FrontMain Dishes Badge

(Discover the Home)

By Doreen Olson



Penguins:  Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____*1.  Be able to identify the following animals and learn the names of their meats: cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkey, quail, goose, and ducks.

_____*2.  Help make two main dishes and share them with at least one person.


Otters:  Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____*1.  Do Penguins #1 and #2

_____*2.  .  Learn to identify and taste at least 5 different legumes/beans used in main dishes.  Learn some basic tips on how to cook beans (both canned and dried).


Dolphins: Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____*1.  Do Otter #1 & #2, but make the majority of the main dishes yourself and identify and taste at least 6 different legumes/beans.

_____*2.  Find out the differences between vegetarians, vegans,  meat-eaters and omnivores.  Learn about complete and complementary proteins.


Butterflies: Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____*1. Do Dolphin #1 & #2 but make 3 main dishes and do it without adult help (though supervision is recommended).

_____*2.  .  Go to the seafood counter of a grocery store (if available).  Be able to identify scallops, mussels, lobsters, crab (or crab meat), and shrimp.  Learn about what type of fish is most readily available in your area.


Eagles: Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____*1.  Do Butterfly #1 and #2.

_____*2.  .  Learn how to package main dish leftovers for refrigeration and  for freezing.


Owls:  Do 9 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.



Optional Requirements:   

(Main dishes used for the starred requirements may not be used for optional requirements as well.)

_____ 3.  Make one main dish that includes pasta.

_____ 4.  Make one main dish that includes any whole grain such as rice or barley.

_____ 5.  Taste at least six different cheeses.  Make a main dish that uses at least two different cheeses.

_____ 6.  Make a vegan main dish and serve it as part of a vegan meal.  Make sure your main dish has complete protein.

_____ 7. Learn to roast meat.  Understand the following and use one of them: marinade, brining, gravy, or stuffing.

_____ 8.  Try out at least two of the following used as part of a main dish: dumplings, pie crust, gnocchi,  mashed potatoes, stewed vegetables, sautéed vegetables, stir-fried vegetables.

_____ 9.  Learn at least 2 (3 for Otters, 4 for Dolphins, 5 for Butterflies, 6 for Eagles, and 7 for Owls) ways to garnish a main dish.  Use one of them while serving your family a main dish.

_____ 10.  Make a main dish to take to a sick person or create or for use at some community event .

_____11. Learn to use a new kitchen tool making a main dish.

_____ 12.  Learn to use a larger electric appliance while making a main dish (food processor, blender, electric skillet, rice cooker, etc.).

_____ 13.  Learn the advantages and disadvantages of different types of cookware such as skillets, casserole dishes, stoneware, silicone, glass and metal dishes.   Cook main dishes in two different types of cookware.