There has been a lot of cooking and baking going on this summer! I really enjoy cooking with my kids and helping others parents do the same. It’s a subject I’m passionate about, as I believe that cooking with kids helps them to embrace real food and develop a healthy relationship with food.
When it comes to cooking I think of it as an art – little pinch here a little pinch there designing it to your liking. When it comes to baking, well I feel it is more of a science. Not rocket science, but not to much room to deviate from the recipe or your cake might not turn out the way you intended, do you agree?
For that reason when baking with kids it’s a good idea to start off with recipes that are easy to follow. Recipes with simple steps that children can do themselves – supervised, of course – that yields delicious results so that they will be excited and want to bake again.
Here are some of my favorites:
Yellow Cupcakes – Recipe from Delish.com
Simple White Cake – Recipe from Allrecipes.com
Super-Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies – Recipe from TheKitchn.com
Easy Giant Cookie Cake – I have not made this one, but my friend swears by it! Recipe from Divascancook
What tips do you have for baking with kids? Please share!
If you ask your kid, any kid why they like to cook you will understand why you should cook with kids! Here is what my 9-year-old said to me…
Warmer weather months are ideal for getting kids cooking! With a bounty of fruits and vegetables to choose from, your kids will have fun in the kitchen cooking up delicious treats to keep them cool as well as healthy!
Here are three summertime favorites that my kids love to make and eat!
- Frozen Yogurt Pops – These sweet frozen treats from Kidshealth.org are easy to make and are perfect for an afternoon snack!
- Fruit Chunks – Frozen fruit chunks such as grapes, banana slices, blueberries or watermelon are perfect when you’re in a rush. Frozen fruit chunks are a staple for us during the summer months!
Check out more of my summer eating tips…
A Guide to Summer Food – Fruits and Vegetables
School is out! Tips for parents on summertime fun and food for kids!
What are some of your favorite summer recipes to help you stay cool and healthy?
Helping kids cook is what GoodFoodMama is all about! I am always on the lookout for fun, colorful and helpful tools for kids and parents to use when cooking. Here are three of my favorite Build Your Own infographics from ProduceforKids.com
My kids love using these infographics because they are fun and easy to follow. I like them because of their simplicity, which means less involvement on my part because we all need a break every now and then.
Check them out…
Here is why I love cooking with my kids…
Here are my kids top 5 recipes that your kids can make and eat tomorrow!
Ants on a Log
Vegetable Pizza Bread
Strawberry and Banana Smoothie
Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
Have any easy and tasty recipes kids can make? Please share!
When kids cook they are more likely to eat what they make. This is because cooking creates a sense of ownership and a willingness to try new foods. If you what to help your child develop healthy eating habits teaching them how to cook or including them in the cooking process is necessary.
This infographic from COOKSMARTS shows some great ways to include kids of any age in the cooking process.
My 8-year-old daughter and I just had a spontaneous Kids Cook Monday! We made spaghetti with lemon zest, Italian parsley and garlic (all from our garden) and homemade turkey meatballs with organic free-range ground turkey. We also made, our new favorite beverage, watermelon shakes with mint! She was so happy cooking with me and so proud of the outcome, which was delicious by the way!
Food Revolution Day is tomorrow Friday May 16th! Why not cook up a healthy delicious meal with your kids. Pick a recipe, go shop for the ingredients and cook it together! Another fun way to celebrate Food Revolution Day is to host a potluck that will bring people together, share food, and get kids involved in the cooking.
Check out the recipes http://www.foodrevolutionday.com/recipes/
Here is another great story about a kid who cooks! 12 year old Julian knows that kids will eat more than mac & cheese. From One Kid To Another: Ideas & Recipes On How To Eat Real