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Cooking for a house full of hungry people isn’t always easy, especially when there are children involved. Dinner time can be especially be tough when you have picky eaters (aka: children) who all have different demands.
So here’s a little secret that I have. I make my kids cook. This serves multiple purposes:
- Cooking is a huge deal to my husband and me, and letting the kids join us in the kitchen is a great way to bond with them
- More quality time to spend together
- It beats the “I’m bored” blues
- Teaches kids in invaluable lesson of how to cook for themselves
- When they cook it themselves they’re more likely to eat it without fussing
- Them cooking means I don’t have to!
So here’s how we do it: I let my kids conceptualize the meal. I help them cook it but let them do a lot of the work themselves. It’s important to us that we teach them how to safely and accurately use all of the tools available in our kitchen, even (under close supervision) cutting! We sample it as we go so we they can make the adjustments that they want so that they love the final product!
Inspired by the Ben’s Beginner’s Cooking Program my daughters picked quesadillas because they’re not only super delicious but they couldn’t be any easier! So without further ado, here are our top three choices of the night.
Tomato & Mozzarella Quesadilla
This one couldn’t be any simpler. Layer fresh mozzarella cheese with sliced tomatoes and a few shreds of basil.
Spinach & Mushroom Quesadilla
Sautee 2 cloves garlic, two tablespoons of butter with pint of mushrooms. Cook over medium, covered, until mushrooms turn translucent. Add spinach and a pinch of salt and continue to heat until the spinach is wilted.
Serve with a generous amount of rice and cheddar cheese on a quesadilla.
Spicy Poblano & Pork Quesadilla
In a medium sautee pan, heat 12 ounces of pork until thoroughly cooked. Transfer the pork to a bowl and in that same pan sautee 1/2 an onion, two cloves of garlic and a diced pablano pepper. Mix pork back in, season with salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, spoon onto a tortilla with sharp cheddar cheese and a generous serving of rice.
Are you ready to have some fun in the kitchen? Check out visual directions and the fun that my girls had cooking!