Get kids cooking
We would like to start a new series of blog posts, based on our own experiences of preparing meals for the whole family and specifically getting the kids involved in knowing how to prepare a meal by themselves.
Between us, we have 5 children, ranging in ages between 8 and 15.
Born and bred in France, I grew up spending a huge amount of time in my grandmother's kitchen, helping to prepare meals, cook and bake. My English husband doesn't cook.
Katharine grew up in Kent and could cook a Sunday roast and a Christmas dinner by the age of 12! Her husband can't cook!
This blog series is not going to be about parenting advice, but much more about sharing our passion for good real nutritious food and how we would like to encourage everyone to involve children in making a real meal for themselves.
Why? Why not! If we want our kids to not resort to cheap ready meals when they fly the nest, let's show them a better way.
With that in mind, and with the intention to equip my two with a few basic nutritious options, I've started this "cook your own once a week" with my 11 and 12yr old and they love it. Bonus: night off for me!
Today, we'll start with the simplest of ingredients: eggs.
Why eggs? They are a good source of protein and rich in healthy omega 3 fats, they are versatile and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Kids love it when you first teach them to break an egg.
My daughter likes them scrambled, so she'll break 2 eggs in a bowl, add a little milk and maybe grate some Parmesan, add some spinach leaves or cherry tomatoes, mix and pour it into a frying pan; and cook slowly, stirring with a wooden spoon. In less than 5 minutes, she has custom made eggs with a slice of good quality toast on the side.
What more? Peel a carrot, a cucumber and clean a pepper and chop for a colourful rainbow plate!
I can guarantee that you will be amazed when you see the satisfaction and pride on their faces when they have finished preparing their meal and are tucking into it. Our kids have really embraced this new "once a week" tradition and my daughter is thinking about her next step: making daddy a meal once a week. And yes, it's always about daddy when you're an 11yr old girl!
Next time, we will get the kids to design and prepare their own smoothie.