Back for month two of “What The Kids Cooked“! Getting kids in the kitchen is really important. Teaches them leadership, life skills and respect! Time to share what the kids cooked in February! Excited to continue this monthly update to the blog!
What The Kids Cooked – February Edition
Goals, I am kind of obsessed with them! I shared in January that I wanted to start a new tradition/routine with the kids getting in the kitchen with me and cooking! Well, here we are again. We made it through month two and it was a success!
Recap – The Plan
A few days before their evening to cook, I sit down with them and we go through cook books and Pinterest finding a recipe they would like to try. We make a shopping list and I order our groceries online. If COVID wasn’t happening, I would make sure they came with me to the store to see that side of the plan as well. When the evening comes, they join me in the kitchen. We prepare the meal and side dishes and they are also responsible for setting the table. And now it is time to share what the kids cooked in February!
Crazy February – Goal Achieved
Being that February was a short month and for one of the two weekends that the kids were with me we were out of town we had to do our cooking all in one weekend. It wasn’t how I planned but we made it work. For February, each kiddo got to cook twice. Teagan was up first for her second meal cooked and Jude prepared his 3rd meal. Hopefully in March we can get back on our normal track.
Teagan – Breakfast Burritos
Once again Teagan struggled with coming up with an idea. Jude really enjoys looking through recipe books but Teagan doesn’t so that makes it a little harder for her to come up with a meal idea. You might notice that she is in her PJs in these photos – instead of dinner we decided to make her meal for Sunday breakfast.
She decided that something she would like to make was breakfast, we brainstormed some ideas but she finally decided on Breakfast Burritos. I told her we could have breakfast for dinner one evening OR we could switch things up and make her meal for breakfast. She liked that idea, so she prepared Sunday breakfast for us!
Her breakfast burrito was stuffed full of her favorites – eggs, cheese, sausage and tomatoes. We had salsa and sour cream on the side as well. She decided that instead of making hash browns for the burritos she would prepare tots! Good call Teagan! Her favorite part of this meal prep was making scrambled eggs…she is pretty much a pro now!
We did not follow a recipe for this meal but instead we wrote out our shopping list of all of our favorite breakfast items we wanted in our burritos. I think she did a great job and it was a fun twist to our Sunday morning.
Jude – Mini Pizza Buns
Jude wanted to create a yummy twist on a weekend favorite – PIZZA NIGHT!! For his meal he made some Mini Pizza Buns, Caesar Salad and Blackberries. The Mini Pizza Buns are the ultimate kid approved recipe and it was a recipe that Jude did completely on his own! It was great to see him so impressed with himself preparing the whole meal! Love that!
The Mini Pizza Buns were really simple to shop for as well. Slider size buns, pizza sauce, shredded cheese and pepperonis! In just a few steps he was able to prepare some yummy pizza treats for the whole family. One thing he thinks he will do differently the next time he makes these is to not add as much pizza sauce and to have sausage for the toppings as well. Good idea buddy.
Sharing Mom’s Unmotivated Heart
For February, I think the teachable moment and message was all about that unmotivated feeling to cook. We have all done it…grocery shopping done, plenty of food in the kitchen but the idea of ordering take out seems so much easier. Both Jude and Teagan seem to enjoy cooking but they both had to really push through that “let’s just order in” urge this month.
I made sure to explain to them why we sometimes feel that way, and why it is important to use the food we have in the house and why it is good to follow that meal plan we created for the week. Sure, they don’t quite get the financial stuff but I know this simple tradition of them getting into the kitchen at least once a month will help them learn some great life skills.
February cooking went well and what I love the most about this project is seeing the kids get so proud of themselves for preparing a yummy meal but also seeing them both thank one another for the meal. Jude telling Teagan that she made the best breakfast burrito he has ever had just about melted my heart! And now, we start preparing for March…what will the kids cook??
What The Kids Cooked:
DO YOU GET YOUR KIDS IN THE KITCHEN TO HELP YOU PREPARE FAMILY MEALS? IF SO, WHAT ARE THEIR FAVORITE RECIPES TO PREPARE?
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