...with appearances by yours truly and MexiChef.
An early favorite to both make and eat by these players...PANCAKES! Pancakes are a great starting point for kids in the kitchen. They can get involved at an early age, by learning about measurements. Get them familiar by getting some fun, colorful measuring cups and spoons with large numbers and letters on them. Ask them to show you which one is 1/3 c. or 1 tsp., etc. Sneak in that learnin'! What small child doesn't love to dig into the flour and count out the eggs? They also love to crack the eggs. Just make sure the eggs are cracked into the bowl first, or into a separate bowl so any accidental shell pieces can be lifted out before getting mixed in.
But the part they like the most...eating food that they made themselves. You can see it on their faces! A sense of pride. And that puts a big smile on my face. Plus, it gives them bragging rights...who makes the best pancakes?
"Pancakes have to be my favorite thing to make...'cuz they're easy and fun." ...LT
Our current favorite pancakes...they taste like the awesome ones you get when you go out to breakfast at the diner. The secret...malt powder!! Plus, they're healthier w/ the addition of whole wheat flour (currently using half AP & half WW). If your kids think they don't like whole wheat...start w/ replacing half of the white flour...and use White Whole Wheat flour. Bet they won't even notice. Sneak that wholesome goodness in...tell 'em later.
...don't forget the add-ins! Simply add your choice to your favorite pancake mix recipe and enjoy. Here's some the shout-outs (literally, I asked...they shouted!) in our house:
*Malt Powder/ Malted Milk Powder (regular, not chocolate...though come to think of it, that may not be all that bad, either)
*Chocolate Chips (any variety)
*Bananas, sliced or mashes
*Pumpkin (cooked & pureéd)
...what are your family's favorite type of pancakes??
Stay tuned for more KIDS ON FOOD in the future. I'm not really going to do it on a schedule, just as something comes along that they want to share...or I want to share... Knowledge is power, afterall!
------>While the kitchen is my refuge, my playground, my canvas and I enjoy spending "me" time here...I don't want to exclude the kids from it all the time. Who knows? One day one of them may find their refuge in the kitchen, as well.....