Kids in the Kitchen: Gold Nugget Soup

Max and Lulu wanted to do something fun the other day, so they looked at cookbooks.  After looking through one of the two kids cookbooks that we own several times enjoying all the dessert pictures, Max begged to have a cooking project of his own.  So we settled on Gold Nugget Soup.

As you can see, this was a recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book.  While I cannot unequivocally recommend this cookbook, because it uses lots of prepared items in its recipes, it was a good choice for Max because he could follow the steps easily and do nearly all of them himself.  I think one very important skill for young cooks to learning is to read and follow the directions carefully.  This book writes directions in a very step by step manner that is useful for kids.

He began by measuring the water into the pot.  He has finally learned to raise the liquid measure to eye level to see if it is really at the right amount.

He chopped the vegetables and opened the cans by himself (with a tiny bit of help with the can opener.)

One of the joys of being the youngest is that Mom lets you pour the milk by yourself. (And spill it all over the counter and floor and clean it up by yourself, too, but we didn’t take a picture of that one.)

Just a few minutes of cooking and Voila! Lunch provided by Max.

Gold Nugget Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cookbook

Serves 6

1 1/2 cups water

2 cups frozen diced hash browns

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 stick celery, chopped

1 10 3/4 ounce can cheddar cheese or cheesy broccoli soup

1 16 ounce can creamed corn

1 1/2 cups diced ham

1 1/2 cups milk

Place water and hash browns and vegetables in a soup pot.  Put on stove and turn heat to medium high.  When boiling, turn to low and cook for 10 minutes.  Add soup, corn, milk and ham to the pot.  Cook on low 10 more minutes until hot.  Add salt and pepper as desired.

Again, not the most nutritious lunch ever made — certainly not all “real foods” — but great for a first soup for Max.

Hope you’re having a good weekend — I’m running my first ever marathon today!  I’ll let you know how it goes on Monday.

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