It is great when the kids want to cook. My youngest are 10 and 12 and also love to make cookies. One thing they also do is share them with neighbors. One thing that is healthier are whole wheat pretzels and fun to make. Also nachos with lots of vegetables on top or pizza with vegies.
Last year my daughter had to create a cookbook. Half of the recipes had to be tried and true and the other half had to be original. She had a blast making it up. We binded the pages and took pics of the food after each was made. She still pulls it out and makes things. I am not crazy about some of her concoctions but she is trying. I pity the man she marries because she can't cook ! She tries though ! icemom
icesk8rsmom aka: Deb
Smile all of the time. It keeps people wondering what your up to !
My daughter (8) is showing more and more interest in cooking/baking. We plan to have 1 night a week where she chooses the menu and helps cook, that way we will have the ingredients on hand, etc. We bake together when I know I will have company so that we don't have tons of leftover yumminess around. Muffins 1) are easy; 2) can be healthy; 3) require minimal exotic ingredients and few bowls, etc.; 4) are gratifyingly quick to make (in fact, you can teach the kids to clean up while they bake; 5) freeze beautifully, thereby providing weekday hot breakfast - pop 1, directly from freezer wrapped in a paper towel, in the microwave on 50% power for 1 minute (time/power may vary!).
I TOTALLY hear you on the cleaning up thing!!! She made mint sandwich cookies this holiday season and there was green frosting on the microwave, floor, counters & all over the mixer. Now, she did have her brother's help, but.....
Next time I made cookies I demonstrated the correct way to make the kitchen look. They just didn't appreciate it!
And they are both scouts who have earned their "Leave No Trace" badges!! Guess they only work in the wilderness, not the kitchen! LOL
My daughter LOVES to cook. My problem is that it tends to center around cookies, cakes & desserts. I'm not opposed to her cooking meals, but it never coinsides with her wanting to cook.
She realizes that I'm trying to eat healthy and is trying to do so also. Her favorite brownies to make are the No Pudge ones which are a tad better for you. But I'd like to find other options for her to try out. She made home made granola over the holidays and we all loved it but we need MORE ideas!!!!
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