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Shelter in place recipes: Easy pantry creations

Kitchen Safety for Children

1. Wash your hands, teach them a song to wash their hands for 25 seconds.

2. Children can safely use a step stool at the sink or counter with adult supervision, assist them in stepping up and down on the step stool.

3. Appliances should be used with adult supervision, including blenders, hand mixers, food processors, microwaves, toasters, etc.

4. For younger children, offer them an activity that can be done in a high chair. Spinning lettuce, tearing lettuce, pulling celery apart, removing herb leaves off stems.

5. Using pot holder gloves, teach children how to open and close the oven door.

6. Turn pot handles away from children, so they may not pull them down. Back burners are better for safety.

7. If cooking food in a microwave, be sure to stir the food to make sure no hot spots.

8. When using culinary appliances, unplug all appliances before allowing licking, cleaning, tasting.

9. Wash hands again with a new song!

10. Teach kids how to grate cheese, carrots and potatoes with safety.

11. Start with a pairing knife and teach how to practice cutting soft fruits and vegetables to learn how.

Now is a great time to start cooking in the kitchen with your kids as we have the time and are all mostly eating at home.

Black Bean Soup

Yields 4 cups

1 can/15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed in colander

16 ounces vegetable or chicken broth

1 teaspoon garlic, minced or pressed

2 tablespoons red onion, chopped fine

12 cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters (canned chopped tomatoes, if necessary)

1/4 teaspoons salt and black pepper

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated (can swap in Parmesan)

Rinse and drain beans. Prepare garlic, onions and cherry tomatoes. Place beans, broth, garlic and onions in a small pot over medium heat. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes over low flame. Add in tomatoes, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and allow to cool for five minutes. Garnish with cheese and sour cream and serve with tortilla chips or fresh tortilla's.

*Optional to substitute red beans or white beans

*Optional to add 1 cup ground beef or turkey, cooked thoroughly

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Tuna or Chicken Salad

Yields 8 servings

12 ounces canned tuna or chicken

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced or pressed

2 tablespoons red onion, chopped fine

2 tablespoons celery, chopped fine

12 black olives, chopped fine

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons fresh tarragon or 1 tablespoon dried tarragon

1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper

1 cup shredded lettuce, if available

In a large bowl, flake tuna or chicken into small pieces. Add in garlic, onions, celery and olives, mix together. Fold in with a spatula the mayonnaise, tarragon, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust flavors.

Serve with pita shells, cut in half or with fresh slices of bread, garnished with lettuce or serve as a salad with breadsticks.

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Tortilla Pizza

Yields 8 large or 16 small tortilla pizzas

4 each of 10-inch flour tortillas or 12 each of 4-inch corn tortillas

8-ounce jar pizza or pasta sauce

1 cup mozzarella, grated

24 black olives, sliced

24 slices salami or pepperoni

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place tortillas on baking sheet. Split the tomato sauce evenly between the tortillas and spread with a spoon. Sprinkle mozzarella over sauce. Garnish with olives and salami. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and tortilla is crisp. Remove from oven, allow to cool. Slice and enjoy!

*Optional to add fresh garlic, sliced red onions, sliced mushrooms, diced pepper or chopped pineapple.

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Chili Burritos

Yields 8 large tortilla burritos

1 pound ground beef or turkey

2 teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped or pressed

1/2 cup red onion, chopped fine

1/2 cup yellow pepper, chopped

1 cup canned or frozen corn

4 cups red beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups canned salsa

1 cup vegetable or chicken stock

1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper

2 cups jack cheese, grated

1 cup sour cream

In a soup pot, over medium heat, saute ground meat, garlic, onion, pepper and corn. Saute until meat is browning, approximately 10-12 minutes. Add in red beans, salsa, stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced. Lay out tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, garnish with sour cream and evenly split the chili between burritos.

In a saute pan, heat tortillas on each side for 1 minute. Lay out tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, garnish with sour cream and evenly split the chili between burritos. Burritos may be assembled ahead and keep up to three days or freeze.

*Optional to place in baking sheet, pour over two cups enchilada sauce and bake in oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees for a Chili Burrito Enchilada Bake.

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Breakfast Pitas

Yields 4 pitas cut in half

8 large eggs, cracked and whisked in a bowl

2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil.

8 slices bacon, cooked crispy

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

32 cherry tomatoes, cut into 1/4's or 1 cup salsa

1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350.

Place bacon on a baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes or until crispy.

Place pita shells on a baking sheet and heat for 8-10 minutes.

Heat over medium flame, a large saute pan, melt butter or heat oil, add in eggs and fold with a spatula and cook until fluffy, approximately 8-10 minutes. Fold in cheese and place in pita halves. Add in a slice of bacon per pita half and garnish with cherry tomatoes and sour cream.

All recipes created by Sheana Davis,the Epicurean Connection.

Kitchen Safety for Children

1. Wash your hands, teach them a song to wash their hands for 25 seconds.

2. Children can safely use a step stool at the sink or counter with adult supervision, assist them in stepping up and down on the step stool.

3. Appliances should be used with adult supervision, including blenders, hand mixers, food processors, microwaves, toasters, etc.

4. For younger children, offer them an activity that can be done in a high chair. Spinning lettuce, tearing lettuce, pulling celery apart, removing herb leaves off stems.

5. Using pot holder gloves, teach children how to open and close the oven door.

6. Turn pot handles away from children, so they may not pull them down. Back burners are better for safety.

7. If cooking food in a microwave, be sure to stir the food to make sure no hot spots.

8. When using culinary appliances, unplug all appliances before allowing licking, cleaning, tasting.

9. Wash hands again with a new song!

10. Teach kids how to grate cheese, carrots and potatoes with safety.

11. Start with a pairing knife and teach how to practice cutting soft fruits and vegetables to learn how.

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