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Kidzworld Kitchen: Parent Night Off

Apr 14, 2013

Surprise your hard working parents by taking care of dinner and cleanup one weeknight!

Parents work hard and at the end of the day when they get home what they usually find is a house full of hungry kids asking “what’s for dinner?” Imagine how fantastic it would be for them if they came home one day to find out dinner was being taken care of?! Enlist the help of your siblings, assign everyone a job and get to work.

Spaghetti is an easy to prepare meal that almost everyone loves. Serve it with a healthy, delicious strawberry & spinach salad and some fresh bread for a complete meal.

Spaghetti & Meat Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 small chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (28oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (16oz) tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 package spaghetti noodles

Instructions:

  1. Combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, and green pepper in a large saucepan
  2. Cook over medium heat and stir until meat is brown and vegetables are tender
  3. Drain grease from the pan
  4. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste and stir thoroughly
  5. Season with oregano, basil, salt, and pepper
  6. Simmer over low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally
  7. Bring a large pot of water to boil
  8. Add dry noodles to the water and stir
  9. Allow to cook until the noodles are soft, but not mushy
  10. Drain in a colander
  11. Twist noodles onto plates, cover with sauce and enjoy!

Simple Spaghetti and MeatsauceSimple Spaghetti and MeatsauceCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Spinach Strawberry Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 10 ounces of fresh, washed baby spinach
  • 1 quart washed, hulled and sliced strawberries
  • ¼ cup slivered blanched almonds

Instructions:

  1.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for one hour.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss
  3. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving

Spinach Strawberry SaladSpinach Strawberry SaladCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Remember, be creative, have fun and above all, safety first! Always talk to the adult in charge before you get your chef on! Happy cooking kids!

Recipes courtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

 

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Autonomy
Autonomy posted in Family Issues:
"StarrChild" wrote: Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting Oh dear, that sounds like a dreadful situation. I've lived through similar difficulties in my own life, and my heart goes out to you, truly. May I offer you some advice? I don't have the cure to your problems or a magic wand that can make them disappear, but I do believe that some good can come out of your living situation. The first thing I'd like to make note of, is that everyone makes mistakes. As human beings, we have to make mistakes. There's no way around it; it's how we learn and grow. And as we get older, we don't stop making mistakes. Your parents are no exception. Although we look to our parents for guidance, and direction, and support, we have to understand that they aren't perfect people, and they make mistakes. They may not always lead us in the right direction. They may not always set a good example. They may not always be there for us, to encourage us and support us when we need them most. And that's okay. Everyone makes mistakes, and we have to accept that. But we can't let allow other people's mistakes to hurt us, my dear. And I know it hurts. Your mum might not understand how her actions make you feel. You said you haven't been the same since your parents divorced, and I know how challenging that can be to go through. But you know, some of the brightest, wisest, and happiest people I've met, are people who have dealt with difficult problems in their lives, and used them to grow as people. You can let your parents' mistakes get to you, and make you upset and depressed; or, you can accept that they aren't perfect people, accept that they make mistakes, and accept that their mistakes don't have anything to do with you. So here's what you do, friend: you can't stop your mum from going clubbing, and that's okay. Don't try to. Don't fight with her about it. You can let her know how it makes you feel, but don't get into an argument. Accept the situation for what it is. Your mother is her own person, and she is accountable for what she does; you aren't. Next time you start to get in a fight or an argument with her, just step back, and withdraw yourself. Try it, see what happens. Once you decide not to let other peoples' failings affect you--and you do have the power to do this--then you'll find a sense of peace you probably haven't felt before. And you'll learn from your mistakes, and the mistakes of your parents, and everyone around you, and you'll be a better person. Press on.
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Dounuts
Dounuts posted in Family Issues:
Go to your neighbor's house and ask him/her to call to police.Everything will be just fine.
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RavenClawRaina
my ex is going through the same thing. Call the police now. Things will get out of hand. My brothers friend has been living with us for about 2 weeks becuz his dad punched him in the face. Call 911 now. They will help you. Just say you have been abused by your family member and they will take it from there. If you want, add me and we can talk
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XxRuby_PhoenixxX
If you are getting abused to the point where you bleed, call the police immediately. This isn't acceptable behavior.
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MRAP
MRAP posted in Family Issues:
Hey, Just wanted some advice to help me on what to do on this. Ever since I was 3 I've been both Verbally, Mentally, And Physically abused. To me, this is normal since it's been happening for so long. But I just can't take this thing anymore. When I get home I always get yelled at for no reason. I have been on Anti-Depressants for the past 1-2 years. Been going to counseling for 6-7 years for family. Nothing has changed yet. I just need help on how to handle this. Thanks.
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