Cooler weather and the return to routine calls for a return to the kitchen as well. Fall is a great time to introduce the family to new flavors, especially when incorporating fresh produce.As a mom, I know that getting my son to eat a variety of foods can be challenging, but I’ve found one surefire way to make sure dinner is gobbled up instead of pushed around on the plate. What’s the secret? Getting your kids in the kitchen with you!
Depending on the age of your child, you can involve them in different ways. It starts by bringing them to the market with you and talking about what you might cook that week. Shopping at Whole Foods Market® means you can taste many of the items before you buy them (just ask a Team Member!) and talk with your kids about the flavor or how you would use that ingredient.
At home, let your little ones help by retrieving ingredients, peeling vegetables or fruit, or mixing up batter. OK, yes, you will probably need to keep some towels close by for cleaning up, but after some practice they’ll be on their way to cooking for you instead of with you.
Want some recipes to help you and your kids cook together? Here’s a few suggestions.
Once roasted, winter squash is sweet for all ages. Let the kids create a DIY taco bar complete with Roasted Butternut Squash opens in a new tab, black beans and fresh salsa. Or try these other squash recipes:
Kids love chicken nuggets, so have them dip raw chicken pieces in yogurt and crunchy coating for Crunchy Homemade Chicken Nuggets opens in a new tab. (Make sure they wash up after handling raw chicken! It’s an opportunity to talk about the importance of kitchen cleanliness.) Check out these other poultry options:
Foods that are kid-sized are often more accessible to children’s palates. Our Macaroni and Three Cheese Lunch Muffins opens in a new tab fit the bill, and can be packed up for a special lunchbox meal. Looking for other lunchbox treats? Here’s a few:
Spend a Saturday mixing up breakfasts for the rest of the week. Carrot Apple Muffins opens in a new tab are delicious and can also be served as a snack or wholesome dessert. We’ve got more muffin options, too:
Do you cook with your kids? I’d love to hear about your favorite family recipes!