Les Petits Chefs make dinner from leftovers

The focus for this year’s Food Revolution Day is about sharing the power of cooking, the benefits of cooking from scratch and, ultimately showing people that changing our food choices can make us both healthier and happier.  Instead of one official recipe as there has been in years past, this year, we have a set of 10 recipes chosen by Jamie Oliver that he deems the “Starter Pack of Cooking.  Each recipe covers a different skill and technique that can give anyone the confidence to cook good, real, healthy meals for themselves and their families, for now and the future.  Jamie has spoken about the idea of ten recipes to save your life since his TED talk in 2010 and this semester Les Petits Chefs will be working with chefs from around Toronto who will cook THEIR “must know” recipes with the boys.

Fried rice ingredients on eatlivetravelwrite.comClub started this week and since I always lead the first session, I figured it was the perfect time to teach the boys a very important lesson about food and cooking – what to make for dinner when there’s “nothing to eat”.   It’s something I hear so often – and something I think myself – and it’s especially challenging when I am tired, I often look in the fridge and wonder what on earth I will make with what’s there. We played “What would Mlle Michels cook with these ingredients from her fridge?”  I took stock of what was in my fridge on the weekend and went to the supermarket to replicate these items for the boys to work with.

We talked about all the items to see if we could figure out what to make and after a bit, they figured that fried rice might be a good idea (bingo! Exactly the path I was trying to send them down!). Then we all got chopping…

Kids chopping carrots for fried rice on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids chopping peppers for fried rice on eatlivetravelwrite.com Chopping bacon for fried rice on eatlivetravelwrite.com Chopping limes for fried rice on eatlivetravelwrite.com Chopping zucchini for fried rice on eatlivetravelwrite.com Chopping garlic for fried rice on eatlivetravelwrite.comSome excellent knife skills right there!

Mise en place – DONE!

Mise en place for fried rice on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen the boys worked in pairs to create their own version of fried rice, according to what ingredients they like.

Kids making fried rice on eatlivetravelwrite.comMany of them remarked on how colourful it looked – I am a firm believer in food that looks pretty is more likely to be eaten, especially when it comes to kids – and a couple of boys who I know were a little hesitant when they saw the ingredients we would be working with told me they were excited to try this. Win!

We added some egg…

Stirring egg into fried rice on eatlivetravelwrite.comEt voilà – one set of ingredients, a few very different versions of the same dish:

Finished fried rice on eatlivetravelwrite.com Petits Chefs fried rice on eatlivetravelwrite.comI know for a fact that this went down a treat since a few of the boys told me they would be heading over to the dining room to get a fork so they could eat this straight away (always a good sign!) and one of the boys make this for dinner the following night (an even better sign!). Well done, guys!

I think knowing how to make a meal from bits and pieces leftover in the fridge is an essential life skill, don’t you?

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