If we are being honest, I'm kinda over bathing my kids. I still do it, nightly in fact, but it's definitely one of the parts of parenting I enjoy the least. Cooking with my three year old and six year old kids? Yea, I do that too, but it's tough. The mess! The chaos! The "eggs-all-over-the-walls"! Over the years, however, I've figured out a few tricks that make it more fun for me - and my kids - to cook together.
I don't expect them to cook the entire meal, or dish, from start to finish. Instead, I look for ways to engage them in some part of what we are cooking, like lining the broccoli florets on the baking tray, or measuring the rice. Sometimes just decorating the raw veggies on a plate can engage my daughter for a solid chunk of time, and she's proud of the designs she creates and excited to eat them. I encourage them to taste as we go, and ask them what else a dish needs. Sure, sometimes they suggest cinnamon for asparagus soup, but we make it work. Finally, they have cute aprons, utensils small enough for their hands and we play really good music, so it's fun.
In honor of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day, I worked with a great group of bloggers to put together an awesome free e-cookbook, full of recipes and pictures of us cooking with our own kids. These recipes are kid-tested and parent-approved and are a great way to get your kids cooking, however you define it. So enjoy!
Here’s the lineup: