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Les Petits Chefs make Mairlyn Smith’s “Grab ‘n’ Go” breakfast cookies

Sometimes things don’t always go to plan. Especially not in the last couple of days of school. Schedules change, and life gets hectic in June so I like to keep my cooking club running for as long as I can because routine is much needed (for me and the boys!) and really, if they still want to come and cook on the second last day of school, that says something, doesn’t it?

I had planned for Mairlyn Smith to come and work with the boys (she’s worked with them a few times before – she came to make butter tarts from her latest cookbook with them last Fall, Breakfast Grab ‘n’ Gos back in 2013 and a sweet potato salsa pie the very first time she came), but luck was not on our side a second time this term as she was not well 🙁 I was looking forward to Mairlyn coming to work with the boys since the focus for this year’s Food Revolution Day was 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 have worked with chefs from around Toronto who will cook THEIR “must know” recipes with the boys.

I know Mairlyn  was planning on making omelettes with the boys as one of her “must know” dishes (which I think is a must too!) and while I think she could pull off an omelette making-session in the face of the second last day of school excitement, I know myself better and didn’t think I could. All term the boys have been asking to make “something sweet” and so on this final day of cooking club for the year, I relented. But not just “sweet for the sake of it” sweet, you understand… I went back to my “go to” healthy snack – Mairlyn’s Breakfast Grab ‘n’ Go bars/ cookies. I figured since we’re teaching the boys “must know” and they’re about to head off on vacation for 2 months, why not teach them to make a healthy breakfast/ snack for themselves?

We divided into two teams and I gave the boys the equipment they needed, a pen and a recipe – asking them to check off the ingredients as they add them (something I highly recommend but don’t do as often as I should…) and let them at the recipe (with some gentle guidance along the way…).

Kids measuring dry ingredients for healthy breakfast bars on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids measuring canola oil for healthy breakfast bars on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids mixing ingredients for for healthy breakfast bars on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids folding wet ingredients into dry ingredients for healthy breakfast bars on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis was an excellent recipe to clean out out cupboards before the summer holidays – we used up a lot of little quantities of dried fruit and oats and flour. Vanilla was nowhere to be seen so we went without that and my brutal schedule that day meant I didn’t have time to pop out for the secret ingredient – baby food prunes – so we added a touch of extra oil and honey to help these bind. The boys had fun forming and shaping the cookies…

Kids shaping Mairlyn Smith Breakfast Grab n Go cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd while they baked, we cleaned the lab (life skill!) and talked our way through the recipe, discussing the ingredients, technique and substitutions so they really (I hope) went away with a good understanding of the recipe. I know they went away with four of these:

Hard to resist Breakfast grab n go cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut that four of those cookies certainly did not make it home to all their parents. Ahem, I saw cookie crumbed faces waiting to be picked up 😉

Get the recipe for Mairlyn’s “Grab ‘n’ Go” Breakfast Cookies here.

Thanks for following along Les Petits Chefs adventures this year. I’ll be writing a few pieces here about cooking with kids over the summer so stay tuned! (I’ll be in France and Spain over the summer so follow along via Instagram!)

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10 Responses to Les Petits Chefs make Mairlyn Smith’s “Grab ‘n’ Go” breakfast cookies

  1. Brandee June 16, 2016 at 13:02 #

    I love reading these posts! I hope that when my son reaches middle school, there will be an amazing teacher that runs a similar program! It would be incredible if these were common across all schools! Such valuable lessons being learned and I’m sure shared at home as well!

    • Mardi Michels June 16, 2016 at 13:34 #

      I would love to see this type of programme in all schools – that’s my dream!

  2. Geoff June 17, 2016 at 21:38 #

    Good for the boys: wonderful experience for them. LPCs huge hit I suspect.

  3. MDIVADOMESTICA June 17, 2016 at 23:55 #

    It is wonderful to see someone spending time to encourage and inspire our future chefs! Kudos.

    • Mardi Michels June 18, 2016 at 09:04 #

      Thank you so much – it’s the work I most enjoy!

  4. Cristina @ I Say Nomato June 18, 2016 at 07:44 #

    That club sounds like so much fun, Mardi! I wish there had been something like that around when I was a kid. Teaching those skills to kids is so important. My 3 year old nephew is my best (and cutest) kitchen assistant!

    • Mardi Michels June 18, 2016 at 09:03 #

      SUCH an important task to teach the future generation, right?

  5. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land June 20, 2016 at 12:44 #

    This is so important!! My 3.5 year old boy and I have made cookies a few times, pizza of course, and he wants to make a pie! (making an omelette = a skill I’ve yet to master myself, hehe!) I wish I had been exposed to more kids cooking classes etc when I was a kid, though I do remember making “soup” on the stovetop (ie, dumping in every conceivable spice in the spice drawer) and making “pie” out of dough, baking it – and realizing it had no taste whatsoever! Feeling very inspired to get in the kitchen with my son more often!

    • Mardi Michels June 20, 2016 at 13:13 #

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment 🙂 Great to hear your little one loves to cook – I’m sending you a few suggestions for places to find great recipes for kids too 🙂

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