School holidays and family recipes

These school holidays have been fun. My teenagers have discovered my stash of family recipes.

They are learning cooking, important skills especially with the rise in obesity. Being time poor means quick, frozen foods are easy to shop and reheat! A frozen vegetarian lasagna or a curry gets dinner on to the table within a few minutes. However, what we think is quick and easy has long-term consequences. We, now, know that convenience and discretionary foods are high in salt, sugar and fat and this is a deadly combination. It makes for a calorie dense but a nutritionally poor meal.

So, teach your children basic cooking skills, when taught at an early age it instills a habit of planning, possibly gardening and cooking meals at home. For example, a simple plant-based pasta sauce often just needs a can of tomato, a spoonful of tomato paste, olive oil, herbs, a few cloves of garlic, salt and pepper to taste. And adding some freshly grated parmesan to top it off takes it to another level 🙂 Yumm…so easy. Now, this is our staple, our favourite, my teens make it themselves and make it well. This is our family recipe 🙂

My teenagers know that we grow basil and oregano, we buy organic pasta, tomato passata and cans in bulk from Costco and we plan the meal the day before. They gather all the ingredients, the pan, the spatula and all; start chopping and cooking when ready. They bicker, banter, grate the cheese, nick some, share some and then the sauce is ready. Thennnn, the pasta goes on to boil!! drives me crazy, because I would have put the pasta first and then got the sauce done! I guess time teaches. Yet, our family recipe is alive!

So, dust off those family recipes, and teach your children basic cooking, a life skill! 🙂


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