Eat Well and Spend Less with Kids in the Kitchen

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Teaching your children to cook can be a great way to teach them to eat well and spend less.

One of my life’s missions is to eat well. Without going into debt to do it.

And part of that mission is to make sure that my kids know how to cook so that they can eat well and spend less after they’ve left my home. In May the Eat Well Spend Less girls shared tips and tricks for doing just that: getting our kids in the kitchen and equipping them with important life skills.

In case you missed those posts, take some time this weekend to catch up. You won’t be sorry.

Easy Recipes Kids Can Cook – Aimee from Simple Bites rounded up a bunch of tasty recipes that are easy for kids to make on their own or with a little help.

When Everyone Wants to Help – Mom of three girls with a baby on the way, Amy from Kingdom First Mom shared some great tips for that balancing act when all your kids want to help at one time.

Teaching Your Kids While You Grocery Shop – A grocery geek after my own heart, Carrie examined the different skills that kids learn when you cart them along on the grocery shopping trip. It doesn’t have to be a headache. It can be a learning experience!

Homemade Fruit Popsicles – With summer practically breaking down the door, Katie shared a fun recipe and method for homemade popsicles. Healthy doesn’t mean you have to be the “uncool” household.

photo credit: Shaina

Overcoming the Stress of Having Kids in the Kitchen – It’s easy to get overwhelmed with so many helpers. Mandi shares some tips for getting over that and enjoying the process of cooking with your children.

Getting Your Kids in the Kitchen – Shaina is a stellar example to me of including kids in the kitchen. It was her five-year old’s ability to make cupcakes by herself that prompted me to loosen my grip on the kitchen. Her post is a wealth of inspiration.

11 Tips for Kids in the Kitchen Without Losing Your Sanity – Tammy is a girl after my own heart. Mom of five little ones, she’s busy trying to keep everyone fed, but she makes a point of including her kids — and making it fun — in the kitchen.

Letting Kids Cook – As for me, I’m still learning how to do this. Last month I had an epiphany when I realized my boys know how to do a lot more than I let them — or than they’re letting on. Time to let my little birds spread their wings a little!

Got any tricks to getting kids in the kitchen?

We’d love to hear about your experiences.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Lisa S says

    Who has trouble getting them in the kitchen? It’s getting them out I have trouble with. 🙂 I guess clear instructions would be the key to success for everyone, and then let them go.

    I too am trying to loosen the reigns with my kids in the kitchen. My kids go to public school, so to keep them busy in the summer and lessen loosing skill knowledge, I’ve created a learning/badge program. One of the badges to earn is Sous Chef. Whichever one is Kid of the Day, is my Sous Chef that day.

    Well, 1st daughter had to teach me that my learning curve is not speedy enough. I got in trouble for taking the spoon and mixing all the breadcrumbs myself in the meatloaf. I hope they can be more patient with me than apparently I am with them.

    I think the biggest challenge is just letting them do it, not worrying about the mess they make, the ingredients they waste, etc. I let them spill paint all over the kitchen table during art time so whats the difference in the kitchen. My four year old got to use a “sharp” knife today prepping nacho fixings for lunch today and she was ecstatic. I just made sure to show her how to hold the knife the right way as to not cut her fingers.

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