Thursday, December 13, 2012

The kids made dinner

I've been trying to get Thea and Liam into making dinner once a week. Tonight the kids made a super easy chicken parmigiana (sort of) that turned out well. This was Liam's first time making dinner, he wanted me to be sure to note, though Thea has made lasagna before and is getting pretty good at chopping. Here's what they did (with supervision):

Step 1: Bake some chicken tenders (10-15 minutes at 425 degrees).

Step 2: While the chicken is baking, warm up tomato sauce on the stove-top and add spices. (We added onion powder, thyme, oregano, basil, salt, and sugar.)

Step 3: Take the chicken out and put it in a casserole dish. (Liam did this part and arranged the chicken as if her were a professional, one layer down and then the next layer overlapping on top just a little in a perfect pattern.) Put some tomato sauce on the chicken, then put a bunch of shredded cheese on top.

Step 4: Put it back in the oven and bake until the cheese is brown and bubbly. An important lesson in baking: ignore the time for the most part and open the oven door only when your food smells done. Pull it out of the oven only when it looks done.

That's it! The kids were proud of the results and thrilled that it was my turn to set the table.

Action shot of eating!

I forgot to take a picture before dinner was served, but as you can see, it looks pretty good!

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