I've been asked to teach 18, 8 year olds some sort of cooking class. I have no microwave, no oven, no stove. I was thinking I might be able to get a blender or a camping stove. I want to do something healthy and if possible teach them a skill that gives them some autonomy in the kitchen.
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Vegies and dips. Cold sandwiches. You'd be surprised how many kids are clueless about making a sandwich---as it's something normally served to them.
Maybe some introduction to some basic seasonings. Salt and pepper on the sandwich, a touch of oil vinegar. Basic 'toppings' for sandwiches. Including premade Humus.
Italian seasonings with pita bread, and pepperoni slices for a cold pizza type thing.
Going to the camp store to get some little squeeze bottles to fill with oil/vinegar. For suggestions to the parents to keep for kid friendly oil/vinegar sandwich topping.
Oh, and an english cucumber sandwich. With mayo, a touch of the oil vinegar.(optional) ..watercress, lettuce (maybe). With crust cut off. Served with bottled green tea for a kid friendly lunch.
Fruit salad, yummy yummy. Or fruit kebabs. You could give each child a fruit to prep, or divide them into groups of two or three. The fruits could include bananas, cantaloupe, pomegranate, watermelon, strawberries, navel oranges or seedless grapes, apples, papaya, mango. With prompting from you, they would learn (if they don't already know) which peels are edible, which peels do a better job of protecting the flesh, where the seeds are, how big or little the seeds are, how you get more navel oranges when they don't have seeds, which seeds are edible, why there aren't bottles of banana juice in the supermarket, etc. You could do some kitchen magic by showing how lemon juice stops a banana from blackening or an apple from browning. You could also prepare an oil and sweetened vinegar dressing (like a strawberry balsamic vinaigrette) for the fruit mixture and show them how oil floats and breaks into tiny blobs when it's shaken, and how it all comes back together after it rests.
You've gotten great ideas in response. Hope you'll let us know what you do and how it works out.
You'll also have to find out about any children with food allergies, and if there are any, you'll need to check with the parents on what the kids can/can't eat.
Fruit smoothies are fun and healthy. Use frozen fruit that doesn't require a lot of cutting, like berries. Some yogurt, a little honey and that's one tasty healthy treat.
So you have taught them how to make a basic bread and protein dishes. Along with a glass of juice it's a pretty balanced meal. And reasonably simple for that aged child to do by themselves.