Benefits To Creating Tasty Meals With Your Family
Creating meals together benefits your family in many ways, well beyond helping ensure everyone in the household likes what they eat. Here are five reasons to involve your children in meal prep.
It's amazing how many skills are involved in cooking:
Cooking together also involves teamwork, communication and valuable life lessons like meal planning and budgeting.
Another meaningful life lesson is teaching kids about giving back to the community. By choosing ingredients with the Produce for Kids logo in your grocery store's produce department, you'll help feed people in need. Produce for Kids has raised $7 million for Feeding America and other charities supporting children and families.
Choosing recipes featuring fresh produce boosts your family's health while establishing good habits for life. Explore ProduceforKids.com/recipe-index for great options - all approved by a registered dietitian. For example, try substituting every kid's favorite, French fries, with this healthier version:
Once your children have mastered cooking basics, let them be creative. Learning what flavors go together and increasing their knowledge of ingredients makes cooking about much more than following directions. Encourage kids to experiment with recipes or create their own. What they invent (with a little supervision) may surprise you!
Start with a recipe that's easy to customize with your favorite substitutions, like these flavor-packed, plant-based burgers:
Substitutions to try:
Mastering cooking tasks helps your child develop feelings of competence. Consider your child's age, and supervise for safety. Children's abilities vary greatly, so start by allowing children to measure, stir or garnish - adding tasks as they get older and gain experience and skill.
Here's an easy recipe that kids will love to make:
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