How's a Mom Supposed to Make Dinner?!?!?

One of my biggest struggles with feeding my family healthy meals is the fact that this little Tasmanian Devil child of mine requires my full attention. How the heck am I supposed to do meal prep when I have to devote all my attention to keeping my kid from climbing the ladder to the attic when my back is turned? Unfortunately, that really happened. God help me.  

So yesterday, in a rare moment of brilliance, I decided to engage him in the kitchen with me. He likes to stand on the stool and help me anyways but that usually involves him grabbing the butcher knife, touching the stove, stirring something hot and splashing it, or some other equally dangerous curiosity. Enter this incredibly quick and fun "playdough" type recipe that I threw together with stuff I had in the pantry. It took just three minutes to make and a couple to cool so he could touch it. I put out a giant cutting board, a butter knife, and some various "tools" for him.

ONE HOUR! I got ONE HOUR out of this activity!!!! I prepped dinner, made our paleo banana bread recipe, juiced some fruit, put on some bone broth, and even cleaned up. It was magical!!!

 

Store the playdough in a sealed container to maintain freshness. I put mine away and intend to only use it for Colt to "help me in the kitchen" to keep it special. We shall see!

 

Oh and one more note: this recipe is gluten free so if your kid is sensitive, that's a bonus.

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Ingredients:

1 C Baking Soda

1/2 C Cornstarch

3/4 C water

food coloring of choice (more ideas on this in the video)

Essential oil for fragrance (optional)

Directions:

In a pot over medium heat, add the baking soda and cornstarch. Add the water and stir until it boils. Keep stirring until the mixture forms a big blob. Add food coloring and fragrance as desired. If you are staying away from food coloring, boil some veggies in the water and then strain it and use the colored water instead. Turmeric makes a yellow/orange, beets make a reddish pink, etc.