Cooking a nutritious meal really doesn’t have to take a long time, nor does it need a huge long list of ingredients to create a tasty meal for all of the family to enjoy.
Having two young children I used to find it was often tricky to find foods which we would all enjoy together as their tastes are blander than my own. I would generally have to make two portions of whatever food I was making – I’d make theirs first and put aside half of it, then add extra herbs, spices or seasoning to my own.
Thankfully now they are older, not only do they enjoy eating the same as me but they actually like to help cook it too, and of course I do find that by allowing them the independence to help make their own meals that they actually ate a lot more of it too – a win win in my eyes.
Today I have videoed Emmy helping to make dinner for us all, to show you just how easy it is and how much fun you can have while cooking.
Here we are making an easy chicken curry using left over chicken for last nights dinner, this is a recipe from the Schwartz website:
Wash hands – always important and a very important lesson to teach children when cooking
Heat the oil in a large pan (we used a wok), add the chopped onion and mustard seeds. Fry over a high heat for 2 minutes (adult supervision needed if cooking with children.
Reduce the heat, add the curry powder and cook for a minute
Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes
Stir in the stock and allow to simmer uncovered for 10 minutes
Stir in the coconut cream and simmer for 10 minutes
serve with rice
Of course the washing up is always left to me as the kids have gotten bored by now, but if you are lucky yours may actually do this for you too!
Emmy had so much fun helping to make dinner and was adventurous enough to try it herself, she hasn’t tried curry before as she wasn’t keen on the smell and had already decided she wouldn’t like it – she was wrong and she ate the entire bowl full. She was then beaming for the rest of the day when myself, her Daddy and Harry all loved it just as much as she did, she even got Grandad to try some which is amazing as he hates curry.
She will be helping to make dinner more often now that’s for sure!
“This post was written in collaboration with Schwartz”