Are you looking for something to cook? It’s always more fun when YOU choose what’s for dinner, right? Searching for new recipes can help keep a cook inspired. Kid’s cookbooks make following a recipe easy with step-by-step instructions and pictures. Some great examples aimed for beginning-level cooks are Pretend Soup (1994, Tricycle Press), Honest Pretzels (1999, Tricycle Press) & Salad People (2005, Tricycle Press), written and illustrated by Mollie Katzen. Salad People is aimed at beginner-level chefs in the kitchen. It is a great place to start cooking, even for those who aren’t reading yet. Honest Pretzels is aimed at kids aged 8 and older, so they can cook with just a little adult assistance. Are you ready to get cooking?

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Fish Tacos

In Project CHEF, we love to serve our meals family-style. With this Fresh Fish Tacos recipe, everyone at your table will have the chance to assemble their very own taco. With plenty of options on the table, choose the ingredients you love. We highly recommend adding our Project CHEF Pico de Gallo (recipe coming soon) when making these tacos at home.

Yield: 4 servings, 2 tacos each

Preparation time: About 30 minutes

Cooking time for fish: About 5 minutes a side (if about an inch thick)

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls are another favourite Project CHEF family-style meal. Your whole family can gather around and roll together. What will you put in your spring rolls? If you have been growing sprouts with us, this recipe is the perfect time to use them. Sprouts pack a punch of flavour, so be careful not to use too much. In this recipe, we sprinkled a little layer of pea sprouts, radish sprouts, and basil sprouts. See our Growing Microgreens Activity on how to grow your own sprouts at home.

Yield: 8 Rolls

Preparation Time: About 1 hour

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Critterless Caesar Salad

In Project CHEF, we believe that a Chef is part Scientist. There is a lot of science in cooking. A simple favourite amongst many, this Critterless Caesar Salad recipe will teach you all about emulsification. To emulsify something means to combine two ingredients together that normally don’t mix. Some of you may already know that oil & water don’t mix well together, but when making this salad dressing you will do just that.

Yield: 4 servings

Preparation Time: About 30 minutes

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Top Tips for Cooking

With limited outdoor activities, we would like to whole-heartedly endorse cooking as a family activity. When you want to get busy in the kitchen, check with an adult to see if it is a good time to cook or set up a time to cook with the family.

At Project CHEF we believe in setting people up for success and we want you to become confident, safe cooks. To help you do this, we are sharing our top tips for successful cooking.

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Chocolate Pudding

Sometimes you just need a comforting dessert and what’s more comforting than pudding? This comes together in one pot, using the power of cornstarch and eggs as thickeners. It is delicious just as it is, but when our local BC strawberries appear, they would go wonderfully together. And a dollop of whipped cream is never a bad idea either. How do cornstarch and eggs thicken cooked foods? Record in your Food Journal.

Yield: 6 servings

Preparation Time: About 25 minutes

Chilling Time: About an hour

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Originating from Italy, Calzones are like a folded pizza stuffed with all of your favourite ingredients. This version is a veggie calzone filled with fresh vegetables and herbs. Practice measuring wet and dry ingredients and develop the art of kneading dough with this recipe. Tasty Tip: If you made the Tuscan-Style Tomato Sauce, this is the perfect opportunity to bring some out and try as a dipping sauce.

Yield: 4 six-inch calzone

Preparation Time: About 2 hours

Cooking Time: About 20 – 25 minutes

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Banana sushi is a healthy snack and it’s super quick to make. As an added bonus, it offers learning opportunities to practice fractions while cutting it. How will you portion your sushi to make sure all the pieces are the same size? You may use any seed butter or nut butter you have at home. This recipe is a real fuel-me-up snack.

Yield: 1 serving

Preparation Time: about 5 minutes

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Fraser Valley Summer Succotash

It’s not summer yet but here is something to get you prepared. Increase your vegetable intake with this delicious Vegetable Succotash. Don’t limit yourself to the vegetables listed in the ingredients list. Use what you have in your fridge or maybe add a new vegetable you haven’t tried before. The more colours the better!

Yield: 4-5 servings

Preparation Time: about 35 minutes

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