Having kids in the kitchen at dinner time can be no easy feat. When done well, teaching your little ones to enjoy the process of preparing and enjoying a meal can be so rewarding, and can have a huge impact on the way they approach food.
We’ve put together a few tips for getting your family into the foodie spirit, so keep reading!
Choose healthy, kid-proof recipes
If you’ve got fussy eaters in the house, the most effective, tried-and-true way to improve their diet is to make meals simple and enjoyable.
Easy recipes like Honey Soy Chicken Stir Fry or Spaghetti Bolognese are sure-fire hits, and can be a great source of veggies for those with developing palates.
Having your kids help out in the kitchen, either by handing you ingredients, or pouring the sauce into the pot, means they’re made aware of what they’re eating because they are part of the preparation.
When it comes to feeding your family, a great way to keep the kids enthused is with plating up.
Setting up a pizza-making station on the kitchen bench is a great way to involve your kids, and keep them entertained at the same time.
They’ll have complete creative control over their dinner - what’s in it, how it looks and how it tastes.
You can even encourage some healthy competition between siblings by having a mini Masterchef judging session, with a treat for the best looking pizza!
Incentivising your kids to help out with meal prep can be a great way to not only get them involved, but also excited for dinner time.
If you’re baking something, ask your little one to help measure out ingredients like flour and sugar, and if they do a good job, they can lick the spoon (we all know that’s the best part).
Alternatively, you could ask your kids to set the table, to give them an idea of the cutlery and crockery best suited for different meals. Once they’ve completed this small chore, perhaps they’re allowed to watch some TV or play a game while they wait for dinner to be ready.
You don’t have to throw your kids in the deep end when it comes to food prep. Introduce them to cooking with easy snack recipes like Ants on A Log - celery, peanut butter and sultanas.
This healthy after school snack is so easy to make, it won’t be long before they’re shoo-ing you out of the kitchen.
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