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10 foods your kids can cook

Special to The Washington Post
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said his hope is that "every single American child leaves (high) school knowing how to cook 10 recipes that will save their lives." Because many chronic diseases can be prevented by proper nutrition, I agree with Oliver.

At 9 years old, my son is familiar with the kitchen, and he knows how to peel, chop and measure. But if he were at college right now, I doubt he would know how to make a real meal for himself.

I imagine he will have limited cooking equipment those first years on his own, along with a limited budget. I want him to know what to do with all of the healthful vegetables and foods we've eaten here at home. So I am on a new mission to teach my kids to cook, starting with 10 nourishing recipes.

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Here is my list. I encourage you to make your own:

1. Bolognese sauce

2. A stir-fry with brown rice

3. Roasted chicken

4. Chili

5. Homemade soup

6. Fish baked in parchment

7. Eggs

8. Smoothie

9. Roasted vegetables

10. Guacamole

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