Cooking with Kids

Slicing zucchini - Andrea Meyers

Before I ever got married and had children, I had certain things in mind that I wanted to do with my family and teach my children starting at a young age, and cooking was right at the top of that list. Preparing meals together not only strengthens family bonds, but it’s also a very worthwhile educational activity for children. They get hands-on experience with math and science, hygiene, and literacy, and cooking also helps build fine motor skills and coordination. They learn about the importance of good nutrition, as well as gaining a sense of self-competence and personal responsibility.

I started simply with just a laundry basket full of mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, and wood and plastic utensils for the boys to play with. As babies and toddlers, they pretended to make food and share it with us. During the preschool years, they began to make easy things with me in the kitchen. I taught them how to stir, whisk, measure, and cut, and kitchen safety rules. We haven’t lost any fingers yet! My boys have learned to identify all sorts of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and they have learned where that food comes from. They even get out in our garden and help harvest. We’ve always pursued the goal of teaching our children about real food.

Grilled Zucchini (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

The Kids Cook MondayIn 2011, I began a partnership with The Kids Cook Monday, which is part of The Monday Campaigns, in an effort to help spread the ideals of families cooking together. I began documenting some of our cooking adventures with the boys and sharing them with others through this blog, The Kids Cook Monday website, and other media outlets. The KCM website is full of recipe and tools that you can use to help you get started cooking with your children.

Here is a complete list with links to all the recipes that we have created for The Kids Cook Monday, which I update regularly.

Andrea Meyers - Pizza Pot Pie Andrea Meyers - Honey Cinnamon Whole Wheat Waffles Andrea Meyers - Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps Andrea Meyers - Spicy Mexican Black Beans

Andrea Meyers - Creamy Cheddar Cheese Grits (The Kids Cook Monday) Andrea Meyers - Spinach and Tortellini Soup Andrea Meyers - Homemade Peanut Butter Andrea Meyers - Whole Wheat Tortillas

Andrea Meyers - Chicken Chow Fun (The Kids Cook Monday) Andrea Meyers - Sauteed Zucchini with Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Basil Andrea Meyers - Salsa Fresca

Andrea Meyers - Huevos Rancheros (The Kids Cook Monday) Andrea Meyers - Indian Savory Yellow Rice Andrea Meyers - Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce (Kids Cook Monday) Andrea Meyers - Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans (Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Pasta Pie (The Kids Cook Monday) Andrea Meyers - Mushroom Chard Frittata Andrea Meyers - Grilled Chicken Sliders with Mango Avocado Salsa and Mexican Slaw Andrea Meyers - Grilled Zucchini with Herb Marinade (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Baked Potato Salad with Vidalia Onion VinaigretteCurried Peanut, Sweet Potato, and Tomato Soup (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers Asparagus Noodle Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette - Andrea Meyers Meat and Summer Vegetable Chili (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers  Fruit Salad with Kiwi, Strawberries, and Mango - Andrea Meyers Persian Jeweled Rice (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bread Pudding (The Kids Cook Monday) Thai Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers Vietnamese Caramel Pork (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers Grilled Eggplant Salad with Lentils and Tomatoes (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

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