Friday, February 01, 2019

Kid Recipes

We bought the kids a junior cookbook and they decided that they wanted to try some things out.  They both have already done some cooking, but we are trying to get them to cook more.  Obviously letting them choose the ingredients hopefully will make them try more new things - although honestly both are pretty good about trying whatever I tell them they have to.  I don't make anything too crazy so it isn't too hard on them.  Andrew actually has a much wider palate than Adam, but if Adam declares something "gross" then Andrew will often follow along, even if he actually might like it.  But again, both are pretty good about trying new things. 

Andrew's first choice
Egg Sandwiches
Modified from Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cookbook

4 oz sausage, cut in half and sliced
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 roma tomato (optional - we didn't use it...if you do use it, put it in after sausage, but before the eggs)
4 English muffins

Cook sausage on medium high for about 4 minutes or until the sausage starts to brown, stirring constantly.  Now pour eggs into skillet and cook over medium heat until mixture begins to set on bottom and around the edges (I think Ray and Andrew might cooked these separately).  Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes or until egg mixture is cooked through.  [If your child hasn't made scrambled eggs before you'll need to show them how to work them.]  Sprinkle cheese on top and let melt for a minute.  Spoon mixture over muffin bottoms and then top with other half. 

Makes 4 servings. 

Adam's first choice
Pasta Salad
Modified from Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cookbook

1/3 cup dried small pasta (they used wagon wheel, which I could NOT find...so we used regular elbow)
1/ 3 cup carrots, diced (they used rinsed and drained black beans)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (they used halved cherry tomatoes...I made Adam pick something for each item, but I didn't require he use their choices)
1/4 cup frozen peas (they used corn....which I didn't have so we used peas...Adam actually wanted broccoli which I think would have been a good choice, but I didn't have any on hand..and that would have had to be fresh.)
1 tbsp ranch salad dressing
1/4 tsp chili powder

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain a colander and then rinse with cold water.  Put pasta and next three items (either what I used, what they used or whatever you pick, but I'd make your child pick three items to use) in medium bowl and stir.  Mix ranch and chili powder in a small bowl and then pour over pasta mixture and mix until pasta is coated. 

Cover and refrigerate for about 12 hours before eating. 

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