Encouraging your kids to cook can be rewarding. Initially you may need to work alongside them giving little demonstrations of cutting techniques and measuring. However, allow them to enjoy working with food and eventually you could have your own personal chef on call — well, at least for a couple of meals a week.
At breakfast encourage the children to cook an egg in the microwave. Lightly grease a small dessert bowl suitable for the microwave and break in an egg. Pierce the top with a toothpick, cover the bowl with a paper towel and cook on medium (50%) power for about 1 minute. Look at the egg — if it needs more cooking, give it another 10 seconds or so. When cooked, the egg slides out easily onto toast or a muffin.
At lunch, encourage the kids to build their own salads in preserving jars. Or allow them to set up a 'sandwich bar' and take orders from the family.
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At dinner they can dice vegetables for a salad or stir-fry. Show them how to add the chunky veges to the wok first followed by those that cook more quickly. In no time they will be junior Masterchefs.