"Cooking with kids is not just about recipes, ingredients, and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerments, and creativity."
I am not sure why home ec faded away, but we need to bring it back.
All kids need to know how to feed themselves. BASIC. COOKING. SKILLS. Working with Growing Healthy Kids to plan and deliver workshops for kids has taught me that most kids are not given the opportunity to learn how to cook and prepare delicious, whole foods. So many kids exhibit desperate behaviors when we begin a series of workshops. Some will attempt to grab foods on the prep table to shove in their mouths, most do not know how to set a table, and only a few have been taught at home how to properly and safely use a knife to chop and dice vegetables.
Start building a kitchen tool collection for your kids and support kids to learn how to prepare delicious recipes using fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Not sure where to start? Here are 3 kitchen tools every kid needs for cooking adventures in the kitchen:
- A microplane (garlic, lemons, limes, turmeric, and ginger)
- A lemon squeezer (lemons and limes)
- A peeler (for making zucchini pasta)
Eat real food.
Nancy Heinrich, MPH
Founder and Wellness Architect
Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.