Kid Friendly Recipes
Teaching healthy eating
Today my students and I cooked in class. I teach life-skills along with reading, writing and 'rimetic. We had previously decided unanimously to make chili. All of the students were so excited, they love when we cook, and to them chili is more like a fun junk food than an inexpensive, nutritious meal. To tell the truth, what we cook doesn't seem as important to them as the fact that we are cooking. The little devils love the whole process of working informally together, they have the best time weather we're making candied apples or vegetable soup. They don't realize they're using reading and math to put the recipes together. To them this is just fun.
I threw them a curve ball today. Instead of ground beef we used ground turkey in the recipe. I was told by several people to keep that particular piece of information a secret. They seemed to feel that the kids would refuse to eat the chili if they knew they would be making it with ground turkey. I knew my students better than that. We had been spending quite a bit of time talking about healthy eating and they had begun eating healthier snacks at school. I had even gotten them to eat turkey sausage. Imagine that. Anyway, as I suspected, my kids did me proud once more. They loved the chili and all but licked their bowls clean.
I am sharing our own special chili recipe that the kids rated as the best they ever had. Of course, everything they make and eat is the best they ever had. I decided to include our meatball sub recipe and our vegetable turkey soup recipe. Hope you enjoy them all. I do know they are kid friendly.
Our Class Chili
2 lbs ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
5 cans pinto beans (14.5 oz each)
2 can petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz each)
2 can diced tomatoes with oregano, basil, and garlic (24 oz each approx.)
3 packages chili seasoning
Spray large fry pan with spray oil and cook crumbled ground turkey and onion.
In large soup pan pour in diced tomatoes, pinto beans, and chili seasoning and mix well.
Add cooked meat and blend.
Cook on low-medium heat for about an hour.
Serve with crackers or sliced french bread with butter.
Our Favorite Meatball Subs
2 lbs ground turkey
1 envelope onion soup mix
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 tbsp oil
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2 to 3 large loaves of french bread
1 pkg shredded mozzarella cheese
Mix together all ingredients except oil.
Shape into mini meatballs - about 1" in diameter.
Heat oil in a large frying pan and brown meatballs on med-high heat.
Turn heat down and cook on med-low until meatballs are cooked through (about 15 minutes).
Add a large can or jar of spaghetti sauce and simmer on low for about 15 minutes.
Cut french bread into 3 to 4 inch lengths and cut open.
Place meatballs with sauce inside open bread and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
Our Special Vegetable Turkey Soup.
1 cup leftover turkey, chopped
2 pkgs frozen mixed vegetables
1 onion, finely chopped
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
3 carrots, thinly sliced
4 potatoes, chopped
2 cans petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz. each)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Place all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours.
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