Little Chefs

Get kids involved in the kitchen especially when it comes to cooking healthful recipes. Once you get your children in the kitchen helping you prepare healthful food, 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 cooking a meal.
Even when they are still too young to talk, getting them close enough to the cooking
action, they appreciate the hustle and bustle of dinner preparation.

You can entertain and wow you kids by having them help you prepare the family meals.
We sometimes forget how vital time is with our kids. They love listening to you tell
them about the time you hid peas in your socks so you would not have to consume them.

Telling funny stories and explaining nutritional values during dinner time will make an indelible
impression on your kids. While you delight them with your wit, give them bits of food to try.
Let them wash and chop vegetables. The time spent preparing food at a young age will benefit
the entire family.

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

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

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

Letting children to participate in the kitchen, gives them a sense of accomplishment. In some ways they feel more in control over the foods they consume. Feeling more in control, children will consume what they help to prepare.

A favorite family dish is vegetables with pasta. The kids can chop up the vegetables, slice up the sprigs of dill, and help stir the pot with your guidance.

Veggies with Pasta

This dish is a favorite child friendly yummy recipe. This offers some family time in the kitchen and gets children to consume their vegetables.

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 vegetables that we included. Some variations on the recipe may include different rates of cooking for other vegetables
like broccoli, snow peas, sugar snaps, etc. separately, and then combine 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 kids use scissors to snip the fresh dill and set 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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