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Cooking With Kids- How to series: 6 Recipes Level 2

Cooking with kids– How to series: Recipes Level 2

These  Cooking With Kids recipes require handling hot items so (regardless of age) the child needs to be steady on their feet and have good motor skills.  Play games to test your child’s motor skills in a fun way.  Try relay races with a potatoe on a spoon, a full glass, full dish of colored liquid and last but certainly not least have the child try to do the same tests aka games wihile using a potholder- pretending they can’t touch the item because it is hot. If you do not have more than one child to race, time him or her and have them try again ‘racing’ their first time. The racing aspect allows you to put a bit of ‘pressure’ on the child to see how they would react and move when trying to get the actual hot item to a safe place.

Once you are sure your child can balance an item calmly the following Cooking With Kids-How to  series microwave recipes level 2 are suggested.

Breakfast: Egg in a Mug

Snack: Jello Gummy candy

Vegetables/ Fruit: Potatoe, Corn on the cob and or apple in a Tater Baker bag

Desserts: Cake in a mug, Two minute fudge

Microwave cooking

NOTE:  At this stage of  Cooking With Kids, no recipe is needed to heat up leftovers or fix very simple warm sandwiches (such as peanut butter or cheese). Microwave vegetable steamers, steamer bags ,  microwave popcorn bags, and microwave popcorn poppers are all available items that are recommended during this cooking with kids recipe level.

Have potholders ready for children to use. Finger mitts are a less bulky way for children to get a good grip on a hot item. They are easy to make and can be adapted to you or your child’s hands.

Some parents are concerned about the use of microwave technology (around children, with specified containers and or the affect on food.) Please research these issues and make an educated decision. As an alternative, there are also toasters available that cook only the length of the set timer. If you use the toaster please be sure to specifically check the above Cooking With Kids recipes recommended containers.  Cooking with Kids- How to 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are available for review.

These Cooking With Kids recipes are suggested for 6-8 year old children, with the suggestion that the readiness cooking games mentioned above be used as a guide.

October 13, 2013

All Natural Recipes for Kids: Jiffy Sandwich Buns

All Natural Recipes for Kids: Jiffy Sandwich Buns

This wonderful versatile Recipe Kids Can Make:  Jiffy Sandwich Buns can be made in any shape- hotdog buns, dinner rolls, or a loaf of bread! Options are given for various dietary needs (sweeteners, flour, and dairy issues are all addressed.)

jiffy sandwich

This Jiffy Sandwich Bun has been seen on the Healthy Recipe for Kids: Cucumber Sandwich recipe.  Cucumber sandwiches is just one of many ways this baking recipe may be used.Continue reading

Cooking with Kids – How to Series 5

Cooking with kids– How to series 5 level 1 B recipes

Cooking with kids level 1 recipes can be divided to two groups:  A.  Ready to make and B. Pre prep.  Here are some ideas for level B, which require a bit of pre prep by an adult or an advanced child.

If you pre slice the strawberries then Strawberry Polka Dot cow parfait could be a good breakfast, snack or dessert.

If you pre chop the ingredients to Southern caviar it is a measure, mix, then dip with chips snack!

If you pre cook the noodles then this crock pot Macaroni and cheese recipe becomes a quick measure, mix, dump side dish.   We do not recommend recipes that require heating in the beginning of this series but the heat of a crock pot does not become an issue due to the fact that the crock pot is not turned on till all of the recipe requirements are completed.  The child should be in no danger of coming in contact with the heat.

If you pre slice the vegetables both of these recipes are healthy side dishes for children: Squash Parmesan Crisps, and Refrigerator Dill Pickles.

Almost every crock pot recipe could be a cooking with kids level one recipe if you pre prep the ingredients so your child simply measures, mixes and dumps.  Here are a few ideas:

This is a very easy Mexican Minestrone soup.

Another great soup (with a safety tip about cooking the ground beef)- Stuffed Bell Pepper soup

Your child helper could do the first three steps of this Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken.

Check the cooking for a month or freezer cooking recipes.  Those recipes require prep of ingredients prior to freezing so the meal recipe is minimal.

Note: Many food processors and other chopping devices have a safety precaution that keeps it from turning on despite being plugged in , unless all pieces are in place.  Therefore these tools are quite safe for chldren once the blade and other parts are in place.  However, if you use these with your children you need be sure the child does not touch the blade as they are removing the chopped items.

Cooking with kids recommends you have your child practice with you before attempting to do a recipe independently.

Read Cooking with Kids– how to series 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Cooking with Kids – How to series 4

Cooking with Kids- How to series 4

What first? -Cooking with Kids

The best way to get children interested in cooking is to give them easy recipes that they can have success with quickly.  Cooking with kids is really quite easy once you get the hang of it.  You just assess your child, their interests, and the recipe.  It is true that any recipe will have something a child can help you do to make an awesome dish.  However, we want to have the children learn the skills as well as experience success.  This how to series is set up so that the recipes are organized in such a manner that you can show the child a recipe, practice the recipe with a child then allow the child to “teach” the same recipe to you, a friend or a sibling in order to foster independence in the kitchen as quickly and safely as possible.

Cooking with kids recommends high interest, quick and easy  no heat or cooking level 1a recipes first:

No recipe needed: Pudding (from the box) –pour into a ready made graham cracker crust for a quick and easy pie

Pudding pies with a few extras: fall Pumpkin pie, pistachio pie

Cereal bars are a quick , tasty breakfast or snack!

Apple snacks- trail mix dip, Smiles, Cream cheese fruit dip

Chocolate Chip ‘lasagna’ 

A yummy gluten free, egg free chocolate chip cookie dough snack- great for dipping graham crackers or (Cooking with Kids– How to series level 3a pudding cookies. )

Want to work on a ‘real meal’ rather than just dessert? Try making your own Mexican seasoning mix for tacos.

Gift ideas from children at this level could included gifts in a quart jar- just layer dry ingredients in the jar.  Put a label and ribbon on the jar.  These mixes could also be dumped in a ziploc for quick assembly at a later date.  Here are a couple  gifts in a jar recipes:   homemade body scrub, Brownie mix in a jar.

Cooking with kids- how to Hamilton beach mixer, Amazon

Hamilton Beach mixer available from Amazon

Cooking with Kids-How to series first level recipes are simple measure and mix, no cutting, no bake or heat.

Read Cooking with Kids– How to series 1, 2,  and 3.

Cooking with Kids – How to series Part 3

Cooking with Kids – How to Series Part 3

Cooking with Kids– LITERALLY How (tools and practice)

Once children know where ingredients and tools are kept Cooking with kidsHow to series 1 and children / parents are accustomed to being together in the kitchen Cooking with KidsHow to series 2
 Children can become more involved by practicing ” like” actions in the sink.  If you are mixing something in a bowl with a spoon, you could give similar ingredients or just water in a bowl (set it in a clean sink) for your child to stir.  If he or she has difficulty keeping the water in the bowl you can use colored water or jello to show them the splashes that are coming out into the sink.  Keeping the area clean and the ingredients in the bowl can be not only the goal but made into a “game.” The first time a child uses a tool should be in a fun setting- Try using the mixer with water in the sink.  Children inevitably lift the mixer out of the liquid while the power is on, splashing everything around.  It is much easier to clean water than beaten egg splashed all over the cabinet.  Making pudding (perhaps bought for .25 /3 as in Real Deals) is a great starter recipe.  A whisk can be used to mix the pudding into the milk.  A single measuring cup , clearly marked 1 cup can be used to measure the milk and even very young children realize putting 1 and 1 together give you 2 thus meeting the measurement for the milk.  My mom use to tell us “Watch one, do one, teach one”… well I apply this to my children.  I show them -they watch, I watch- they do, and then they teach – generally a sibling (while I supervise!)  By this point the child is able to do what they need to independently because along the way they have asked questions!  Children love to teach or be in charge.
Cooking with kids recommends taking the pudding mix and putting it into a ready made graham crust for your first recipe.  Cheesecake pudding would not require any extras.  This fall pumpkin pudding pie and this pistachio pudding pie have a few extra add in ingredients.

Amazon: Fox Run 9 piece kitchen tool set– for cooking with kids: the pieces are made on a smaller scale to fit smaller hands!

Read Cooking with Kids- How to series 1 and Cooking with Kids- How to series 2

Kids Low Fat Recipes: Gluten Free, Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Kids Low Fat Recipes

Kids Low Fat Recipes

Gluten free but crave a chocolate chip cookie dough fix?  This grain free dip can be made with low fat, healthy ingredients, a perfect kids low fat recipes.  It is also a safe way to allow your children to eat “chocolate chip cookie dough” – raw egg free!

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