Five-Ingredient Recipe
30 Min
Grade Level: 

The Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkeley, CA

Sometimes the best recipes begin with the ingredients you happen to have in your house. Along with some essential tips, and, if you need it, help from a friend, you can create and discover new recipes all on your own! This lesson will show you how to take five ingredients and build a list of flexible recipes you could make with them.
Student Learning Goals & Objectives: 
  • Research recipes and consider flavor combinations.
  • Further their understanding of the difference between precise recipes and flexible recipes.
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Teaching Notes: 
  • If students are completing this lesson as part of the kitchen curriculum, Cooking with Curiosity: Challenging Perfection with Reflection this lesson is 4.1, the first lesson of Unit 4.
  • This activity supports students in practicingcreating: undertaking projects that have tangible results in the kitchen.
  • This activity encourages students to feel that cooking is more accessible.
  • This lesson emphasizes using flexible recipes. It will be helpful for students to understand how to read a recipe to find recipes. See our How to Read a Recipe lesson as a pre-lesson or lesson extension.
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