Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fun With Food.......and Kids!

If you have been reading our blog for any length of time, you have probably guessed that WE LOVE FOOD!  I have said before that we are the perfect blend of yummy and healthy - Ryan with a degree in Culinary Arts and mine in Nutrition.  It seems we are creating four little foodies as we pass our passions along to our girls.  These are some of the things we have enjoyed making together recently:

(pretty healthy)
(topped with strawberries - healthy?)
(whole wheat flour - somewhat healthy?)
(SUPER yummy......healthy, not so much)

My suggestions for cooking with your kids -
  • LET THEM DO IT!!  I cannot stress this enough!  You will hold their interest much longer and they will enjoy it much more if they get to get a little messy.  Yes, it will take you longer (see my next point) and yes there will be more of a mess, but it will be worth it.

  • Don't be in a rush!  Five o'clock, when you are frantically trying to get dinner made before everyone is in complete meltdown mode, is NOT THE TIME TO INVOLVE YOUR KIDS!  Set aside a time and leave plenty of time for special things to make.  If you want them to help with meal preparations then start early so yo have plenty of time.
  • Kid-Sized Utensils are also important.  We have a great step stool that brings them up high enough to reach our island. We leave it out all the time. Even if they are not cooking with me they are standing on it to chat while I'm cooking.  I love that!  We also have a small rolling pin, small aprons and small spoons for stirring.

  • Make something they want to eat.  My girls help me with the weekly menu planning.  I have some great little cookbooks, with lots of pictures.  They look through them mark what sounds yummy to them.   We also frequently check out kids cookbooks from the library.  

  • Taste along the way!  

Hope your weekend is filled with fun family time!


singedwingangel said...

OH it looks like ya'll had a wonderful time hun.. I agree the cake looks wonderful lol

Robyn said...

What wonderful memories your girls will have, Maggie!

I need to try to make homemade tortillas. I've yet to give it a whirl!


John W. Quinn said...

Great looking blog! I hope that you will keep writing and putting your faith out there! And, yes, those pictures make me hungry!

All the best - John

John W Quinn
Author of Someone Like Me - An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy

laughwithusblog said...

Yum! We love food, but we certainly are not that artistic with it! Love your site!

DivaCafe said...

That cake looks positively yummy!

Found you on Twitter:)

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