Letting Kids Create Recipes

I like to let my children help me in the kitchen, and they generally enjoy contributing.

Usually, I will give them the recipe I want made, but occasionally I let them come up with an original recipe.  My Madison asked to create a dish last week and it was a big hit! 

Everyone loved it, and I was so proud of her creativity! I think letting kids create recipes is a great confidence booster, PLUS it is great practice for real life skills.

Here is what she came up with.

Potatoes Au Gratin with Spinach

  • sliced potatoes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • canned spinach
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Slice 4-5 medium potatoes. Mix milk with melted butter, salt, pepper, and garlic. Layer potatoes, spinach, and shredded cheddar in a 9 x 13 pan. Pour milk mixture over all, cover with foil, and bake in 450 oven for 30 minutes.

This recipe is linked at Works For Me Wednesday.

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Comments

  1. Yum! Her recipe sounds good to me!!
    I had to laugh that we were both thinking kids and kitchen this week. :)
    Can’t wait to see what mine come up with recipe-wise once I let ‘em loose!! I think I’ll show them this post for inspiration.

  2. Impressive! A child who voluntarily put spinach in a meal!!
    That actually looks really, really good, and now you have me craving some…

  3. Looks great – I had mine make – with help, of course applesauce this morning. WE tweaked the cinnamon and suger since we like things a bit on the tart side. Putting this on my menu plan – perfect for potlucks!
    *Blessings*
    LIB
    http://bit.ly/9r0ero

  4. Hehe that’s nifty :)

  5. Yum!

    I love watching my kids learn!

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