Everyone at my house likes to eat but not everyone wants to cook. I'm the one who is "expected" to prepare the meals and most of the time, I don't mind. However, I have two teenage daughters who will need to know how to feed themselves before long. One of them has only a year left at home.
This summer I suggested that one of their goals be to prepare 2 dinner meals a month for the family. That's one meal a week that I wouldn't have to cook and it'd be good experience for them. They were game.
We got off to a late start because this week is the first week that we managed to make this work. The thing with teenage girls is that they're busy -- social life, part-time jobs, swim team, dance team and babysitting.
Last night, the youngest prepared dinner and tried a new recipe. (Lately she's been seen looking at/reading cookbooks. Big smile from me because I do that regularly too.) I loved her choice -- pasta with a no cook sauce. How perfect is that for summer? And, she didn't follow the recipe exactly because we didn't have all of the exact ingredients on hand. Again, something I'm known to do. It was quite tasty and went together very quickly.
No Bake Cheesy Ziti Toss (original recipe from Southern Living Busy Mom's Weeknight Favorites)
8 oz. whole wheat ziti pasta
1-15 oz can pasta-style tomatoes with basil and garlic
1 1/2 c. of shredded cheese, a blend of mozzarella and cheddar
1/2 c. oil packed dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 small can of sliced black olives
1/2 tsp black pepper
Cook ziti according to package directions; drain well.
Meanwhile, stir together tomatoes and remaining ingredients in a large serving bowl. Add hot pasta, and toss gently. Serves 4.
A perfect meal. I even got out of cleanup as Lawman took care of that.