Want to help your kids learn to cook? (AKA….do you hope in the near future to be able to say “child of mine, I’m running late today. Will you please make dinner and have it ready when I get home.”?) Then, like other parenting tasks we need to train them so they can know what is expected of them. This recipe was an easy one for my 7 year old to help me with this week. We ate it as our main dish but you could use it as a side to a roasted chicken too or rip up some of that roasted chicken and mix some into the stuffing prior to baking the stuffing cups in the oven.
If you are training your child to cook, remember to stay close by and offer assistance and guide them….nothing ruins dinner more than a trip to the ER.
Heat oven to 350º
Melt in a large skillet on medium heat:
- 1/4 cup butter
Add to melted butter and saute until crisp-tender (about 5 minutes):
- 3/4 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- pepper and salt to taste
Stir in and bring to boil:
- 1 1/2 cups water
Remove from heat and stir in
- 1 6 oz package of stuffing mix for chicken (like Stove Top)
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
Spoon into 8 greased muffin cups. (I was able to get 9 good sized muffins out of it actually)
Bake 10 minutes or until the stuffing cups are heated through.
Note: We did not have any leftovers and there are just four of us. So you may want to double the recipe if you have any boys over the age of 9 in your family or more than 4 people. You could also put in some shredded, cooked chicken in the stuffing mix prior to spooning into the muffin cups. This would make it go further and be a more hearty meal in itself. These are also easy to wrap up and send to school in lunches—good portion control.