Oven-fried chicken is a definite family favorite in our household. The chicken is easy enough – the oven takes care of that! But one of the reasons, that it’s a family favorite, is because Dianna always helps me make it.
I get all the ingredients ready and she helps me marinate the chicken and cover the cauliflower in pesto. It is OH SO messy, but also SO much fun!! And that makes the mess ok – and you can always clean it afterwards!
Let your children be involved in the kitchen
I really want to encourage you to let your children help you as much as possible in the kitchen. Some of my best childhood memories are from helping my mom in the kitchen. And I have no doubt that it’s one of the reasons why I LOVE to spend time in my kitchen today and why I relax and have fun when I’m cooking and baking. I’ve simply been raised that way!
It’s true with so many everyday habits. If you learn them as a child, it follows you throughout life. I am so grateful that my mom took the time to explain, and clean and clean some more and letting me try recipes out on my own. Some successful and some not so much.
Some will probably argue that 2 years old is too young to be helpful in the kitchen, but I’m not saying you should let your children carve roasts and use your kitchen machines. But you can find small tasks, like marinating, mixing, adding ingredients when you bake, kneading and so on. And best of all, no guilty mommy conscience, because you’re not spending quality time with your kids! 🙂
Ovenfried chicken with crispy cauliflower
A tasty and delicious LCHF dish, as easy as A-B-C.
- 1 whole chicken
- Marinade: Oil, herbs and spices (fresh and powdered), lemonjuice
- 1 whole cauliflower cut in florets
- 1 glass of your favorite pesto, or make it yourself!
- Veggie-sticks, cucumber, red pepper, tomatoes
- Step 1 Mix the marinade fast.
- Step 2 While your child marinates the chicken, steam the cauliflower lightly.
- Step 3 Cook the chicken in your oven, 220 degrees for 35 min.
- Step 4 Rinse the cauliflower until it’s touchable and let your child mix the pesto with her bare (clean) hands.
- Step 5 Pour the cauliflower onto a baking tray and add to the oven, when there’s approx. 20 min. left on the chicken.
- Step 6 Serve with a delicious tartar sauce or chilimayo.
- Step 7 ENJOY!!
Your child can help make the tartar sauce or chilimayo as well. Make sure everything is diced neatlly and let them stir and add in the ingredients. My experience is, that if your child has help you cook the meal, they are more inclined to taste it as well! The food isn’t as dangerous or “unknown” 😉
There’s also something fundamentaly sensory about kneading and processing things with your hands, and children LOVE it! Don’t focus on the mess – it can always be cleaned afterwards. Instead keep your focus on all the fun you’re having!
Equipment is key!
My dear hubby has a Weber grill and lots of grilling-gadgets to boost, most which I don’t really care for – except this great little thing >>> Weber Style Poultry Infusion Roaster. (affiliate link) It is the most wonderful piece of teflon-coated kitchen/grill gadget we own! (And also the only one of Dear-hubbys grill-gadgets that gets to “live” in my kitchen). We use it of course for roasting chicken and veggies – you can even use it to bake cake! And actually my dear-hubby uses it to make nachos all the time! And best of all, you can just toss it in the dishwasher when you’re done! It doesn’t get easier then that!
Do you have any tips and tricks up your sleeve to get your kids more involved in the kitchen? Do you let your kids help you with dinner? Do they have any regular chores or dishes they help out with?
When do you think it’s a good idea for a child to have a regular meal-night, where they help cook dinner?