September 18, 2020
This week, we’re sharing more recipes that help get kids into the kitchen, inspiring families with simple dishes and cooking techniques that will help keep them well fed for life. If you’re home schooling, the kitchen can be an extension of your home classroom, providing an opportunity to practice reading and fractions, learn a bit of science, collaboration and following directions.
Though it’s easy to default to cookies and pizza when considering what to cook for kids, it’s useful to engage them in all cooking tasks, from the planning to the shopping to the preparation, and imagining what can be done to transform leftovers. While some parents cringe at potential messes, a little extra cleanup is a small price to pay to establish a lifelong love of cooking. In this time of screen-focused entertainment, cooking is something kids of all ages can do together—with the bonus end result of dinner on the table or a batch of muffins cooling on the countertop.
Here are a few tasks kids can take on—no matter what their age:
measure ingredients that don’t require precision
shake salad dressings
knead and shape bread and pizza dough
Kids under ten can:
measure and calculate ingredient quantities
seek out and read recipes
chop soft fruits and vegetables (try zucchini, or mushrooms without their stems)
make soups, stews and chili in the slow cooker
cook at the stovetop (with supervision)
sauté, roast and grill
cook pastas and grains
plan and prepare meals
Recipes to bake with kids:
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