Home Ec 101: Period 3 Squared.
Updated: Apr 29
Since being ordered to stay at home during this pandemic, I have become the lunch lady on my days I am home- I even ordered some hairnets on Amazon to keep shit real.
One rainy, I mean snowy... or hailing (WTF) non sunny day in late April, the age old saying that I often think of these days, “No better time than the present” came to mind, as I watched my kids Zoom into Bio and Math ( or, what Math apparently looks like today) while I finished cleaning up from yet another, pancake breakfast.
I have always lamented that Home Economics is a lost art, and now more than ever kids NEED Home Ec. Not only because we are home and cooking more, but because cooking meals at home it is simply better for you. Time and time again I sit with kids of all ages who are obese and have Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) who eat packaged foods or ”snacks” all day because their parents are at work or they don’t cook... or both.
Knowing HOW to cook or simply PREPARE food has both nutritional and financial benefits, and as far as skill sets go- it is a good one to have. In fact, I could write a whole post on the benefits of cooking for yourself or your family (stay tuned);
So, back to “No better time than the present:”
I started thinking, what are the best foods all kids 12 and over should know how to make?
Bell is rung 🔔
Class in session. 👩🍳
Eggs: scramble, fried, omelet - whatever. Teach your kids how to make eggs. Not only do they provide an excellent source of protein, they are cheap and incredibly versatile at any meal.
Sandwiches: PBJ, Turkey and cheese,
pita Pocket stuffed with tuna: The choices are endless. If you can’t grab 2 slices of bread or a roll and put something in between- we have problems. Add veggies like lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, grated carrots- grab a handful of baked chips and fruit. DONE.
Pasta: Boil water, add salt. Cook according to directions. Carefully strain. Rinse. Add topping ( jarred sauce, broccoli and parmesan, chicken, or left over meatballs).
Toss a Salad: Chop lettuce, slice a cucumber, thrown in a handful of cherry tomatoes: Add chick peas, croutons. Handful of shredded cheese:
Baked potato with toppings;
Microwave or bake in oven-
Add broccoli and cheese or try salsa, sour cream and cheese
5 Frozen strawberries
6 ounces Greek yogurt
1/4 cup milk or more to tase.
Bagel, English Muffin,
Whole grain toast
Add Butter, cream cheese,
Or PB, Banana and honey drizzle
And last but not least: Clean up! Wipe counters, load dishes into dishwasher. Parents are teacher too ❤️👩🍳