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Cooking with Preschoolers

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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!

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WIAW #3

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wiaw love your veggies month button 2This was no ordinary Monday, because it was Presidents Day, for some it was a holiday from work, but for me I had staff development training and I was one of the trainers. When I’m a presenter in front of large groups, I get just a little bit anxious until I’m in front of the group speaking.

To get my day going I started with two waffles layered with a mixture of MaraNatha No Stir Almond Butter and TJ’s Speculoos Cookie Butter, sliced bananas and sprinkled black chia seeds.  Give this a try and you will be hooked!  My drink was freshly steeped JavaVans Mate tea from Teavana.  If you are a tea lover, you have to try this place if there’s one in your area.

Breakfast 7:00

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8:30  I grabbed a cup of coffee in my recyclable Starbucks cup after arriving at the training site. I purchased the cup for $1, and every time I use my cup at Starbucks, I get .10 cents off my coffee purchase.    I’m sticking to my goal of being less wasteful.

10:30 I downed a Protein Berry Smoothie from my Starbucks double-walled insulated acrylic tumbler, I received as a gift on Valentine’s Day.

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I didn’t do my grocery shopping over the weekend, so I didn’t have a lot to put together for lunch.  I made a veggie and apples plate for lunch, honey mustard for dipping veggies and TJ’s Cookie Butter for my apple slices.

Lunch 12:35

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Do you ever feel like having breakfast for dinner? Well, I did on Monday and it was a tasty one.

Scrambled soy chorizo eggs with mozzarella cheese, flat bread & fig butter and orange slices.

Dinner 6:15

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For something sweet later I had two pieces of my Valentine candy.

7:30 After Dinner sweet Snack

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Question of the day. 

Do you like public speaking? How are you when speaking to large groups?


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Stop the Spinning

Sometimes I feel like I’m on a spinning wheel that just won’t stop.  Day-to-day activities between work and home keeps the wheel spinning, I needed  to stop the spinning, get off and do something to relax and recharge.  That something for me was gardening.

So off to Callaway’s Nursery I went, where I picked up some veggies I wanted to plant.  With the weather cooling of a bit, this is the best time to plant leaf veggies.

Back at home I turned on some relaxing music and started planting, it’s nice to know that in a few short weeks I will be preparing  these veggies in my kitchen.

Swiss Chard

Pak Choy

Radicchio Chioggia Red Lettuce

I planted a herb garden earlier in the summer, and  look at how it has grown. There’s something wonderful about eating food from your own garden.

I challenge you to stop your wheel, get off, and do something that brings you joy.  Taking the time to stop, relax, and recharge.  It will make us all better moms, dads, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, employees, and  just better people!

Good for the Mind, Body and Soul!!