How did you learn to cook? Do you remember your first successful dish, the one that your family ate because it was good not just because they loved you?
Give kids a choice, and they will probably want to bake and decorate cookies as their first kitchen lesson. Very fun, but let’s not forget the backbone of our daily eating, the balanced meal. We’ve wondered sometimes, how exactly to get started on teaching the daily meal in our busy lives when it’s usually more efficient to just cook it ourselves.
We read an interesting article by a mom who explains how she is teaching her boys cooking skills and reaping some real help in the kitchen.
And we’re pleased to be publishing another children’s cookbook in May, this time with Mayo Clinic. In the meantime, here’s a good staple recipe from our first kid’s cookbook. Let’s teach our kids to be good cooks!
Easy Taco Filling
Fix-It and Forget-It Kids’ Cookbook, page 40
Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 6-8 hours
Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 4-qt.
Makes 4-6 servings
1 lb. ground beef
1 cup chopped onions
2 15-oz. cans chili beans, undrained
15-oz. can Santa Fe, or Mexican, or Fiesta corn, undrained
¾ cup water
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, optional
½ tsp. garlic powder, optional
1. Place the ground beef in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Stir the meat with a wooden spoon, breaking it into smaller pieces. Stir the onions into the meat.
2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. microwave on High for 2 minutes.
3. Use potholders to remove the bowl. Stir the meat mixture to break up clumps.
4. Cover and return to the microwave. Cook on High for another 2 minutes.
5. Use pot holders to remove the bowl. Stir the meat, making sure there are no pink spots. If you see pink, cover the bowl and microwave it on High for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
6. Use potholders to remove the bowl.
7. Set a colander over a mixing bowl. Ask an adult to help you spoon the meat into the colander so the liquid can drain into the bowl. (You won’t need the liquid.)
8. Spoon the meat and onions from the colander into the slow cooker.
9. Use a safety can opener to open the cans of beans and corn. Pour them into the meat mixture in the slow cooker. Add water, and seasonings if you wish, to the slow cooker. Mix well.
10. Cover your slow cooker. Cook the Taco Filling on Low for 6-8 hours.
Serving Suggestion: Serve the Taco Filling in warmed soft corn tortillas or hard taco shells. Or, server as a dip with plain corn tortilla chips. Top your taco with any of the following ingredients: shredded cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes, sliced olives, shredded lettuce, guacamole, or salsa.