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This quick, kid-friendly menu will provide nutritious fuel for all the ghosts and goblins.

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trail mix

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix

A quick and tasty snack mix that can be tossed together and enjoyed instantly while you are on the go, no cooking required.

Makes 8 servings.


  • 2 cups crispy rice or wheat cereal squares
  • 1/2 cup roasted whole pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins


Mix all ingredients together and serve.

For nutrition information, please visit Roasted Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

english muffin pizzas topped with broccoli & carrots

English Muffin Veggie Pizza

Create your own easy-to-make personal pizza and add your favorite veggie toppings. Choose whole wheat muffins to make this recipe even better!

Makes 4 servings.


  • 1 cup broccoli (cooked chopped)
  • 4 English muffins
  • 1 cup pizza sauce (or spaghetti sauce)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded, part skim
  • 1/4 cup carrot (4 Tablespoons, shredded)
  • 1/3 tablespoon Parmesan cheese (1 teaspoon, grated)


  1. Cut the broccoli to make 1 cup of chopped broccoli.
  2. Put the broccoli in a saucepan with water. Cook on medium until tender.
  3. Drain the water from the saucepan. Let the broccoli cool.
  4. Cut 4 English muffins in half. Toast the 8 muffin halves.
  5. Shred the mozzarella cheese to make ½ cup of shredded cheese.
  6. Peel and shred the carrots to make 3 tablespoons shredded carrots.
  7. Spoon 2 tablespoons pizza sauce over each English muffin half.
  8. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese on top of each half.
  9. Put 2 tablespoons broccoli and 1 teaspoon shredded carrots on top of each half.
  10. Sprinkle each half with 1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
  11. Toast in the toaster oven for 2 minutes, until the cheese melts.

Notes: Try making these pizzas with whole wheat muffins.


For nutrition information, please visit English Muffin Veggie Pizza at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

fruit kabobs on a plate

Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip

Fruit kabobs make a colorful and fun snack that kids can help prepare.

Makes 8 servings.



  1. Place fruit chunks on bamboo skewers. Place fruit kabobs on platter.
  2. Place light strawberry yogurt in bowl. Serve kabobs with yogurt on the side.

For nutrition information, please visit Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

pumpkin squares on a plate

Peter Pumpkin Squares

A perfect treat for pumpkin lovers. A seasonal treat for the holidays or any time of year that you're craving pumpkin.

Makes 24 servings.


  • 1 can pumpkin (15 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 4 egg
  • 3/4 cup oil (cooking)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • margarine or butter (to grease the pan)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, and oil. Mix well.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. Add the pumpkin mix to the flour mix. Stir well.
  5. Grease a 9" x 13" baking pan with butter or margarine.
  6. Pour the batter into the greased baking pan.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.

For nutrition information, please visit Peter Pumpkin Squares at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

3 orange cow drinks in a row with orange slices

Orange Cow

This cold orange drink can be enjoyed for breakfast or at any time of the day. 

Makes 3 servings.


  • 16 ounces orange juice (frozen)
  • 2 cups water (cold)
  • 1/3 cup milk (non-fat, dry)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup ice (or more)


  1. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor.
  2. Secure lid and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Note: Substitute 1 cup milk and 1 cup water for 2 cups water and ⅓ cup nonfat dry milk.

For nutrition information, please visit Orange Cow at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.