Little helpers

I spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, so much so that my husband refers to the kitchen as “my room”.  As a working mom it is challenging to find the balance between family time and preparing nutritious and delicious nightly meals.  The key to this balance is to include your children in the meal preparation process.  Not only are you spending quality time together, but you are setting your kids up for a healthier future.  They are learning skills that are not taught in school and will have a better understanding of where their food comes from.  When children are involved in cooking their dinner they will be more apt to eat their dinner!  You do not have to wait till your children are older to get them involved.  Below is a list of ways that you can include your children in the kitchen.

  • Pour ingredients into a bowl
  • Mix dry ingredients
  • Mix batter
  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Peel fruits and vegetables
  • Mash
  • Roll out dough
  • Crack an egg
  • Cut soft foods with a dull knife
  • Form balls for cookies or meatballs
  • Wash dishes
  • Set the table
  • Fill and empty the dishwasher

For an amazing example of someone who includes their children in the nightly cooking process, have a look at mylovelylittlelunchbox.com or follow Kayla on Instagram @mylovelylittlelunchbox

Happy cooking,

Sara

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