Kid Friendly Recipes
I’ve said it many times before. You know the pleasure you get from preparing and serving something your family loves? Children can experience the same satisfaction when they help prepare food for themselves, their friends, or the whole family.
A friend of mine has a daughter who loves to make dinner for her family and makes great effort in helping her mom out. Tonight she called her mom and told her she was making baked potatoes for dinner but didn’t know how to cook them. I gave her the basic instructions on how to cook a baked potato.
Preteens are more than ready to take on some serious responsibility. They can help pick the recipes for meals and even execute them. Let them try new recipes that they find online and permit them to make some dishes on their own, with minimal supervision. You’ll find that at this age, kids like to experiment.
Dakota, this recipe is dedicated to you for those spur of the moment recipe ideas when you help your mom out in the kitchen.
Twice Baked Potatoes
4 large Idaho potatoes
1/2 cup non fat sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup ranch dressing
4 Tablespoons butter
1 cup shredded cheddar/jack cheese mixture, divided
6 green onions, thinly sliced, divided
1 cup cooked bacon, chopped (can substitute with bacon bits)
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wash and pierce potatoes with a fork. Cook in preheated oven for one hour.
Chop bacon into bite size pieces. In a skillet over medium-low heat, cook bacon. Drain excess fat. Set aside.
When potatoes are done, remove from oven. Cool 10 minutes. Slice potatoes lengthwise. Scoop potato flesh out into a mixing bowl. Place potato skins on a baking sheet.
To the potato, add sour cream, milk, butter, ranch dressing, 1/2 cheese, 1/2 of green onion, 1/2 bacon, salt and pepper. Mix together. Spoon the mixture into the potato skins. Top each with remaining cheese, green onions and bacon.
Place cookie sheet with potatoes back in oven for 10-15 minutes. Serve with broccoli or simply alone.
Supervision is the key to cooking with kids…they develop cooking skills at different rates so it’s important to have an adult introduce children to skills that match their ability levels and educate them in the process. Preparing meals can be more fun and a lot of help when the whole family is involved. So experience the kitchen with your kids.
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