Kids Cooking

Get children involved in the kitchen especially when it comes to cooking nutritious recipes. Once you get your kids in the kitchen helping you make nutritous meals, it is almost guaranteed that they will consume what they help prepare.

Kids of all ages can be lead into the kitchen to help with preparing a meal.
Even when they are barely old enough to talk, getting them close enough to the cooking
action, they appreciate the excitement of dinner preparation.

You can impress and delight you children by having them help you prepare the family meals.
We sometimes forget how important time is with our children. They love listening to you tell
them about the time you hid peas in your socks so you would not have to eat them.

Relating funny stories and explaining nutritional values during dinner time will make a lasting
impression on your children. While you impress them with your wit, give them bits of food to sample.
Let them wash and slice veggies. The time spent preparing food at an early age will benefit
the whole family.

1)If children are of the age where they have developed their motor skills, they will be excited to run the
vegetable slicer or cut the tops off the carrots for you.

2)Allow the kids combine together the dry ingredients for muffins, cupcakes, etc.
Let the children stir the egg mixture and stir everything together. They can even
spoon the batter into the pan.

Once the meal is completed, they will consume it and rave to the other members of the family about their accomplishment.

Allowing kids to participate in the kitchen, gives them a sense of empowerment. In some sense they feel more in control over the foods they eat. Feeling more in control, children will consume what they help to make.

A favorite family dish is veggies with pasta. The children can cut up the veggies, cut up the sprigs of dill, and help stir the pot with your guidance.

Veggies with Pasta

This dish is a favorite little one friendly yummy recipe. This provides some family time in the kitchen and gets kids to eat their veggies.

Although this pasta recipe started as only pasta and carrots that cook at the same rate,
you might want to test the cooking time for the other veggies that we added. Some alternatives on the recipe may include different rates of cooking for other veggies
like broccoli, snow peas, sugar snaps, etc. separately, and then mix with pasta after
both are cooked.

*8 ounces of pasta
*One 10- ounce package of pre-peeled baby carrots
*2- small zucchinis cut up into bite sized pieces
*1 cup of fresh broccoli tops
*3 sprigs fresh dill
*2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
*Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Fill a large pot 2/3 full with water and set over high heat to boil.
2) Place the carrots, zucchini, and broccoli and pasta in a plastic pitcher.
3) When the water boils transfer the pasta carrots, zucchini and broccoli to the pot
4). Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon, approximately 8 minutes.
5) Test the pasta - it should be slightly chewy but not hard or stiff,
the vegetables & carrots will be done also.
6) Drain the combination into a colander--

While cooking let the children use scissors to snip the fresh dill and place in a bowl.

7) Place the pasta and vegetables back in the pot,
8) Melt the butter over the pasta and vegetables
9) Add the dill.
10) Add salt and pepper to taste.
11) Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

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