Heartburn Friendly Cooking: Cooking for Kids When School Is Out

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
  • Heartburn Friendly Cooking is a weekly feature full of quick and easy food ideas that are acid reflux friendly and can be easily modified to meet the needs of everyone in your family! Each week I'll provide a simple menu that is designed for easy digestion. I'll also give you suggestions on how to modify the same recipe for others in your family without acid reflux disease. Bon Appétit!


    School's Out! This is the last week of school for many children, so it is time to think about some kid-friendly lunches that are also reflux friendly.


    Macaroni and Cheese Muffins
    - Cooking spray to coat the muffin cups

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    - 2 cups dried bread crumbs
    - 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
    - 1/2 lb. ground turkey or chicken
    - 1/2 tsp. salt
    - 1/4 tsp. pepper (if tolerated)
    - 3 cups shredded rice cheese
    - 1 egg or egg replacer
    - 8 oz. small rice pasta


    In a skillet, heat 1 Tbs. of oil over medium heat. Add the ground turkey or chicken, salt and pepper. Stir frequently until cooked though. In the meantime, cook the pasta until tender (following the package directions). Drain the pasta and add to a large bowl. Stir in the cooked turkey and the rice cheese. Let cool slightly and add the egg or egg replacer to help bind the ingredients together.

    Then, spray two muffin or cupcake pans with cooking spray. Using 1 cup of bread crumbs, coat the inside of each muffin cup with bread crumbs. Spoon the pasta mixture into the muffin cups. Top with a thin layer of the remaining bread crumbs and drizzle with remaining oil. Bake about 15 - 20 minutes and carefully remove with a spoon and serve.


    Homemade Frozen Popsicles: This time of year, it is easy to find popsicle molds in almost any store that carries "seasonal items." This summer, skip the high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors and colors and make your own frozen treats using ingredients from the list below.


    - bananas (fork mashed)
    - mango (pureed in blender)
    - watermelon (fork mashed)
    - rice ice cream (layered with your favorite jam)


    Prepare your fruit, and then fill your popsicle molds. Place in the freezer for at least four hours, then run warm water over the molds to help unmold the popsicle.


Published On: June 08, 2010