Cooking With Kids

November 2, 2017 CarolAnn

If you are a parent, or anyone who cares for children, you should know the importance of teaching your child to cook. Of course, there are the obvious practical reasons for learning to cook. But there are other very important reasons. As you teach the art and science of cooking, you can also teach good nutrition and the more healthful ways of preparing different foods. Your child will naturally develop good eating habits and healthful attitudes towards food. He or she will gain self-confidence. Both you and your child will discover the joy of cooking and eating good food!

So, are you ready to give it a try?!

Ready

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Start by choosing a recipe. Look for recipes that are truly simple, that have some “fun” steps (such as egg-breaking, measuring ingredients, whisking or beating, squishing dough; you get the idea!). Mollie Katzen has published three excellent children’s cookbooks. Her Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up cookbook has been an invaluable resource for our club. The kids love the step-by-step pictorial directions. You will appreciate the hints and safety tips. For the “Number Salad” recipe, as well as information about all three cookbooks, see Mollie Katzen’s Children’s Cookbooks.

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Become familiar with the Let’s Move initiative. Launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, it is dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. Visit the Eat Healthy section of the website:Let’s Move. There you will find a wealth of resources, including recipes and tips on eating a healthy diet.

Set

You have selected your recipe, have all your ingredients, and you and your little one are ready to go!

I always like to start by reading the recipe a few times, just to familiarize myself with it. As you read through, think about and collect whatever tools you will need (bowls, measuring cups and measuring spoons, etc.). Next, set out all of your ingredients. You will be amazed at what a difference this can make. It’s the way the TV chefs always do it!

It’s usually best to do any “pre-prep” before you start anything else (such as mixing and cooking). For example, if there are veggies to chop, do that first. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to do the chopping yourself. If you are baking, and your recipe involves “wet” and “dry” ingredients, you should prepare the dry ingredients first (get them into a bowl, and mix them).

Go!

It seems that all kids (and many grownups too) just l-o-v-e-s pizza! This one is made on a good-for-you flat-bread, and has a variety of good veggies and cheeses.

Pizzazy Pizza

It seems that all kids (and many grownups too) just l-o-v-e-s pizza! This one is made on a good-for-you flat-bread, and has a variety of good veggies and cheeses.

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Ingredients

  • 2 12-inch organic ready-made pizza crusts (such as Rustic Crust brand)
  • 2 cups tomato or pizza sauce
  • 2-⅔ cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated if possible
  • 1 cup fresh chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup diced red bell peppers
  • basil and/or Italian flat parsley, or any other fresh or dried herbs of your choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. If using fresh herbs: pick off any stems, and tear the leaves into small pieces.
  3. Spoon the tomato sauce over the crust and add the other toppings, starting with the broccoli and peppers, and finishing with the cheeses and herbs.
  4. Reduce heat to 425° and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Mangia! Mangia!
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