They ask families to cook and eat a healthy meal from scratch together over the weekend of 22-25 April. Those people who read my blog will know how keen I am on encouraging cooking with children. So of course, I signed up to this.
The official recipe is the Big Cookathon Cottage Pie – a healthy version of a traditional favourite. They have a great vegetarian version too which I preferred to cook. I have made a couple of adjustments, using fresh herbs from the garden and sweet potato as we love that here and it is very nutritious. We had great fun cooking and eating the pie together. I actually did this with a toddler and there was plenty for her to do so that she was involved in helping to make the pie. Find the recipe and further details here.
This year The Children’s Food Trust are hoping to reclaim family mealtimes. The Big Cookathon Cottage Pie takes its inspiration from a time when meals were eaten by families around a table at home, without the distraction of modern technology.
Learning to cook is an essential life skill and like me, the Children’s Food Trust believe that by eating better, children do better. Cooking also helps to develop a range of other skills and encourages healthy eating. Cooking together is also great fun!
You can find more information about cooking with children from
Do you enjoy cooking with your children? Would it be something you would consider?