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Can you believe that this mouth-watering frittata was made by me and a group of excited-to-be cooking preschoolers. I recently started a cooking class at my Early Learning Center and the children are so excited.  I chose veggie frittata, because it is a fairly easy recipe to put together. I chopped all the veggies before hand, no knives for preschoolers. With some assistance the children measured out the ingredients and just dumped them into the bowl, I also gave them each a chance to use the whisk and stir the ingredients together.  Cooking with children has so many benefits.

  • Healthier eating – Exposing them to new and different foods, they are more likely to make healthier food choices.
  • Math skills – measuring the ingredients builds basic math skills.
  • Science – cooking plain and simple, is the science of foods and the children get to see it in action. In this recipe we talked about how the eggs were the glue that held the veggies together.
  • Reading – Watching me read the recipe left-to-right, top-to-bottom reinforces reading and literacy foundations, expands their vocabulary and helps them make the connection between the written and spoken word.
  • Confidence – creating the frittata and seeing the success of the recipe, builds their confidence, they were proud of the finished product.

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Before we started we washed our hands while singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, assures the hands are clean. As the ingredients were added we talked about them and when we were finished we cleaned and disinfected the work surface.
Eating the finished product was the best part of all and they even saved some to share with Mom and Dad.

It was good, real good, I had some for my dinner later that evening.

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Veggie Frittata

Ingredients

8 eggs

1 and 1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 and 1/2 cups, shredded cheese (cheddar of mozzarella)

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped potatoes

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

1 cup chopped kale of spinach or a blend of the two

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Crack all the eggs into the mixing bowl.

3. Add milk, salt, and pepper and whisk to blend the ingredients together.

4. Measure the veggies  and cheese into the mixing bowl and stir to together.

5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until frittata is set.

6. remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Be Marvelous and get cooking with a child in your life!