Family Fun in the Kitchen
In the Old World New Girl kitchen today, I present my little cousins! These little munchkins hold a special place in my heart. They’re like my little siblings since I am the youngest of my siblings, but I don’t get to see them often. What better way could we spend the evening than cooking together?! I delegated a few tasks to accomplish our goal of yummy tostadas, and they were eager to help.
Our menu included the simple, yet yummy, tostadas and corn. The fact that this dinner required only a few ingredients and very little prep made it easy and fun for the kids, and each task they did was actually a big contribution to the completion of the dinner. Check out how we made tostadas!
Tostada shells (“Guerrera” brand is delicious and tastes homemade)
1 pound of ground beef
taco seasoning (preferably unsalted, from a local natural foods market)
mild cheddar cheese (pre-shreded or a block that you grate)
1 medium tomato
1 can of corn kernels
The Cooking Kids
The eldest was on ground beef duty. She placed the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat on the stove, and seasoned it with taco seasoning from the local natural food store and salt. She stirred it and made sure it browned and didn’t burn. Her other tasks included “taking orders” to determine how many tostadas and tortillas everyone wanted.
The youngest had the duty of relocating the refried beans from their can to the pot they were to be cooked in. He took it very seriously, and did a marvelous job.
While I was busy “directing,” my aunt assumed the role of tomato dicer, cheese grater, and executive director! She made the overall production of Kiddos & Tostadas a success. The only thing left to do was to prepare the corn, and heat the tostada and tortilla shells. I drained the canned corn kernels and put them in a skillet with about 1/4th cup of water, a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and a tablespoon of butter. Let the corn cook over medium heat, and voila! The meal is done! With different toppings to choose from, we each personalized our tostadas and enjoyed our creations while watching the original “Sandlot.” (Oh ya ya we did!)
You can do it, too!
From start to finish, Kiddos & Tostadas night was very easy. With a short list of ingredients and an easy to follow recipe, you can join in on the fun, too! Be sure to monitor the kiddos throughout the entire process so that they can learn proper kitchen safety and techniques. Have your own Kiddos & Tostadas night, or design your own dish that will allow the family to join in on the fun in the kitchen, and let me know how it goes!
I had even more fun by letting the kiddos help in the blogging process! It went a little slower than usual, but they love to see the result of their contributions, and who can say no to faces like those? 🙂
Happy cooking with the kiddos & until next time, Ci Vediamo!!!