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Teach kids to cook (using a video game!)

Betsy Bailey is the co-founder and executive editor of SheKnows, Pregnancy & Baby, GeoParent and, among others. She has also served as the editor-in-chief of four national print magazines. She lives with her husband and their...

Cooking with kids

Teach a kid to cook, and you'll have to do much less of it. But when time is short, sometimes it's all you can do just to get a fast dinner on the table. Here's a fun way to teach your kids to cook: Let this video game do most of the work.

Here are the recipes we made and our feedback on the process and results:

Tuesday night

Cooking with kidsSesame Noodles

Betsy (the mama): Lots of veggie prep for this recipe, which always seems time consuming. The girls enjoyed it, though. I did help grate the fresh ginger because our microplane is razor sharp, and I wasn't ready to let them use it with a little nub of ginger. The sesame-peanut sauce was tasty!

Bailey, age 14: The sesame noodles tasted great, and they weren't too difficult. It was the first recipe we did on the game, so it took us a while, especially since we didn't look ahead at the recipe before starting it. With this recipe, I learned that hot sauce and peanut butter taste kinda good together.

Mira, age 10: I liked this recipe because it was fun, although it was the first -- and first is not always the easiest. It did take time and patience. Also, we didn't review the whole recipe before we started making it, and that was a mistake! We could have done things in a better order (like, cook the pasta while cutting the vegetables) to make it go faster. But it wasn't hard to make. It just took time and patience. I think I would like to make this recipe again.

Cooking with kidsAsian Chicken Salad

Betsy: Making both of these dishes in one night took them awhile. We were really hungry while they were working on this recipe. To help expedite dinner, I grilled the chicken while they prepped the veggies and made the salad dressing. If we hadn't been making this meal as a video game review exercise, we probably wouldn't have made both of these in the same night. Either one worked really well as a standalone entree.

Bailey: The Asian chicken salad was really delicious and tasted better than the sesame noodles. I loved the dressing, and it wasn't super difficult to make. This is probably the only way I like to eat cabbage now. I'm sure we will make this meal again.

Mira: This recipe tasted very good! The chicken went well with the salad. It was not hard to make -- it was mostly cooking chicken and chopping ingredients. I made the dressing by myself.

Next: Wednesday night recipes

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