Children and young people · Eating well · Recipes

Cubs chef badge – chaos but successful

I think I have mentioned before that I am Akela for a cub pack – loads of fun but it is so easy to spend a lot of time doing cub stuff hence the lack of posts despite my promise to be a bit more active. Last night the cubs cooked a simple 2 course meal and they loved it. We made quesadillas with salad followed by fruit and marshmallow kebabs.

If you are unfamiliar with quesadillas you need a tortilla (wholemeal tortillas of course which worked brilliantly and all the kids ate them). Thinly spread a little butter or spread on one side and then put it butter side down in a hot frying pan. Sprinkle some grated cheese onto one side of the tortilla. We then insisted they add some spring onions and/or peppers inside. There were a few screwed up faces to the suggestion of adding veggies to their filling but most were persuaded to try something. Some added chopped tomatoes and cucumber that was intended for their salad and one child tried a strawberry in with the cheese (meant for the fruit kebabs you understand). They then folded their tortilla over and when the underside was browned they flipped their quesadilla over to brown the other side and ensure the cheese was melted.

We had an opportunity to talk about food safety and nutrition, foods from South America including encouraging them to try avocado. Kids are often more adventurous with other children around and away from their parents.

The cubs could do everything themselves with leaders supervising their chopping and ensuring good technique with the sharp knives, they grated the cheese, put more marshmallows on their skewers than fruit(!) but ate a lot of fruit in the process and cooked their own quesadillas being very proud of themselves flipping them over. There was a bit of mess and it was quite smokey in the hall at the end but they had loads of fun.

These are easy to make at home and you can add some leftover cooked chicken or flaked tuna inside as well as other vegetables and serve it with refried beans, guacamole and salsa to make more authentic.

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