This week we take a look at some of the nutritional requirements of teens. We'll look at what teens should be eating for healthy growth and some of the more obscure things to avoid as well. Then we'll talk about the importance of the Family Dinner. The benefits go well beyond the nutritional intake and can help emotionally and intellectually and play a major role in a teen's personal growth.
In our last segment we'll talk about the benefits of getting teens into the kitchen and involved in cooking. It provides an opportunity for quality time, teaches self reliance and can build self confidence. We'll also talk about some of the things that Madison likes to cook and show her in action making two different meals.
insightful podcasts, informative hosts insights into a podcast network. Welcome. Teoh Insights Into Teens, a podcast series exploring the issues and challenges of today's youth. Your hosts are Joseph and Madison Whalen, a father and daughter team making their way through the challenges of the teenage years. Welcome to insights into teams. This this isn't sits in the team's right. Yeah, OK, this is Episode 65. Food and Cooking. If I sound a little confused today, that's only because it's Friday. I'm your host, Joseph Whalen and my talented and responsible co host, Madison Whelan.
How are you doing today, dear?
Pretty normal. Normal is good these days, and normal. It's hard to get these days.
Um, so last week we did a Q and A. And part of that Q and A. We talked about some topics relating to food. We talked about what you're healthy, what your favorite foods are and something like that. Um, so we decided to follow up, and one of the things you wanted to talk about in the follow up was some healthy eating habits specifically for teens. Um, then we'll talk about one of the things I thought was kind of important in my research, for this was the importance of family dinner. We enjoy it. We're fortunate enough to be able to do it ourselves, and there's legitimate benefits to it. And then in our third segment today, we're gonna talk about keens and cooking and what the benefits are, Why you want to get your teams to start cooking some simple tips to get your teens to cook. And we have some footage of, Ah, a couple of meals that you had helped to prepare, and we'll talk about some of your cooking habits as well. So ready to get started? Sure, right, let's do it. So Ah, I did research on healthy eating habits, and it's funny because if you if you watch the video version of podcast, you can't help. But, no, I'm a relatively large individual. Um, so you would think that I don't know much about healthy eating and the same thing as I know a lot about healthy eating. I just don't follow it. Um, I happen to be diabetic, so understanding my dietary intake is very important to regulate my blood sugar. Um, I just I'm not very successful in my attempts to lose weight by many, many attempts. However, we're not talking about that today. We're talking about teens and healthy eating, and the type of diet that teens typically have to follow is a little different than adults. Your body's need different nutrients and different minerals to grow with. So, um, there are suggestions on what to eat and what not tea. And I just want to go down the list and for some of these out there and get your reaction to him
So first of all, we'll talk about what to eat. And some of this stuff is pretty obvious. Fruits and vegetables, um, they suggest most most government agencies suggests five portions of fruit per day in, and a portion is about the size of an apple. They suggest dried fruit and fruit juices, along with smoothies. Count as well. How are you with your fruit and vegetable intake? Manny?
Well, I can definitely say I'm more of a fruit person than a vegetable person. There are vegetables that I do like, but I have tend to gravitate, gravitate more towards fruit. I do eat vegetables, typically whenever we have our dinners. Um we normally have salad or some type of like broccoli or frozen or canned food now, but I definitely think I'm gravitating more towards fruit. Well, I also typically always have, um, tomatoes at dinner. Um, which are fruit. Just saying, Ah, I definitely don't debate that, Um, I sometimes have them when I have lunch. Whenever mommy wants to, like, throw in some extra stuff. I also typically eat grapes. And I've started eating strawberries now, especially after my answer, the last broadcast. So, um, I'd say I'm pretty good on fruits and vegetables. Most them are good. Some I just prefer not to eat, but I've started eating mawr. I've started eating more salad and, uh, yeah.
Okay. Well, good answer. Um, I think you do have a fairly balanced diet. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, The next one we talk about is carbs. Most human beings air either, uh, carnivore, which is a person who eats me. A herbivore who's just eats vegetables or an Omnivore who eats both. You're what we call a core before that. You do like your carbs, don't you?
Yep. Specifically bred
so and so some of the good sources of Carver of of carves out there carving some of the good sources of carbs out there. They talk about our fiber, um, humps, our whole grains that have high fibre invited and be brown rice. Um, and one thing you don't like to do, and that's leaving the skin on the potatoes that you read. So that is where a lot of the nutrients come from Is the skin now starchy foods typically tend to be low in fat, and they do protect against some cancers, and they help you feel full. You're gonna test to that with the bread that you eat, right? So do you think you consume a healthy amount of carbs? Excessive amount of car with what are your thoughts on your carbon?
Well, Mom, you can stop me from eating a lot of bread, that's for sure. She'll stop me from eating like, as much as I would probably want to eat, um, and she also trusted, and she also instead of using whole wheat buns. One time when we were making sandwiches, she used, um, Welsh instead of whole Well, girls,
the white bread
started the white bread. She gave me whole wheat flatbread, which I think is healthy arm assuming.
Yeah, technically, it is because of the processing of Well,
I'm not entirely sure if I mean, you do consider me a car before, but I'm not entirely sure if it's an unhealthy amount. Unless, um, the stuff I've been eating, I have just been Well, I don't know. Um just been like everything I've I love. It's carbs or anything.
I don't think it's an unhealthy amount that you take in. I think you'd probably taking more than the average team thus, but your body uses it differently than adults do, too. So you kind of get a get a bit of a pass on that. The next thing they talked about his proteins. Um, and they talk about beings fish, eggs and meat easier. Basic proteins. They recommend two portions of fish per week on one being an oily one so you can get the fatty acids there and something like a salmon. Um, now, you we today, we traditionally eat, you know, a Chinese or sushi dinner on Friday. Did you have fish today?
Well, yeah. The one sushi I was eating did include a bit of salmon. Um Although I didn't need it all, I still got a I guess, decent amount in my stomach.
Okay. And that's good. Now, you don't do a lot of beans, though, right? You don't eat like beans and peas. And
honestly, I hate peas, and I've never really eaten being so.
So we have to find an alternative for you there. Um, what about eggs? Do you eat eggs?
Unless they're made into something else. I don't typically eat eggs.
Made into what, Like a pancake or something like that. Okay, so you just don't eat like scrambled eggs or anything like that. And how about your meats? Do you eat meat?
Um, soared off like every Sunday. Is chicken considered meat? Yes. OK, so I do eat chicken. That's definitely one of the meats. I'm able to tolerate
hamburgers or meat to
Yeah, hamburgers. And the funny thing is, I only eat the meat from hamburger helpers. So does that count.
That does count. That is that is definitely me.
Um, I also I know you're not gonna consider this meat, but I eat bologna sandwiches. So you're not going to consider it me? It's not.
It's not the healthiest because they process it with a lot of preservatives and stuff like that. But it's there still protein in it.
And sometimes Mommy forces made eat ham
forces. You know, she's terrible like that, Isn't she?
Just you know, that doesn't like I don't like Cam, but it's one of the only meat she actually forces me to eat.
Well, she's a tough mom, isn't she?
I still love her. We'll
go because this conditional upon having to eat me, boy. So the next thing that they talk about the next, I guess food group, they talk about here, our dairy and what they call alternatives. Eso they say that milk yogurt. Um, the system is shutting down for some reason. I don't know what happened there. That was really weird. I lost on my screens,
and they all turned red. So that was creepy.
Um, yeah, technical difficulties. Hopefully, we're still actually transmitting. Okay, uh, back to the show. That was weird. So milk, yogurt, cheese are all good sources of calcium and vitamin a vitamin D, which I think everybody knows. And vitamin B 12 but they're also a good source of protein and fat. So there is good fat. Not all fats band. Some fat is good, especially in teens. Routines need the fat to help their body grow in different ways. Um, there are low fat options, like mommy gets the string cheese that we like, and she gets the low fat string cheese with that. But you could do, um, almond milk, for instance, Or soy milk are some of the, you know, alternatives that you're half for milks. How are you with your milk product? Your dairy will say
Well, um, I typically have three different types of drinks that I would have and one of the primary ones is milk. Um, I Either I can I normally drink it for breakfast. And whenever I really just feel like having a thing of milk or whenever I have dessert because I just get a drink of my dessert Now for some reason, I don't know, Um, I dio eat cheese. I eat cheese when I have any sandwiches. Does the cheese on the nachos count? Absolutely. OK, so that's also cheese. I don't eat yogurt. I've never wanted to get out yo good. After we Haftar
races, yogurts always been a kind of a sticking point with you because of the braces.
Okay. Well, good. So it sounds like you've got a decent intake of dairy products. Then there is very important for teens because it helps with your bones. As you grow, it feeds the joints. It helps with your immune system house with so many different things. The last thing they have here isn't really a food group. And that's oils and spreads. You know what I mean by that?
Um, I'm assuming, Like, are you talking about the different oils that you can use when you, uh, when you like, cook meat and start?
Exactly. Exactly. So. Like I said earlier, not all fats are bad. The growing body needs fats for energy and for vitamins in there, so some fast are are essential for growth. Obviously, I've had too many fats, but that's another story. Um, the best are unsaturated fats on oils like olive oil. So when mommy cooks, if she's going to cook something that requires a little bit of oil, she'll put a little avo and just to coat the bottom of the pan and cook everything on top of that rather healthy sunflower oil is another one. But when they talked about spreads, think bread and butter.
right. So well, So butter is a dairy product that it's basically dairy fat. So you spread that we don't use butter a lot around here unless there's very specific things that were baking. So for us, we use, um, a plant based artificial. We use country crock, so it's, ah, low in saturated fat. It's generally much healthier. The problem is, it doesn't have the same characteristics. It doesn't melt like butter, so you can't really melt it down and put it on popcorn like movie theater popcorn, because it doesn't melt right? Um, and it doesn't. It doesn't blend well when you're baking things, so we can't use it for that. But if we're putting a little bit of, ah, spread on bread or on waffles, waffles or corn is perfect for that, and it's healthier. So that was what we had for what to e and fortunately, the list of what not to eat it to say. It was kind of obscure and and I put it in here, it wasn't gonna put it in, but I put it in cause some of it was weird, and it was kind of educational for May. So we talked about fish being good to eat, right?
Some fish, apparently. Or not. Think of a fish that you think wouldn't be good tea?
Um, a puffer fish?
Definitely. Because their fortunes. But that one doesn't count.
think of Bruce.
Sharks. Yes. And I never knew this. Sharks, swordfish and marlin are not healthy to eat because they, Hank, they contain higher levels of mercury. Never knew. I never knew people ate shark.
well, I have seen a diagonal walls and stuff like, but I thought it was kind of interesting that the mercury low because the mercury can have a detrimental effect on your nervous system. Um, foods and saturated fat. That's kind of an obvious one. Um, and then they took about foods that are high in sugar and salt. Now, that's kind of obvious, but what I thought was interesting was the levels. So the study they did says that from the age of 11 and on, you should limit your salt to no more than six grams and your sugar to no more than 30 grams, and that's A. You know, the salt, at least six grams of salt is is very low, and I didn't realize it would be that low. And the real DJs like we don't salt our food a lot when we cook here. You might put a little salt on after the fact or, uh,
Salton, when you're trying to make spaghetti.
Exactly. So it doesn't stick, so we don't really sort out where you've run into. That is if you go out to eat a lot. It's a lot of restaurants to put a lot of extra salt and give you the flavor and stuff like that, and they cook with a lot of soul. That's kind of where you need to be careful with that, but 30 grams of sugar a day That's a that's actually a pretty decent amount. That's a couple of tablespoons of sugar there, so you're not too bad. So that's some general guidance on healthy eating and how some of these things affect the teen body. From a nutrition standpoint, we're gonna take a quick break. We're gonna come back and talk about the importance of the family dinner for over seven years. The second CIF empire has been the Premier Community Guild. The online game Star Wars. The Old Republic with hundreds of friendly and helpful active members, a weekly schedule of nightly events, annual guild meeting rates and an active community both on the Web and discord. The Second sieve empire is more than your typical gaming group. We're family. Join us on the Star Ford Server for nightly events such as Operations, Flashpoints, World Boss, Huns, Star Wars, Trivia Guild, lottery and much more. Visit us on the Web today on www dot second CIF empire dot com. So the family dinner. Okay, we are very fortunate in that we get to enjoy family dinner pretty much every night. A za kid growing up. My family typically had family dinners on the weekends. My dad worked a really crazy bid knife midnight work shift and didn't always do dinner with us during the week. But there's some real benefits. Their studies that were done to show the real benefits of family dinner. Do you feel like you get benefit from our family dinners?
Well, yes, I dio um and we are able to talk about our days in such, um, I'm able unwind about any stress or anxiety I had during the day. And I feel like, um if people don't really, since I I'm really I mean, I have friends, like, Well, since now we I don't go to school. And I can't really talk to many of my friends since I don't have a lot of, um Well, I'm sorry. I'm just
your quarantined. You don't get out to see your friends, you know, regularly.
Yeah, and, um, having the having the ability to at least talk to you and Mommy, um, and have family dinners and help unwind of after the day. It's helpful along with having mommy here so that I can, you know.
And that's interesting that you point out because there are some things that they talk about that kind of reflect that. So they say, you know, why should we eat dinner together? Most American families are starred for time to spend together now, Granite under current circumstances were not because we spend all of our time together when we're here.
Well, except you. You just work.
That's true. I'm still going out of the house to work. But the point is, is that there's so much going on school and work and hobbies and technology and everything that takes you your attention away. So the family dinner is a chance to sit down. Um, and they say that the dinner maybe the only time of the day when we can reconnect. You know, you may not see the family the rest of the day, but they talk about like you said. Dinner is a time to relax, recharge, laugh, tell stories catch up on the day the ups and downs, um, while developing a sense of who we are as a family. So it's it's really it's central to that. That family essence, really. They talk about and, you know, they talk about the specific benefits. And let me ask you, I'm gonna I'm gonna go down this list, but I'd like to know if you see these seem benefits. So researchers have confirmed that sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain and the health of all the family members. Do you find it to be a healthy time for you?
Yeah, I mean, that's the time where I can unwind any stress, and it's also a time to where I can access some joy and just have the rear goofball conversations that we all normally have that we normally have together.
Absolutely recent studies link regular family dinners with many behaviors, such as lower rates of substance abuse, which would have never even occurred to me. Lower rates of teen pregnancy, lower rates of depression as well as a higher grade point average and higher self esteem. Do you think you get any of those benefits? You know, Certainly your grade point average. We got your letter from the school today that you made principles list for Straight A's again. That might be evidence to this. But do you feel that it helps your self esteem as well?
Um, yeah, it shows that, um, I have it. Well, it definitely shows me that I'm way more fortunate than a lot of other people, and it shows that I should be grateful like you were talking about today. We were talking about the other day, like how you used to always have canned foods. Mommy, canned vegetables. Mommy always had frozen vegetables, and how I'm should be fortunate that I'm able tohave canned fresh and first, and at the same time so it makes me realize that I mean, definitely should be grateful of everything I have. Um, plus you guys air from hanging around with
Oh, thank you. That's very nice of you to see that, um, they go on to state of the study indicates that for young Children, dinner conversation is more potent vocabulary booster than reading. And the stories told her on the kitchen table. Help Children build resilience. Now, I don't know about the vocabulary part. I don't think I use a particularly robust vocabulary or on the dinner table
but the story part I thought was kind of interesting. I know we tell a lot of stories about when Mommy and I were young and growing up and meeting each other and stuff like that. Do you find you get benefit from from those kinds of interactions with Mommy and I?
Yeah, because I get to learn about how you guys grew up and how I'm able tohave it slightly more different, but also still have some similarities with it and also does occasionally a laugh. Ah, good. Like little Joeckel that comes in with it?
Sure. Yeah. They go on to say that One of the other benefits is that family meals lower the obesity rate and eating disorders in Children and adolescents to but never really kind of connected those things. But I guess the ring You're looking at a healthier meal, plus all the mental benefits that you get. So family dinners really do have a significant impact. It's unfortunate not everyone can concertos them. And a family dinner could be different things. And that's the next thing that they talk about. So what is a family dinner? What if only one parent is home for dare? They say, As long as there to family members eating together, taking, talking and enjoying one another. That's a family dinner, and it made me think it will. Some of the knights, you know, before all this quarantine stuff happened, Mommy would go to the salon and she would have you know, her mommy time of the salon, getting her nails done over her hair or whatever. And you and I would kind of have daddy daughter night. We'd go out, we'd have dinner together, and that's exactly what they're talking about here. I wasn't cooking dinner, which is probably a good thing.
my cooking repertoire is rather limited. But the time that we would spend together, you know, we were joke we would play games. We would talk about our days and stuff like that. So that interaction is really one of those things that kind of I certainly have fun memories of it. I don't know if you do,
I do to, like all the times that we like, Um um, like we can, Um I remember that we always used to have, like, the little hockey thing where we have, like, the piece of straw. We always rolled it up,
we just do the little flicking thing across that until, like, it fell off the table.
Yeah. Yeah. So it's, you know, it's quality time. Um, they asked, What if it's taken? And they say that if the meal is eaten with conversation and storytelling and it doesn't really matter, you know who makes the dinner right? The one caveat is that take out may not have the same nutritional values home, so you kind of lose some of that that nutritional value. But but for us as a family take out really is kind of an integrated part of our schedule. Um, most of the time during the week, Mommy cooks and and we're very fortunate in that Mom is a very good cook. And what's amazing to me is what she can produce in a very limited amount of time. Um, not so much now, because she's home, you know? But she would get home from work and immediately begin putting dinner together. And she could put in a world class meal together in 15 minutes. Whereas, you know, I learned from a mom who was a state home mom. So everything that my mom did was cooked from scratch. So it was no big deal to start cooking dinner at, like, one o'clock in the afternoon and taking a few hours to make it. So most of the stuff that I make is not. I can't fit in the 15 minutes unless I'm microwaving something. Um, so most of the time it's Mommy making dinner and a very good job of it, but she gets a break once in a while and take out as a chance for my I'm gonna have that break, and she tends to be much more relaxed. She's not a stressed When she's when we're doing take out money, usually to take out once or twice a week to support local businesses. Um, but there's definitely benefit to that, too. Would you agree? Um, do you think when we do like tonight, we did take out? So we did Chinese tonight every Friday? So do you think a family dinner with take out is different than a family dinner that's made it home?
Well, not exactly. And I definitely think it still has, like, the benefits, especially for the parent who continues to cook like Mommy like it gives her time to relax and she doesn't. And like you said before, she's not a stressed Um, Plus, we have for some reason, interesting conversations on it just cause I don't know, like it's just like at some point you have to mention that, like those whatever, mommy, like EADS with some type of seafood like I just noticed. Sometimes you always go like what type of seafood you got this time like
Well, and that's the thing with Mommy. Mommy and Daddy eat very different foods. Um, and the one thing I can say about Mommy is she always has a very good variety of food that she eats, and it's always very colorful, whereas, you know, the house that I grew up in, we were not. You know, we were four and we didn't have the luxury of having a lot of different things on our plate. It was it was a starch vegetable. And I mean, um, as a result, everything looks very earthy. You know, you don't get a lot of colors when you do something like that. Um, so for may I e very plain when it comes to that, I don't like a lot of spaces and stuff and Mommy tends toe have, you know, a much more refined appetite than I do. So every time I see what she gets for take out, it's always interesting to find out what it is because it's always something different. She always keeps me on my toes. The last thing they talk about with family dinners is what if the TV is on now? We don't eat dinner with the TV on any more. We used to have a TV in the kitchen and we'd have it on, and for us it was mostly background noise. But I did find it kind of cut down on the conversation. When we rearranged the kitchen a bit, we we pulled the TV out. We don't have it in there anymore, and I do find it. We talk a lot more. Um, do you think that the lack of a TV in the kitchen is a good thing or a bad thing?
I definitely think it's a good thing I remember, especially when I was younger. I would just always draw my attention of the TV and just because I've oh, just because it's technology and it's interesting and I want to know what happens next. I've just been like I'm always just drawn the cartoons and just what's going on on TV like I don't know. I'm just a I just get attracted to noise and want to know what it's coming from. But we do listen to music from our Lexa, um, and that then interests background doors. It's not really interesting to watch the lyrics go by unless you don't know the lyrics and you want to sing the song or something like that. But yeah, I definitely think it's better because now my attention isn't so much on the T V rather than on my family. Although we still have those moments, I notice where no one is talking and it's just like, Well,
you know, sometimes we just are enjoying the meal and sometimes there's just nothing to talk about. It's rare, You know, we have a lot of very good discussions at the dinner table, but
especially with the child who monologues a lot.
Absolutely. So I wanted to sort of point out the importance not just of nutrition and the experience of cooking, but family dinners themselves and the importance that they have and the significance that they certainly had on my life. And it sounds like on yours as well. So we're gonna take a quick break. We're gonna come back, and we're going to talk about teens and cooking and show a little bit of your cooking insides into entertainment. A podcast Siri's taking a deeper look into entertainment and media are husband and wife. Team of pop culture fanatics are exploring all things for music and movies to television and fandom. Well, look at the interesting and obscure entertainment news of the week. We'll talk about theme park and pop culture news, we'll give you the latest and greatest on pop culture conventions. We'll give you a deep dive into Disney Star Wars and much more. Check out our video episodes at youtube dot com. Backslash insights into things our audio episodes at podcast insights into entertainment dot com. Or check us out on the Web at insights into things dot com. So there's six reasons. At least the one say that I looked at had six reasons for teens to get in the kitchen. Uh, let me lay throw these at you and see how you feel about these eso. It teaches kids teaches teens about healthy eating. Do you find that you're benefiting from learning the cook with Mommy for a healthy eating?
Ah, yeah. Especially when like, um, I remember one day we actually made like a a really big batch of salad, and it on definitely taught me like the different aspects of the salad and the fact and definitely like I definitely think that the homemade salad is a little better than the pre made salad, because the we used to get like, pre made salads that were just plasticky. The lettuce wasn't even lettuce it just It's like plastic. And I never liked it, but when we had made, But whenever we got the stuff freshly made it together, it I noticed it tasted a lot better. And, um, it was nice and fresh, and I just really like salad now.
So, speaking of time together, do you feel that learning the cook with Mommy helps to give you quality time with Mommy? Is it another bonding experience that you have with her?
Well, yeah, like, um, since we have a lot of time home now, Mommy has started asking me if I wanted to help her out. Like we normally make pancakes or waffles. And I've always loved helping her out with Thacker's. Um, not only does it give us it, not only does it let me know more recipes, but it also, um, gives us quality time as well.
A very good point. Um, it also goes on to say that you learn to fend for yourself. Do you feel that in the event that Mommy and Daddy weren't around, you'd be able to make yourself your own meals and take care of yourself for a little while?
I mean, yeah, I mean right now. Whenever you guys are alone, you always just make sure there's something for for me to microwave. But I've definitely started toe make more meals. I know how to make breakfast, Uh, and different meals for dinner and lunch. Um, so I definitely think if you guys had to be gone for an entire day, I could be able to fend for myself for food
group. Do you feel that being able to cook helps to boost your self confidence? That's another thing they say.
I mean, yeah, I like the fact that I'm able toe like before, when you got when I got home early from school and finished my schoolwork and you guys were still at work, I would make dinner for you guys, and it definitely helped boost my self confidence, saying that I was able to make dinner for me. It was like nice knowing that I could make dinner for my family.
Um, the next thing you talk about, this is one that I think you and I kind of share, and that is it teaches them to keep the rest family recipes going and strong. And that's one of the things you and I share because the one thing that you and I make is my mother's recipe for cheesecake. And we usually do that around the holiday. So it's kind of almost like a holiday tradition for us. Um, other other family recipes that we, uh bye bye.
Um, I think we went by a cookie recipe. At one point,
I think I totally screwed that one up.
Yeah, we screwed up that one once, and then the second time we tried actually turned out better. And we actually made cookies.
It turns out that baking and cooking or two very different things
baking is a very
Well, no, it's it's a very precise. Yeah, a very chemistry oriented thing.
Yeah. And unless you get a chemistry and able to do math right, then you're not gonna really do well in baking.
Well, my problem is I didn't follow the instructions,
the ingredients in in the wrong order. Thinking won't the wrong going on the boat, so it doesn't really matter, right? And it turned out Yeah,
yeah, because there are different substances like liquids and solids. And if you put them in the wrong order, It could turn out either dusty or way too liquidy. And, you know,
these were dusty. He and they were dusting.
They would just dusty. We did not have a lot off.
It did not go the way we anticipated. So we had to throw all that out and start all over again.
and the last thing they talk about here is it teaches teens about giving back. And I think you kind of touched on on that feeling of, you know, being able to make dinner for Mommy. And I have to show your appreciation and stuff.
Yeah, because like you said before, Mommy works hard f pretty much every week, day to make us are meals. And since I was staying home earlier than you guys, I thought, Hey, one on I make dinner for you guys since you guys probably had a long day at work. So, um, I just wanted Teoh do some things so that Mommy could have a little more break and not be a stressed as she normally is.
And I think I think that was very popular, certainly with Mommy and I will talk about what you making a little bit your repertoire. Um, so they go on to talk about some simple tips for getting teens started in the kitchen. And I think all teens should cook. You know, it doesn't matter if your boy or girl doesn't matter your age. You're never too young to learn how to start cooking or to start helping out. First thing to say, start simple, get them to do simple things, like peeling vegetables or stirring the pot. That was how you got started with the cheesecake was you wanted them from the beaters in the mix. Um, anything to spark their interest without overwhelming them. Then they say pick foods they like. I think that's a smart move, right?
Yeah. Like I think the first meal I ever really learned how to make what Spaghetti and meatballs and I really like spaghetti and meatballs
exactly on. And then the third, when they say is making a regular family event, maybe one night a week, you're gonna help make dinner. You're gonna make dinner all by yourself, decide on the time together, make it a weekly event, and you go from there and it's something. Look forward to it. That point on and we were doing that before all this stuff happened. That's that's exactly the pattern that we were in. I think it worked out very well for us. So that was only had for the teens and cooking. Get your teams to cook, get him in the kitchen. Use that as a teaching opportunity and a chance toe. Help build their self confidence. Let's take a quick break. We'll come back and we'll talk. Take a look at some of the stuff that you've done this week and we'll talk about the recipes, what you cooked and some of the other things that you cook. So you cooked breakfast last weekend was It's Sunday, I think. Right.
I think it waas
so soon. So we have some footage of that. Why don't you just sort of talk us through? You cooking breakfast here?
Okay, So, um, here I'm cutting some of the potatoes that we were going to make. The me we're actually making was bacon, eggs and potatoes. And we also threw in some or engines letter at the end.
You sure did.
So it was more of a breakfast for you guys since I technically, already 18. But I still wanted to help out. And, um, I also wanted to learn how to make some meals. Mommy actually taught me how to cut the potatoes. Since there was a specific way I'm doing it. And, um, yeah, so
So you kind of the potatoes, And then the potatoes were fried up with a little bit of, ah, olive oil. I guess money was used, and I don't know.
I think it was a vegetable. Oils
it. Okay, so she fried them up a little bit of oil. We can see that here on the stove than the little droid looking thing from Star Wars. It's on the counted up. Mommy's in front of, uh, that's an air fryer.
Yeah, and there is our bacon, and I think we have some footage off when I was flipping the bacon.
All right, so we were We were warming it up there. The bacon is on the stove now. Not
on the stove.
No, it is. It's just over there on the cutting board. So the next thing you had to do was cut that bacon up?
That bacon goes into the, uh, air fryer. And this was I think the maple.
I don't remember if it was the maple or not out there. This
Mommy mixing it around. I think that we had already cooked it a bit, and she was just some showing me how to move it
around. And this is, you know, air fries are a wonderful thing. They make it so much easier to cook with. And it's very healthy because all the the fat from the bacon just seeps to the bottom there, so you don't you're not sit. It's not sitting in the fat. So the bacon that we get is actually from a local Amish farmer's market, and it's absolutely fantastic baking. You're not a big and lover that are you
know, not really, but also make it for you guys. Oh, yeah, We were cracking eggs for the scrambled eggs,
so Mommy was cracking them. You were pouring them, and you had the pleasure of mixing the eggs.
we don't do anything. Freeze with the eggs. We don't do omelettes or anything like that. We were just doing scrambled eggs with cheese.
Yeah, we just add the shredded cheese in and then mix it once the eggs are mixed
It's always good to have Mommy cracked the eggs, because why I do what I always get shells on them and I can't stand shells in my eggs.
Yeah, whenever I dio well, here I am checking the bacon, trying not to burn myself.
Right? So the bacon's pretty much done at this point, and it's a lot easier cooking it in there that it is in the frying pan. So are and potatoes were done. At this point in time, we microwave the potatoes for like a minute just to heat amount, more muffled of its often them. And then we fry them a little bit of oil. And there you are,
mixing the X
learning how to do eggs. This was your first time that you ended eggs.
I didn't exactly do it right the first time, but you know
now, but I think you had the right idea. You just I think you needed to be a little bit more rigorous with it
there's the final product of the bacon there
yet Mommy is just making sure everything's nice and brown and there are the eggs. Mommy has to do it because I, um,
Mommy's masterclass on egg making. You're gonna flip him. You've got a full them. You gotta keep moss. The ah, what's the edges? And keep scraping them off the pants so they don't burn. I can't stand burnt eggs, but Mommy does a very good job making the eggs these days.
The actually click played out of me right now.
And there were in there's mommy putting theme.
You know, I probably shouldn't be doing this it, you know, seven o'clock at night, cause now I'm hungry looking at the bacon,
then there's the final product. So that was our breakfast with our side of oranges on there as
well. We didn't film. Well, we did film the orange cutting, but we didn't put it in
right that that round up on the cutting room floor because it didn't come out so well. So the other meal that we did make, we can walk through that road quick. We did dare, right?
I want to tell us what we did for dinner.
Okay, um so for dinner, we were making, um did you get
make chicken with, um, cucumber with sort of cucumbers? Andi, what else did we had?
We had corn on the cob.
Mommy had, uh, Brussel sprouts, right?
Um and I also had to potatoes.
Right. So you got the bread, The chicken this time Because Mommy just lightly breads the chicken.
Yeah, we had a new way of doing it that we haven't actually done before.
Yeah, Mommy usually does it in a bag. Yeah, I used to do that, but I do it because one of the dishes that I make his chicken parm and when I do when I make a mess Because I have, ah, dip that I put it in that I have, ah, breading bowl that I put it in. And by the time I'm done the whole kitchens and Massa Mommy has a master way of doing this. Um, So we had to obviously let the chicken defrost before him.
Yeah, because it was really hard.
And I also was the odd one out since I had a ticket leg instead of an actual chicken breast because I just
wanted to have a chicken breast either I think she had a thigh or wing or something. She had bones and hers.
I don't do booms.
Yeah, you're the only one who don't goes boneless.
So we have, ah, face to container, which, ironically, comes from our Chinese food place. Uh, we put that, uh, chicken, the break rooms
that comes in it. And then we
took the jurors in,
and then I just shake it like crazy,
and then you shake it like crazy, and hopefully it doesn't open up and make a mess.
that would be bad. Yep. So we, uh, bread the three pieces of chicken that we make, we could put the pan with some spray coating, I guess.
I don't know what it waas.
I don't need a Pam or something like that, probably. And then when it comes out of there, everything's fairly nice and clean, and it's entirely coded, which I always find those answers. It's a very nice light coating, too. So it's not heavy, like batter coating just enough to give a little bit of flavor. And it actually helps to coat the outside to keep the moisture. Because when Mommy cook sees the chickens very moist when it comes out, which is nice,
and I remember afterwards eating this, I really I really enjoyed it. Um, I guess that also kind of goes into the point off how it gets you in the healthier eating habits. So yeah,
and it's funny because it seems like, you know, you tend to enjoy the meals that you make yourself more because it's an accomplishment for you. There's the breaded chicken.
And then here's Mommy. She was actually teaching me how to cut the Brussels sprouts. And she have likes eating Brussels probes,
right? We had the clean the Brussels for us before we could cook. Then
yes. So what I did was I cut off the end, um, which was hard on the bigger ones. So she needed to help me out with the bigger ones because I don't know.
It's good. I mean, I'd rather you be careful like that to be overly aggressive with the knife. So you're comfortable with the knife?
She also told me the right way on how to cut it instead off
And there you go. You know, the smaller ones your going through those looking ex.
Yeah, and she also told me Teoh, put the get the knife through my fingers
not through my fingers
but you should never go through your fingers.
Oh, yeah, This we're ready. We had already cooked the chick, I think
Yeah, one side of this. And then we put the process, brought some potatoes and
right. Oh, you baked a potato. And there's the final product on.
We also might go up the corn.
We sure did. So I think overall, I think the meals came out fantastic. It was a new learning experience for you. Eso you got to learn a few new techniques. What are some of the other things that you cook? I know you've made spaghetti and meatballs.
Yeah, that's one of my, um, premier ones. Um, and before we actually had the air fire, we hadn't acted Fry.
And I used to make I used to make, like, pork in there for you guys. Um, I also I also used to make our ultimate mac and cheese, which waas, um, which I just made Mac n cheese sort of similar. How I would make, um Spaghetti, Um and I would and we would include bacon, chicken and sausage altogether. And I would put it in the air fire. Active Frye
of the act of fries and air fryer as well. But it's a little bit different because it has an agitator in the middle. So as it's cooking, the engine teeter goes around and stirs it up. So it cooks a little bit different. You can't put as much stuff in there. Um, but ah, still very, very healthy way of cooking because it allows you to cook things in in their own juices. You don't need to have a lot of oils or fats or anything like that to cook it with. So But let me ask you this Do you enjoy cooking?
Yes, I dio
Do you? Was it something you want to learn more about?
Yeah, I definitely think so. Um, um gee, Ma had actually given me a cookbook. And in a really amazing apron, which was Minecraft themed, which is awesome. I love it. Um, and it has a bunch of different little recipes for kids to try out, and, um, I was hoping on hopefully doing some of these. Um, we're also thinking about at some point doing banana bread if we can actually get the eggs for because we got the baking soda and baking powder.
And it's tough getting the ingredients easy, that's for sure. Cool. Well, hopefully over time with With the time at home that you have, you'll learn more. I know you've helped me when I have done my chicken parm. Ah, the other family recipe that we do that I make is, um, my mom's mashed potatoes. You help with that as well? That in cheesecake. So that's that's about it. That in breakfast foods I can cook. So my ability to cook I can cook enough probably to survive for for a little while. I am not a chef on there. Any circumstance. In fact, I think you can cook more things, and I can't at this point.
Yeah, we just have to check.
So So that was all we had today. Did you have any closing remarks that you wanted to offer?
Um, yeah, Well, if you
will come back real quick, do your closing remarks and any shout outs and, uh, give our contact. Right. Go for closing remarks.
Okay. So I'm just going to make the, um, the 1st 1 pretty short try. Need healthy and have do tresses foods. That way you can live a longer life. And I also know eating healthy can help prevent diseases, which is definitely going to be important, especially during the time the times. Now, um, also, I want to say that it is important to learn how to cook. Um, not just for, um, not just for like, um, teens. But like anyone, like you said, you're never too young or I'm old to learn how to cook. Um, and I definitely think learning how to cook and bake has definitely given me many different benefits. Including, of course, the, um, time my f spent with Mommy. And definitely a very good learning experience for me. So I know teaching your teens how to cook is been very beneficial.
Okay. Any shout outs,
I'm going to definitely give a shout out to Mommy, cause she was the person who told me how to make most of the stuff. I know. Um, you may help me with a few, including, like, the cheesecake and
Yeah, she has definitely taught me how toe make all my all in meals. I know how to make, and she's definitely very supportive off. Um, the fact that I do like cooking, and she definitely wants to help me improve with that. So shut out to you, Mommy.
I'm actually going to give a shadow today, too, and I'm going to give a shout out to Mommy and all the moms out there who tend to be the ones that cooking falls on. The responsibility of cooking falls on Mom's and the women of our lives the most. Um, and Mommy does a fantastic job. She is by far the best 15 minute chef out there. Bar None and being Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to all the ladies out there who are loving mothers that we know you are and the fantastic chefs to keep your family going. So
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