Making Dinner with a 2 Year Old

Being in the kitchen with your kids is a great way to teach and play while doing your regular household duties.  It isn’t as daunting as it sounds.  You need 3 things:

Know what you want to make,

Know what they can do safely

Be prepared.

My 2 year old had a hand in making all of the parts of tonight’s meal:

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A Dole Green Salad with Cheese Fantastico Dressing:

What the toddler did–Dump Bag into a bowl and arrange it.

Top Sirloin Steaks marinated in Olive Oil, crushed Garlic, Salt and Pepper:

What the Toddler did– Place Meat in Bag, add ingredients measured by Mom, shake, and pound the steaks in the bag.  Handed the bag to Dad to grill.  Brought Dad a plate to place the steaks on.

Baked Acorn Squash with Pine Nuts and Garlic:

What the toddler did–Mostly this.

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Also, After I cut the squash into 1/2 inch slices, she took a pumpkin carving knife and a spoon and scooped out the seeds.

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In a greased baking dish, she arranged the squash rings slightly overlapping.  I did the first two and then she did the rest:

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I sprayed the squash with Olive Oil PAM, and She added sprinkles of Salt and Pepper.

I put the squash in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 15 min.

 

While that baked, She mixed Pine nuts with crushed garlic and a dash of Olive Oil.

Image You can see what a real photographer can do with it.  This Recipe is from the New Mayo Clinic Cookbook.

When the 15 minutes was done, I had her attempt putting a table cloth on, while i opened the oven and spread the pine nut mixture over the squash.  I let her set the timer for 10 minutes.

When it came out, I held her a safe distance away from the heat, but close enough to shake salt and pepper over it.

 

Dessert: Easy Banana Cream Pie

What the Toddler did:

Got the bowl, and the hand mixer.  Added pre measured ingredients.  Helped me use the hand mixer by placing her hand on top of mine and turning the on switch and the speed.  Used the pumpkin carving knife to cut bananas and placed them where I pointed in the whipped cream.  Licked the mixing bowl.

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