Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cooking with Teens

Giving your teenager(s) the ability to make meals for the family can be a lifesaver! They choose what to make - I do suggest having a selection of recipes the whole family approves - and you won't have to worry about someone "not being hungry". It could also lead into science projects, math homework and a new creative outlet. I have seen some amazing cakes decorated by teenagers! Below the tips you will find a list of Pampered Chef products you might want to have available in your kitchen. Each product has a few simple and quick ideas to go with it.

What do YOUR children do (or want to do) in the kitchen? Drop me a line to let me know!

•Presuming they have done the above, let bake cookies, brownies or cakes independently
•Encourage them to make an item for the family meal
•Allow them to try piecrust or yeast bread from scratch
•Incorporate the “science” of cooking, such as what happens with yeast and other leavening agents, and keeping sauces and custards smooth
•Encourage them to make something as a gift for a teacher, relative or friend
•Encourage learning to prepare a “show off” dish that they can fix independently when their own friends come for dinner. Chili, BBQ beef or chicken, omelets, pizza and soft tacos or taco salad are all suitable and easy

Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer to make apple slices; microwave applesauce
Apple Wedger for apple snacks
Baker's Roller for rolling out various doughs (pizza, cookies)
Cheese Slicer for cheese and crackers
Citrus peeler for oranges and grapefruit
Crinkle Cutter: Carrots, cucumbers and other veggies
Cut n Seal: Flying saucer sandwiches, pizza tarts, pocket desserts with pie filling or pudding
Deluxe Mini-Muffin Pan: For kid-size muffins, cupcakes, rolls, cookies; sort cake/cookie decorations
Egg Slicer: Bananas, strawberries, olives, kiwis, mushrooms – and egg salad
Flour/Sugar Shaker: Fill it with Jell-O or cinnamon sugar and sprinkle onto sliced apples as a treat
Food Chopper: Chop nuts and veggies easily and safely with enclosed blades
Salad Spinner: Spin lettuce, fruits, veggies, and other foods to dry for Mom!
Micro cookers for safer heating in microwave, doesn't get as hot as glass
Mini Whipper: Chocolate or strawberry milk
Pitchers: Make juice, lemonade, and milk shakes easily with the built-in plunger
Small Bar Pan and Small Spreader: Perfect for little hands, little recipes
Suds Pump: Wash their hands or play in the bathtub; also great for baby shampoo
Manual Food Processor: Simple Salsas