Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food

Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food

In the classic book, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain, mama bear tries to help the rest of her family learn how to eat a healthy and balanced diet.  While the roles in this story are stereotypical, the story is a familiar one of family members who are driven by their desire to eat junk food and resist their veggies.  Fortunately, mama bear is finally heard, and some balance is achieved in this family.  Perhaps the lessons will transcend to yours too.

Join the Fun – Here’s How:

  1. Leave a comment below saying that you’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month and reading The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food,, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  2. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from your local library.
  3. Read the book together…
  4. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and cook our featured recipe together.
  5. I would LOVE for you to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag: #KidsCookwithBooks and please tag me too (@whatscookingwithkids). Or, if you aren’t an Instagram junkie, I’d love for you to share them on Facebook.
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Featured Recipe for The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food

Kale Chips

For people like me who tend to eat just a few too many tortilla chips, this recipe is pure heaven.  It’s hard to argue with eating too much kale!  (And YES, I AM from California. But that has nothing to do with why I love this recipe so much.  It’s crunchy, salty and delicious, no matter where you are from.)  There is a batch cooling on my counter, as I type…and I must confess, there are not very many left!

If you need some tips on how to easily strip the kale leaves from the stem, some of my former students will show you their trick.

Bunch of kale
Olive oil
Salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Hold the thick stem of each kale leaf with one hand. Pinch the base with the fingers of the other hand and rub them up the stem – the leaves will tear right off!
  3. Put the kale pieces on a baking sheet lined with a silpat (a silicone baking mat) or with parchment paper.
  4. Pour on a little olive oil and toss with clean hands.  Sprinkle with salt (and pepper if your kids like that…)
  5. Make sure they are in a single layer on the baking sheet sheet.
  6. Bake at 325 for 12-14 minutes or until crisp.
  7. Keep an eye on them in case they start to burn.

2017 Kids Cook with Books

2017 Picks for Kids Cook with Books

With the new year around the corner, I thought I’d share our list of Kids Cook with Books picks for 2017! They would make excellent gifts for the young chefs in your family.

  1. January: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
  2. February: Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley
  3. March: Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
  4. April: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
  5. May: The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs
  6. June: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles, by Shan-Shan Chen and Heifi Goodman
  7. July: How to Make Cherry Pie and See the USA, by Marjorie Priceman
  8. August: Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
  9. September: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff
  10. October:The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  11. November: Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
  12. December: Sweet Potato Pie, by Kathleen Lindsey

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