Friday, February 25, 2011

Little Kitchen Helpers

My kids love to help me in the kitchen, or at least feel like they are helping. I'm thinking that inventing a kitchen with toddler sized counters would be a good idea!

The other night we had a cheese strata for dinner that was not only yummy and versatile (use what you have on hand and adapt what you don't), but great for kid participation. Here's the recipe:

Cheese Strata
1 cup shredded cheese (any kind)
1/2 cup cut lunch meat (we just finished off an open package from the fridge)
6 slices of bread (or 8 if your kids are helping and they are hungry and want to nibble as they cook)
2 cups cooked broccoli (or peas or corn)
2 cups milk
5 eggs
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
A dash of salt and pepper

Cut the bread into pieces and layer half into the bottom of a greased casserole dish. Isaac helped with cookie cutters for this part.

2. Cover bread with cheese, meat and broccoli. Cover with remaining bread.

3. Mix eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper together:

4. Pour egg mixture over the bread. (You can cover and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours.) Bake at 425 for 50-60 minutes.

I think helping make dinner made the kids more excited to eat their masterpiece!
What are your favorite "kid friendly" recipes?

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Thanks for sharing your ideas! I love to hear and learn from others!