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Recipe Swap: In the Kitchen with Kids

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 15, 2009 @ 9:39 am In Family Fun,Meal Planning,Parenting and Family,URS | 29 Comments

When I put together my ebook, FishMama’s Guide to Cooking with Children [5], my husband protested that it sounded like “Cooking with Fish,” as if the children were the ingredients. Well, they are the ingredients in so far as they are an important component to your life as MOM – in the kitchen. It’s just inevitable.If you’re a mom, chances are your kids are where you are.

The car. The bathroom. The kitchen.

Sometimes, that’s a help, sometimes it’s not. But, if we wrap our brains around the idea that we’re passing on life skills and training helpers to ease the household work load, then it’s definitely a win-win situation.

Lately, as our family has become infatuated with the Food Network, my children have been more apt to pay attention to the details of food. When they dish up their plates at mealtimes, they are creating these avant garde works of art, right down to the sprig of herb on top. It is hilarious! A perfect example of how children learn by imitation.

And what better place for them to do some learnin’ than in the kitchen. We’ve all got to eat, right? So, let’s teach our kids about food preparation. Today’s recipe swap is a chance for you to share a recipe that you like to make with your kids.

I had planned to post our breadstick recipe, but FishBoy6 had different plans. Yesterday as I was preparing the night’s lasagna, he eagerly asked if he could help. How could I say no when it was clear that he really wanted to do it? I had never considered including kids in the making of lasagna. Sounded like too much work.

But, since I had measured everything out already, it worked out great. He really enjoyed the process of pouring sauce over noodles and sprinkling cheese over sauce. It turned out to be a great thing to prepare with children. And he insisted that we take a photo when we were done.

If you don’t have a lasagna recipe to write home about, you need to try this one [6]. I found it right before the holidays, and it has proven to be a fantastic addition to my repertoire. Now, I can add it to FishBoy’s repertoire as well.

It is flexible enough that you can tailor it to your tastes and your pantry, but consistent enough that it always tastes great. My kids used to be so-so on lasagna, now they devour it!

What’s a recipe that you like to make with your children? Please share it with us!

There are two ways to participate in this week’s recipe swap:

1. Post your recipe on your blog. Please mention www.lifeasMOM.com in your post. Then, come back here to add your link to Mr. Linky below. (Find instructions for Mr. Linky here [7].)

2. If you don’t have a blog, simply tell us about your recipe in the comments section.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!


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