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WHAT WE LOVE: SPIRALIZING

Spiralizing is the art of turning vegetables or fruits into noodles. This process is made simple by an inexpensive kitchen tool called the spiralizer. It works kind of like a pencil-sharpener, and you’re left with noodle-shaped produce.  We love pasta, but spiralizing vegetables (or fruits) is a tasty alternative!

We tested the Excalibur 3-in-1 Food Slicer and made Zucchini noodles with Quick & Easy Tomato Sauce. It was delicious and super easy!  For the noodles, simply add them to a hot skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat and toss for about 3 minutes. Not only does the

ChopChop Curriculum: In the Classroom

Did you know that millions of people read ChopChop all over the world? These people all use the magazine in a lot of different ways: from cooking at home, to teaching cooking classes, and also using it at school!

We have recently introduced ChopChop Curriculum—the perfect tool for integrating ChopChop in the classroom (or after school program!). Our curriculum features classroom activities, printables, and lessons in math, science, ELA, and social studies. The curriculum is adaptable to fit the needs of any classroom.

We’ve recently tested our curriculum in a 5th grade classroom—and it was a

Happy Pi Day!

March 14 is Pi Day-the celebration of the number Pi.  Pi starts with the digits 3.14 so we celebrate on 3/14, or March 14.  A lot of people celebrate Pi Day by eating pie, even though "pie" with an "e" has a different meaning. We're celebrating by making these three pie-inspired smoothies: Banana Cream Pie Smoothie, Apple Pie Smoothie, and Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. They make great breakfast sides, snacks, or desserts.  Plus, you can practice math skills like measuring and converting while cooking to celebrate the math side of Pi Day. Click on each smoothie name for the full recipe. 

Banana

Military Monday Giveaway!

We believe that cooking and eating together is vital to every family’s health and happiness, no matter where you call “home.” Military families often face unique challenges, which is why we want to celebrate these special families for their resilience and sacrifice. 

As a way to show our appreciation for military families, ChopChop is giving away 10 one-year Subscriptions to ChopChop Magazine on each Monday in March to Military Families! If you are a military family, simply enter below and visit our Facebook page. You can submit an additional entry by simply tagging another military family on

A Celebration of Kids and Cooking

ChopChop’s mission is to get kids cooking real food at home with their families. And we are succeeding! ChopChop Magazine inspires over 3 million families each year with our tasty recipes. And most recently, our ChopChop Cooking Club has helped kids learn how to make essential recipes everyone should know.  With over 4,000 members nationwide, kids are cooking and earning badges celebrating new cooking skills.

Joining us in celebrating kids and cooking are our friends at The Creative Kitchen. The Kids Food Festival at Bryant Park, New York City brings together the youth foodies from all over.

What We Love: Natural Easter-egg Dyes

It’s fun to make your own dye from fruits, vegetables, and spices! They don’t always come out the way you think: Cabbage, for example, looks purple but dyes the eggs pale blue. Experiment with other foods and spices: tea or coffee, paprika, grated beets, grape juice. Try painting on an egg with yellow mustard and then wiping it off. Try anything you think might work—and see if it does!

Kitchen Gear

  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium-sized pot
  • Colander, strainer, or sieve
  • Small bowl

What You Need

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup yellow onion skins, from about 2 onions

What We Love: Valentine's Day Recipes

 

It's almost Valentine's Day. Since they say that the way to someone's heart is through their stomach, we have some recipe ideas so you can really show the love.

Apple Pie Smoothie

Have a red breakfast and kick start off your morning with an Apple Pie Smoothie. This smoothie has protein-rich almonds and yogurt, to give you lots of energy for more holiday fun.

 

German Pancake

Nothing shows the love more than waking up early to make breakfast for someone. Top this pancake with red berries for a festive way to start your day.

 

Beet and Carrot-Slaw Wraps

Beets give everything they

CHOPCHOP TEST KITCHEN CAMPAIGN: NEW PERKS!

With our Test Kitchen Campaign nearing its end, we added some new perks to help us reach our goal! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. And if you haven’t yet, now is your chance to get the latest ChopChop gear while supporting our goal! New perks include the IACP award-winning ChopChop Cookbook, ChopChop T-shirts, aprons, and onesies. Our cookbook and apron are perfect for a young chef. T-shirts are available in adult and youth sizes, and both onesies and t-shirts are 100% pre-shrunk cotton. Check them out!

  

We are looking to take our raw space and turn it into the ChopChop

Who We Love: Mia Evans, MasterChef Junior Contestant

If you watched this season of  MasterChef Junior, you probably remember vegetarian contestant Mia Evans. Mia is 12 years old and was born with a rare genetic condition called PKU that requires her to follow a strict, low-protein, diet for life. Mia learned to cook so she could maintain her diet and used her cooking skills to earn a spot on MasterChef Junior. 

We talked to Mia about her favorite things to cook and eat, what being a vegetarian means, and we also learned a little bit about PKU.

Name: Mia Evans

Age: 12

Where you live: Leander, Texas

 

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National Oatmeal Month

Happy National Oatmeal Month! We don’t usually celebrate oatmeal, but we do eat it a lot. So this January, we’re taking a few extra opportunities to put one of our favorite breakfast foods in the spotlight. Here are four kinds of oatmeal you can make this month. We have recipes for basic oatmeal, hearty oatmeal, a fruity oatmeal, and even a savory oatmeal.

  1. Basic: Homemade Instant Oatmeal

We bet you didn’t know how easy it is to make oatmeal yourself. Skip store-bought instant oatmeal, and make your own instant oatmeal by just grinding up regular oats! It’s healthier, cheaper, and just as