell pepper
  • 3 to 5 mini sweet peppers
  • DAIRY
  • 1/2 C full-fat plain Greek yogurt **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free plain Greek yogurt or coconut cream)**
  • PANTRY
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1/3 C quick-cooking oats **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY use certified gluten-free quick oats or gluten-free cornflakes cereal)**
  • 4 tsp brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY use certified gluten-free pure vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla flavor—check label)**
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • HAVE ON HAND
  • 1 1/4 water
  • 1/2 C ice

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • adjust :

    to change seasonings or consistency to one's taste or to alter portion sizes.

  • chop :

    to cut something into small, rough pieces using a blade.

  • dip :

    to briefly put a solid food, such as chips, fries, battered fried fish, hot sandwich (French dip), or veggie slices, into a liquid, like beef broth or a thicker sauce, like ketchup, dressing, or a dip to impart moisture and extra flavor to the solid food.

  • juice :

    to extract or squeeze out the juice of a fruit or vegetable, like a lemon, orange, or carrot, often cutting open or peeling the fruit or veggie first to access its flesh.

  • layer :

    to arrange foods in layers, such as sliced fruit in a pie or tart, or sliced potatoes in a potato gratin; or to build flavors by adding seasonings or foods that may be dissimilar but complement the overall dish.

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • microwave :

    to heat or cook food or liquid quickly in a microwave oven, which uses high-frequency electromagnetic waves to generate heat in the food's water molecules.

  • mix :

    to thoroughly combine two or more ingredients until uniform in texture.

  • pour :

    to cause liquid, granules, or powder to stream from one container into another.

  • slice :

    to cut into thin pieces using a sawing motion with your knife.

  • squeeze :

    to firmly press or twist a food with fingers, hands, or a device to remove its liquid, like shredded potatoes, frozen and thawed spinach, or tofu.

  • stir :

    to mix together two or more ingredients with a spoon or spatula, usually in a circle pattern, or figure eight, or in whatever direction you like!

  • taste :

    to put a bit of food or drink in your mouth to determine whether more of an ingredient is needed to improve the flavor.

  • tear :

    to pull or rip apart a food, like basil leaves, into pieces instead of cutting with a knife; cutting breaks cell walls more, so herbs can discolor faster.

  • whisk :

    to beat or stir ingredients vigorously with a fork or whisk to mix, blend, or incorporate air.

Equipment Checklist

  • Microwave
  • Microwave-safe mug
  • Measuring spoons
  • Dry measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Cutting board + kid-safe knife
  • Clean, damp dish towel
  • Soap for cleaning hands
  • Cereal or mixing bowls (2)
  • Paper towels (2)
  • Spoon
  • Citrus juicer (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Drinking glass
  • Cutting board
  • Kid-safe knife (a butter knife works great)
  • Small bowl
  • Citrus zester or box grater with small zesting holes
  • Citrus juicer (optional, but encouraged)
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Ingredients

Bubbly Fruit-Filled Crumbly Crisp in a Mug

  • 1/2 C fresh or frozen berries (use blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or mixed berries)
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 C quick-cooking oats **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY use certified gluten-free quick oats or gluten-free cornflakes cereal)**
  • 2 tsp brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 2 T olive oil

Wondrous Whipped Yogurt

  • 1/4 C full-fat plain Greek yogurt **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free plain Greek yogurt or coconut cream)**
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY use certified gluten-free pure vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla flavor—check label)**
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

Berry Lovely Lemonade

  • 1/4 C fresh or frozen berries (use blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or mixed berries)
  • 1 C water, divided
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1/2 C ice
  • 1 1/2 large lemons

Rainbow “Crudités” Veggie Sticks + Cool Ranch Dip for One

  • Kid chefs' choice for “Crudités:”:
  • 4 to 5 baby carrots or carrot chips
  • 1 to 2 celery stalks
  • 1 mini cucumber or 1/4 large cucumber
  • 3 to 5 cherry tomatoes **(Omit for NIGHTSHADE ALLERGY)**
  • 1 to 2 red radishes
  • 2 to 3 jicama sticks
  • 1/2 red, orange, or yellow bell pepper **(Omit for NIGHTSHADE ALLERGY)**
  • 3 to 5 mini sweet peppers **(Omit for NIGHTSHADE ALLERGY)**
  • Ranch Dip:
  • 1 pinch fresh chopped parsley (or dried parsley/dried dill)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 T full-fat plain Greek yogurt **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free plain Greek yogurt)**
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 pinch sugar, optional

Food Allergen Substitutions

Bubbly Fruit-Filled Crumbly Crisp in a Mug

  • Gluten/Wheat: Use certified gluten-free quick oats or gluten-free cornflakes cereal. Use certified gluten-free pure vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla flavor.

Wondrous Whipped Yogurt

  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free plain Greek yogurt or coconut cream.

Rainbow “Crudités” Veggie Sticks + Cool Ranch Dip for One

  • Nightshade: Omit optional cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and sweet peppers.
  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free plain Greek yogurt.

Instructions

Bubbly Fruit-Filled Crumbly Crisp in a Mug

1.
chop + slice + add

Chop 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries into a small dice. Slice small berries in halves. Add berries to a mixing bowl. (If your berries are frozen, add them to a microwave-safe mug or bowl and microwave, using the defrost setting, for 25 seconds.)

2.
measure + add

Measure 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch and 2 teaspoons sugar and add those to the berries.

3.
slice + squeeze + mix

Slice 1 lemon in half and squeeze the juice from 1/2 lemon into the bowl with the berries. Watch for seeds! (Tip: To make your lemons easier to squeeze, microwave them for 15 to 20 seconds, and let them cool enough to handle!) Kid chefs can squeeze 1/2 lemon into their empty cereal bowl, fish out the seeds, and add the juice to the bowl with the berries. Mix!

4.
measure + mix

Add **1/3 cup quick-cooking oats, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil** to another bowl. Mix!

5.
layer + repeat

Add a spoonful of berry mixture to the bottom of a microwave-safe mug. Follow with a spoonful of oat crisp mixture. Repeat until you’ve used all of your berries, ending with a topping of oat crisp.

6.
smoosh + cover + microwave

Smoosh the berry crisp down into the mug with a spoon, then cover the mug with a damp paper towel. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Let stand for at least 1 minute to cool down.

7.
stir + microwave + top

Stir the berry crisp mixture, then cover with the damp paper towel again. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Top with a dollop of Wondrous Whipped Yogurt (see recipe), and enjoy!

Wondrous Whipped Yogurt

1.
measure + add + whisk

Measure and add 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 pinch of cinnamon to a mixing bowl. Whisk until yogurt is light, fluffy, and cloudlike!

2.
taste + adjust + top

Taste! What does it need? More sugar? More cinnamon? More vanilla? Adjust and taste again. Top your pie or Bubbly Fruit-Filled Crumbly Crisp in a Mug (see recipe) with a dollop of whipped yogurt!

Berry Lovely Lemonade

1.
chop + slice + add

Chop 1/4 cup fresh or frozen berries into a small dice. Slice small berries in halves. Add 1/2 cup ice and chopped berries to a drinking glass. (If kid chefs have frozen berries, they can add them to their microwave-safe mug, then microwave them, using the defrost setting, for 25 seconds.)

2.
measure + add + microwave

Measure and add 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons sugar to a clean microwave-safe mug. Microwave for 45 seconds.

3.
pour + slice + squeeze

Pour sugar and water mixture into the drinking glass with berries. Slice 2 large lemons in half and squeeze the juice from 1 1/2 lemons into the glass. Watch for seeds!

4.
add + stir

Add 3/4 cup of cold water to the drinking glass and stir. Cheers!

Rainbow “Crudités” Veggie Sticks + Cool Ranch Dip for One

1.
intro

Each of our SFC Sweet Mug Recipes also include this section of the lesson, where kids snack on raw veggies and dip. All veggies are good for the brain! The purpose is to reinforce and encourage kids to eat veggies and have them learn a little about what each vegetable does for the body! Kids will show which veggie(s) they’ve chosen and share the benefit below. Snack on veggies and encourage kids to eat at least 3 pieces to power up their brains before making the mug cake! Green veggies help keep you from catching a cold! White veggies give you energy! Yellow veggies help make your bones strong! Orange veggies are good for your heart! Blue and Purple veggies are good for your memory! Red veggies are good for your blood!

2.
tear + zest + juice

To make the dip, tear 1 pinch of parsley leaves into tiny bits! Add the parsley to a small bowl. Zest 1 lemon and add a pinch of zest to the parsley. Slice the lemon in half and add a squeeze of juice. Watch for seeds!

3.
measure + mix

Measure and add 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt, 1 pinch of garlic powder, 1 pinch of salt, 1 pinch of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of water to the bowl with the parsley and lemon. Use a spoon to mix! Taste! What does it need? Add more lemon, salt, pepper, or garlic powder a little at a time until your dip tastes great to you. Add 1 pinch of sugar to balance flavors if you wish.

4.
slice + dip

Have kid chefs slice up their raw vegetables of choice into sticks or bite-sized pieces, and then dip their Rainbow “Crudités” Veggie Sticks in the Cool Ranch Dip! Delightful!}

Surprise Ingredient: Berries!

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Photo by Ana Hollan/Shutterstock.com (girl eating wild elderberries)

Hi! I'm a Berry!

"To be specific, I'm an edible berry. We might be sweet or sour, colorful, juicy, and delicious! People around the world eat us alone, with other foods, and in jams, preserves, and pies! Yum! Did you know that bananas, pumpkins, tomatoes, and watermelons are technically berries!" 

  • Thousands of years ago, before crops were domesticated, hunter-gatherers picked wild berries, an activity people still enjoy doing today. 
  • Berry cultivation may have begun as early as the 10th century in Japan, the 14th century in Europe, and the 18th century in the United States. 
  • The word "berry" comes from the Old English "berie," from the German "beere."
  • Globally, strawberries are grown twice the amount of any other berry, although strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are not actual berries, botanically speaking—they are aggregate fruits. 
  • Botanical berries include blueberries, cranberries, elderberries, gooseberries, lingonberries, and persimmons.
  • Berries are a wonderful snack eaten by themselves or added to cold and hot cereal. But they are equally delightful when made into preserves, jams, and sauces. In addition, berries are often used in baked goods like cakes, cobblers, muffins, and pies. 
  • Berries are often called a "superfood" and are recommended by doctors and nutritionists for a healthy diet. They are high in antioxidants and fiber, and many have essential nutrients like vitamin C, helping to protect against cancer and chronic disease.

History of Crisps and Crumbles!

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  • A crisp is a dessert of baked fruit blanketed under a crumbly, crispy topping of oats, butter, and sugar. 
  • Crisps are almost the same as crumbles, the name for the dessert in Great Britain, and where the first crumble is said to have been made.
  • During wartime, common ingredients were often rationed. During the Second World War, it wasn’t easy to get the items necessary to make a pie, and that is when the crumble and crisp were invented
  • You can make a crisp with pretty much any fruit, as long as it bubbles when cooked: apples, peaches, rhubarb, cherries, plums, berries, and more! You can even make a tomato crisp!

Let's Learn About the United States!

Photo by JeniFoto/Shutterstock.com (July 4th Picnic)
  • Most of the United States of America (USA) is in North America. It shares its northern border with Canada and its southern border with Mexico. It consists of 50 states, 1 federal district, 5 territories, 9 Minor Outlying Islands, and 326 Indian reservations. 
  • The country's total area is 3,796,742 square miles, globally the third largest after Russia and Canada. The US population is over 333 million, making it the third most populous country in the world, after China and India.
  • The United States of America declared itself an independent nation from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, by issuing the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Revolutionary War between the US and Great Britain was fought from 1775-1783. We only had 13 colonies at that time! On September 9, 1976, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and declared that the new nation would be called the United States. 
  • The 13 colonies became states after each ratified the constitution of the new United States, with Delaware being the first on December 7, 1787.  
  • The 13 stripes on the US flag represent those first 13 colonies, and the 50 stars represent our 50 states. The red color of the flag symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes innocence and purity, and blue symbolizes vigilance and justice.
  • Before settling in Washington DC, a federal district, the nation's capital resided in New York City and then Philadelphia for a short time. New York City is the largest city in the US and is considered its financial center. 
  • The US does not have a recognized official language! However, English is effectively the national language. 
  • The American dollar is the national currency. The nickname for a dollar, "buck," comes from colonial times when people traded goods for buckskins!
  • Because the United States is so large, there is a wide variety of climates and types of geography. The Mississippi/Missouri River, running primarily north to south, is the fourth-longest river system in the world. On the east side of the Mississippi are the Appalachian Mountains, the Adirondack Mountains, and the East Coast, next to the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • On the west side of the Mississippi are the flat Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains (or Rockies), and the West Coast, next to the Pacific Ocean, with several more mountain ranges in coastal states, such as the Sierras and the Cascades. Between the coasts and the north and south borders are several forests, lakes (including the Great Lakes), rivers, swamps, deserts, and volcanos. 
  • Several animals are unique to the US, such as the American bison (or American buffalo), the bald eagle, the California condor, the American black bear, the groundhog, the American alligator, and the pronghorn (or American antelope). 
  • The US has 63 national parks. The Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, and the Grand Canyon, with the Colorado River flowing through it, are among the most well-known and visited.
  • Cuisine in the US was influenced early on by the indigenous people of North America who lived there before Europeans arrived. They introduced beans, corn, potatoes, squash, berries, fish, turkey, venison, dried meats, and more to the new settlers. Other influences include the widely varied foods and dishes of enslaved people from Africa and immigrants from Asia, Europe, Central and South America, and the Pacific Islands. 

What's It Like to Be a Kid in the United States?

  • Education is compulsory in the US, and kids may go to a public or private school or be home-schooled. Most schools do not require students to wear uniforms, but some private schools do. The school year runs from mid-August or the beginning of September to the end of May or the middle of June.
  • Kids generally start school at about five years old in kindergarten or earlier in preschool and continue through 12th grade in high school. After that, many go on to university, community college, or technical school. 
  • Spanish, French, and German are the most popular foreign languages kids learn in US schools. 
  • Kids may participate in many different school and after-school sports, including baseball, soccer, American football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, and track and field. In grade school, kids may join in playground games like hopscotch, four-square, kickball, tetherball, jump rope, or tag.
  • There are several fun activities that American kids enjoy doing with their friends and families, such as picnicking, hiking, going to the beach or swimming, or going to children's and natural history museums, zoos and wild animal parks, amusement parks, water parks, state parks, or national parks. Popular amusement parks include Disneyland, Disney World, Legoland, Six Flags, and Universal Studios.
  • On Independence Day or the 4th of July, kids enjoy a day off from school, picnicking, and watching fireworks with their families. 
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Thursday in November when students get 2 to 5 days off school. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are popular December holidays, and there are 2 or 3 weeks of winter vacation. Easter is celebrated in March, April, or May, and kids enjoy a week of spring recess around that time.  
  • Barbecued hot dogs or hamburgers, watermelon, apple pie, and ice cream are popular kid foods for 4th of July celebrations. Turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are traditional Thanksgiving foods. Birthday parties with cake and ice cream are very important celebrations for kids in the United States!

Lettuce Joke Around

Why were the little strawberries upset? 

Because their parents were in a jam!

The Yolk's On You

How did the gardener mend his trousers? 

With a vegetable patch!

The Yolk's On You

Why does milk turn into yogurt when you take it to a museum?

Because it becomes cultured!

THYME for a Laugh

What do you call a sad raspberry? 

A blueberry.

That's Berry Funny

What did the lemon say to the cake? 

"Sour you doing?"

That's Berry Funny

What’s a ghost’s favorite fruit? 

Boo-berries!

The Yolk's On You

What did one raspberry say to the other raspberry? 

"If you weren't so sweet, we wouldn't be in this jam!"

Lettuce Joke Around

Why did the blueberry stop in the middle of the road? 

Because he ran out of juice!

That's Berry Funny

What is a scarecrow’s favorite fruit? 

Straw-berries!

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