Cooking at Home with Young Children

Cooking at Home with Young Children

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Cooking at Home with Young ChildrenWhether you’re making a snack or cooking a meal, having your children help prepare with you is a great opportunity to not only talk about nutrition and help establish healthy eating habits, it’s a fun activity to enjoy together as a family. While you’re preparing a meal or snack, find age-appropriate tasks and allow your children to help out where they can. This will not only provide them with a sense of accomplishment, but they may be more open to trying new foods that they’ve helped to make!

Here two fun, family-friendly recipes families can try right at home:

Bread in a Bag

What You’ll Need:

1-gallon sized resealable plastic bag, (3) cups of flour, (1/4) cup of sugar, 1 packet of yeast (rapid rise or regular), (1) cup of warm water, (1/4) cup of melted butter, (1) teaspoon of salt (this can be to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, and yeast packet in a bowl. Pour into a resealable (Ziplock style) bag.
  2. Add warm water. Seal bag, pressing out air.
  3. Begin shaking and mixing the bag by hand
  4. Set bag to rest for 10 minutes (proofing)
  5. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of flour with salt. Pour into bag along with melted butter.
  6. Seal bag again, pressing out air. Shake and mix again.
  7. Open bag and add in last cup of flour.
  8. Seal bag, and mix for final time.
  9. Pull out dough and place on a floured surface.
  10. With floured hands, knead dough for 5-10 minutes
  11. Place dough in a greased loaf pan.
  12. Lay towel over the loaf pan and set it in a warm spot in your house. Allow the dough 30-45 minutes to rise
  13. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes

Pancake Muffins

What You’ll Need:

Your favorite pancake batter, toppings such as cut up fruit, nuts, sprinkles, chocolate chips, etc., mini muffin pan, non-stick spray

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  3. Prepare your pancake batter and fill each muffin tin a little over half full.
    • Here’s the fun part: Get the kids involved by adding their favorite toppings. Use whatever you have on hand in the pantry or fridge. Ideas include strawberries, blueberries, sprinkles, chocolate, and bananas.
  4. Bake in oven until the tops spring back, about 15-20 minutes.

Share your family’s favorite recipes in the comments below!

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