Maybe it’s because I grew up with a brother who could, and still can, cook anything he wants or needs. Maybe it’s because I cook, and I only have sons. Either way, I have a firm belief that both of my boys should learn to cook and be comfortable in a kitchen. Sadly, too many women no longer cook for their families, so I don’t want either of my sons to grow up assuming that their wives will cook for them. No, my plan is to make sure that both boys are able to cook their meals and desserts. There is absolutely nothing wrong with teaching our sons how to cook.
A couple of years ago, as part of a Cub Scout project, my oldest, Ean, asked to cook dinner. I agreed and planned a menu that I though he would be able to both prepare and learn some basic skills. He made my chicken Parmesan meatballs, roasted potatoes, and steamed broccoli. He did a FABULOUS job!
A couple of years later and Ean can also bake. He’s baked cakes for our local 4-H Youth Fair and been named a top 10. He can make jams & jellies, and this past summer, he learned to make yeast bread and cream puffs/profiteroles. Yes, my 12 year old son can make French pastries!
That first dinner he prepared is one of my simple, weeknight go-tos that the kids are guaranteed to eat. They LOVE meatballs, and by being made from ground chicken rather than beef and pork, they are so much healthier.
Baked Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
1 1/2 lbs. ground chicken
2 TBSP grated onion
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese–not the stuff in a can!
1 TBSP olive oil
1/2 c. Italian breadcrumbs
1 TBSP dried parsley
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 large or 2 small garlic cloves–minced
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop and roll into meatballs. Place on an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and EAT!
Yep, that’s it. One of the simplest recipes ever.