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How to Cook Salmon and Veggies with Kids
How to Cook Salmon and Veggies with Kids

Tea Off

Don't let your yummy homemade butter go to waste. Make sweet and savory mini sandwiches and have a tea party.

  • Homemade butter (at room temperature)
  • Salt in a slow shaker
  • Jam
  • Whole wheat bread, graham crackers, or both
  • Optional: sliced cucumbers, sliced bananas

Savory Sandwiches

Ask your child to shake a small bit of salt onto half the butter, then mix with a rubber spatula. Have him spread a slice of bread or a cracker with butter. Top with cucumbers, if you like. Close the sandwich, and if you've used bread, have your kid press lightly to flatten. Get fancy by cutting off the crusts or using cookie cutters to make fun shapes.

Sweet Sandwiches

Butter the bread or cracker and add a dollop of jam. Top with banana or other sliced fruit and another slice of bread or cracker. Serve tea or water in fancy cups, and invite a special friend over to share.

Willy-Nilly 'Dilly

Help your young chef create her own special quesadilla.

  • 2 flour tortillas
  • Grated cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado (sliced by your child), salsa, and sour cream as toppings
  • 3 fillings of the chef's choosing -- we like to pick one from each section:

    a) beans (black, red, white, baked), rice, lentils

    b) shredded chicken, sliced hard-boiled egg, turkey, or salami

    c) any steamed or sauteed vegetable (such as broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots), peppers, and olives

Once you and your child have assembled the fillings, have her sprinkle (or spread) a tortilla with cheese and then layer with the fillings. A final layer of cheese keeps it "glued" together. Top with second tortilla. Let your kid spray a skillet with cooking oil, then you take over heating on a medium flame, flipping once. Give to your child to garnish. Together use a pizza cutter to divide.

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