The kitchen performs an important function in the home. It is the place where everyone goes to receive nourishment. However, a kitchen can go beyond that simple function. The kitchen can be the place to go to form stronger family bonds as well. There is a multitude of ways a kitchen can be turned into something other than a simple food factory. Read below to see how a family can spend quality time together in the kitchen.
The Lunch Box
When kids go to school, they invariably need a lunch. Busy moms spend an insurmountable amount of time toiling over bread and sandwich meat to make sure everyone has an adequate lunch. Getting the kids involved in making lunches serves a few purposes. First it lightens mom’s workload, which will be a welcome relief to moms everywhere. It also teaches kids to take personal responsibility for themselves. Plus, lunch is an easy way to start teaching kids about preparing meals and eating healthy. Show kids how to assemble a sandwich and allow them to pick out a fruit or vegetable for a side snack. Small children will be excited about being able to pack the contents into a container or bag. By allowing them to help in the assembly process, there’s a good chance their lunch won’t end up in the trash at school but rather in their tummies where it belongs. Don’t forget to add a few CheeseCrisps from John Wm. Macy Company as an extra special treat.
Everyone can use a little help in the kitchen. Put your kids to work as your sous chefs. There are many tasks kids can help with, but be sure to keep the tasks age-appropriate. Very young children can count amounts as you add ingredients. This will help to reinforce their counting skills. They can also do the legwork by bringing ingredients from the pantry or refrigerator to the workspace. Once they get a bit older, they can begin measuring, pouring and stirring. Eventually, they will get to the age where they can assist in the preparation process. As time passes, they will learn the importance of helping out in the kitchen, reinforce their math skills, and perhaps most importantly, get to spend quality time with the family. Helping in the kitchen can easily turn into quality family time where family members can bond.
There are lots of kids’ cookbooks on the market. These cookbooks are written at a kid’s level, in a way that allows them to better understand the cooking process. Pick up one or two of these books and let the kids peruse the pages. Try to pick a cookbook with lots of pictures that will inspire the kids and pique their curiosity. Go through the cookbook with the kids and offer some additional explanation on the recipes. One or two nights a week let the kids pick out the entire dinner menu, no holds barred. They might just become members of the clean plate club!
Homemade Pizza Night
Everyone loves pizza. The problem with pizza is that take-out can get expensive. Also, if not everyone likes the same toppings, someone always loses out on what they want. Enter homemade pizza night. This is the perfect solution to the take-out pizza blues. Homemade pizza tastes better than the take-out or delivery varieties. Also, making pizza at home can become a family event. Kids will love to swirl pizza sauce on top of the dough and sprinkle lots of cheese on top. Everyone can make individual-sized pizzas and top them with whatever they like. That will eliminate any arguments over what toppings to include and everyone is happy. This family activity is great because not only does it promote family togetherness, kids will learn to help out with family responsibilities and also be able to take ownership for something they created. Don’t forget, nothing goes better with pizza than some John Wm. Macy snacks on the side!
Here’s an awesome snack for after school or a random Saturday afternoon. They’re easy to throw together and good for you, too. Your kids will never want French fries again! Note:
- 3 ripe avocados
- ½ cornstarch
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- ½ cup crushed John Wm. Macy CheeseCrisps – any flavor
- 1 Tbs. melted butter
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. paprika
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 450, Line a baking sheet with foil, and place a wire rack on the cookie sheet
- Slice avocados
- Mix ½ cup cornstarch, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper in a shallow bowl.
- Crack eggs into another shallow bowl and whisk together.
- In a third bowl combine breadcrumbs, CheeseCrisps, and melted butter and mix with fingers. Add remaining seasonings.
- Dredge each avocado slice in the cornstarch mixture then the egg, and then the breadcrumb mixture.
- Place coated slices on the rack. Spray with cooking spray.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the fries are golden brown.
- Cool for 10 minutes and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce
John Wm. Macy Company knows how important it is to spend quality time together as a family. Our company started as just a small business but with the help and support of our family it has grown into a successful, long-standing business. So, we implore everyone who enjoys our snacks to find ways to spend quality time with your family members both in the kitchen and elsewhere. You’ll never regret the time you spend with your loved ones!