Here are some easy ways to get children excited about cooking delicious and nutritious foods in the kitchen.
Whether you’re planning a full-fledged family-friendly cooking class, or just trying to get your little ones to help out with dinner every so often, here are a few expert tips on how to get your kids cooking.
CHOOSE AGE-APPROPRIATE TASKS
Even young kids can pitch in by dunking tea bags in water to make
Lipton. Older children can handle a sturdy serrated plastic knife to slice textured fresh produce such as oranges or apples for delicious and fruity non-alcoholic ® unsweetened iced tea Lipton. ® Sparkling Sangria Tea
TEACH KITCHEN SAFETY
Make sure all children know what’s hot. Kid-size oven mitts and cooking tools are a plus. Use nonslip stools so that little kids are at the correct height to perform tasks safely at the counter.
When kids come up with their own recipes, it can be a win for the whole family. Using the
Knorr, invite children to choose their favorite vegetables and lean protein to combine with ® Sides to Center technique (PDF | 545KB) Knorr or ® Rice Sides™ Knorr. The result is a nutritious main meal that should make your kid chef proud. Check out the ® Pasta Sides™ Creamy Bruschetta Chicken recipe or knorr.com for more inspiration.
MAKE IT FUN
Encouraging kids to cook can help instill a lifelong passion for healthy eating. Children can lend a hand preparing a delicious
Spinach Dip using Hellmann’s ® Mayonnaise.
“Dip recipes are easy to make with the help of the whole family and are also fun to eat, especially with a variety of fresh vegetables and whole grain crackers,” says Gina Ruskie , RDN, Nutrition and Health Manager at Unilever.
Follow these steps to get your young ones lending a hand in the kitchen! For more recipe inspiration the whole family can enjoy, check out our family-friendly recipe section.