Green Cooking with Kids

Green Princess Cookbook by elementary school teacher Barbara Berry, teaches young girls how to better understand their food choices and help save the planet.

Cooking with Kids

Green Cooking with Kids

Cornbread in a Can

-Francine Segan, Betty food+home Editor

the green princess cookbook

Every Betty princess (and her Betty mom) knows that she can save the world! Whether it’s buying local, choosing organic ingredients, eating homegrown veggies or using solar power, cooking green is fun. Green Princess Cookbook (Gibbs-Smith, gibbs-smith.com) by elementary school teacher Barbara Berry, teaches young girls how to better understand their food choices and help save the planet with whimsical and delicious recipes.

Here’s just one of the fun recipes from the book:

Cornbread in a Recycled Can

corn bread in recycled cansIngredients:

10 to 12 empty cans (8 to 14 ounces each), tops and labels removed, washed and dried
Parchment paper
1 cup stone-ground cornmeal, plus more for cans
1 cup unbleached flour
2⁄3 cup unrefined sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1 cup plain soy milk
1⁄3 cup canola oil
Makes 10-12

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line each can with parchment paper. Generously spray the parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle about 1⁄4 teaspoon cornmeal inside
each to coat the bottom and lower portion of the sides of each can.

2. Place cans on a sheet pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder with a whisk. Stir in egg, soy milk, and oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared cans, filling three-fourths full.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

4. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Serve in cans or remove before serving.


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  1. VERUKA says:

    This is an adorable idea. I’ll have to give this one a try. Along with all the other great tips for green day!

  2. needcoffee says:

    fun! i so want to be the mom who does these kinds of things…

  3. Candace Buehner says:

    OR: you can go to Boston Market and purchase a teeny tiny loaf for less than $1! And then pass it off as your own handiwork! You and anyone else should give yourselves credit for just recycling the darn cans (and if anyone knows how to clean peanut butter jars thoroughly, PLEASE let me know, I’m on the most-hated list of my recycling container collectors)–but cleaning them to the point where you can COOK in them?! That clearly requires the skills of someone who can differentiate b/w “unrefined sugar” and the “kind that comes in packets” (not me, but hats off to the Bettys who can!!)

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