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Kids Who Cook – How to include kids in the cooking process

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 daughter and I just had a spontaneous Kids Cook Monday!

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 May 16th 2014 – Cook with your kids!

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/ 

Kids Who Cook – 12 year old Julian knows that kids will eat more than mac & cheese

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


Kids Who Cook – Interview with 9-year-old Emilia Gajano-Blythe


Meet 9-year-old Emilia Gajano-Blythe, from Oakland, CA.  Emilia loves to cook and she is really good!  I’ll never forget the first time I tried Emilia’s cooking, I was picking up my daughter from a play date she was having with Emilia’s sister.  My oldest daughter and I had just pulled up to her house when at the same time we said, “Wow something smells good!”  We walk in her house and automatically our mouths started watering.  I walked in to the kitchen and there was Emilia in her chef hat and apron and I was floored!  Her mom, Jane, asked if we wanted to stay for dinner, trying to be polite I said no that’s ok, and then she said “are you sure?” and I said “ok!”

That was a year ago and I can still remember how delicious everything was and how impressed and proud I was of Emilia, and I sill am!

Here is her interview:

How old were you when you started cooking? I was 5.

Why do you like to cook? I like to cook and bake because it makes me happy and other people happy.  I express my love for people through my cooking and I come from an Italian family.

Do you think cooking your own food helps you eat well? Definitely because its all fresh ingredients but baking is a different story.

What are your favorite foods to cook with? I like to make different dishes with Chicken, sauces for pasta, and I love to bake cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

How often do you cook? Very often, almost everyday.

What tips would you give other kids about cooking? Never give up, try your best and read the instructions very carefully because if you make a mistake by mixing in the wrong amount, it might not turn out the way you expected. 🙁

Here is the recipe for the wonderful dish I had at Emilia’s house a year ago!

Emilia’s Chicken Cutlets 

Serves 4


2 pound organic chicken breast

3 eggs

2 cups flour

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

4 cups Panko

4 cups canola or vegetable oil

2 lemons – cut wedges


Rinse off chicken breast and pat dry and slice to a quarter inch thickness. Separate flour, eggs, and Panko into three separate bowls. Put 1 tsp. salt and pepper into egg mixture and 1 tsp. of salt into the flour mixture. Dip your chicken into flour and dust access off. Dip into egg mixture. Dip into Panko. Heat up oil unit very hot and then put in the chicken cutlets until golden on each side. When ready put onto a plate covered by paper towel to help soak up the oil.  For extra flavor squeeze lemon wedges over cutlets.

Kids Who Cook: Check out these two teens who cook!


I love to cook and I love to eat (maybe even more than I love to cook), so kids who cook and really enjoy it always impress me!  For that reason, I‘ve decided to dedicate a space on my blog to share stories, interviews and blogs about kids who cook!  It is my hope that these kids will help inspire more kids to cook and enjoy the process of preparing healthy, delicious homemade food!

Check out these two teen girls who cook:

Eliana de Las Casas, 13 year old author of two cookbooks, Eliana Cooks! Recipes for Creative Kids and Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana with a third, Cool Kids Cook: Fresh & Fit, due to release this Spring! http://kidchefeliana.com

Elyse May, 19 year old author of Veggie Teens: A Cookbook and Guide for Teenage Vegetarians http://www.veggieteenscookbook.com

Do you know any kids who cook? Please share their stories or blogs.

Cooking With Kids: Cool Infographic and Interviews with Kids Who Cook coming soon!

Cooking with kids is one of the best and easiest things you can do as a parent to help your child eat well.  Check out this wonderful Cooking With Kids Survey Results infographic where over 1300 parents in the UK were surveyed about cooking with their kids.

Also, stay tuned for some fascinating interviews with kids who cook!  You will get to hear from the kids themselves about why they like to cook with their parents and how it has influenced their eating habits.


Kids Cook Monday – Green Onion and Parmesan Cheese Risotto


Hi Everyone! This is our last “Kids Cook Monday” recipe “Green Onion and Parmesan Cheese Risotto“. It was our plan (the girls and I) to try cooking together for the month of January only, but we had so much fun with it we decided to keep it up through February.  I must say that it has been so much fun cooking with my girls and I can honestly say they have enjoyed it too!  Don’t be surprised if you see a recipe pop-up here or there on a Monday in the months to come!

Have you been cooking with your kids? If so, I would love to hear about your experiences.

Green Onion and Parmesan Cheese Risotto

 (adapted from Very Easy Risotto recipe from allrecipes.com)

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 6


3 tablespoons butter

2/3 cup sliced green onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 1/3 cups uncooked Arborio rice

4 cups organic chicken broth

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook green onions and garlic in butter briefly, then add the rice. Cook and stir for a few minutes to toast rice. Stir in chicken broth and pepper. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

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