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Cooking with Kids

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Grab a cook book, let the kids choose a simple recipe and work together to make dinner, desserts, snacks or cakes.  When cooking with kids, have the older ones can do the main cooking, and the younger ones can do the measuring or decorating.

Here’s one of my favorite kid-friendly recipes—pizza! All you need is pizza sauce (or spaghetti sauce works too) shredded cheese and a pre-made crust (I love Trader Joes pizza dough, but you can find dough or ready-to-bake dry crust at nearly any grocery store). Simply have the children spread sauce, sprinkle on the cheese and any other topping you desire, and bake according to crust packaging instructions.

A real fun way to get the kids to eat their veggies is to have them help you cook! When you shop, let them choose a vegetable and teach them how to cook it for dinner. For example, choose fresh asparagus and let the children wash it, spread it on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes. It’s super easy and boasts a nutty flavor.

Dessert is something else that is fun when cooking with kids. Let them measure and pour ingredients into a bowl. If you’re making cookies, let them put them on the cookie sheet. If it’s Rice Krispie treats, let them mold and decorate them.

Anything to encourage your child to cook can promote healthful eating, facilitate bonding, and it’s fun!

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