Kitchen Club Kids(R) Guest Post

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Guest Post by Kitchen Club Kids(R) Author Eluka Moore

As many of you know, Handy Herbs is passionate about encouraging children to engage in growing things and using them to cook with. I believe there are so many benefits to becoming involved in these two key life skills.

Recognising the impact story books can have on young children, I want to share this fabulous post from Eluka Moore from Kitchen Club Kids who is the author of an award winning series of recipe stories.

Kitchen Club Kids Books
Great books to inspire children to cook!

In her post below she explains her passion for cooking with children and gives us a recipe for making a delicious and nutritious soup to cook with your children. I am thrilled to bring you Eluka’s post today – enjoy it!

 

SOUP’S ON: Cooking With Kids during the Holidays!   

The holidays are a time of fun and celebration for families to gather, create special memories and enjoy festive meal after festive meal. However, with all the added family time the holidays can be stressful, especially if you are hosting the celebrations at your home.

For all of us out there with little ones, we have to remember that kids are naturally inquisitive, eager to learn and ready to help. So, why not put that energy to good use during the holidays? One way to help relieve some stress in the kitchen is to include your kids in the meal planning and preparation. It can keep them engaged and within eyesight while things get done.

As a health-conscious parent and one of the creators of Kitchen Club Kids® award winning, recipe-adventure storybook collection, involving my kids in the kitchen is something that I am very passionate about. I have seen firsthand the learning opportunities that exist in the kitchen as I cook with my kids. Some of my favorite memories are the ones where I am making a wholesome meal with my kids and watching them have so much fun chopping, mixing and stirring, not to mention, trying new foods along the way.

In the cold weather months we love to make soups. They are hearty, comforting, and best of all: everything goes into one pot. These one-pot wonders are great for cooking with kids and having a lot of people in the kitchen. Check out our recipe for Hearty Beef Soup.

Your kids will have fun washing the vegetables. They can cut (with your close supervision). Kids are great at combining ingredients, dumping all the chopped foods into the big pot. Stirring and seasoning are great kid tasks, too! Plus, every kitchen needs an official taste tester.

Remember these go-to tips for cooking with toddlers. They help keep my own kids engaged while cooking and most importantly, it helps to keep them safe in the kitchen.

  1. Share the prep work. This is an easy way to keep their attention focused on the task at hand. They can easily help with prepping ingredients, washing, measuring, pouring and stirring.
  2. Forget the mess. Expect that your kitchen is going to be messy after cooking with your toddler. To help with the stress of a messy kitchen, have access to plenty of towels and worry about clean up once the cooking fun is done.
  3. Taste as you go. This can be a fun way to get your child to taste your wonderful creation before sharing with the rest of the family. I always like to give a little sample to my son and celebrate the fact that we did it together. It makes him feel special.
  4. Have fun! Remember this is supposed to be a fun time for everyone in the kitchen. So, don’t stress about following recipes exactly. Take your time and expect that it is going to take twice as long to make a recipe. But, focus on all the memories you are creating along the way.

So, during the holidays, forget the stress in the kitchen, roll up your sleeves, grab your little helpers and start cooking. You’ll create some wonderful meals and lasting memories together! You will be surprised how much fun and educational cooking with your kids can be. And you never know, you may find a budding, little chef in your home.

Happy Holidays to you!

Eluka Moore

Kitchen Club Kids Books
Great books to inspire children to cook!

Co-creator/author of Kitchen Club Kids®

 

Thank you so much Eluka!

What an inspirational post with great tips too. I hope you keep Eluka’s advice in mind and get cooking with your kids!

Eluka has given readers of this post a promotional code (20KCK4U) to receive 20% off the total purchase of books from her online store. This code will be valid until 7th December. Please do check out the books ‘End Of The Rainbow Fruit Salad’ and ‘Garden Safari Vegetable Soup’ here. They are both lovely picture books that include a recipe along with developing other skills such as counting, colour recognition and fruit and vegetable recognition.

Do you have any tips or favourite books to inspire/engage children in cooking?

Sara

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33 thoughts on “Kitchen Club Kids(R) Guest Post

  1. I love cooking with kids. Sometimes the mess gets to me, but this is a good reminder to just forget the mess and enjoy that special time with the kids. Thanks for sharing this on Toddler Fun Friday!

  2. OH lovely post. I love getting the kids involved I am always cooking away in the kitchen with my two. Great ideas here. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  3. We love cooking and most term holidays are spent in messing up the kitchen. And, yes there are days I worry a lot about cleaning especially when I have loads of other things to do but still gets into the kitchen to divert the kids away from the TV. Looking for some quick, easy recipes to try during Christmas holidays 🙂 #FabFridayPost #KCACOLS

  4. I just love everything about this post! Just reading it now has got me all inspired and wanting to go and cook with my girls. Call me crazy but it’s even got me thinking it will be fun to cook Christmas dinner together. Xx #KCACOLS

  5. This is so great! – my son loves helping to wash and chop the veggies and helps weighing out the pastas too 🙂 I love the look of End of the rainbow fruit salad!! such a lovely idea, thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

  6. Some really great tips and we’re soup lovers here too! I think my children are still to boisterous (even if I ignored the mess) to help me prepare a meal but I think next year may be the time. I think you’re right about it being such a great thing to do with children, it’s something they can feel proud of too! #kcacols

  7. Love Eluke’s tips! We seem to forget that kids can help in the kitchen too, plus it is not only great for their counting, language development but also dexterity as well. Thanks for the code. Will definitely check out it out. Thank you for linking up with me again. #FabFridayPost x

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