Cooking healthy and delicious meals for my family is very important to me. I’m also a foodie and its makes me so happy that I’m raising my son to be a foodie. He’s 8 and loves to taste test different kinds of vinegars, requests Marcona almonds (not just almonds) and can use a piping bag.
He asked if he could cook dinner one night a week so we decided he would be in charge on Monday’s dinner. He picks the menu, writes the grocery lists, preps and cooks the food. We started this at the beginning of September and its been a great experience for both of us.
- Important life skill
- Teaches nutrition
- Teaches math skillls
- Great reading (the recipe) and writing (the grocery list) practice
- Encourages them to explore new foods
- Teaches food and kitchen safety skills
Chef Salad (clean, chop and plate all ingredients)
- jack cheese
- cheddar cheese
- Ranch Dressing, Newman’s Own
Week 3 – Bacon Burgers
Review – this was a brand new recipe for our family and YUM! These were so good – lots of flavor and juicy.
*we don’t eat Paleo (obviously) but I cook a lot from Paleo cookbooks because of my dairy allergy and I’m working towards more of a Paleo based diet. Often my meal will be Paleo and my family will have a side such as paste, rice or bread.
Week 4 – Paleo Chicken Nuggets
There are a lot of different Paleo chicken nugget recipes – most use almond flour or coconut flour for the breading and then fry in coconut oil or ghee. We went with coconut flour and cooked in coconut oil. We did use an egg substitute instead of egg for the batter (I have an egg allergy). These were good but still need some tweaking to make them great. Also we should have cooked them at a higher heat but I was a bit nervous with my son frying them so I turned down the heat a bit.
We’re going to try again tweaking the recipe a bit – we’ll share when we have it perfected.