In the kitchen, with kids
Doubly kid-friendly recipes enjoyable to make—and to eat
The kitchen is the heart of the home. Family and friends naturally gravitate
toward it, seeking comfort, company and nourishment. For kids, the togetherness
of the kitchen makes it an ideal place to watch, connect and learn about food.
A few simple cooking skills are essential for preparing healthy meals at home.
Little ones can start with safe tasks that don’t involve heat or chopping. They can
shake, stir, knead, measure, pour and crack eggs. As they grow, they can read
recipes, grate cheese, set and clear the table and fold napkins. And when it comes
time to learn knife skills, start with foods that are soft and won’t roll around on the
cutting board, such as a zucchini, halved lengthwise and placed cut-side down.
These recipes are doubly kid-friendly: your children will enjoy both making
and eating them. Letting your kids experiment in the kitchen gives them a creative
outlet. Not only is the food they make themselves more likely to be eaten, the
food skills they gain can set them up for a lifetime of healthy cooking and
— Julie Van Rosendaal