By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)


GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Looking for ways to have fun with the family? Try an old fashioned barbecue, as it can be done without a great deal of travel. You can also involve the kids in creating non-open flame dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Here are a couple of recipes that are kid friendly and taste delicious:




  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ cup coconut
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 3 or 4 bananas
  1. Cover a baking tray with foil or wax paper.
  2. Measure the oats, coconut and sesame seeds into a bowl and mix well.
  3. Peel bananas and cut them into bite sized pieces.
  4. Dip each piece of banana into the oats, and turn until coated.
  5. Place onto the baking tray, and repeat until all bananas are coated.
  6. Freeze for 2 hours, or overnight, then serve frozen.




  • 2 English muffins
  • 2 tablespoons spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • Handful of grated cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Split each muffin in two to make pizza bases.
  3. Spread spaghetti sauce equally over each half.
  4. Chop red pepper and tomatoes into smaller pieces.
  5. Spread diced vegetables over sauce.
  6. Sprinkle cheese over the top.
  7. Bake in oven for 8 minutes.
  8. Have an adult help remove the hot pan.




  • Lemonade
  • Sparkling water
  1. Mix together and serve over ice


These are just a few ideas to get the entire family involved. Enjoy this summer under the sun, but do so while staying safe. Remember your sunscreen, and limit your alcohol intake when having fun outside. Have a safe and sober summer!


The 2020 Summer Sense Campaign runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. So every Wednesday, listen for ASAP’s broadcast segment on AFN Bavaria. Then return to this article for the discussed recipes, quizzes and more.

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