A Week of Dinners with Chili


Christmas has come and gone and now the credit card bills are starting to come in the mail. Here is a budget friendly meal plan for the new year.

At our house we make a big pot of chili on Sunday and after having chili for dinner that night, we do many other things with it during the week. We make things like chili burritos, taco salad, nachos, loaded baked potatoes, Cincinnati Spaghetti, chili cheese dogs, or chili mac and cheese. 

This kind of meal plan saves time and money because with the chili already made, the rest of the meals are more of an, “assemble and heat up” process. It’s a great way to get kids started in the kitchen and it saves money because many of the ingredients cross over the recipes. Chili Recipe Here

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Beginning Cooking Course for Kids – Self-Paced Course

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Yep, just in time for 2021, I’m publishing my Beginning Cooking Course for Kids for kids 6 years old and up. If you preorder now, you can get the course for more than 75% off! Only $49. The course will be re-released in the coming weeks, I’m soooo close to finishing the revisions and changes!

When you preorder the course, we will invite you and your child to share your feedback and we may even include you in the updated course as information gets added.

Hosted by me, it will include videos from when I was little and learning to cook, photos, and stories of my culinary journey. Additionally, all of the following as well –

  • Safety – General, Knife, Fire, Food
  • Essential Tools needed and how to use them
  • Weights & Measures
  • Substitutions
  • Culinary Vocabulary
  • A Module dedicated to each breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and snacks. Each topic will include an easy (no-cook), an intermediate, and a more advanced recipe.
  • Kitchen Tips & Tricks
  • You will also get all updates as they become available.
  • Downloads of all recipes, reference sheets, and more!

VIP Culinary Kid Package – Only 5 Available! $99 includes the Beginning Cooking Course for Kids, a signed-to-your-child copy of my Favorite Recipes Cook Booklet, and a 30-minute video call with me. Your child can ask me cooking questions, we can cook something together, talk about video games, whatever they want. How’s that for an epic homeschool class? This package is available until they sell out – don’t wait!

You can email masonpartak@gmail.com with any questions you might have.

Beginning Kids Cooking Course – Pre-Sale

Mason’s online course to teach kids how to cook. Available before Christmas!


VIP Culinary Kid Package – Only 5 Available!

This is the online course, plus a signed cook booklet and a 30 minute video call with Mason and your child.


Jackfruit Curry

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JackfruitCurryIt’s Meatless Monday! I love all kinds of food and eating Vegetarian or Vegan is just one more “kind” of cuisine. I think of meatless or meals that are fully vegan the same way I think of Mexican food, or Italian food, it’s all good! Don’t think of a meal of “less-than” if it doesn’t have meat, just think of it as an opportunity to have something deliciously different!





Jackfruit Curry


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1C grated carrots
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon minced or powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1C butternut squash, diced
  • 1C canned green jackfruit, each piece halved
  • 1C cauliflower, small florets 
  • 8-10 oz coconut cream (milk works, too)
  • 1/2C diced dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil or mint leaves


  • In the Tegnine (or a dutch oven), heat oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute’ until tender. Add the peppers and carrots and saute’ for a couple of minutes. Add the curry, corriander, tumeric, ginger, salt and sauté until incorporated. Add the butternut squash, jackfruit, and cauliflower and then pour the coconut milk over the top of it all. Gently lift the ingredients so the coconut milk  can get to the bottom of the ingredients. Add more coconut milk if needed to reach the desired consistency of your curry sauce.
  • Simmer covered over med/low heat for 4-5 minutes or until the squash and cauliflower are tender and the jackfruit has taken on the curry flavor.
  • Gently stir and serve over rice with diced dried apricots and mint or basil 

Banana Strawberry Bread Muffins

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Banana Strawberry Bread Muffins
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups fresh strawberries chopped & tossed in 1 Tablespoon of flour
    1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray two 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, using a KitchenAid Stand Mixer with paddle attachment cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
    3. In a small bowl, beat eggs using a fork. Add eggs to sugar mixture and beat until combined. Add mashed bananas and mix until combined.
  1. Sift all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients to banana mixture and mix until flour is just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX! Fold in floured covered strawberries.
  2. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake at 375F for 15 minutes. REDUCE heat to 350F and bake for an additional 30 minutes until edges are slightly brown or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from loaf pans.


Thank you Jenn from the Recipe Critic, this is her recipe and it was too perfect to change up. I did however add a chocolate ganache to top these off, chocolate goes with bananas and strawberries and it absolutely made these taste like heaven! Link to her page here.


Honey Festival 5/4

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This is going to be a great day! I’ll be cooking at 12:30 and 2:30 PM. I will be introducing you all to Flameware, locally handmade cookware that is amazing!! Do you know what a tagine is? I do, and I can’t wait to show you. It will be a tasty day!

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Kid Entrepreneurs

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Morning Blend on ABC News 10 with Mark S. Allen

Many of you know that I started an Entrepreneur Club at my school. There are kids in grades 6-8 in the club and it’s been super fun hearing their ideas and watching them take action to make their own money. I was asked to put something together for the Kids Expo so my mom helped me put together a panel of young entrepreneurs for a Q&A on Saturday at the expo. TJ who is the young founder of the expo, Layla and Mya who have a business called Suga-Babes body products and of course, me, with Mason Made Products.


We did the media rounds leading up to the big day on Morning Blend with Mark S. Allen on ABC News 10 on Friday, and then Saturday morning we appeared on Good Day Sacramento.

From my mom: “These kids are AMAZING!! Really, they are learning and growing at such a rapid pace, speaking more articulately and presenting themselves as polished and professional with each new appearance. The day of the expo, they answered questions and were spot on with the correct information and advice. I am so proud to be on this journey with Mason and I love seeing other kids making these impressive strides as well.

While Mason was making the media rounds I was hearing people say, Mason is so well spoken. He really has a gift for speaking and being on camera. He’s a natural. I agree with most of that, the part about being a natural reminds me of how often people will note that someone is an overnight success, someone who has been playing or performing for years! Mason is a “natural” who has been practicing being on camera since he’s been 8 years old. He’s 14 now, so that’s six years and over 130 videos on Youtube that make him naturally experienced! LOL! I have been feeling more and more proud of Mason and I see him finding wild success in his life.”



Good Day Sacramento with Cambi Brown

Listening to the news and hearing all the negative news, it’s easy to think that this world is going downhill fast, but I’m here to tell you, we are young people who will make this world a better place, heck, not will, we are making this world a better place right now. Don’t you think so?



Young Entrepreneur Panel

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Come see me this Saturday at Kids Expo. I’ll be sitting on the Young Entrepreneur Panel at 3 PM on Saturday. Our moderator will be none other than Pat Walsh from KFBK. He’s a great guy and I know we will all entertain you! Want tickets? Leave a comment here, like my YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter and be entered to win a pair of tickets. I don’t know how many I will give away, maybe a little, maybe a lot! Follow and comment! I’ll give tickets away Friday evening.