A meal you can whip up in 20 minutes with the help of your kids

MILWAUKEE -- Wondering what's for dinner? Registered dietitian and author of "The Victory Bite" Erica Cleven joins Real Milwaukee with another meal your kids can help you make.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

Makes 4 cups

Time 20 minutes


  • 3 cups fresh or frozen broccoli florets
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  • Measuring cups
  • Large saucepan
  • Wooden spoon


  1. In large saucepan, bring the broccoli, broth and quinoa to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover; reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is tender.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


  • Help with cooking on the stovetop


  • Measure ingredients
  • Stir in cheese
  • Season with salt and pepper

Can’t-Wait-to-Eat-It Carrot Cake

Makes 24 pieces

Time 45 minutes plus cooling time



  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups carrots, about 12 ounces


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup butter or trans-fat-free margarine, softened
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • 9x13 baking dish
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Sifter
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Food processor
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rubber spatula
  • Toothpicks
  • Wire rack


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease baking dish; set aside.
  2. To make cake: In medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  3. In large mixing bowl, beat applesauce, oil, sugars and vanilla with electric mixer until well blended.
  4. Put carrots in bowl of food processor; pulse until finely chopped.
  5. Add flour mixture to applesauce mixture and stir just until combined.
  6. Gently fold in carrots. Batter will be a weird consistency, thick but also kind of airy.
  7. Spoon into prepared baking pan and smooth with spatula. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until edges pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.
  8. To make frosting: In large mixing bowl, beat powdered sugar, Neufchatel cheese, butter or margarine, 1 tablespoon milk, and vanilla with electric mixer until very smooth. If too thick, add 1 tablespoon milk at a time until desired consistency. Use rubber spatula to spread frosting on cooled cake.


  • Help with the electric mixer
  • Help with the food processor
  • Help with putting pan in and taking pan out of oven


  • Preheat oven
  • Grease pan
  • Measure cake ingredients
  •  Put carrots in food processor
  • Spoon into pan
  • Smooth with spatula
  • Measure frosting Spread frosting on cooled cake

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