Cooking Time is Fun Time with Visual Recipes
Hello, friends! I hope your week is going well. I wanted to share an activity I love with you today—cooking. Cooking your own food is fun and usually healthier than eating out, plus it can be a great family time activity. Plus, cooking can help with motor skills and confidence.
I’ve found the best way for me to cook is by using visual recipes. Visual recipes, also known as picture recipes, are step-by-step instructions with follow-along pictures to help visual learners such as my friends on the autism spectrum create meals with ease.
How can you get started? First, start with the basics. Create picture cards with kitchen utensils and tools such as vegetable peelers, cheese graters, hand mixers, and spatulas. Talk about what each does and how it’s important to cooking.
Then, pick an easy visual recipe to start with. A good visual recipe should include what utensils you will use in your creation, visuals of the ingredients needed for your recipe, and visuals of each step of the process to create your culinary masterpiece!
Take a look at my Visual Recipe for Marshmallow Rice Treats! For my Marshmallow Rice Treats you’ll need: 1 big mixing bowl, 1 rectangle cake pan, 1 measuring cup, 1 wooden spoon, and 1 microwave-safe bowl. Ingredients for my Marshmallow Rice Treats are: 6 cups rice cereal, 4 tablespoons butter, and 1 10oz bag of marshmallows. To create them, put 3 oz of the butter and all the marshmallows into the microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the mixture for 1.5 minutes, then stir, then an additional 1.5 minutes. Put the melted mixture into the big mixing bowl. Slowly stir in the rice cereal. This is where you can have fun with the recipe! You can mix in candy, all-natural food color, or other types of cereal to make these truly your own creation! While this is mixing, take the remaining tablespoon of butter and coat the sides and bottom of the rectangle cake pan. Once everything is mixed well, smooth out the mixture into the rectangle cake pan and put in the refrigerator for about an hour to cool. Once they’re cool cut them into squares and enjoy!
Can’t wait to try more? You can head on over to my Pinterest page. I’ve created a Pinterest board full of visual recipes and resources for families cooking together. Be sure to share the pictures of your creations on my Facebook page and let me know how much you love my recipe in the comments below.