Monday, September 17, 2012

When Mom And Dad Are Gone - Do Your Kids Cook?

Do You Let Your Kids Cook When Your Gone?  My daughter is not quite to the age where we need to worry about leaving her by herself, let alone let alone decide if she will be cooking.  I do feel it is a good thing to discuss with your child.  I feel there should be very clear rules for the kitchen when mom and dad are gone and you should discuss these rules with your kids.    

  • No using the oven or stove.
  • No knifes.  No cutting of any kind of food.
Theses would be mu MUST rules for kids "cooking" in the kitchen while mom and dad are gone.  I also believe each child is different.  It is very hard to pick a specific age when a child would be ready.  One child could be responsible at 12 whereas another child could not be ready for a couple more years.

Here is a fun, easy and kid-friendly recipe for children to make while mom and dad are gone.  

Pizza Pocket

What Ingredients You Will Need:
1 6 1/2" whole-wheat pita (cut in half to make 2 pockets)
1/4 cup of pizza sauce
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 oz. turkey pepperoni or 2 slices of Canadian bacon

What Utensils You Will Need:
1 tbsp measuring spoon
1/4 cup measuring cup
spoon for scooping and spreading sauce
1 microwave safe plate

What Mom And Dad Can Do In Advance:
  1. Open the jar or can of pizza sauce and close gently or place in plastic container and store sauce so it's easy to reach.
  2. Be sure the pitas are cut in half.  
  3. Be sure the mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and/or Canadian bacon are open so no cutting will be needed. 
Let's Cook!!

  1. Place each pita half (2 pockets on a microwave safe plate.
  2. Spoon 2 tablespoons pizza sauce into each half and spread around with spoon.
  3. Add slices of pepperoni or Canadian bacon.
  4. Measure 1/4 cup of cheese and sprinkle into 1 pocket.  Repeat for other pocket.
  5. Lay pocket flat on plate and place in microwave for about 30 seconds.  Check to see if cheese is melted.  If not, try another 15 seconds and recheck.  You do not want it to bee too hot or it will burn your tongue.
  6. Remove and enjoy!
Makes 2
Serving size: 1 pocket (1/2 pita)

Nutrition (per serving)
258 calories
19 g protein
10 g fat
22 g carbohydrates
2 g fiber
52 mg cholesterol
1000mg sodium (to reduce, use veggies or lower sodium meat as the topping)
219 mg calcium
3 mg iron

This recipe is designed so the child can easily understand all the steps.  This would definitely be a recipe I would allow my daughter to make when we are gone.  

What are your thoughts?  So you allow your children to cook when mom and dad are gone?  So you have specific rules that have been discussed with them?


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  1. My 11-year-old daughter has surprised us a couple of times with cup-cakes made from scratch while we were out. Just this last weekend she was a bit more adventurous and chopped up white chocolate with a knife and added it to a white chocolate chip cup-cake recipe. We arrived home to the smell of baking and cup-cakes on the cooling wrack. There are two teenagers in the house with her, so we're not too worried. Neither of them have baked while we're out, so this is completely her thing.

    Tina - mom of 4 and author of 5 blogs

    1. Hmm that would be nice coming home to freshly baked cupcakes. You might have something good here. : ) I think it does make a difference on the child plus having older brothers or sisters in the house.

  2. What great recipes! I can't wait till I can cook with my little one!

    What a lovely blog you have here! I found you though the blog hop and am now your newest follower! xx


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