Sunday, February 2, 2014

Kids in the Kitchen

Getting kids in the kitchen is so important in order to pass on life-skills and weekends are the perfect time to do just that.  This morning I had my boys help out with browning the sausage.  They love to eat it so they might as well know how to cook it.  They seriously love helping out and when kids are involved they are very likely to eat what they have helped cooked.

 This is the perfect time to have them learn about new vegetables and experiment with new "fun" recipes.  Today was the Super Bowl and the Sea Hawks killed it Yay!  We would have done a Super Bowl post but will save that for next year...need more time to get this blog up and running.  However we did take some photos of some yummy things we did make.  Ethan helped out with making brussel sprout chips which he single handedly demolished after they were made. 

Recipe for Brussel Sprout Chips:

  • 1-2 lbs of brussel sprouts
  • 2 tbsp ghee or grass-fed butter melted
  • Kosher salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Wash brussel sprouts and dry, peel off the outer layers of the brussel sprouts gently.  Place the sprouts in a bowl and drizzle melted butter over them, sprinkle desired amount of salt and lightly coat the sprouts.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the sprouts on the baking sheet.  Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes or until the chips become a bit golden and crunchy looking.  Enjoy right away.

My daughter, Emilie makes the most fantastic guacamole in all the land so I must also share her recipe for that as well.

Simple Guacamole

  • 3 large avocados halved and pitted
  • 1/4 of a red onion, diced
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, de-ribbed and diced
  • Juice of one lime
  • Kosher salt to taste and Cayenne pepper to taste

Place all of these ingredients in bowl and mash away with a potato masher or sometime just as useful.  You probably could process it in a food processor, but we prefer ours chunky.  She makes this several times a week as it tastes incredible with steak, or on top of salads.

Get your kids in the kitchen and make cooking fun, you will make lifelong memories and teach them important life-skills simultaneously. 

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