Some great ways to get your kids cooking

Lots of interesting recipes that will appeal to the younger set


Kids are still out of school for approximately another month.

Their spare time is a great opportunity to get them to help out with the family meals. Here are some great ‘no cook’ recipes that kids of any age can prepare.

Getting kids involved, whether you’re firing up the grill or just making a casual lunch, helps to give them pride and appreciation for family mealtime gatherings. Enjoy.

No-cook BBQ sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

1 tbsp. molasses

1 tsp. white vinegar

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. hot sauce or two drops Tabasco sauce

Pinch of salt

Sprinkle of cinnamon

Couple drops of liquid smoke, optional

Mix together and keep refrigerated.

Honey mustard sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp. yellow mustard

1 tbsp. liquid honey

Mix together and keep refrigerated.

Quick & easy oil & vinegar salad dressing

“Why buy pre-made bottled oil & vinegar dressing, when you can make this in minutes?”

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

One third cup balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp. liquid honey

1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves

1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. fresh cracked pepper

1 garlic clove, crushed

Put all ingredients in a jar with a lid.

Shake to combine and pour immediately over salad greens of your choice.

Makes slightly more than three quarters of a cup

Nocook sweet & sour sauce

The ingredient ‘ketjap manis’ is basically sweet soy sauce look for it at your local Asian grocery or down the Asian foods aisle in your major supermarket. If you can’t find it you can substitute it with four tablespoons of soy sauce mixed with three tablespoons of sugar.

1/2 cup ketchup

3 tbsp. golden corn syrup or honey

2 tbsp. white vinegar

1 tbsp. ketjap manis

2 tsp. mayonnaise

Pinch of salt

1. Mix together and keep refrigerated.

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