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No-cook recipes perfect for children to try

Now that the kids are out of school for the summer, here are some great "no cook" recipes that kids of any age can prepare to help out with family meals.

Now that the kids are out of school for the summer, here are some great "no cook" recipes that kids of any age can prepare to help out with family meals.

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.

Enjoy.

No-cook BBQ sauce

Ingredients

- * (one half) cup ketchup

- 1 tablespoon molasses

- 1 teaspoon white vinegar

- * (one half) teaspoon chili powder

- * (one half) teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

- * (one half) teaspoon hot sauce or 2 drops Tabasco sauce

- Pinch of salt

- Sprinkle of cinnamon

- Couple drops of liquid smoke, optional

Instructions

1. Mix together and keep refrigerated.

Honey Mustard Sauce

Ingredients

- * (one half) cup mayonnaise

- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

- 1 tablespoon liquid honey

Instructions

1. Mix together and keep refrigerated.

Quick and easy salad dressing

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

Ingredients

- * (one half) cup extra virgin olive oil

- One third cup balsamic vinegar

- 1 tbsp liquid honey

- * (one half) tsp dried basil leaves

- * (one half) tsp dried oregano leaves

- * (one half) tsp salt

- º (one quarter) tsp

- fresh cracked pepper

- 1 garlic clove, crushed

Instructions

1. Put all ingredients in a jar with a lid.

2. 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

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 supermarket.

If you can't find it, you can substitute it with four tablespoons of soy sauce mixed with three tablespoons of sugar.

Ingredients

- * (one half) cup ketchup

- 3 tablespoons golden corn syrup

- 2 tablespoons white vinegar

- 1 tablespoon ketjap manis

- 2 teaspoons mayonnaise

- Pinch of salt

Instructions

1. Mix together and keep refrigerated.

Send your food and cooking questions to Chef Dez at dez@chefdez.com or by mail to PO Box 2674, Abbotsford, B.C., V2T 6R4.

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