Cooking with kids can be a lot of fun. Two weekends ago, I spent an afternoon with my nine-year old making a ground beef recipe with lentils, mushrooms and spinach. This was going to be the filling for a stuffed pasta shells recipe. We also slow simmered a simple tomato sauce for the topping.
After showing her the right technique, she chopped garlic and mushrooms like a proud chef. She opened canned tomatoes for the sauce and helped stir the pots.
Not only was this a fun way for the two of us to spend quality time together, it also taught her valuable skills and boosted her confidence.
Of course, cooking with kids isn’t all rosy. Baking with my five year-old demands a great deal of patience. There are spills to clean up and things definitely take a lot more time.
Check out http://familykitchen.ca/ for ideas and tips on age-appropriate ways to get kids in the kitchen.