I’m still dealing with fibromyalgia-like symptoms because of Chronic Lyme disease. I’m being treated, but the effects wax and wane – some days are better than others.
This evening, I couldn’t move my right arm or bend over, so the girls
helped me with dinner made dinner while I supervised. Since they are 9, 7, and 4, we made an easy dinner. However, since they are also children living with a chronic illness that is only treatable with food avoidance (Celiac disease avoiding wheat, rye, oats, barley), plus other food allergies and sensitivities, they need to know how to cook and they help out a lot.
They made one of our “all in the oven” meals – set the oven for 350 and put in:
- Roasted frozen green beans (ok, that was really easy – dump frozen green beans in a oven-safe pan, drizzle oil over them, sprinkle with kosher salt)
- Chicken with BBQ sauce (Gluten-free store-bought bbq sauce mixed with splashes of cider vinegar, brown sugar, and rum then drizzled on top)
- Cornbread, using our favorite recipe
I helped reading the recipe, but they measured, read the fractions, and mixed it all well. We’re looking forward to a yummy dinner!
I really think that it is very important for kids to learn how to cook (kids with food allergies and kids without) – as much as it can be annoying having 3 people in the kitchen with me, the more they know how to cook, the better. Often, when kids are involved in the cooking, they’re more willing to try new meals. Plus, nothing warms your heart like hearing “Mommy, save this recipe so I can have it when I grow up!”