Kids get cooking


By Jan Bilton

Encouraging your kids to cook can be rewarding. Initially you may need to work alongside them giving little demonstrations of cutting techniques and measuring.  

At breakfast encourage the children to cook an egg in the microwave. Lightly grease a small dessert bowl suitable for the microwave and break in an egg. Pierce the yolk with a toothpick, cover the bowl with a paper towel and cook on medium (50%) power for about 1 minute. Look at the egg — if it needs more cooking, give it another 10 seconds or so. When cooked, the egg slides out easily onto toast or a muffin.

Kids build salad in a jat
Kids can cook BYO salad

At lunch, encourage the kids to build their own salads in preserving jars. Or allow them to set up a ‘sandwich bar’ and take orders from the family.

At dinner they can dice vegetables for a salad or stir-fry. Show them how to add the chunky veggies to the wok first followed by those that cook more quickly. In no time they will be junior Masterchefs.


Build your own salad in a jar. Choose a selection of prepared vegetables, pasta, rice or fruit that you enjoy. The diced chicken could be replaced with cheese.

3/4 cup small pasta shells or similar

1 tablespoon olive or sunflower oil

4 tablespoons each: mayonnaise, plain yoghurt

salt and pepper to taste

3/4 cup each: peas, diced cooked chicken,

2 feijoas, peeled and diced, optional

1 red capsicum, halved, seeded and diced

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the pasta, stir then boil for about 12 minutes or until the pasta is just tender. Drain in a sieve, return to the saucepan and combine with the oil. Cool.

Combine the mayo and yoghurt well in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Microwave the peas until hot. Cool.

To assemble, place the pasta in the base of two jars. Top with the mayo mixture. Then layer the other ingredients in the order that you wish.  Screw the top on and keep cool. Serves 2.

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