We know that a big part of why you come here is because, like us, you’ve got a big, important job on your hands: feeding your family. We hope that our recipes, tips and advice not only help you solve the age old what’s-for-dinner “problem,” but also inspire you to cook with joy, to eat healthier, to go homemade and, most of all, to involve your children in the kitchen. Because it matters.
By now, you know the deal. Research shows that children who are involved in selecting, making and even growing food are significantly more likely to eat the natural, whole foods that can sustain them a healthy lifetime. And when healthy habits are solid, it’s easy to healthily enjoy treats in moderation. Cookies? Ice Cream? Why not! Just make them homemade, and involve the kids!
Here are my favorite “Kids in the Kitchen” posts in 2010. These tips and easy recipes for cooking with kids are a big part of why you come here, and why we love writing for you. These are the posts that I believe set The Family Kitchen—and the fabulous writers I work with—apart.
Jelly Doughnuts – The perfect example of a treat that’s healthier made at home with whole ingredients. This recipe comes with step-by-step instructions for involving kids.
Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallows – Don’t let the kiddos think that marshmallows can only be store-bought! Making them at home is easier than you think.
Homemade Lollipop Spoons – Another recipe to show the kids that we can make anything at home.
Snow Cream Recipe – Make ice cream out of snow. Can you think of a better cooking activity for kids?!
Caramel Cream Puffs – You can never go wrong with dessert on a stick. And these are even easier than cake pops.
Snowman Shots – A super cute dessert any kid would love to make that’s just their right size.
Nutella Graham Cracker Whoopie Pies – How can I resist this one?! What kid wouldn’t be psyched to make this treat. Perfect for a special occasion.
Easy Baked Croissant Cups Your Kids Can Make – I agree with Shaina, homemade croissant dough is worth it. Make it ahead—even several days ahead—and then get the kids involved. Or have the kids make the dough one day, and the cups another.
Digestive Cookie Oven S’Mores – Who needs a campfire to make s’mores with the kids!? This is a great quick kitchen project: have the kids assemble the s’mores in a few minutes, pop them in the oven, enjoy together.
Blackberry Soup – Fruit? Soup? Yes! What a great way to help expand kids’ understanding of how we can use healthy ingredients. Have them help measure and even press “puree” to watch the fruit turn into dinner.
Nutella Pizza with Almonds, Flax & White Chocolate – Nutella and pizza. Think that your kids will notice the almonds or flax? Go ahead and point them out. Believe me they’ll still want to make and try this, and the takeaway is that almonds and flax are yummy, too!
Peanut Butter Sauce – The easiest, healthiest “sweet” sauce there is. Delicious and nutritious.
Blueberries with Sour Cream and Brown Sugar – I love this easy, natural dessert. Have the kids whisk the sugar and sour cream—an unexpected pair–and pour over fresh berries. So simple and tasty.
Rainbow Corn Salad – You know what they say: eat a rainbow! This is very easy to put together—kids can most definitely help—and will make kids excited about eating their veggies. If they’re still reluctant, with all the colors represented here, it’s easy to turn eating this dish into a fun game.
Have a Kitchen Play Date – The key to making it work.
Tips to Cook with Your Kids Successfully – Brilliant ideas by age!
Is Deceptive the Way To Go? – Why hiding vegetables misses the point and just makes parents unnecessarily anxious
5 Ways to Engage Kids in the Kitchen – This was written with holiday cooking in mind, but the tips are great for whenever!
iPad Cooking App for Kids with Top Check Master Marcus Samuelsson – Great family-friendly recipes, tips for getting kids in the kitchen and fruit and veggie facts for kid cooks. Plus, it’s FREE until the end of the year.