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  • 3 Easy Recipes You and Your Child Can Prepare for Get-Togethers

    Make cooking together a tradition in your family.
3 Easy Recipes You and Your Child Can Prepare for Get-Togethers
  • FYI, moms: Allowing your kids to prepare food with you doesn't just help them develop important life skills that can come in handy as they age (math and science skills, for starters). It also creates an opportunity for you to connect and bond with them.

    According to a 2007 study from the University of California, Los Angeles, simple, everyday activities-like preparing food with your kids-can "afford families quality moments, unplanned, unstructured instances of social interaction that serve the important relationship-building functions that parents seek from 'quality time.'"

    This 2019, why not ask your kids to prepare meals with you? Here are three simple recipes you can make with them. (To see the original recipes, just click the names of the dishes):

    Classic Macaroni Salad

    Nothing beats the classics. The macaroni salad is one of those dishes that make weekends special. It's a sweet, creamy dish that the entire family looks forward to every time-and it's easy to do as well. You only need to cook, chop, and combine to make this dish:

    200 grams salad macaroni
    1/4 cup carrots, minced
    1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
    1/2 cup cheese, cut into small cubes
    1/3 cup pickle relish, diced
    2/3 cup pineapple tidbits, drained and diced
    1/3 cup cooked ham, diced
    2/3 cup cooked chicken breast, shredded
    1 pack 470mL Lady's Real Choice Mayonnaise
    2 tablespoons white sugar
    salt, to taste
    pepper, to taste

    1. Cook macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse over running water to cool. Set aside.

    2. Chop the carrots, onion, cheese, pickle relish, pineapple tidbits, ham, and chicken while your kids watch. Make this a learning opportunity by telling them why these ingredients are good for their health.

    3. Let your kids help you mix the ingredients together. In a bowl, combine the cooked macaroni and the other ingredients with Lady's Choice Real Mayonnaise. Add sugar and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Chill before serving.

    Cheesy Baked Salmon

    There's no need for an oven to make this creamy-and healthy-dish. Armed with an oven toaster and a couple of pantry staples, you and your kids can cook this tasty salmon recipe in about 22 minutes. Make sure your kids wash their hands properly before and after preparing this dish.

    2 200-gram salmon fillets
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 lemon, juice only
    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 teaspoon liquid seasoning
    1/4 cup quick-melting cheese, grated

    1. Preheat your toaster oven, and line a baking sheet with foil.

    2. Rub the salmon fillets with garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Arrange fillets, skin side down, on the baking sheet.

    3. In a bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sugar, and liquid seasoning. Spoon mixture over the salmon fillets then top with grated cheese.

    4. Bake in the toaster oven until cheese is melted and fish flakes easily. The fish should be cooked in about 10 to 12 minutes, depending on your preferred doneness. Serve immediately.

    Chocolate Freezer Cake

    Chocolate is a favorite among kids and kids at heart, so this recipe will be a hit come New Year. Encourage your children to join in your family's food preparation by helping whip up this simple but yummy dessert. Make this the day before so it'll have enough time to freeze before serving.

    2 cups heavy cream, divided
    1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
    graham crackers

    1. In a bowl, place 1 cup of heavy cream and heat in the microwave for 1 minute.

    2. Add chocolate chips to the warm heavy cream and mix them well.

    3. In a separate bowl, whip 1 cup of heavy cream into stiff peaks. Add the chocolate mixture and fold until well-combined.

    4. Assemble the dessert: Ask your kids to place alternating layers of graham crackers and the chocolate-cream mixture in a freezer-safe container. Finish with a topping of more chocolate chips. Place in the freezer for four hours or overnight.

    Salads, simple main dishes, and no-bake desserts are good recipes for kids to learn since they require very minimal cooking. Make sure to use quality ingredients like fresh vegetables, fruits, and fish, along with pantry staples like Lady's Choice Real Mayonnaise.

    For more easy Noche Buena recipes, visit the Lady's Choice official website and follow the brand on Facebook.

This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Lady's Choice.