Sunday Post: Recipe for Self-Esteem
A recipe, according to the dictionary, is a list of ingredients and instructions for making something, especially a food dish.
Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is RECIPE.
I love soup! Do you? Soup can be hearty or light, warming or cooling…soups are so easy to make and, when you make them yourself, you can use healthy nutritious ingredients and leave out the preservatives, high sodium levels and artificial colors that are rampant in most canned or packaged soups you buy at the store.
Here is a recipe for Cock-a-Leekie Soup…absolutely delicious…and very easy to make, even your kids can help!
You will need: 1 large pot, 1 lb boneless chicken breasts cubed, 2 slices bacon, 1 large leek sliced (about 2 cups), 1 cup sliced fresh carrots, 2 cups cubed potatoes, 1 container low sodium vegetable broth (32 oz), 1 cup basmati rice, 2 Tbs single malt scotch (optional), ½ cup diced prunes, 1 Tb dried basil, 8 cups water.
1. Saute bacon in pot…add chicken pieces and sauté a few minutes.
2. Add sliced leeks, carrots and potatoes and stir well.
3. Add vegetable broth, prunes, water and basil and stir well.
4. Bring to a boil, add rice and scotch…lower heat, cover and simmer for 1½ hours.
5. Serve with crusty bread and a simple tossed salad.
6. Store in covered container in fridge.
7. Makes about 12 cups of soup…you can easily make less by cutting the ingredients in half.
So what is the recipe for helping a child develop a high self-esteem?
1. Help your child master tasks and skills.
2. Encourage your child to value his own strengths and qualities.
3. Help your child to feel appreciated and loved.
4. Encourage your child to express his feelings.
5. Help your child to acknowledge and cope with his fears.
6. Encourage your child to accept himself and his body.
Kids love to help in the kitchen…not only does that time with you build self-esteem, but it also helps children develop reading readiness skills (or better literacy skills if they are older). They also learn about good nutrition, and many picky eaters will try new foods that they have helped make.
If you would like more information about helping children develop a positive self-image or need some quick and easy ideas and self-esteem building activities, please pick up a copy of my book. During the month of March, we are offering free shipping on my website (an additional $5 off the price of the book for participants in the PPP Reading Challenge) or you can purchase the book on Amazon.
If you’d like more information about Jake’s Sunday Post:
I’ll add more folks who are participating in Jake’s Sunday Post as soon as their posts are up.
Soup image thanks to www.cookstr.com
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- Grandma’s Turkey and Rice Meatball Soup (happygoodtime.com)
- Leek, Potato & Kale soup recipe (so good!) (meaningfulwesternlife.com)
- Creamy Cilantro, Leek & Potato Soup (cookingwithsherlockspice.com)