A simple and rewarding time for both you and your child is inviting them into your kitchen. Look for quick and easy recipes that you and your kids can enjoy. School is back in session. This just adds to the daily grind and you don’t spend enough time with your children as it is.It is up to you as the parent to be sure that this happens and hard as it is, sometimes you just have to make the time. As clichÃ© as it may sound, they are just young once and you do not want to look back later in life and say “I wish I had . . .”
You usually shoo children away when they are playing in the kitchen because of the potential dangers — knives, hot surfaces, extremely hot water and oils.This is your chance to teach them about conduct and habits that will make it safe to be there. Better than scolding, don’t you think?
Young people love the whole process of cooking. They like putting the pieces of the puzzle together as they chop, slice, or grate the ingredients Mixing it together is like solving the puzzle and that is very exciting. They really like to get their hands in it and get messy. However, the best thing is the excitement of eating something that you made.
Say good-by to your nice neat, orderly space. Be prepared to see various ingredients spilled on your work table maybe even the floor, utensils scattered and in general a big mess. This is fun for them and a little chaos is the last thing on their minds.
There are several recipes that kids can make. Try French toast or omelets. Obviously salads and sandwiches are easy to make plus they are healthy.
Start out making a chocolate banana crepe. You will need crepe flour, milk, eggs, melted chocolate, butter and of course sliced bananas. Mix together everything in a bowl except for the chocolate, bananas and butter. Children love to do the mixing.
Let your child grease the crepe pan. They may get a little on their hands but they can wash. If you using a stick of butter, have them pull back the paper a little and hold onto the other end with their hand.
Pour the crepe mixture on the pan. You might have your child hold the pan steady while you pour. Make sure to spread out the mixture over the pan. Let your child slowly rock the pan and watch it spread. You may have to help with the flipping to cook on other side, depending on the age of the child.
Now the task is strictly up to the children. They can add the other ingredients before they fold and decorate the top if they wish.
One last thing to do in the kitchen, clean up. Now is the time to you teach your children that cooking isn’t over until they have cleaned the waiting mess
Make cooking fun and make you child feel at home in the kitchen. Start your file of quick and easy recipes to enjoy your time with your children before they grow up.
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