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If you’re torn between spending time with your children and needing to cook dinner, why not combine both? Children enjoy helping in the kitchen and are more willing to try foods they help prepare. Set aside a night to prepare a favorite simple recipe, such as our weekly Right for Tonight healthy meal idea. Here are some tips on how you can get your kids involved in cooking:
1. Turn off the television.
2. Start with foods and recipes they love.
3. Bring your children to the grocery store to shop for ingredients.
4. Share responsibilities for preparation, setting the table and cleanup.
5. Establish a grocery budget with older children and have them plan a meal in order to stick to it.
Toddlers as young as two can lend a hand in the kitchen. Make sure the tasks are age appropriate and never leave young children unattended! And, don’t forget to wash hands thoroughly before and after food preparation!
Here’s how kids can help in the kitchen:
· Bring ingredients from one place to another
· Tear lettuce
· Break cauliflower and broccoli
· Snap green beans
· Put things in the trash
· Knead and shape dough
· Pour liquids
· Mix ingredients
· Shake liquids in a covered container
· Spread soft spreads
· Cut parsley or herbs with dull scissors
· Mash fruits or vegetables such as bananas or cooked potatoes with a fork
· Set the table
· Measure ingredients
· Use a whisk or potato masher
· Assemble ingredients
· Assist with a mixer
Have fun with your kids in the kitchen!