Children Cooking with Herbs

Children Cooking with Herbs. Using herbs when cooking with children can be so much fun! 6 great reasons to use herbs when cooking with children.
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Using herbs when cooking with children can be so much fun!

Growing and cooking with herbs introduces children to two wonderful life long skills and will help to establish the relationship between growing and eating.

Children can especially love cooking with herbs because herbs stimulate the senses.Children Cooking with Herbs - 6 great reasons to use herbs when cooking with children. Encourage your child to pick, look, touch, smell and taste the herb. Also snipping, tearing and grinding can be fun things to do 🙂

Young children may not have heard of the herbs that they eat on a regular basis. So using them in cooking is a great way to educate them. Even young children can learn the smells and tastes associated with different herbs. Including them in cooking is also a good way to improve overall health.

Children are often amazed to learn that they can grow many of the herbs that you use in cooking their meals. Possibly the best bit about using herbs is that children can grow them from seed before they then use them in everyday cooking. This will develop all sorts of skills and also help young children to begin to learn where food comes from and how to care for plants.  I have often found that when children grow their own herbs they are eager to use them in cooking.

I think most of us would agree that if children are involved in harvesting and preparing the dish they are more inclined to eat it. Also, children who grow and eat their own herbs are more likely to experiment with flavours which can be helpful in discouraging them from being fussy eaters

CookingChildren Cooking with Herbs - 6 great reasons to use herbs when cooking with children.

Sometimes it is difficult to find age appropriate recipes involving herbs. I have tried to create a few but I am always looking for new ideas so please share with me any you might have. Find some child friendly recipes using herbs here, and three easy dips for children requiring no cooking here. Add your child’s favourite herb to the beany dip.

Or try this fab recipe from Lukeosaurus And Me for a vegetarian tart.

Of course herbs can be added as a final ingredient to many dishes but if they can be included in recipes for children to use, I believe that is much more beneficial. Herbs are great for adding to some common child favourites such as pasta, home made pizza or on cheese on toast.

GrowingChildren Cooking with Herbs - Grow herbs to use when making Pizza. Find other reasons to use herbs when cooking with children.

Herbs can be grown in pots in the garden or of course very successfully on your windowsill. This makes them easy for children to care for and to keep an eye on them as they change over time. Children find it fascinating and exciting to observe them growing.

So how about growing a pasta/pizza herb garden with your child? An Italian herb garden would need basil and parsley. To make it extra fun for your child, growing cherry tomatoes would be perfect as they could be used for making tomato sauce. Your child can then harvest the herbs and tomatoes in order to make the pasta or pizza tomato sauce. 

Children Cooking with Herbs - Tomatoes in a Pot - 6 great reasons to use herbs when cooking with children.Cherry tomatoes are quite easy to grow and are always popular with children due to being bite-sized. They can easily be grown in containers. You can grow them from seeds which can then be transplanted into pots or go for the much easier option and buy the plants themselves from garden centres.

So for a quick recap:

6 great reasons to use herbs when cooking with children:

  1. It is fun!
  2. Herbs stimulate the senses
  3. Herbs can be snipped or torn onto food/cooking
  4. Herbs can be grown first
  5. Herbs are healthy
  6. Herbs may help develop a taste for different foods

Would you consider using herbs in a recipe to make with your child?

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50 thoughts on “Children Cooking with Herbs

    1. Growing herbs in pots on the patio works really well – they just need watering regularly. Hopefully your son would love it. Thanks for reading 🙂

  1. My girls love rubbing the leaves of herbs between their hands and enhaling the beautiful smells, it’s such a relaxing thing to do!! We miss our old herb boarder! We have only managed to keep the marjoram and lavender alive here so far… I think we’ll have to make more effort next year! Thankyou so much for sharing this with #busydoinglife it’s great to have you x

    1. It is always better to have a herb garden outside but if it is not possible they grow wonderfully well indoors on a sunny windowsill too. Most children really enjoy the whole process of Pot to Plate. Thank you very much for hosting 🙂

  2. My kids have loved taking care of our garden this summer and getting to eat the fresh food that was started from just a little plant and are now all taking over the garden boxes. The basil has strived and I put it in just about everything these days and they love going out with the little bucket and picking it for me. I am visiting from #famjamlinky.

  3. I really want to make a herb garden with the girls I thin it’ll make them so much more likely to try new foods if they have helped to grow the herbs in it! thanks for linking up to #kidscorner

  4. My wife does this growing from seeds right though to eating great way for our twins to learn lovely post thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

  5. In Indian cooking we use a lot herbs but Never thought of introducing to it to My 7 year son who enjoys cooking . I am going to try this with him . Thanks for the great ideas

  6. I love growing with kids, we have tomatoes on the windowsill and herbs in the garden. My eldest likes to pick the mint and oregano and eat it in the garden. 🙂 x

  7. I love exploring herbs with at, although in his opinion most of them smell ‘yucky’ he’s happy to eat them!

    Thanks for linking and posting on our Facebook page #toddlerapprovedtuesday x

  8. Great post, which sums up why what you’re doing is so brilliant. If anyone reading this hasn’t got a Handy Herbs Kit, get one! It was the perfect way to start my children exploring herbs. And they are now so into growing and learning about different herbs and spices. #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    1. Thank you very much! I really hope we do help encourage young children to try growing and or cooking with herbs or other home grown things. I strongly believe children benefit from these activities as I know you do.

  9. Growing herbs is great and good for children. We have mint in the garden, but I have never had much success at keeping other herb plants alive, we really must try again.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  10. I love the idea of having a herb windowsill garden 🙂 A lovely Italian pizza Garden sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing such an educational post. We need to get green fingered now! #LetKidsBeKids #TwinklyTuesday

  11. I really want to start growing some herbs with Zach, teaching him how to tend to stuff and wait patiently for them to grow. I really should buy a couple of pots and start with him! Thanks for the nudge and thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  12. My parents use to grow herbs when I was young. I used to love tasting all the different leaves and stems. Definitely something I want my daughter to experience as well! Thanks for sharing! #twinklytuesday

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