Facing a little fear about having the kids at home all summer? Wondering how to keep them occupied in good ways? Wishing for a little hand-holding and inspiration about how to keep the days full but not too full?
Since we all seem inclined to eat whenever we’re kinda bored, and since we’re often perversely drawn to eat the wrong things, here’s a website that might give you some fresh ideas. Plus some companionship in the effort to teach kids how to eat well and to cook, too.
You’ll have to pick and choose here, but this article on thekidscookmonday.org website is a good intro to the engine behind all of the posts: http://www.thekidscookmonday.org/about/why-cook-with-kids/
Here’s a recipe to kick off the summer with your eager Kid Cook:
Broccoli Corn Bread
from Fix-It and Forget-It Kids’ Cookbook
Makes 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 6 hours
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1 cup chopped onions (you can buy chopped onions in the grocery store)
1 box corn bread mix
1 cup (8 oz.) cottage cheese
1¼ tsp. salt
Large mixing bowl
Small microwave-safe glass bowl
3- to 4-qt. slow cooker
1. Ask an adult to help you crack 4 eggs into a large mixing bowl. Use a whisk to beat the eggs well.
2. Place butter in a small microwave-safe glass bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
3. Put the bowl in the microwave on High for 30 seconds, or until the butter is melted.
4. Use potholders to remove the bowl. Using a rubber spatula, carefully scrape the butter into the mixing bowl with the eggs.
5. Add the chopped broccoli, chopped onion, corn bread mix, cottage cheese, and salt to the mixing bowl. Stir well with a wooden spoon.
6. Grease the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Spoon or pour the Corn Bread mixture into the slow cooker.
7. Cover your slow cooker. Cook the Corn Bread on Low for 6 hours.
8. After 6 hours, use a potholder to remove the lid. Stick a toothpick into the center of the Bread and pull it out. If the toothpick looks wet, the Bread needs to continue cooking. If it has some dry crumbs on it, it’s finished cooking.
Serving Suggestion: To serve, you can scoop the Bread out of your slow cooker. Or, you can ask an adult to help you flip the slow cooker upside down until the Bread comes out. Then ask an adult to help you cut it into wedges.