One of my primary goals as a Mom is to make sure that my kids, especially my son, have enough basic cooking skills when they leave home that they can prepare a meal for themselves. My 10 year old daughter is actually quite comfortable in the kitchen already and regularly offers to make dinner. My 13 year old son is the opposite, which is why it threw my for a loop last night when he said he wanted to make dinner this week. Let’s just say he had some inspiration! One of his friends had texted him that she (yes, she) had made Cheeseburger Pie yesterday for her brothers and they loved it.
He did the research and decided that the Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie recipe from the Betty Crocker web site looked best. We checked to make sure we had all the ingredients and he put the ground beef in the fridge to defrost.
This evening he was ready to go . He got out all the ingredients and even chopped the onion in the Mini Chopper. Basically you brown the ground beef and onion, place it in a 9″ pie pan, the sprinkle cheddar cheese over the mixture. You whisk together Bisquick, milk and eggs then pour it over the ground beef mixture. The Bisquick makes the “crust” and holds it all together.
Prep time for the whole recipe was about 10 minutes and it took 25 minutes to cook.
I’m thinking he has seen one too many cooking shows with his sisters – he added a zig zag of ketchup when he served it. YUM!
Getting kids involved in the daily meal planning and preparation is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Not only do they learn essential cooking skills, but kids are more likely to try new foods when they have a part in the preparation!