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N is for Noodles & Cheese | Cooking The Alphabet | Cooking With Kids | Easy Toddler Meal

Hi, I’m Amber, and I’m cooking the alphabet with my two toddlers!

Illustrated noodle background with text saying "Baby Cooks The Alphabet - Cook the alphabet and create a handmade recipe scrapbook! Noodles & Cheese”

We’re cooking homemade Noodles & Cheese aka Mac & Cheese for N is for Noodle, and it was the first time letting my 3-year-old try to use the stove and it was a total disaster!

I'm going to be honest with you, the stove hiccup kind of threw off our entire dish and it did not come out great, so instead of listing the ingredients and directions here for you, I'm going to link to a better recipe for you to try. But I welcome you to continue reading to see how YOU can avoid a stove-top disaster!

Better recipe:

A 3-year-old uses scissor to snip off the ends of a green bean.
My 3-year-old shredded cheese!

Getting The Kids Cooking:

Set-up tasks your toddler can help with include:

  • Grabbing kitchen tools

  • Grabbing ingredients

Then the fun part comes:

  • Filling a pot with water

  • Measuring pasta noodles

  • Grating and measuring cheese

  • Chopping up butter into cubes

  • Stirring pasta together with the cheese sauce with close adult supervision

How it really went for us:

I thought I would up the ante in this one and do a more complicated recipe and see how my 3-year-old would do with helping me by the stove…but honestly, I was the one not ready for this. She did great prepping all of the ingredients, including helping me measure out the cheese, while her sister ate a stick of butter. But when it came to using the stove…I was the one who chickened out when I realized she would be adding the cheese to hot liquid, I spooked her making her lose her confidence, and she poured the cheese on the burner instead.

So this is your and MY reminder that it’s okay to take things slow, but when you’re ready - be confident and don’t second guess yourself or your very capable kids.

Remember to take photos of your little chef measuring and grating!

Now that the kids had fun, it's mama's turn!

Let's assemble the N page in our Baby Eats The Alphabet Recipe Book!

What you need:

Of course, we recommend purchasing a Baby Eats The Alphabet kit, which will have everything you need to create your recipe book keepsake (except the photos of your little ones), but honestly, the point is to create a beautiful book of your memories - which you can with: printed photos, paper (we recommend paper at least 8.5" x 8.5" so you can fit a photo plus the recipe!), double-sided tape, any fun embellishments you want like stickers, washi tape, or photo protectors, and something to hold your pages, like binder or scrapbook!

Write your recipe:

Use a small piece of paper to write down the recipe you used, and any memorable notes you want to record, for example: "This marked your first attempt to use the stove, which unfortunately ended in burnt cheese and a very frazzled mom!"

Pick your photos and lay everything out:

Before applying any tape, I recommend you lay out all of your elements to make sure everything fits and you like how it looks. Once you're happy with it, tape everything down, starting with the bottom layer first! And here's how mine turned out:

I would love to see what you decided to cook and create for N is for Noodle! Please tag me in your creations @BabyEatsTheAlphabet!
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