Calgarys Child Magazine March-April 2009 : Page 11

FOOD & TRAVEL vegetables, shredded cheese, pre-washed salads, rotisserie chicken, and the like. If these items fit your budget, use them as often as you can. If not, there are easy ways to do this yourself. For instance, consider browning five pounds of hamburger or ground turkey instead of one. Divide the meat into one pound portions and freeze them in zip-top bags. That spare ten minutes to cook extra will save you an hour in the coming weeks as you easily prepare tacos, burritos, chili and a casserole from the precooked meat. Simply thaw in the refrigerator and reheat. Prepackaged mixes are super convenient. They tend to be pricey or contain ingredients your family may want to avoid. But, it is not that difficult to make your own. Mixes for your favorite baked goods, such as waffles, pancakes, and cornbread, are easy to create. Line up a series of large zip-top bags, and measure your dry ingredients into each bag assembly-line style. Be sure to label the bag with the name of the recipe, the additional ingredients needed and baking instructions. Store them in the freezer to keep the ingredients fresh. When you’ve planned ahead, serving freshly baked, homemade corn muffins is just as easy as opening a box. For ideas, check the internet or your library’s cookbook collection for mix recipes. Try freezer meals - The idea of precooking for the freezer has been popular since the book Once a Month Cooking was released in 1986. The basic theory is to cook enough in a day to eat for a month, maximizing your time and resources by buying in bulk and preparing meals with similar ingredients at the same time. The main dishes you prepare are then cooled, wrapped, labeled and frozen until the day of serving. Later, thaw the dish in the refrigerator and reheat at suppertime. Dishes such as lasagna, casseroles, chilis and enchiladas do very well when prepared in this manner. Freezer cooking has proven to be such a boon to busy families that there are now meal assembly kitchens that you can visit for an evening of cooking. There, the ingredients are all ready and waiting for you to combine, creating a number of meals. The prep time is cut dramatically, and you can take along some friends and make a fun time out of it. Let the slow cooker do the cooking - The slow cooker has taken a lot of abuse over the years, whether from the joking about it or the neglect of letting it sit in the cupboard, gathering dust. However, it could easily become one of your best friends. You may raise an eyebrow, but, it’s so true! What other friend would start cooking your dinner in the morning and work at it all day? To come home to the tantalizing aroma of taco soup or enchiladas is a treat that will keep the family’s rumbling tummies at bay. Chilies, pot roasts, stews and soups are great dishes to prepare in a slow cooker. Layered enchiladas are delicious when cooked this way. You can also prepare simple taco meat by placing ground meat and spices in the crock for the day. Near serving time, crumble with a wooden spoon or a potato masher, breaking up any big chunks. Shredded beef or chicken are easy to prepare I Hate You – Continued from page 3 behavior, but your child needs to participate in the solution. Using words alone may not be sufficient to calm your child. Silverman suggests teaching simple relaxation techniques. Count to 10, run in place or take a deep breath, using a statement like, “Smell the roses (breathe in), and then blow the clouds away (breathe out).” Practice these tactics with your child in calm moments so they will be equipped with tools they can use under pressure. Help your child to see that they have options. One problem can be solved in a variety of different ways. If they are having difficulty mastering a task, they can ask for help, try a different approach or move on to another activity. Be willing to help them see alternative ideas to solve their problem. Advance planning can stop the rage before it begins. If, in specific situations, your child has issues, prepare them before you arrive. For example, if you are going to a children’s arcade, you may mention, “The last time you got really frustrated because other and delicious tasting when slow cooked all day. Place the piece of meat in the cooker with selected seasonings and cook until it easily falls apart. Then, use a fork to shred it. Whether you’re preparing one ingredient, like meat or beans, or an entire meal, the slow cooker can serve as a great tool for the busy family. Check out slow cooker recipe books for ideas. It may take some trial and error to find the right meals for your family, but in the end, the work will pay off in your arsenal of easy recipes. Dinnertime doesn’t have to be crazy. With a little preplanning, regular home cooked meals can quickly become a reality. Don’t super size your kids - super size your life! Simplify the dinner hour so that you can enjoy each other. Jessica is a busy mom of six children, making her home near San Diego. She regularly writes on family fun and home management at CCM Cookbooks to try: Dream Dinners: Turn Dinnertime into Family Time with 100 Assemble-and-Freeze Meals by Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna Looking for amartial arts school? is your best source for current information on the Alberta Martial Arts scene.It includes an overview of different systems or styles and includes tournament and seminar information.You will also find a directory of schools with info on their programs.Check it out! Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting with Your Slow Cooker by Dawn J. 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What do you think you might want to do if you start to feel that way again?” Suggest alternate actions (go to a different game where there is no line) and remind them of their verbal and physical tools. Be aware of your own use of the word ‘hate.’ Hearing a parent say, “I hate my job” or, “I hate waiting in line” may indicate that hate is an acceptable term with little impact. Establish and practice rules of respect within your household to set the standard you want your child to attain. When your child says, “I hate you,” realize that they are probably trying to say something very different to you. As you help your child identify, modify and rectify their feelings, you will find that you will be able to communicate more effectively. Mom and writer Julie lives in Chagrin Falls. A former editor of three regional parenting magazines, she now is a frequent contributor to family magazines around the world. 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