Happy Sunday everyone!
Have you ever had the busiest day nannying and you really wish you had a hand in the kitchen to help you? Then this week's Nanny Tip of the Week is going to be your go to! This week's tip has everything to do with fun recipes you can do WITH your kids to make it both an activity and a time saver on your part. Though this tip will mostly be self-explanatory, don't forget these tips whenever you are cooking with kids:
1. Safety, safety, safety - Always be aware of where the sharp knives, blenders and food allergens may be when you are cooking with little ones! The last thing you want on your plate is to have to rush over to the ER because your kid just sliced something that was not supposed to be sliced! This is especially important to note if any recipes call for items that the kids might be allergic to, so always review the recipe before you get started. Again, if we can avoid using the Epi-Pen, everyone wins.
2. Divide and conquer - Certainly take on the tasks that are more challenging (i.e. dicing onions, trimming meat, etc.), but try to see if there are alternative ways to mix things together that are safe for everyone. For example, if many of the items that you are trying to blend together can be made in a blender or a food processor, go ahead and let your kiddos put the ingredients in and work together (safely!) to blend everything. That way, you know that the child feels included in the process.
3. Make it fun! - Cooking doesn't have to be a terrible chore. So if you feel like setting up the kitchen like a french bistro for dinner that night, go for it! Bring out (or make) some chefs hats, aprons and maybe even draw on some French mustaches; the more engaged you get into the process, the more fun it can be. Get creative!
Now, it's time to jump in! Again, be sure to keep the above tips in mind before you start on these recipes below so you can feel extra prepared. Resources and links are listed for further reference so be sure to check those out as well!
- Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole - http://www.tammileetips.com/2013/02/crock-pot-tater-tot-casserole/
- Garden Lasagna Pots - http://www.peanutblossom.com/blog/2015/04/cook-with-your-kids.html/
- Spinach Ricotta Shells - http://www.simplebites.net/spotlight-ingredient-spinach-recipe-spinach-ricotta-shells/
- Chicken Pot Pie (Tortilla style) - http://pintsizedtreasures.com/easy-chicken-pot-pie/
- Cheesy Peppy Ravioli - http://mylifeandkids.com/cheesy-peppy-ravioli-for-kids/
- Chicken Quesadillas - http://www.momtastic.com/food/172627-weeknight-quesadillas/
- Caprese Pasta Salad - https://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/caprese-pasta-salad/https://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/caprese-pasta-salad/
- Bean & Cheese Burritos - https://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/bean-and-cheese-burritos/
Give the above recipes a try with your kiddos next time you have to make a meal and I'm sure it will not only be helpful, but certainly memory making! Well, that's all for this week! Be sure to let us know which recipes worked for you and what other ones you find helpful. Happy cooking and see you next week!
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