We feel like it is important for our kids to be able to cook a few meals on their own before they leave our house for good. Ideally they will also know how to follow a cookbook, but being able to do a few simple meals from scratch (or with a box) without needing access to the internet or an actual cookbook is a helpful skill that should be useful in all sorts of situations.
What are some of these meals they can and should be able to do?
Our kids can both do:
1. scrambled eggs
3. grilled cheese
4. macaroni and cheese from a box with tuna and peas
5. cold cereal
I really ought to teach them how to do spaghetti with meat sauce and onions sometime soon. If either of them liked chili, that would also be on my list.
My memorized repertoire when I left home also included (along with all of the above): fry-ups, swiss steak, chicken cacciatore, salad dressing baked chicken, and leek and potato soup. I could also do random things with lipton onions soup packets and cans of various campbells soups. I haven’t made most of these in years either because they’re not healthy with my PCOS or because the children aren’t crazy about them.
DC1 has been preferring to make desserts from cookbooks. Along with that, most kids seem to like making cookies. Although I have some desserts memorized (ex. dump cake), I don’t really have any worth making memorized, so we use recipes.
What simple meals did you make as a kid? What do your kids make, if applicable? What other meals do you recommend kids learn how to do before they leave home?