Kids lend hand with drumsticks, corn bread, chili
Drumsticks are the perfect hand-held food for children, just the right size and shape for gestures reminiscent of a medieval king. Moms and dads like them for their low impact on the food budget; many supermarkets regularly offer sale prices for family packs of a dozen pieces. Buy that larger package and get the kids involved in dinner. Corn bread is so easy that they can make it with little guidance. Whisk the dry, stir in the wet, and add frozen corn kernels for extra nutrition. For the drumsticks, you need to make a subtly spiced rub, which young taste buds will like, and a sweet and sticky barbecue sauce. Slice the corn bread and dinner is served.
Monday’s chicken chili comes together in a snap. Let the little ones get their fingers dirty picking meat off chicken bones. Add canned tomatoes and kidney beans. As the pot simmers, toast a tray of corn bread croutons. Make chili toppings fun by including scallions, grated cheese, sour cream, or sliced avocado. If homework hasn’t started rolling in yet, enlist your young helpers to clean up the mess.
Karoline Boehm Goodnick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.