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Cooking with the Kids Is So Much Fun

Every summer, I let my kids take over the cooking, one meal a week each. Once a week, I give them a stack of recipe books and tell them to pick anything that appeals to them. Then they write out the ingredient lists and I go shopping. Then on cooking night, I am there to help out if asked, but otherwise I am hands off and they do it all. Cooking with the Kids is so much fun!

Confession: I am kind of a control freak. So it kind of kills me when other people are cooking in my kitchen. But it is good for all of us right? I have learned over the years to say “oh well!” and smile when an egg hits the floor instead of the bowl, and “better get a cloth” and smile when the milk hits the counter instead of the mixer.

Cooking with the Kids

The kids always surprise me with the recipes they choose. It is often something that I wouldn’t normally look at twice, and can have quite exotic ingredients. They are great at tasting everything they make, and most of what they have cooked over the years has been fantastic. They are fearless, making falafel and flat bread without batting an eye.

We have learned important lessons like we don’t really like the taste of sweet orange, and you need to read the recipe early in the day in case something needs defrosting, and two main courses and a dessert is really too much food for one meal. It brings me so much joy to share my kitchen with them both and we laugh constantly. It has become one of my favourite things to do. I wish we could do it more often.

Do you cook with your kids? Do you have any tips to share? Comment below!

I am an active mother of two fabulous kids that make me smile every day. I love to cook old favourites and try out new recipes and never let my kids’ nut and egg allergy get in the way! I am forever dragging my husband all over town to try out the latest and greatest new spots to eat but for the most part I think he’s a willing participant. I would call myself a Foodie but then you would think I was pretentious, so I won't go there. I am an avid reader, pretty much anything I can get my hands on, anytime I can squeeze it in. (Yes that was me you saw reading while I was running on the treadmill at the gym). I love to write and share all my great finds whenever I can! Let’s eat!

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  1. sounds to me like you all have a good time cooking together and the fact that the meals they produce are in fact very edible is a big plus 🙂

  2. That is really wonderful that you include your family into cooking because they learn and appreciate food that way. I’m the opposite. Lol I’m like “get out of my kitchen” I just want to cook and get food on the table. I guess when my girls get a little older it will be more fun and I will include them in the cooking process.

  3. My grandkids are getting older now 9 & 10 so we can could many more dishes and my granddaughter loves doing dishes…..woohoo

  4. Great looking dishes! 🙂 I think all parents should cook with their kids – it instills some valuable skills for later on in life and is a good bonding experience!


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