Wednesday, 15th June 2011 - comments (0)
Many parents find they cannot get a thing done in the house when they have their children to entertain during the school holidays. So why not do things differently this year? How about getting your children to help you in the kitchen and actually make some of the food they eat for lunch or dinner? It'll get them away from the TV, teach them some valuable skills, and boost their self-esteem. OK, in the short term, it may mean more mess - but think ahead a few years to your child able to make the family lunch when a teenager. And we're not talking baking biscuits or cupcakes either - we mean proper family food. Menus4Mums, the online family meal planners, and Crafty Cooks, who run cooking classes for children, have joined forces to bring us these top tips and recipes for you to try.
Don't let your children do a runner after the cooking is done, the tidying away is just as important. Let them help you bring the dirty bowls over and sweep up the floor. Their future spouses will thank you!
Fancy giving it a go? Why not try out the following Menus4Mums recipe for Pasta with Roasted Vegetable Sauce:
250g cherry tomatoes
1 courgette, cut into rounds
1 red pepper, cut into 1 inch squares
1 red onion, cut into 1 inch chunks
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tbsp olive oil
400ml tomato passata
200ml vegetable stock
1 tsp oregano
Heat the oven to 240C or Gas 9. Put the vegetables (including garlic) in a roasting tin and toss in the olive oil. Roast for 30 mins until the vegetables are brown at the edges.
Put the vegetables in a pan with the tomato passata, vegetable stock and oregano. Simmer for 10 mins then blend to your desired consistency, perhaps pureed for small children and chunky for older children.
Cook the pasta according to packet instructions, drain, stir into the pasta sauce. Enjoy!
Menus4Mums is a fab online planning service for busy parents which helps them save time and money in the kitchen. Crafty Cooks is a wonderful cooking group for children aged 2 years and up. The children, and parents, are taught a variety of healthy foods and whilst this cooks they learn about the ingredients used, tasting peppers, and grinding wheat.
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