You’re going to be shocked at how brilliant this recipe actually is. Okay, it’s not brilliant. But just like our personal pizzas of last week, these traditional sandwiches are simple and kid tested. MacGyver can assemble all of the ingredients himself and “cook” lunch for both himself and his little sister Miss Enigma. I usually just lounge on the sofa reading magazines while he whips up lunch. Wait a minute that’s not my life! But it does give me a minute to prepare for a math lesson. So please join MacGyver and Miss Enigma for a turkey sandwich. I’ll be back with a few tips and a FREE printable recipe guide at the end of the post. Remember these simple recipes are intended for children, unless you know an adult who can’t make their own sandwich.
Ingredients: Bread, Turkey, Cheese, Mayonnaise
Tools: Plate, Butter Knife, Fork
Step 1: Spread bread with mayonnaise.
Step 2: Place turkey and cheese on bread.
Step 3: Assemble bread on top of sandwich.
Step 4: Serve with a side of fruit.
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Just a few tips: As I mentioned last week, my goal is to teach MacGyver how to take care of himself out in the real world, including doing his own laundry. These recipes give him real life examples of why learning to read and following directions are important. Together we have assembled a simple cookbook with four sections: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It is an inexpensive 1/2 inch binder and dividers.
We simply slip each new recipe into a clear sheet protector. If it gets dirty, we can easily wipe it clean. During first grade homeschool, our goals were to learn how to read the recipes, follow directions and “cook” simple meals. This year we will add a new component to our homeschool cooking 101. MacGyver will take an active role in planning the breakfast and lunch meals for the week, surveying the pantry and refrigerator for ingredients and making the appropriate shopping list.
When I was in the classroom, I quickly found that children love to cook. And they often will try new foods if they are involved in the cooking process. Cooking is also an excellent way to practice the skill of following directions. Learning through real life experiences is one of the blessings of our homeschool education. However, if I didn’t have the opportunity to homeschool, I would like to try this approach on a much smaller scale with my children. We might start with after school snacks and slowly add other meals. Life is a big experiment and I’m always up for trying to work in something new.
After my post last week on personal pizzas, MaryAnne from mama smiles recommended Pretend Soup by Mollie Katzen. So I headed to the library and checked it out. I’ll let you know what I think. But it looks promising! I already own several other Moosewood cookbooks by Mollie Katzen.
What is your favorite cookbook? Yes, it can be for kids. Yes, it can be for adults. I love to cook. Please share your favorites!
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