Cat Cora in the Muppets Kitchen at Disney Studios
If you had told me that I would be visiting the Muppets Kitchen at Disney Studios I most certainly would have scoffed and looked at you as if you were delirious. But there I was ~ sitting in the front row, waiting for Iron Chef Cat Cora and muppets Chef Angelo and Pepe to make their entrance for a taping of Muppets Kitchen! I tweeted “you’re never too old for the muppets!”. Being a big fan of Cat Cora’s was the main reason I was one of the few moms there without a child under the age of 10 – not only is Cat the only female Iron Chef and Executive Chef at Bon Appétit, but I adore her Mississippi accent and the southern influence that you see in many of her culinary creations.
Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living
AND, now she’s joined Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living national multimedia initiative to partner with parents to raise healthy, happy kids. The initiative includes public service announcements by First Lady Michele Obama who started the Let’s Move! campaign for raising healthier, more active kids in 2006. The new content showcases fun, easy ways that healthy living can be woven into the fabric of everyday life, and The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora definitely does that with short video clips that show parents how to engage their kids in the kitchen and have fun while learning about healthy foods and cooking.
Kids in the Kitchen
We had fun watching Cat, in the parent’s role, make Popcorn Trail Mix with Chef Angelo, as the kid, while Pepe tweeted about it. Gentle banter, lessons on kitchen safety, and teachable moments abound. I’m sharing the recipe for the Popcorn Trail Mix below and you can also find the recipe and many other ideas and resources for parents by going to Disney’s website, Family.com/healthyfun. Their other new website has fun activities designed especially for the kids: Disney.com/healthyfun.
Naturally, kids are always included and take an active part in Disney events. During the taping, Cat asked questions directly to the audience and, you know kids! They say the darndest things!
Cat Cora’s Recipe for Popcorn Trail Mix
- 2 9- oz bags of Microwave Popcorn we used Kettle Corn, popped according to package directions
- 1 C Raisins
- 1/2 C dried Apricots chopped
- 1/2 C dried Cranberries and/or Cherries we used Cranberries
- 1/2 C honey or Agave Nectar
- 2 Tbs. Butter
- 1/4 C finely chopped pecans walnuts, and/or peanuts (we used walnuts)
- 1/4 C raw Sunflower Seeds
- 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Oil hands to keep popcorn from sticking.
In a large bowl combine popcorn with dried fruits and set aside.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, stir honey with butter, nuts, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon and mix until well combined.
Carefully drizzle mixture over popcorn and fruit, stirring constantly, until everything is well coated. Let sit overnight.
Serving size: 1/2 Cup — 291 calories; 3g Protein; 11g Fat; 50g Carbs; 4g Fiber, 27mg Calcium; 1mg Iron; 104mg Sodium.
For me, the big hit was the Mediterranean Hummus Wrap Pinwheels which are perfect for kids school lunches or entertaining. These colorful portable snacks are ideal for birthday parties, tailgating, football parties, etc. I guarantee these Mediterranean Hummus Wraps will disappear quickly as both big and little kids love them, plus, they’re deliciously nutritious!
Healthy Kids School Lunch – Cat Cora’s Mediterranean Hummus Wraps
- 6 vegetable wraps spinach, red pepper, or whole wheat
- 1 ½ cups hummus
- 6 large romaine lettuce leaves
- 2 red bell peppers thinly sliced
- 1 carrot grated
- 1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
- 6 slices turkey bacon cooked until crispy according to package instructions
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus 2 tablespoons
Spread 1/4 cup of hummus on each vegetable wrap.
On top of the hummus, place one lettuce leaf at the bottom edge of each wrap.
On top of the lettuce, line the leaf with a single layer of sliced bell peppers.
On top of the layer of peppers, spread about 1/4 cup of grated carrot.
On top of the grated carrot, sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of chopped sun-dried tomatoes.
On top of the sun-dried tomatoes sprinkle the chopped basil evenly among the 6 wraps.
On top of the basil, place one whole slice of cooked turkey bacon.
Finally, on top of the turkey bacon, sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese evenly among the 6 wraps.
To roll the wrap, fold the left and right side of each wrap inward about 1 1/2 inches. Then starting from the bottom upward tightly roll the wrap keeping the layers intact.
Cut the wraps into 1-inch pieces and serve.
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