November 1, 2017Learning to cook and #afamilyfeast

Learning to cook and a family feast

We all know how important it is to ensure we feed our children a healthy and balanced diet however we all lead really busy lives and it can be difficult to find the time to prepare fresh meals.  I believe that we need to make time to teach our children how to to cook to ensure that they know how to look after themselves as they get older and start to prepare their own food.  Cooking with your children is also a lovely bonding activity that can be done in the evening or at the weekend if time is tight.  I thought I would share with you one of our favourite quick and easy family meals that can be made in the time it takes for your takeaway to be delivered.  Well, it may take a little longer the first time but soon they will be making their own #AFamilyFeast.

The recipe we have chosen is super simple and allows your children to try out some different vegetables.  I often hear that children won’t eat vegetables or try out new things but I do find that if they make it themselves they are much more likely to give it a go.  Another reason I like this recipe is that you can chop and change the ingredients depending on what is in your fridge and it is great for using up all the bits and pieces you may have lying around.  The recipe below gives you a good general basis for your stir fry but we added in some squash as we had a bit left over along with some mushrooms.  You could also add in some leftover cooked chicken if you want but make sure it is properly heated through before you serve it.
Food Hygiene is also a key skill to teach your children, the importance of washing their hands and clearing up after themselves.   Having easy to clean kitchen worktops is so important when cooking withe children.  We inherited our current kitchen when we moved to this house a few years ago and it is great as we have lots of space however I am really keen to get some new worktops such as these from Worktop Express to freshen up the kitchen.
easy vegetable stir fry

Teaching your children how to use a knife safely is really important.  You can start from an early age with a normal table knife and a soft item such as a strawberry. You can then move onto a small vegetable knife and some harder vegetables as they get older.  It is important to use a suitable knife as a blunt knife can be more dangerous than a sharp one.  My daughter is 10 and can prepare most vegetables apart from the butternut squash which is really hard to cut and a bit lethal even for grown ups!   There are a few good videos here that teach them how to do the Claw grip and the bridge.   Maybe start your children off with something simple and you prepare the rest for your first attempt.  With older children you can teach them how to cut an onion safely with some Gordon Ramsey knife skills !

Knife skills for children
It is also important for children to understand the dangers of the cooker and how to use it safely.  They need to understand what is hot and what is safe to touch.  They should know never to tough the cooker if you are not around and they also need to learn how to leave the pan handles safely on the cooker so they don’t get knocked over.  The age you decide to start letting your child use the cooker really depends on your own child but there is a helpful guide over at BBC good food giving an idea of the ages children could try out new skills.

Easy vegetable stir fry

We do like to use some quick cheats in our recipes, I tend to use garlic puree as I hate the smell of crushed garlic on my hands.  A bag of chopped onions in the freezer is also a good cheat as you can take as much or as little as you need and saves keeping half an onion in the fridge.

You can serve your stirfry with rice or noodles which ever is your favourite just remember to put the rice on before you start to cook the vegetables. I like to add some hoisin sauce to the stir fry or a sachet of stir fry sauce if you prefer – we take my daughter’s portion out of the wok first as she likes the noodles plain.

Fast and Easy Vegetable Stir Fry
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Fast and Easy Vegetable Stir Fry


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2tbspsunflower oil
  • 1red onioncut into strips
  • 1garlic clove or teaspoon of garlic pureecrushed
  • piecefresh root gingerabout 1cm/½in, peeled and grated
  • 1carrotcut into matchsticks
  • 1red peppercut into thick matchsticks
  • 100g/3½oz baby sweetcorn or tinned sweetcorn
  • 1courgettecut into thick matchsticks
  • 150g/5½oz sugar-snap peas or mangetouttrimmed
  • 2tbsplow-salt soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Prepare all the vegetables before you start to cook as they cook very quickly.  You will also want to boil the kettle and either start cooking the rice first or cook the noodles at the same time as you are cooking the vegetables.

  2. Heat a wok on a high heat and add the sunflower oil. Add the spring onions, garlic, ginger and stir-fry for 1 minute, then reduce the heat. Take care to not brown the vegetables.
  3. Add the carrot, red pepper and baby sweetcorn and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the courgette and sugar snap peas and stir-fry for a further 3 minutes. Toss the ingredients from the centre to the side of the wok using a wooden spatula. Do not overcrowd the wok and keep the ingredients moving.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon water, hoisin and soy sauce and cook over a high heat for a further 2 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked but not too soft. Serve with noodles or rice.

You might enjoy our post about healthy eating in pregnancy.

I would love for you to share your favourite family dishes with us, just leave a comment below with #Afamilyfeast or you can tweet us @more4mums.  

 This post is in collaboration with Worktop Express.

18 thoughts on “Learning to cook and a family feast


  1. I try to give my son a healthy and balanced diet, however, sometimes I can not understand what I cook for him. It is really a very difficult task for a mom. By the way, I liked these above tips very much mainly use a knife safely. I will try your Fast and Easy Vegetable recipe.


  2. Sounds amazing, I love the fact that the recipe is fairly simple and easy to follow. Thanks, girl! I love stir-fried veggies, I’m definitely going to give this one a try.


  3. The recipe looks so simple and tasty! I really like how you described how to properly use a knife when cooking. I never heard the phrase ‘claw and bridge’ before. Great advice.

  4. I agree, we should teach both our boys and girls to cook, And starting with a simple recipe always gives them something to make when fast food tempts them,

  5. I agree that we should teach them young o they will be confident in the kitchen. I like the recipe, thank you for this.

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