A Meal Your Kids Can Cook


Are you tempted NOT to eat out for Mother’s Day? This is one day of the year when I LOVE staying close to home and avoiding the crowds and hectic pace of the restaurant scene. However, I don’t mind turning over the kitchen to the budding cooks in my house. The only challenge is, what to make? Well, I tackle the challenge by putting together a couple of my easiest, no-measurement recipes and sitting back for a (mostly) supervisory role.

Here’s what you need:

  • Chicken Tenders
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Fresh Tomatoes (I slice them for the kids)
  • Pesto Sauce (store-bought is fine)
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Basil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place the chicken tenders on an ungreased baking sheet.


Using the cap of the olive oil container as a guide, have your child drizzle the chicken with oil.


Season with a pinch of salt and ground pepper and then bake for approximately 15 minutes.


On a separate sheet, lay out the tomatoes and sprinkle with just a little salt.


Use a teaspoon to top each tomato slice with pesto sauce.


Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.


Top with a fresh basil leaf. After the chicken is finished, increase oven temp to 400 and roast for 7-9 minutes.


This is a great side dish for other meals and makes a pretty display.


Or, for a kids' day in the kitchen, make your plate with chicken, tomatoes, and a green salad. 

Presto!  Dinner for Mom!