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Get kids cooking with these easy recipes | Chef Dez


August 12, 2016

Kids are still out of school for about another month. Their spare time is a great opportunity to get them to help out with the family meals.

Here are some great "no cook" sauce and dressing recipes that kids of any age can prepare. Getting kids involved, whether you're firing up the grill or just making a casual lunch, helps to give them pride and appreciation for family mealtime gatherings.

No Cook BBQ Sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon molasses

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon hot sauce or 2 drops Tabasco sauce

Pinch of salt

Sprinkle of cinnamon

Couple drops of liquid smoke, optional

Mix together and keep refrigerated.

Honey Mustard Sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 tablespoon liquid honey

Mix together and keep refrigerated.

Quick & Easy Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

One third cup balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon liquid honey

1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

1 garlic clove, crushed

Why buy pre-made bottled oil & vinegar dressing, when you can make this in minutes?

Put all ingredients in a jar with a lid. Shake to combine and pour immediately over salad greens of your choice. Makes slightly more than three quarters of a cup.

No Cook Sweet & Sour Sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

3 tablespoons golden corn syrup or honey

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 tablespoon ketjap manis

2 teaspoons mayonnaise

Pinch of salt

The ingredient "ketjap manis" is basically sweet soy sauce – look for it at your local Asian grocery or down the Asian foods aisle in your major supermarket. If you can't find it, you can substitute it with 4 tablespoons of soy sauce mixed with 3 tablespoons of sugar.

Mix together and keep refrigerated.

Gordon Desormeaux aka Chef Dez is a food columnist, culinary travel host and cookbook author. Visit him at Write to him at or P.O. Box 2674, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6R4.


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