My 8 year old daughter, and only daughter for as far as that goes, is a Food Network junkie. When she's not watching ***shudder*** Spongebob, she watches Food Network. She knows all the stars by sight and is beginning to grasp some of the basics of food combinations and varying cuisines. It's kind of cool to watch.
My wife and I are foodies as well, so we encourage her every chance we get. She gets to help shop and cook. By the by, it's true that kids are much more likely to eat something if they have a hand in preparing it. I've seen it happen.
I tell you that bit so I can tell you this bit.
The family and I were making our monthly trek around Sam's Club a while back doing our damnedest to spend about a month's pay (and doing a fine job)when my wife, who was recovering from surgery announces that she needs to sit down for a minute. We all make camp in the lawn furniture and I take the full cart to the front of the store to exchange it for an empty.
When I get back I am informed that my daughter has had an inspiration. It came in the form of "Mommy. You know what sounds good?" That comment was followed by this recipe, which the little darling came up with entirely on her own. We've had it three times now and it still blows my mind that she came up with it.
Munchkin's Honey Lime Chicken
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
Zest from the limes (we used the zest from all 4 limes, but you could use less depending on your taste)
2 cloves of garlic
1 Tbls Honey
a dash of hot sauce (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine the lime juice, zest, garlic, honey, salt and pepper and hot sauce and marinate chicken for 30 minutes to an hour. Then grill until the chicken is done.