The blizzard of 2016 not only brought us tons of snow, it also brought us tons of snow days. The kids have been home for 7 snow days straight! I had to come up with a lot of activities to keep them occupied so they were not just playing video games or whining that they were bored the whole time.
I got them outside to help shovel (and play) when it was safe enough for them to even stand out there. I tried my best to have them keep up with their reading and do a little school work...I heard a lot of whining about that idea! We cleaned their bedrooms... and I heard more whining! We did laundry and got all caught up- Yay for me...but more whining from them. Finally, I gave in and let them watch TV. Of course I wanted it to be somewhat educational so I put on some cooking shows for them to watch. Hey, you can learn a lot from them and it's never too early to learn basic cooking skills. My son used the word "julienne" the other day when I was in the kitchen... I call that increasing his vocabulary skills.
One of the shows we watched had a clip where the famous "Elvis" Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich was featured. My son was insistent that we had to try it out as soon as possible. I decided that it would make a great "Kids in the Kitchen" feature for the blog so we set out to make the "Elvis Special".
Of course my son and daughter both love chocolate so when they saw the jar of Nutella sitting next to the Peanut Butter jar on the pantry shelf, all bets were off. We had to add Nutella to the sandwich too. I wonder if Elvis would mind... or maybe he would have loved our version even better!
The Grilled Peanut Butter Banana and Nutella Sandwich was a big hit to say the least! I really recommend getting the thickest sliced bread you can buy, like Texas Toast, so the bread can hold all the filling while it's being grilled. I have never bought Texas Toast before, but when the store shelves were bare due to people buying everything before the blizzard hit, a loaf of Texas Toast was one of my only options to buy so we could have bread at home. Turns out it was a lucky thing after all.
So, if you have school aged children, get them in the kitchen. I believe everyone should know how to cook and it's never too early to get the love of cooking instilled into a child. Also, making a fun and kid friendly sandwich like this is a great way to get them excited to join you in the kitchen for sure.
Grilled Peanut Butter Banana and Nutella Sandwich
Recipe by Ramona (and her kids) from Kitchen Simmer
Thick sliced bread (I prefer Texas Toast style)
Creamy Peanut Butter
Apply peanut butter on one slice of bread and Nutella on the other slice of bread. Top with sliced bananas.
Place bread together with filling inside to form a sandwich. Then lightly butter the top of the sandwich. Place butter side down on a nonstick pan (I love ceramic pans) on medium heat. Carefully butter the bread facing up with butter (or if you prefer butter both top and bottom before placing sandwich in the pan). When the bottom side is brown, flip sandwich and grill until both sides are golden brown. Serve hot/warm. Enjoy.
Note: Depending on the age of children, parents need to help with slicing bananas and grilling the sandwich.
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