Main-Course Dinners
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.


Chicken with Rice

1 cut-up chicken
1 can mushroom soup
1 can water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Uncle Ben's rice, or any other rice that takes
about 20 minutes to cook


1. Lay chicken on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan.

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2. In a separate bowl, mix soup, water, salt, and rice.


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3. Pour over chicken.

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4. Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil.


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5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour 15 minutes. Serves 4-6 people.


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Next time you make this recipe, add 1 teaspoon dried herbs, such as rosemary or oregano, if you like. Experiment with different seasonings until you come up with a recipe you can call your own:
Chicken a la Suzie or Hal's Favorite Chicken.



1 box (12) taco shells (already folded)
1 pound hamburger
Salt and pepper
1/2 pound grated cheddar cheese
1/2 head shredded lettuce
1 large chopped onion
2-3 chopped tomatoes
Taco sauce


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1. Crumble hamburger into a frying pan. Stir gently over medium heat until brown.

2. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the mixture. Stir.

3. Remove the hamburger mixture from the stove and pour into a bowl.

4. Grate cheese onto a large plate.

5. Shred lettuce and put it on another plate.

6. Chop onion and put it on another plate.

7. Quarter tomatoes. Scoop out the seeds and juice and throw them away.
Chop the tomatoes and put them on another plate.

8. Place taco shells on a baking sheet and heat them in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes.

9. Each person takes a heated taco shell and fills it to his own desire with hamburger, cheese, lettuce, onion, and tomatoes. Sprinkle taco sauce over the filling, and eat your taco by hand like a hamburger.

Tacos can be sloppy, so have plenty of napkins available.
Serves six, two tacos each, or four, three tacos each.


Oven "Fried" Fish

1 1-pound block frozen flounder
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs


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1. Thaw fish for 10 minutes.

2. Heat oven to 500 degrees.

3. Cut fish into quarters, crosswise. If necessary, ask a grown-up to help you do this.
Remember: always be careful with knives.

4. Break an egg into a small bowl. Add salt. Mix with a fork.

5. Pour the bread crumbs into another bowl.

6. Dip the fish quarters, one at a time, first in the egg mixture and then in the bread crumbs.

7. Place fish on broiler pan, not touching. Set in the middle of the oven.

8. Bake 20 minutes. Serves 4.


Hamburger Bread

3/4 pound hamburger
1/4 cup ketchup
8 or more slices American bread


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1. Mix hamburger and ketchup in a bowl with a fork.

2. Turn on the broiler in your oven.

3. Spread the bread slices on the broiler rack. Stick under the broiler.
Toast topsides until lightly browned. Keep the oven door slightly open
so you can watch the bread toast. Beware. It toasts very quickly.

4. With pot holders, remove the broiler pan. Flip each slice of bread over.

5. Lift up the slices one by one and spread the untoasted side
with the hamburger/ketchup mixture.

6. Broil the hamburger side until brown.
Again, watch the bread under the broiler so it doesn't burn.
Serves 4. (2 slices per person).



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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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