Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cooking with Toddlers and the Freezer Bag

As an educator and parent, I have found that children are more likely to eat their food if they played a role in preparing it. In this article, I will show you a simple trick I gave found for how to have your children help you prepare dinner with you.

I love cooking with my son. He excitedly helps operate my stand mixer and food processor. He also loves cutting, measuring, and kneading. However, since he is a toddler, most of these tasks require close supervision. Plus, these tasks rarely allow him to prepare his own dish from start to finish.

A few years ago, I developed a method that allowed my young students, and now my son, to prepare a dish from start to finish. Behold, freezer bag cooking.

I have made applesauce, hummus, and salsa using this method. Today I will demonstrate how I use it to make guacamole with my son.

To start, I set out all of my ingredients in front of my son. I make sure to have extras of the ingredients because I know that he loves to taste everything. I love telling him that he is the chef, so he can choose to add as little or as much of any ingredient as he wants. For the guacamole, I prepare sliced avocado, garlic, quartered limes, and salt.

I give my son a freezer bag (do not use a sandwich bag, it is not as durable and will most likely not withstand the smashing and squishing) and invite him to add the ingredients he needs for his guacamole.

Next, I help him squeeze out the air from the bag and seal it shut. I give him a block and let him smash away until all of the ingredients are well blended.

We serve his guacamole as part of our Tuesday no fuss taco bar and he smiles from ear to ear as we all enjoy his homemade guacamole atop our tacos.

Freezer Bag Guacamole


1 freezer Bag
2 avocadoes, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of salt
2 limes, quartered

Invite child to add ingredients to the freezer bag. Remove air from bag and seal tightly. Encourage child to smash the bag with a block, squeeze with hands, or drive over the bag with a toy car until ingredients are well combined. Enjoy!

Prep time: 10 minutesCook time:Total time: 10 minutes  Yield: 2-3 Servings 

How do you like to involve your children in cooking?

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