After about two months of practising their knife skills, they’re both able to be trusted to create a salad entirely on their own and frequently help chop up items for the dehydrator.
Because of this, I thought it was time to step things up a little and give them some ownership over their food. The challenge: Work together to plan, shop for and prepare an entire day’s worth of food. It had to be somewhat healthy, not include any ready meals and be enjoyable by the entire family. And come under £28 for all ingredients (very generous budget!). Added incentive: they could use any leftover money to buy toys.
The menu they came up with:
Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Lunch: Gnocchi with homemade tomato basil sauce
Dinner: Homemade Pizza with Sweet Potato Pie for pudding
Slightly heavy on the carbs, but overall not too shabby especially if supplemented with raw fruit and veg for snacks. And keep in mind they need to cook everything themselves! I will help with the dangerous things, like draining the gnocchi and taking the pizza out of the oven, but other than that they’re on their own!
So with the menu planned and the grocery list written, we headed to Sainsburys. Milo carried the money, Charlie the shopping list. First to buy the flour – the pancakes we make are made with Spelt flour and so that took a while to read amongst dozens of types. Then, to the other side of the supermarket to find soya milk. Then BACK to the baking aisle for chocolate chips. They were filling their baskets in the exact order Charlie had written it down in, so for the next half hour there was an awful lot of back and forth! All I did was follow along and help when needed, such as reaching high items. They got plenty of smiles from other customers in their hunt for food.
Once they had everything, it was to the checkout – the kids went into one aisle and I went into another to give them privacy. Charlie had a panicked moment when she thought she’d packed her eggs at the bottom of her bag, and Milo was more interested in splitting the change than helping pack, but otherwise they did brilliantly!
Now all the groceries are at home awaiting cooking day tomorrow!