My Favorite Way to Cook

Is to let Zara do it. All of it. Yesterday’s lunch was inspired by and completed by Zara. All by herself (I mean I turned on the stovetop and supervised…). What a HUGE achievement! I couldn’t be more proud!

She wanted noodles (I really wanted Chinese), I asked if she wanted soy sauce noodles, she said yes and we went to the fridge. She picked out snow peas, carrots, broccoli slaw (from Trader Joes’, fantastic to use in stir fry or to add a little crunch to a meal), peanut butter and her leftover chicken nugget.

I buy Ramen Noodles. Now, before you judge, hear me out. They are dirt, dirt cheap, especially when they go on sale (they go on sale? I hear you say. Of course they do! And WHEN they do, stock up, they end up being about 7 cents a package!). If you don’t use the sodium packets, which I don’t, then the are just comfort noodles, pure and simple. There’s a little happy cooking nugget from me to you. Ramen noodles go on sale, are cheap, kids LOVE them, and when cooked without that little packet it comes with, ARE FREAKING DELICIOUS. You’re welcome.

So I helped Z add water to the pot, and she threw in the noodles. Then we got out a saute pan, I let her choose the oil (she chose coconut, it’s in a fancy jar instead of a big plastic bottle) and scoop it out into the pan. (1 tbsp). Then she added 1 tbsp of peanut butter, some rice wine vinegar (it has a really nice spout on top that doesn’t allow you to pour too much out (probably about 1 tea) and 2 tbsp of soy sauce. She then stirred while I checked on the noodles.

She then added two handfuls of the broccoli slaw, grated 3 baby carrots and a handful of the snow peas and stirred into the sauce mixture. She then threw in the already cut up chicken nugget (I’m a little crazy about still cutting up my daughter’s food. It’s probably a little weird now at 2.5, I’m sure I’ll get over it…someday).

We then checked the noodles and I let her determine if they were done (they were). I scooped them out of the pot and into the pan. She stirred and voila! Lunch!

I, of course added a boatload of Sriracha Hot Sauce to mine. She was SO pleased with herself that she ate A TON.

It was freaking brilliant! I’m so so proud! I wish I got an action shot, but it’s just the two of us, and there were hot pans. But I did manage to get a shot of a plateful. Each your heart out Nigella Lawson, here comes ZARA!

Zara's Lunch


About emellt

I love all things food and my plan is to my children feel the same way, one meal at a time. By sharing my recipes, activities and adaptations of others, I hope to get my, and your kids in the kitchen!
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One Response to My Favorite Way to Cook

  1. Brie says:

    That sounds so easy,perfect for a two year old and looks delish!!!!! Thank you!

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