Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment and creativity.
I have vivid memories of being in the kitchen with my Mom and Gram learning family recipes that were not even written down. These recipes have lived on through moments of generational interconnection...an art that is being lost with the quick-fix, meals-on-the-go lifestyle we have moved into. If you, like me, still like baking a cake from scratch (rather than from a box)...here are a few ways to get your kids involved!
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This is where your big kid can get their first glimpse at independence. Give them a budget, the weekly grocery circular and a couple cookbooks then let their imagination and math skills go to work. They can plan the meal and write out the grocery list being sure to stay on track with their given budget. The cooking can be done together for an extra boost of memory-making quality time as a family!
Ages 15 and Up
These young adults are testing the waters...so let them dive in. If taught proper safety skills along the way, teens can be given free reign over the kitchen (with a little oversight here and there). Assign them one night a week to be in charge of making dinner. You get the night off and they get to contribute to the family in a whole new, fun, way!
Don't Forget the Clean up!
After you have cooked dinner as a family, or had it cooked for you, cleaning up as a family while you chat about the experience can be just as fun and is another great teachable moment. I hope you have been inspired to get in the kitchen with your kids, get back to basics with your food and pass on the incredible traditions that our Moms and Grandmas gave to us.
With Love to all the Happy Mamas,