Cooking With Kids: Eat Well, Spend Less Roundup

This month’s Eat Well, Spend Less theme was one I love: kids in the kitchen!  (Unfortunately, I unintentionally set out to prove that cooking is dangerous for anyone and sliced my hand on a pickle jar the day I was supposed to write my post, so I ended up re-publishing my list of Ways To Teach Your Kids While You Grocery Shop.)

There were so many fabulous ideas shared this month by the Eat Well, Spend Less bloggers!  If you need ideas or encouragement to get your kids in the kitchen, read these posts – you will be inspired!

Jessica’s been working hard in 2012 to get her kids cooking and has seen some great success!  See how her kids are going way beyond what she expected here.

Aimee shares recipes that kids can cook.  I love that these are not cutesy recipes for kid-only food, but recipes that teach real cooking skills that they’ll be using when they’re 60 and not just six.

Amy has tips for allowing kids to help and still actually get dinner on the table.  I love that she has been patient in teaching her children how to use tools, and now they can use them on their own!

Mandi writes about how to overcome the stress of having kids in the kitchen.  Her suggestion of having your kids keep you company even if they can’t help with a particular meal was fabulous.  Sometimes I use my dinner preparation time to review math facts or worksheets with my six-year-old and it’s such a great way to get supper on the table without shooing away your kids!

Tammy has eleven tips for cooking with kids without losing your sanity.  Her “can’t=can learn” was such a good reminder to me.

Shaina gets her kids involved in the kitchen in every area, including meal planning!  This was a good reminder to me to make sure my kids get a well-rounded cooking education – there’s more to learn than just how to cook food!

Katie shares a recipe for no-sugar popsicles to share with the neighbor kids.  We made our own popsicles last year and it’s on my list to do again.  The kids had lots of fun making them, and with only fruit, they’re healthy.  Plus, they take awhile to eat which is great for those of us that have kids that tend to gobble and then say “what else can we have?”

I know that cooking with kids can be stressful, and often it takes longer when they “help”.  But, the sooner you allow them to help, the sooner they will actually be helpful.  I’ve had to let go of perfectionist tendencies when my kids are helping me cook, but I’m already reaping the rewards of letting them help.  My six-year-old is able to roll fresh pasta into sheets and then into noodles, and really enjoys being able to do this on his own.  He’s helping me make more gourmet food than I would have time to do on my own!