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Monday, August 31, 2015

Using Leftovers in Recipes

These leftover recipes will help you know what to do with yesterday's dinner or give you some ideas of what you can fix once and eat twice.

If you are planning ahead for using leftovers for another dinner, take off what is needed for the next meal before serving. For example, if you are using part of a roast chicken for a soup recipe (below) take off what you need before serving the remainder of the chicken meat for tonight's dinner.

Sometimes I like to cook a little extra knowing I can use the extra for dinner the next day. If you do this it will leave you with a day of little prep work at dinner time.

Leftover Recipes for Now and Later Meals

  1. Grilled or baked chicken breasts- Chop extra chicken and add a can of cream of chicken soup with a little milk. You can make a homemade sauce also. Serve over cooked rice or noodles.

  2. Leftover rice- Create fried rice by adding green peas, shredded carrots and soy sauce into a skillet. Push all your food to the side of your pan and add 1-2 eggs. Beat and allow to cook several minutes until set. Stir into rice. Add more soy sauce, as needed. Learn more about cooking rice.

  3. Meatballs- Create a quick dinner with leftover meatballs by adding tomato or spaghetti sauce to your meatballs and serving on a french roll or hoagie bun.  How to make meatballs.

  4. Pork roast- Shred your remaining pork roast and add salsa and shredded cheese. If you like spicy food add one can of green chilies also. Mix together and serve on tortillas. Top with sour cream if desired.

  5. Roast beef- Add barbecue sauce to your leftover shredded roast beef and serve on wheat rolls or by itself. Learn how to make roast beef.

  6. Sloppy joes- Place your leftover sloppy joes in a casserole dish. Top with green beans and layer mashed potatoes on the top. Sprinkle with cheese and bake 15-20 minutes until warm and cheese is melted. Here is our favorite sloppy joe recipe.

  7. Roast beef-Shred leftover beef and make a simple au jus for a french dip sandwich.

  8. Roast chicken- Add leftover shredded chicken to a basic chicken noodle soup or try this delicious recipe for Chicken Chowder. Try this crockpot roast chicken recipe.

  9. Mashed Potatoes- Top a shepherd's pie with leftover mashed potatoes.

  10. Make fajitas or soft tacos with leftover beef or chicken. Add chopped peppers and onions and saute.

  11. Take your leftover meat and vegetables and create a spring roll.
If you are sick of leftovers for the week, create a casserole with your leftovers, or  freeze as is for future dinners.


Leftover Recipes-  Salads

Here are a few salad ideas made with leftovers you can try the next time you’ve got food in the fridge that no one wants to finish off.
  • Leftover roast beef can be sliced and added to a salad for a hearty lunch.

  • What about pork? Add it to a salad with some sesame seeds and coleslaw for an Asian side dish. 

  • Left over hamburger can be added to a bit of lettuce to make a taco salad. Add tomatoes, cheese, black olives and onion with a little dab of sour cream. Toss in some tortilla chips or use the ingredients to fill a taco salad bowl and you have the perfect taco salad to delight the whole family.

  • What about chicken or turkey leftovers? Remove the meat from the bones. Add some mayonnaise, celery, hard boiled eggs and pickles for a chicken salad.

  • Cooked vegetables can be tossed together with cooked pasta to create a pasta salad. Drizzle with salad dressing if you choose.

  • Leftover fruit can also be made into a yummy fruit salad. Add a few marshmallows, some nuts and a dab of whipped topping and you have the makings of a perfect dessert. 
Give it a shot and see what great combinations you can come up with for your own leftover recipes.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Online Cooking Classes

I came across this resource for teaching kids about cooking. Craftsy has online classes and many of them are free after you sign up. I’ve chosen 5 of my favorites. However there are almost 100 classes available so make sure you browse to find some of your own favorites.

Bread Making Basics- Download a ebooklet and learn more about making homemade breads. - Free


25 Ways to Transform your Cooking- pro tips and tutorials on egg cooking basics. - Not free


20 Essential Cooking Techniques- Learn about enhancing flavors, cooking eggs in a variety of ways, cooking vegetables, chicken, making stock and cooking fish and pork.-
(this class isn’t free but fairly cheap for all the learning information in it)


Knife Skills- a must class for learning correct way for using a kitchen knife and being safe. -Free

Love your Vegetables- What kids to learn to love cooking vegetables.
This video covers cooking different vegetables including winter squash, root vegetables, hearty greens, cabbage, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, beans and more. -Not Free


Let me know if you find a class you recommend!

Hope you enjoy it as much I did!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cooking and Reading

One of our favorite sections at Kids Cooking Activities is Cook with Books. 
My kids are getting a little older but as they were toddlers and early elementary some really favorite cooking projects was reading a book and creating and cooking a project to go with the theme of the book.
Here are some books to use and cooking activities to go with them

Cook with Books

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Monday, August 17, 2015

How to Teach Kids to Cook

Despite the stigma behind kids in the kitchen, teaching kids to cook is a great way to build confidence and strengthen your family bonds. Just look at the Italians and the French. They spend all day in the kitchen with their family and they are probably about as tight as any culture can be.

There are some things to consider when introducing kids to the kitchen routines, but doing so can make all of the difference in the world.

Make it fun

Kids are all about fun. Just watch one of them playing outside and you will quickly see that anything can be fun if you just put a little imagination behind it. Today, companies are making it easier than ever to get kids to enjoy kitchen time. With bright colors and tools that are easy to use, kids are starting to take an interest in what they eat every day.

Before you even begin the prep work, sit down with your child and make up a game. Assign different tasks, develop different strategies and get ready to step foot into the biggest play area ever.
Our kids cooking lessons are designed with age appropriate tasks.

Ask kids to use their imagination. For instance, while wading through the jungle of broccoli trees, what kind of exotic species are they looking for? Maybe they are trying to paddle their way out of the Royal Gorge while whipping some eggs or even in a race against time crossing the tight rope of spaghetti while expecting the kitchen timer to ding at any second.


Try new things

Here is a wild idea; let your kids plan dinner. If they want to have hotdogs and yogurt, what kind of recipes can you come up with to accommodate both ingredients? At the grocery store, pick out a new ingredient and make a mock game of Iron Chef of the House. Who can come up with the most creative ideas for how to use the secret ingredient in a dish?

Let your kids put broccoli in the mac and cheese. Who knows; maybe they will begin to enjoy their greens. Giving children the ability to experiment and try new things will broaden their horizons and teach them about how to pair foods. Don’t just stop at the foods though; think about different ways to prepare those foods. For instance, instead of just rolling up a burrito, how about frying it or baking it with cheese on top?


Keep it safe

Anytime a kitchen is involved, safety is always number one. Explain this to your children before beginning and make a game out of this too. See who can safely carry the eggs from the fridge to the kitchen counter. Also, try making a safety patrol, where kids get to point out potential safety places and suggest ways to improve and prevent.

Yes, it may take a little extra planning, but teaching kids to cook is probably one of the most rewarding things a parent can do. Keeping it fun, inspiring creativity and ensuring safety are easy steps for getting kids geared up for the kitchen. So what are you waiting for? Go find the lost treasure buried somewhere in that pile of mashed potatoes.

For more tips and ideas on how to teach cooking.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Chinese Dinner

We had a fun family dinner using some of our favorite Asian recipes.
Kung Pao Chicken
Egg Drop Soup
Spring Rolls
Complete with Chinese soup bowls, spoons and chopsticks.



We like to do theme dinner or cultural nights at our house.












I bought the Chinese set at Amazon just for a little more added fun since Chinese food is one of our favorites they will get a lot of use at our house.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Kids Cooking Kits

A great present for kids who love to cook or are just getting interested in cooking is a kids cooking kit. Many of these kits have real not play kid size kitchen utensils, dry ingredients and recipe instructions. There are different themes to the kits such as dinosaur cookies, zebra striped cookies, homemade fudge, Princess theme, wizard theme, and a lot more. Try searching for kids cooking kits and you will see the variety of choices that can fit your kids this season.



See more kids cooking kit ideas

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