Teaching our Kids to Cook

The other day I went over to my daughter’s to take my grandson to his football practice.  Before we left, I gave him a cooking lesson on how to put a roast in the crockpot so there would be something ready when mom got home and he was done with football.  I thought it was time for him to at least learn to make more than macaroni and cheese.

Now, I was not sure if he was going to take the cooking lesson with ease or I was going to have to work at getting him to do it.  I had him pull out the crockpot and pull a roast out of the freezer.   I then had him put a little water in the bottom of the crockpot, place the meat in and season.  He was pretty proud of himself and he was thrilled to tell mom he had made supper for them.

That lesson took all of ten minutes to do.  Learning to cook is something we all need to learn to do, doesn’t matter if we are 10, 20 or in our 30’s.  To maintain our health, we need not stop at fast food every night or order a pizza to be delivered.  The average time to make a meal is about 30 minutes at the most, prep time that is.  Once it is in the oven or the crockpot, you can walk away and let it do its thing.

I hear so many young mothers talking saying they are so busy and they don’t have time to cook a good meal, why.  My come back is, “Can you get out of bed ten minutes earlier?” Sure, everyone can.  In ten minutes you can put a roast in the slow cooker, top it with vegetables, add seasoning and water and you are done.  Push start and leave for work.

Here is another idea for a great family meal that will fill them up.  Again, pull out the slow cooker and layer spaghetti sauce, with penne pasta, mozzarella cheese and whatever toppings you would put on a pizza.  Add another layer in the same order.  Cover, put the temperature on low and 8 hours. When you come home, dinner is complete.  You can make up a salad and you have everyone sitting down to eat.

According to the Huffington Post, 28 percent of the population does not know how to cook, mainly due to never trying, ignorance.  It is hard to believe when there are so many educational videos available on sites like YouTube and there are recipes galore on the internet.  I would like to think the world is going to change and they are going to go back to spending more time at home with family and spending time in the kitchen, cooking healthy meals.  Sure, a pizza from a box is still the best on movie night.

The ten minutes I spent teaching my grandson how to make a roast were the best.  He loved it and he was so proud of himself.  The next generation needs our wisdom passed down to them so they can pass it along to their kids.  If we don’t spend time with our kids and teach them how to survive and live who is?

Have a wonderful day and travel safe.

Pam

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/perfect-pot-roast-recipe.html#lightbox-recipe-video

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