Teens love food. Yes, we all know that but, did you also know that they are quite capable of cooking for themselves…either did their parents. Cooking programs for teens can be wildly popular as long as you promise them samples at the end. The problem with cooking programs is the cooking, unless you have a huge staff lounge that doubles as a meeting room (in which case carry on Rick Bayless Public Library).
In a previous post,Teen Programming with Food, we provided fun desserts to make that require no cooking. This time we’ll explore some awesome options for cooking with that jack-of-all-trades, the microwave. If your library’s microwave (and I know you have one) cannot be moved into your meeting space, then ask around and I’m willing to bet that someone has one collecting dust in their garage. Below you’ll find some great microwave recipes that you can make with/for your teens.
- 2 tbsp. chopped onion
- 1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
- 1/4 cup fat-free refried beans
- 2 tbsp. canned diced green chilies (not drained)
- One 6-inch corn tortilla, torn into bite-sized pieces
- 1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
- Optional topping: fat-free sour cream
- Spray a large microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray. Add onion and microwave for 1 minute, until slightly softened and warm.
- Pat dry to remove excess moisture. Add egg substitute and gently stir. Microwave for 1 minute.
- Gently stir. Microwave for 30 seconds, until scramble is mostly set.
- Gently stir in beans, chilies, tortilla, and cheese wedge, breaking cheese into pieces as you add it.
- Microwave for about 45 seconds, until hot. Gently stir and, if you like, top with sour cream. Enjoy!
- 1 large coffee mug
- 4 tablespoons plain flour (do not use self-rising)
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
- Small splash of vanilla
- chocolate syrup (optional)
- whipped topping (optional)
- Add dry ingredients to mug, & mix well .
- Add egg & mix thoroughly.
- Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
- Add chocolate chips (if using), vanilla, mix again.
- Set mug in the microwave & cook for 2½ to 3 min (1,000 watts microwave). Cake will rise over the top of the mug.
- Remove from microwave and allow cake to cool a little, then tip out onto a plate, or leave in mug.
- Drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with whipped topping, if desired!