Salsa Fresca (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Salsa Fresca

Every year we plant a few new (to us) tomato varieties to see how they grow in our garden, and one of our new favorites for this year is the Amish Paste, a meaty plum tomato that doesn’t have too much juice, so it’s perfect for sauces and salsas. Our plant has grown huge, over… 

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Sauteed Zucchini with Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Basil (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Sauteed Zucchini with Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Basil

Update August 15, 2011: Thanks to Dash Recipes for featuring this recipe! Update September 12, 2011: Thanks to The New York Times for featuring this recipe! It’s summertime and our garden is bursting with tomatoes, peppers, and basil, so we decided to sauté our homegrown vegetables with some yellow zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and garlic as… 

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Smothered Okra (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Smothered Okra

Now that Builder Guy is almost 9, we decided he was ready to learn some kitchen knife skills, something a little more advanced than spreading butter and jam. So I thought of some fruits and vegetables that he could learn on, things that weren’t too difficult and would allow him to easily handle it while… 

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Chicken Chow Fun (The Kids Cook Monday)

Chicken Chow Fun (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Chow fun is a classic Chinese noodle dish often served with beef. The fresh rice noodles (ho fun) typically used are very wide and sliced into strips before cooking, but I’ve never seen them in our local international groceries, so I substitute L or XL bahn pho (dry Vietnamese rice noodles). Though not authentic, it’s… 

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Whole Wheat Tortillas (The Kids Cook Monday)

Whole Wheat Tortillas (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

When I started making quesadillas for lunch several years ago, I had no idea how much our boys would fall in love with the classic Mexican cheese sandwich. They hang around and watch as I lay a tortilla on the skillet, sprinkle the cheese, and top it with another tortilla, and they keep an eye… 

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Homemade Peanut Butter (The Kids Cook Monday)

Homemade Peanut Butter (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Peanut butter is a snack and sandwich staple around our house, whether for toast, sandwiches, crackers, celery, or just on a spoon the old-fashioned way. Our boys are particularly fond of peanut butter and banana sandwiches on whole wheat bread. Peanut butter is very easy to make at home, and there is a tremendous difference… 

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Spinach and Tortellini Soup (The Kids Cook Monday)

Spinach and Tortellini Soup (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

It’s time for another post for The Kids Cook Monday, our chance to show how children can help in the kitchen and make meals more of a family time. For more information on how to start cooking with your whole family, visit The Kids Cook Monday website. This particular soup is easy, I mean really… 

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Creamy Cheddar Cheese Grits (Kids Cook Monday)

Creamy Cheddar Cheese Grits (Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

This is a special post for The Kids Cook Monday because today is the launch of their new website, which has recipes and tips for cooking with kids, including some instructional videos to help you get started in the kitchen. Getting the whole family involved in preparing meals and eating together not only fosters good… 

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Spicy Mexican Black Beans (The Kids Cook Monday)

Spicy Mexican Black Beans (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Some kind of Mexican food is on our menu every week, whether it’s tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, soup, whatever. It’s a meal our boys always look forward to, especially if there’s guacamole, too. We always have beans on the side, black beans being our favorite. We spice them up with onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle… 

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Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

When our boys see Asian dishes on the menu, they tend to get excited. Builder Guy inevitably asks if we’re having Chinese dumplings with the meal, Top Gun requests Chinese chicken and broccoli whether it’s on the menu or not, and Monkey Boy says he just wants chicken (or a lollipop). Fortunately Monkey Boy generally… 

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