My daughter has been compiling a list of quick and easy meals from my recipe books. These are meals that can be cooked in 30 minutes or less. These are also meals that my husband and children can cook without my help.
I incorperate at least two of these 30 minute/kid friendly meals into the menu each week. This allows my children to get consistant hands on practice in the kitchen.
An example of a 30 minute meal for me would be:
Stewed Chicken w/ potatoes and steamed rice and veggies
Chicken/Shrimp fried rice
Spaghetti and ground meat
You get the picture. On the weeks when you are feeling just plain tired, these meals will be a lifesaver. These are the first dinner meals that I begin teaching my pre-teens and teens. They are meals that don’t involve grease popping or working with a hot oven.
I cook about 1/3 of our meals on average. My two oldest children are now able to make breakfast and lunch without any help from me. Taking the time to have your younger children help in the kitchen will be a lifesaver in the once they are older.