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Quality time in the kitchen

Getting down and dirty in the kitchen with your kids can be a fun bonding experience. It can also be the perfect atmosphere to teach your children about the importance of a healthy, wholesome meal and eating together as a family. Here are some great recipes that you can help your children make.

Crunchy Cornflake Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cornflakes
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken parts (breasts, wings, drumsticks, thighs)

Directions:

Heat the oven to 375º. To make the coating, pour the cornflakes into a sealable gallon-size plastic bag and use a rolling pin (or your palms) to crush the cereal. Open the bag and add the flour, paprika, onion powder, and sage. Shake salt and pepper (about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of each, depending on your family's taste) into the bag, reseal, and shake until well combined.

Pour the milk into a shallow bowl. Rinse the chicken pieces. Dip one piece in the milk, drop it in the bag of cornflake mix, and shake until the chicken is thoroughly coated. Place the chicken skin-side up in an ungreased baking pan. Repeat until all the pieces are coated. Discard any leftover coating, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling the raw chicken.

Bake for 50 minutes or until done. (Meanwhile, prepare the potatoes, carrots, and biscuits.) Be sure to check the chicken for doneness. Serves 4 to 6.

Big Mac Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Ground beef
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Crackers or breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Thousand island dressing
  • 1/4 cup Chopped pickles or sweet relish
  • 1/2 cup Chopped onions
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup Shredded cheese

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except for cheese, mix well. Take approx. 1/2 of meat mix and flatten it out on a sheet of wax paper, sprinkle cheese on top. Take one end of meat and roll to other end like a jelly roll. Place in a cake pan of sorts.

Repeat with remaining 1/2 of meat. If you like a type of crust on meat loaf, have the kids crush a few crackers, add salad dressing and a bit of cheese. Spread it on top of the meatloaves. Bake at 350 for about 45 min.

Easy chicken satay

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope onion soup mix
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 lb chicken tenders (approx 15.)

Directions:

Saturate 15 wooden skewers in water. Meanwhile in a large plastic bag, combine all ingredients and toss to coat. Close bag and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade, discard remaining marinade. Thread chicken strips onto skewers, threading back and forth. Grill or broil chicken until no longer pink. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces!

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