I am always looking for ways to get kids into the kitchen. You know how important I think that is, not only for self-esteem but for skill building, as well. Not to mention, preparing your child to be an adult.
How many of you lack the confidence or knowledge base for cooking? It’s more common among parents than you may think.
This confidence and knowledge begins in childhood. So, parents, you’re on!
But, if we aren’t a chef or a gourmand, it can seem overwhelming to get our own kids started in the kitchen, and let’s face it, sometimes we need a little help.
Lose the fear, the intimidation and the excuses!
Jessica Fishman Levinson and Maja Pitamic have written a cookbook just for you, entitled WE CAN COOK: Introduce Your Child to the Joy of Cooking with 75 Simple Recipes and Activities.
Packed with recipes highlighting all the food groups as well as healthy treats, this cookbook also happens to answer questions about food, measurements and food safety.
WE CAN COOK is full of food-oriented activities and provides pictures so you and your child can see what the end-product will look like.
We tried the White Bean Dip, Rosemary Pita Chips and the Baked Chicken Fingers.
Why did I choose these recipes? My three girls are on a tear with hummus these days, so I thought we’d branch out and try the white bean dip. I also like the idea of teaching my kids that despite the fact you can purchase these types of foods ready-made, you can also enjoy making them yourself.
And I was betting that my son would go for the chicken fingers, since I don’t buy the boxed version…and I was right!
Other things I like about this cookbook:
It lies flat.
You may think this is silly, but I really don’t like using a placeholder or utensil to keep the book open, nor do I like to break the binding. Just my thing.
It reviews how to set a table!
I can’t tell you how many kids (and adults) I encounter that do not know where the forks, knives and spoons go on a table.
Its practical tone.
When you work with kids in the kitchen, you need to be practical, safe and somewhat efficient. I can’t take away messy for you, sorry.
Realistic kid-size portions.
Did I tell you how beautiful the pictures are? They are. But they also reflect what a portion size should look like for kids.
My recipe is in it!
Yes, my Egg In A Hole recipe is featured on page 54 (and with a pretty picture).
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: October 17, 2011
Updated on: May 14, 2019