Cooking with Kids: Zucchini Slice

May 28, 2012



Looking for a healthy but delicious way to get some veggies into your kids?


Cooking with kids, healthy food, vegetables for kids

Try making them this easy Zucchini Slice... or better still, let THEM make it



Ingredients
  • 2-3 Zucchinis (2 large or 3 small)
  • 2 Carrots 
  • 1 Brown Onion 
  • 1 cup Self Raising Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Grated Tasty Cheese 
  • 6 eggs 
  • 3 Bacon Rashes (optional)
  • 1 small can of Corn Kernels (optional)


Preheat your oven to 180°C

Crack the eggs into a bowl. Note how baby learns by watching



Lightly whisk the eggs



Take the time to talk about, learn and explore the different vegetables



Grease a 16cm x 26cm tin/dish. Perhaps to find the closest sized dish your children could help measure



Grate and chop all the vegetables (and bacon) and add to a bowl. You or your children could do this depending on their skill level.



Measure and add the grated cheese



Measure and add the flour



Add the lightly beaten eggs


Combine all the ingredients well


Pour into your lightly greased dish


Bake in your preheated 180°C oven for 30-40 minutes or until it is set the whole way through.


Allow to cool slightly before serving and watch your kids eat it all up.



Handy Tips:

- Allowing your children to help with the cooking from an early age holds incredible learning opportunities. From important maths concepts (such as timing, measuring, counting, comparing, weighing etc.) to learning safety skills, processes, healthy food choices, vocabulary, organisation and much more. Get them in the kitchen as early as you can and start stimulating their senses and letting them learn through observation.

- Use this time to talk about "Sometimes foods" and "Everyday foods" as well as learning about the different vegetables

- Simplify this activity by pre-chopping, grating and measuring  the ingredients yourself and allowing your child to do the pouring and mixing.

- Extend this activity by having your child attempt all the steps and processes independently

- An alternate zucchini slice recipe. This one uses oil so isn't as healthy but we've made this version as well and it's delicious. This is the version I make for parties.

- Continue to talk with your child about the methods they are using and the easiest ways to do them. Remember that practice makes perfect!

- We followed this basic recipe and just added in the corn. Other recipes call for oil or other things but we wanted to share this healthier version as this is the way we make it for the kids.

- For individual sized portions ready to go, bake in a muffin tray.




Debs :)

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12 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful blog with great photo's! I love love love it!
    forwhatitsworth-jeannie.blogspot.com

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    1. That's so kind of you Jeannie. Thank you for your lovely comment :)

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  2. any ideas on making this gluten free?

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    1. I don't know a lot about gluten free I must confess, Theresa. I've had a quick look and have seen recipes that use gluten free flour instead of the SR flour or seen comments from others that they substituted the regular flour with gluten free. Here is a specific gluten free recipe that I found : http://www.orgran.com/recipes-search/203

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  3. This is great. I love the photos of your little girl helping out. I want to start having our 2 year old help me with cooking but to be honest Im not sure shes at the stage yet where she could really take instruction or help- she would likely just want to grab everything and eat or throw it and get very upset when I tried to limit her grabbibg/eating/throwing. But I think she's turning a corner developmentally where she'll be able to follow along with me here soon, so Im looking forward to this kind of activity!! Thanks for all the great tips!

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    1. Thank you :) I recommend just starting with small amount of helping at a time, eg. do all the preparation yourself and then just call them over when it's time to throw everything into a bowl and mix. Build up their skills and confidence bit by bit and you'll have a little chef in no time :)

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  4. I love veggies, so your recipe lookes delish! I wish my kids would eat some more veggies than they do. I've tried having them involved in the growing process and also the cooking process, they love that... unfortunately they still refuse to eat what they cooked! I appreciate you sharing with us at tip toe thru tuesday

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    1. haha- kids will be kids! Sometimes you can do everything you possibly can and they'll still refuse to eat it. I find that if my daughter refuses a type of food I just keep serving it up to her in different ways, recipes etc and insist that she at least try a tiny bit each time. She still has certain things she WILL NOT eat (eg. capsicum) but she has come around to a number of foods she insisted that she didn't like (eg tomato). I just try and remember all the things I didn't like as a kid but like now and try not to stress about it too much. They'll be right ;)

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  5. How cute are your kids!! Love bub watching big sister :-) And she did a great job making the slice. The recipe is the same that my mum used when we were kids ~ must try it out :-)

    Thanks for sharing on Happy lil ❤'s are baking!

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  6. Sounds like a great idea for cooking with kids! Thanks for sharing! I'd like to invite you to our party, Fantastic Thursday. http://www.fivelittlechefs.com Hope to see you there!

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Thanks for taking the time to comment! I love reading them all.