Sunny Anderson & Katie Lee: Healthy Recipes Kids Love to Make

10/24/2013 at 05:47 PM ET

Sunny Anderson salad
John Lee

TV food stars Katie Lee and Sunny Anderson know that getting kids to eat healthy is a lot easier if they help with the prep.

Kids in the kitchen? With sharp knives and hot burners? Don’t be intimidated—it can be fun (and burn-free) if set yourself up for success:

On a weekend afternoon—because, as you parents already know, this is not a fast, weeknight activity!—choose a recipe that’s easy enough for your mini-chefs to follow, preferably one that doesn’t involve too much chopping or an open flame. It also helps to use ingredients the little ones generally love, like shredded cheese and fruit slices.

Two plates that fit the bill: Lee’s veggie taco wraps, filled with cheese, lettuce and salsa; and Anderson’s orange-cucumber fruit salad topped with a sweet pineapple dressing. The duo unveiled the recipes Thursday morning at NYC charter school Mott Haven Academy, where they teamed up with social-service provider The New York Foundling to teach fourth-graders about the importance of healthy eating.

If the looks on these kids’ faces are any indication of the results, these no-cook dishes will be a hit in your kitchen, too.

Sunny Anderson salad

Sunny Anderson’s Fruit Salad with Creamy Pineapple Dressing  
Serves 4-6

½ cup canned crushed pineapple, undrained
¼ cup sour cream
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. sugar
Salt, to taste
2 oranges
2 English cucumbers, peeled
½ cup red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes, for garnish (optional)

1. In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, sour cream, apple cider vinegar and sugar to make the creamy pineapple dressing. Stir until the sugar dissolves and is not gritty. Taste and season with a tiny pinch of salt. 

2. Peel and divide oranges into segments.

3. Halve each cucumber lengthwise, then halve again to quarter them. Slice cucumber quarters in ½-inch thick slices.

4. Add the cucumber, red onion and dressing to the oranges. Gently toss, then serve chilled or at room temperature with an optional sprinkle of coconut.

Katie Lee’s Veggie Taco Wraps 
Serves 6

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. taco seasoning
6 whole-wheat tortillas
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup baby spinach leaves or lettuce
Salsa, to taste

1. In a small bowl, mash beans with olive oil and taco seasoning.

2. Spread a few tablespoons of beans on the center of each tortilla.

3. Top each tortilla with a couple tablespoons of cheese, spinach or lettuce, and salsa.

4. Roll the tortilla over the filling, starting at the bottom and rolling upwards. Fold the edges in.

5. Wrap stuffed tortilla in a piece of wax paper and cut in half.

Katie Lee tacos

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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