Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Kitchen Experiment

With football season over, it was time to get some help in the house. Chore season! My kids are pretty good at helping out if they know what is expected of them.
While thinking of how to present the new responsibilities I decided I would implement something I have been thinking of for a long time. Getting the kids to help cook regularly, so not only do they learn essential cooking skills but we also get to spend some quality one on one time with each other. We also get the joy of setting the table and unloading the dishwasher.
The instruction is simple, be in the kitchen by 4:30 and if you want to pick what we make I have to know ahead of time – and have the ingredients.
Meliah needless to say, was ecstatic! She choose breakfast burrito, 6 year old style. Which means nothing she might  not like!
Meliah put in the first batch of bacon, but then it got dangerous for little girls, so mom finished.
First you crack the eggsIMG_2841Then you drop it in a bowl. IMG_2842Then you stir them with milk.IMG_2844Melt butter in your panIMG_2845Pour in your eggs.IMG_2846She did 9 eggs. Dad wasn’t home.IMG_2848Scramble them.IMG_2849Wait…IMG_2850Cook the tortilla’sIMG_2851MMMMMMMIMG_2852Remember that mom is on HCG, so no bacon and wraps for her!IMG_2853Set the table.IMG_2854Mmmm Bacon!IMG_2855
Caleb was next, he opted for Enchilada’s
We like the costco tortilla’s you cook.IMG_2857We whip the cream cheese, add the chicken soup, mix well. Add onions, chicken and chili’s. Mix.IMG_2858Roll a hearty tablespoon into each tortilla.IMG_2859Line them up in a sprayed pan with a skiff of sauce in the bottomIMG_2860Cover with Enchilada sauce and cheese. Cover in foil and bake at 350 for 60 to 90 minutes.IMG_2856
Chicken Enchilada’s
This will make 2 – 9X13 pans
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cans diced green chili’s
6 green onions
1 package of cream cheese
4 chicken breasts cooked and diced
1 big can enchilada sauce
20-24 wraps
(This awesome recipe comes from Melanee, all my best ones do)
Josh was not overly impressed last week when he made pasta, but he warmed up this week.
Terann made tator tot casserole, which is her favourite.
I have to say this little experiment is going really well. Yes it takes longer to make the meals, and yes I cannot fool around on facebook instead of doing dinner prep.
What I hadn’t planned on was the kids having so much confidence and pride in their meals. Each of them think their meal is the best, and better because of their amazing skills…
We get to talk about silly things, annoying things and things they hope for. That my friends is priceless! I have MY teenagers talking to me!
This weeks menu:
Josh : Pork chops in sauce with Rice, Salad and Beans.
Meliah: Spaghetti with Chicken Orange Sauce… (Alfredo and Tomato)
Caleb: Taco Soup
Terann: Creamy Cheesy Vegetable Medley Soup
Stop over for a bite! It will be the best you’ve had!


  1. Great idea to get your kids in the kitchen!
    I will totally be making those enchiladas!!
    Can I use La Victoria Enchilada sauce??

  2. Any enchilada sauce is fine, I myself love the green sauce. Because it makes so much, you can easily freeze a pan too...