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Cooking is an Independent Living Skill most of us need even in this "grab and go" world.  Yet many students who are blind or visually impaired do not have this experience until much later in life.  Perhaps their teachers don't have time to work on this at school and parents may not feel comfortable providing this instruction at home because of safety concerns or uncertainty about how to adapt preparation.

Cooking is more than just creating basic sustenance.  For many of us cooking and meal planning is a hobby, a social outlet, and a way to promote health. It is also an important area included in the Expanded Core Curriculum.

If you are just beginning to teach your child or student how to cook you may want to consult with your teacher of students with visual impairments about techniques and adapted devices.  You may also want to read Franziska Naughton's and Sharon Sacks' article, Hey What's Cooking: A Kitchen Curriculum for the Parents of Visually Impaired Children and Holly Cooper's and Kate Moss' article, Get Out in the Kitchen and Rattle Them Pots and Pans.  Another wonderful resource you may want to view is Petra Hubbard's webinar on Independent Living Skills, which includes some information about techniques for teaching ILS including some tips for cooking.

At TSBVI we have collected many easy recipes that you can use with beginning cooks.  These recipes include dishes made with frozen food, boxed foods, breakfast foods, desserts, main dishes, and even grilling recipes for using a George Foreman type grill.  All of these are downloadable and printable in accessible formats.

Banquet (Frozen) Dinner Recipes

Betty Crocker Recipes

Boxed Food Recipes

Breakfast Recipes

Campbell's Soup Recipes

Dessert Recipes

Drink Recipes

Duncan Hines Recipes

Frozen Food Recipes

George Foreman Grill Recipes

Hamburger Helper Recipes

HEB Recipes

Hill Country Fare Recipes

Main Dish Recipes (lunch and dinner)

Pasta Recipes

Soup Recipes

Vegetable Recipes