Moving up in the pyramid we get to protein. Knowing how to cook a good protein is a very important skill. Whether you become the master at the grill or know how to make the most of the protein you have it’s great to have this knowledge. I wanted to introduce the kids to new protein’s such as Tofu, Tempeh and Quinoa. All of which are remarkable and budget friendly substitutes for Animal Proteins. I also wanted to teach them how to fry a fish. This same skill can be applied to chicken or meat.
In talking with the kids about protein it’s also very important to mention food safety. It is becoming more and more important for the average home cook to take food safety into their own hands. It has been said that the future packaging of food will just have a warning sticker making it your responsibility to follow the guidelines on food safety. Here are some basics… a phrase I say often now is “When in doubt, throw it out.”
The three main goals in food safety
Preparation – Keep your food, kitchen and hands clean while preparing raw meat.
Handling – Wash your hands throughly before and after handling meat (poop on the hands or from farm is still the biggest cause of spreading a food borne illness)
Storing – Store your food carefully. Meat left out for more than 2 hours can spoil. (this includes meat, eggs and cheese in kids lunch boxes)
So now finally to all the yummy things we cooked in the protein class!!!!! The kids not only made all these things themselves, everything turned out delicious and they loved it. All the kids tried something new.
Here is the menu
Refried Beans and an Amazing Chipotle Sauce
Quinoa with Tomato and Peas and Sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese
Baked Fish Tacos
Filet of Sole in a Lemon Caper Sauce