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Cook Together

In order to be alive, human beings must eat. There are a lot of decisions we get to make in life, but whether or not to consume some form of sustenance isn’t one of them.

In your home, is dinner another task in need of a checkmark, or a chance at giving your cub kinship and confidence?

When you cook with your kids, two things will happen. First, you will realize just how easy it is to cook a healthy meal. Secondly, you will BEAM with pride watching your kids measure and mix and genuinely care about what’s being prepared. You’ll hear them ask, "Where did all this food come from?" And more than anything you’ll hear in their voice an appreciation and awareness that would otherwise be lost. It would be totally lost. Lost to Fortnite, or whatever else the distraction du jour happens to be. But on your watch, it won't be lost. You've made the decision to not let that happen.

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Objective

Maintain sanity while roasting vegetables with your children. 

Impart upon your family a very REAL appreciation for a meal, its ingredients, and their origins.

What you need

Prep Time: Should take 20 miuntes. But with kids along, maybe shoot for anything under an hour.
Bake Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients (Serves 4-6)

1 butternut squash (cubed)
1 sweet potato (peeled and cubed)
3 Yukon Gold potatoes (cubed)
1 red onion (quartered)
1 Tablespoon of chopped, fresh thyme
2 Tablespoons of chopped, fresh rosemary
¼ cup of olive oil
2 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparing food is one of life's great joys, but a lot of times, parents ask their kids if they'd like to help them cook, and then tell them to go peel a bag of potatoes. That's not cooking, that's just work.

- Guy Fieri

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Before We Begin...

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The first thing you need is patience. If you can feel the anxiety of inevitable inefficiency setting in...stop here. Take a four or five-second breath. Now say to yourself:

Our primary goal is not to get food on the table. In a pinch, I can always call out for pizza. What I am doing is experiencing something with my child. I’m teaching them to do something and valuing their contribution. I’m building an adult. I’m sharing in the adventure.

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Before We Begin...

The first thing you need is patience. If you can feel the anxiety of inevitable inefficiency setting in...stop here. Take a four or five-second breath. Now say to yourself:

Our primary goal is not to get food on the table. In a pinch, I can always call out for pizza. What I am doing is experiencing something with my child. I’m teaching them to do something and valuing their contribution. I’m building an adult. I’m sharing in the adventure.

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Step 1. (Without the Kids)

Start small! Let's just roast some vegetables. No, not the boiled, vinegar drenched slime-balls your parents cooked. We're cooking something your kids might actually eat.

First, taking care to keep your kids at a bit of a distance, pre-heat your oven to 475°F (245°C).

Step 1. (Without the Kids)

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Start small! Let's just roast some vegetables. No, not the boiled, vinegar drenched slime-balls your parents cooked. We're cooking something your kids might actually eat.

First, taking care to keep your kids at a bit of a distance, pre-heat your oven to 475°F (245°C).

Step 2. Food Prep

Gather and cut vegetables as required. Have your kids give you the vegetables to cut unless, of course, they’re old enough to use a knife under your careful supervision. Either way, when you’re cutting the onions, be careful you don’t ruin the experience by letting their faces get too close. Nothing worse than onion tears.

Combine the squash, sweet potato, and Yukon Gold potatoes in a bowl. Separate the red onion quarters into little pieces, and toss them in.

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Step 2. Food Prep

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Gather and cut vegetables as required. Have your kids give you the vegetables to cut, unless of course they’re old enough to use a knife under your careful supervision. Either way, when you’re cutting the onions, be careful you don’t ruin the experience by letting their faces get too close. Nothing worse than onion tears.

Combine the squash, sweet potato, and Yukon Gold potatoes in a bowl. Separate the red onion quarters into little pieces, and toss them in.

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Step 3. Mix It Up!

In a separate bowl, mix the thyme, rosemary, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper together. Pour over the vegetables and work about until they’re evenly coated. Getting a nice even coat of oil on the vegetables is a good opportunity for your sous chefs to get their hands dirty. Let 'em at it!

Step 3. Mix it Up!

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In a separate bowl, mix the thyme, rosemary, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper together. Pour over the vegetables and work about until they’re evenly coated. Getting a nice even coat of oil on the vegetables is a good opportunity for your sous chefs to get their hands dirty. Let 'em at it!

Step 4. Roast 'Em

Spread evenly on a large roasting pan.
Place in the preheated oven and roast for 35 to 40 minutes. Best to stir them occasionally to ensure they don’t stick to the pan and burn. It’s fun to turn the oven light on so the kiddos can keep an eye on them as they cook. Once done, remove from oven and serve! You did it!

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Step 4. Roast 'Em

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Spread evenly on a large roasting pan.

Place in the preheated oven and roast for 35 to 40 minutes. Best to stir them occasionally to ensure they don’t stick to the pan and burn.

It’s fun to turn the oven light on so the kiddos can keep an eye on them as they cook. Once done, remove from oven and serve! You did it!

Go build your Strong. Happy. Family.

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