Get the kids in the kitchen: Fresh, flavorful recipes the whole family can help make

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MILWAUKEE -- If you want your kids to eat healthy, you need to get them in the kitchen. Registered dietitian, Erica Cleven, joins Real Milwaukee with some recipes from her new cookbook "The Victory Bite."

Asian Lettuce Wraps
Impress your family with these flavorful, fancy-looking lettuce wraps.
Level 2
Makes 8 small wraps
Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 large romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 bunch green onions, diced for garnish


  • Nonstick skillet
  • Wooden spoon
  • Strainer
  • Measuring cups
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons

1. In nonstick skillet, cook and stir ground beef and garlic over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain and rinse. Return to pan.
2. Stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger and red pepper flakes.
3. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through.
4. Spoon 1/4 cup meat mixture down center of each lettuce leaf. Top with green onion slices.

Mix It Up: Top with sliced cherry tomatoes.

Did You Know? Romaine lettuce isn’t just for salads anymore. It’s got protein, calcium, iron, vitamin K, and more vitamin A than a carrot!

1. Parents
a. Brown ground beef
b. Peel garlic
c. Dice green onions

2. Kids
a. Measure brown sugar, soy sauce and spices
b. Stir ingredients together
c. Rip apart lettuce leaves
d. Sprinkle green onions on wraps

Famous Fudgy Brownies
Good luck waiting for these fudgy brownies to cool before you dig in.
Level 3
Makes 16 small brownies
Time 50 minutes


  • 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 5 tablespoons butter or trans-fat-free margarine
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate*
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg


  • 8x8 baking pan
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Medium saucepan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Rubber spatula
  • Wire rack


  1.    Preheat oven to 325˚F. Lightly grease baking pan; set aside.
  2.    In medium mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  3.    In medium saucepan, melt butter or margarine and chocolate over low heat. Transfer to large mixing bowl; let cool slightly.
  4.    Add sugar and beat 1 minute with electric mixer. Mixture will look like brown sand.
  5.    Add egg whites and egg; beat on low 1 more minute.
  6.    Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture and beat just until combined. Batter will be thick.
  7.    Spoon into prepared pan and smooth with rubber spatula. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until edges are dry and pulling away from sides of pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Or, if you can’t wait for them to cool, just gather around with spoons and eat out of the pan while they’re warm. The choice is yours.

Mix It Up: For fruit-infused brownies, spoon half of the batter into prepared pan; sprinkle in 1 cup fresh raspberries or pitted cherries and cover with remaining batter. Bake as usual.

Did You Know? If you don’t have unsweetened chocolate, you can use 54 chocolate chips instead.

  1. Parents
    1. Melt butter and chocolate
    2. Help with electric mixer
    3. Crack egg
    4. Separate egg white
    5. Put pan in oven
  2. Kids
    1. Grease pan
    2. Measure ingredients
    3. Count chocolate chips
    4. Help with electric mixer
    5. Spoon into pan
    6. Smooth with spatula