Make Meals That Do More: How Parents Can Encourage Young Chefs
Here are some easy ways to get children excited about cooking delicious and nutritious foods in the kitchen.
Choose Age-Appropriate Tasks
Even young kids can pitch in by dunking tea bags in water to make Lipton® unsweetened iced tea. Older children can handle a sturdy serrated plastic knife to slice textured fresh produce such as oranges or apples for delicious and fruity non-alcoholic Lipton® Sparkling Sangria Tea.
Teach Kitchen Safety
Make sure all children know what’s hot. Kid-size oven mitts and cooking tools are a plus. Use nonslip stools so that little kids are at the correct height to perform tasks safely at the counter.
When kids come up with their own recipes, it can be a win for the whole family. Using the Knorr® Sides to Center technique, invite children to choose their favorite vegetables and lean protein to combine with Knorr® Rice Sides™ or Knorr® Pasta Sides™. (Link opens in new window.) The result is a nutritious main meal that should make your kid chef proud. Check out the Creamy Bruschetta Chicken recipe or visit knorr.com (Link opens in new window.) for more inspiration.
Make It Fun
Encouraging kids to cook can help instill a lifelong passion for healthy eating. Children can lend a hand preparing a delicious Spinach Dip using Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise. (Link opens in new window.)
“Dip recipes are easy to make with the help of the whole family and are also fun to eat, especially with a variety of fresh vegetables and whole-grain crackers,” says Gina Ruskie, RDN, Nutrition and Health Manager at Unilever.
Follow these steps to get your young ones lending a hand in the kitchen! For more recipe inspiration the whole family can enjoy, check out our family-friendly recipe section.