Sometimes it feels as if the daily tasks of living cannot be accomplished with a toddler. Reading books and playing can easily occupy one for an entire morning, but then everyone gets hungry and tired, blueberries stain a new t-shirt while a mountain of clean laundry gets upended onto the dog-hair laden floor and nap time is interrupted by a heffalump; the prospect of cooking dinner looms.
What to do? Put your child to work! Toddlers love helping in the kitchen. As long as you accept a bit of extra clean-up time, cooking a simple dinner can be a fun and collaborative activity that not only feeds your family but provides an opportunity for learning.
Suggested menu: Soup, Veggie sticks and dip, easy drop or roll Biscuits.
With patience and help, even a 2-yr-old can prepare vegetables, measure ingredients and stir a pot. Safety is paramount, so proceed slowly and never leave your child unattended.
preheat oven to 450F
1 cup AP flour
1 cup Whole Wheat flour
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
5 tablespoons Cold Butter
7/8 cup Plain Yogurt
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl or food processor. (I find a food processor or stand mixer easier when baking with a child, until they have enough muscle control to avoid flipping half your ingredients onto the counter through exuberant stirring.) Cut in the cold butter until the mixture is evenly "sandy" in texture; there should be no lumps larger than a pea. Stir in the yogurt, turn onto a lightly floured board and knead lightly. Press dough into a 3/4" thick rectangle.
Use a biscuit cutter or simple cookie cutter to make desired shapes and sizes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of biscuit. Left over bits can be pinched together by little hands and rolled in parmesan cheese or cinnamon sugar before baking.
Living, working and playing with little Sunshine Coast kids.