Monday, August 27, 2007

Cooking with your child

The benefits of cooking with your child include:
  • Provides quality bonding time with our children
  • Builds positive self image
  • Encourages self-discipline
  • Rewards hard work and diligence
  • Promotes eye-hand coordination
  • Cultivates a love of learning
  • Fosters cooperation with others
  • Encourages their imagination
Here are a couple of nice easy recipes to cook with your child and to encourage them to increase their fruit intake!

4 cups apple slices, peeled
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup oats, rolled (raw)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup butter

Put apples in shell baking dish and sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine dry ingredients, add melted butter and mix until crumbly. Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes or until apples are tender. Makes six servings. Serve with crème fraiche yoghurt or whipped cream.

Quick and healthy snack that teens can make in a flash

1 large banana
2 handfuls of ripe strawberries
4 heaping Tbsp of unsweetened applesauce
6-10 cubes of ice

Add ice and the applesauce first (applesauce provides the liquid necessary in the crushing of the ice). Crush the ice until substance is smoothie-like, and then add the other ingredients. Enjoy!!!

Happy cooking with your child!

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