From basic chopping to tossing pizza dough, there are plenty of fun ways to get kids involved in the cooking process. And the bonus? If they make it, they are more likely to eat it! Scroll down for five tips to get started.
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1. Set-up a pizza-making bar. Fill bowls with tons of toppings and set the out with undressed dough (shaped into mini personal pizza sizes). They can hep fill the bowls, too. Let them top their pizza as they wish! Click here for 15 recipes perfect for family pizza night.
2. Create kiddie quiches (crustless, of course). All you need is a muffin tin with liners, a half dozen eggs (with a splash of milk), and yummy toppings like cheese, sliced spinach, peppers and mushrooms. Let them fill each liner with a few veggies and cheese before topping them off with whisked egg. Bake and eat!
3. Learn how to slice on something SOFT. Firm tofu was pretty much made to teach little kids basic knife skills. You can start them with a butter knife, graduate to a serrated-but-not-sharp steak knife and eventually move them into something more cutting edge. Brush up on this proper knife skills before passing on the knowledge by watching this video.
4. Two words: Taco night! From helping to slice and grate the ingredients to filling and rolling your own edible creation, tacos are a hands on meal that are as fun to make as they are to eat. Here are 18 variations on the classic taco to get kids excited about experimenting in the kitchen.
5. Make use of your tiny sous chef. Kids as young as two can lend a hand in the kitchen—have them pull basil leaves from the stem, break ends off the string beans, tear kale off the stalk or shell some peas. Grunt work for your little grunts!
How do you get your kids cooking in the kitchen? Let us know in the comments below!