Food & Kitchen Safety
When kids cook, everyone has fun. They learn about
following directions, cooking skills, food safety,
nutrition, math, reading, science, and motor skills.
While We’re Cooking
After We’re Done
Be careful with sharp knives and other tools. Tools should stay onthe table
at all times when you aren’t using them.
Always pick up your knives by the handles.
If you have to sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a
tissue and aim away from food. Then wash your hands right awaybefore
Collect all dirty utensils.
Clean any countertops and dishes that you’ve used.
Wash your hands.
Before We Start
Wash your hands in warm, soapy water for 20 seconds (try singing “Happy Birthday” two times!)
• Pull back long hair.
Roll up your sleeves so they don’t get in the way.
Make sure cooking surfaces are clean.
Set out all your tools and ingredients.
Read these safety rules together before you start so everyone has a good time!
Cooking Tasks By Age
Ages What They Can Do:
Adult supervision required
Remember that adult supervision is always required!
5–Minute Dough Recipe
To Prepare the Dough:
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder,
salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
2. Stir in the Greek yogurt.
Mix all ingredients until combined. The mixture will
look dry and crumbly.
Lightly sprinkle flour on the middle of your
Gently turn the dough out onto the cutting mat and
knead the dough for 4 minutes, sprinkling with
additional flour as needed. Shape the dough into
Do This at Home With an Adult:
6. Preheat a conventional oven to 450°F.
Place the dough on a baking stone or lightly greased pan.
Bake on the lowest rack of the oven for 14–16 minutes, or
until the crust is golden brown.
Top with your choice of cheese, vegetables, or fruit, and
bake an additional 6–9 minutes, or until the crust is a
deep golden brown.
Nutrients Per Serving:
2 cups flour, plus additional as needed
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking soda
1 cup 2% plain, low-fat Greek yogurt
Flatbread has been around for thousands of years and plays an important role many cultures around the world. Flatbread is
unleavened bread that you can season with herbs, zest, or even pesto. This basic, 5-minute flatbread dough recipe is a great
introduction to making homemade dough for bread, pie crust, pizza, and other recipes.
Calories 150, Total Fat 2 g, Saturated Fat
0.5 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 380 mg,
Carbohydrate 26 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 6 g
To flavor your crust, stir in
1 tbsp chopped fresh herb or
2 tsp grated lemon zest into
dry ingredients. Or, stir in 2 tbsp
prepared pesto into the yogurt.
Why is a recipe important?
Rewrite the steps of this recipe in order in your own
words with tips based on your experience.
What was your favorite part of making the dough? Give reasons to
support your opinion or draw a picture. Make a conclusion about what
types of food you would enjoy making based on this experience.
Making Salt Dough for Play
1. Place 3 tbsp of flour on the corner of the cutting mat. You’ll use this with the cookie cutters later.
Mix the remaining flour and cornstarch gently in your bowl.
3. Add water, salt, and oil.
Add in the powdered drink mix to get the color you want for your dough.
Gently stir everything together until the mixture is fully combined.
6. Put the dough into the middle of the cutting mat and knead it for 4 minutes.
Divide the dough into equal parts for every student to enjoy.
To practice using cookie cutters, press the dough flat, dip a cookie cutter into the extra flour on your cutting mat,
and then press it into the dough.
1 cup cold water
1 cup salt
2 tsp olive oil
3 cups flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
bag powdered drink mix for
color and scent (or more if
you want brighter colors!)
Making salt dough is lots of fun and a great way to learn about cooking. Remember, while this dough is made of edible
ingredients, it’s not tasty and not meant for eating.
Why is a recipe important?
Rewrite the steps of this recipe in order in your own words with tips based on your experience.
What was your favorite part of making the dough? Give reasons to support your opinion or draw a picture.
Make a conclusion about what types of meals you would enjoy making at home based on this experience.
Fresh Focus: Salad Homemade Dressing Recipe
1. Wash all produce and pat it dry with a paper towel.
Remove leaves from the stems. Chop lettuce into smaller pieces, roughly 1
inch in size, and place in bowl.
Choose additional fruits or vegetables for salad and add them into the bowl.
Prepare ingredients by either chopping into smaller pieces or grating over bowl.
Carrots, apple and cheese are good ingredients to grate. Cucumbers are good
ingredients to chop.
Be careful not to add the core or stem of any produce.
The amount is up to you. Add as many or as few additional fruits and
vegetables as you like to fit your taste.
Choose a fresh herb. Starting at the leafy ends, chop the herb into small fine
pieces until you have the desired amount.
Stir everything together gently until fully combined.
Salad Dressing Directions:
1. Prepare garlic cloves:
Crush cloves lightly with the flat of a knife and the
heel of your hand.
2. Chop herbs as needed.
Combine all ingredients.
Mix until blended.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
5 cups romaine hearts*
1 block of cheddar cheese
tbsps. fresh herb*,
such as parsley,
cilantro, or dill
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
/3 cup plain, non-fat
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped*
tsp each salt and pepper
1/2 cup balsamic or
white wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
A salad is so much more than lettuce! Making a salad is a great way to enjoy fresh vegetables, and even fruits, that you love.
Create a salad using fresh produce and herbs, and then add one of these two homemade salad dressings to build your own healthy snack.
eggie Strip Mak
Rewrite the steps of this recipe in order in your
own words with tips based on your experience.
What does fresh taste like? Describe your experience making
the recipe and tasting the final salad. What words describe how
What does it mean to eat fresh food? How can you eat more
fresh foods? What ingredients would you change to make this
recipe taste better?
*Wash all ingredients before using.
Serving size = 2 tbsp.
Nutrients Per Serving:
Nutrients per serving
Healthy Ranch Dressing—U.S. Nutrients per serving:
Calories 20, Total Fat 0 g, Saturated Fat 0 g,
Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 2 g, Sugar 2 g,
Protein 2 g, Sodium 75 mg, Fiber 0 g
Dazzling Italian Dressing—U.S. Nutrients per serving:
Calories 210, Total Fat 22 g, Saturated Fat 1.5 g,
Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 3 g, Sugar 1 g,
Protein 0 g, Sodium 60 mg, Fiber 0 g
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