The Kids' Dinner Takeover

by Krisha on March 12th, 2012

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We have a couple of kids cookbooks that we love to use. My kids love looking at cookbooks for kids, since they are packed with colorful pictures of foods and the instructions are easy to understand. We've cooked a few recipes, but my older kids are becoming more interested in cooking, so we are going to begin putting these cookbooks to better use.

Today I spent the day out with the big kids and decided to put them in charge of dinner tonight. My daughter picked out a simple and delicious looking recipe for sweet-and-sour chicken from one of her favorite cookbooks (see below: Annabel Karmel). 

We went to the grocery store, recipe in hand, and the kids literally did their own shopping. I really just guided the cart so they didn't run into anyone, made sure they got the right amounts, and showed them where to find baby corn.

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Tonight I'll help the kids prepare the dish, which always makes them more excited about eating healthful foods.

If you have a picky eater, getting him or her involved in grocery shopping and meal prep can help. Kids are more likely to try new foods when they pick them out on their own at the grocery store. And when kids help out in the kitchen, it is a great opportunity to talk to them about healthful eating. What's more, kids are more likely to eat the foods they helped prepare themselves.

For more info, check out the USDA's Resource Library on Cooking with Kids.

Some of the good kids cookbooks I've used or seen are:

There are many more of these cookbooks on the market, I just look for ones with age-appropriate (mostly) healthful recipes I think my kids would like to cook and eat.


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