Encourage Your Kids in the Kitchen – You Won’t Regret It!

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Your child could be a chef in the making! Encourage your kids in the kitchen at home by letting them get hands-on with food, and they will soon be confident enough to give cooking a go.

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Cooking is an important life skill, but it should also be fun – and involving kids in the kitchen from an early age is a great way to do that.

Aside from being something you can do together, cooking can teach your child about everything from measuring and counting to the science of baking. The hands-on aspect is also a great way to demystify food and encourage them to try new textures and tastes.

Some cooking skills are ideal for preschoolers, while school-aged children can have fun getting creative. Who knows, they may invent the next great ice cream flavour, or astound you with an offer to cook dinner!

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Kids in the Kitchen: Recipes to Get Started

Mykidstime Supervalu Cooking Allstars kids in the kitchen

Don’t panic about what you can cook with your kids – just keep it simple and start by involving your child with stirring, measuring, mashing, and tasting. You can then progress to jobs like chopping, grating and using appliances as their confidence grows.

When they feel ready to embark upon something by themselves, these are two great recipes to get started that can be on the table in minutes. They are kid-approved: quick, easy and super tasty!

Cheese Quesadilla

Ingredients:

  • ½ small tortilla (ask an adult to cut the tortilla in half)
  • ½ tablespoon butter for cooking
  • 2 tablespoons ready grated low-fat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Pepper, for seasoning

Method:

  • Before you begin, turn on hot plate to medium heat so that it’s heating up and ready for cooking.
  • Place the tortilla half on a chopping board and carefully slice in half again.
  • Use a table knife to lightly spread butter on one side of each tortilla slice.
  • Sprinkle the grated cheese on the non-buttered side of one slice of the tortilla and season with pepper.
  • Take the second slice of the tortilla and cover cheese to make a ‘sandwich’. Keep buttered side facing out!
  • Add some butter to the pan, and once melted you can carefully place your quesadilla on pan. Once the quesadilla has heated up a little, use a spatula to press down the sides and seal so that the cheese doesn’t fall out!
  • Use a spatula to flip the quesadilla. Heat until lightly browned on both sides and until cheese has melted. Then use your spatula to transfer the quesadilla to a plate.
  • Ask a parent to turn off the heat, then eat and enjoy!

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Banana Pancake

Mykidstime Supervalu Cooking AllstarsIngredients:

  • ½ large ripe banana
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil
  • Berries, chocolate chips or other toppings (optional)

Method:

  • Use a fork to mash the banana on a plate.
  • Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk with a fork – remove any shell.
  • Add the mashed banana, cinnamon and vanilla into the bowl and thoroughly mix all ingredients.
  • Heat the oil on a medium frying pan over a medium heat.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of batter onto the pan. If you are adding any berries or chocolate chips, do it now.
  • Cook your pancake on one side for 30-60 seconds until the bottom appears to be set.
  • Flip (or fold in half) with a spatula, and cook until your pancake is golden brown on both sides. Serve warm.

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Cooking is Child’s Play With SuperValu Cooking All Stars

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Dr Ciara Kelly alongside SuperValu ambassador Bressie with pupils from The Divine Word National School, Rathfarnham in Dublin at the launch of SuperValu’s Cooking All Stars. Photo credit: Marc O’Sullivan

Most of our primary schools don’t offer cookery classes, and at secondary level it tends to be optional. The result is that our kids aren’t learning the skills to cook for themselves, unless we teach them at home. And the knock-on result is that they have less awareness and knowledge about food and nutrition.

With this in mind, we were delighted to hear that SuperValu has launched a new Cooking All Stars programme to teach primary school kids cooking skills. From chopping vegetables to safety in the kitchen, those skills will hopefully make our kids more confident and independent.

Primary schools around the country will be sent a cooking kit from SuperValu which includes a large range of cooking utensils, equipment and a recipe book. Each school will also receive training on how to cook in the classroom.

Mykidstime Supervalu Cooking Allstars kids in the kitchen
Mykidstime editor Emily Manning and her daughter Matilda with The Happy Pear’s Steve at the launch of SuperValu’s Cooking All Stars

When I asked my eight-year-old daughter what she thought about learning to cook in school, she was thrilled! Clearly it has way more appeal than the cooking we do at home…! And while she may now have lofty Masterchef ambitions, it was really encouraging to hear her enthusiasm.

We went along to the launch of the Cooking All Stars recently, where Steve and Dave from The Happy Pear and Bressie cooked with the kids in the kitchen, showing them how to get started – and have fun at the same time.

My daughter’s banana, raspberry and chocolate chip pancake was so good she now has a regular brunch spot in our house at the weekends…!

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So, get the kids in the kitchen and report back to us on how you get on. Was it a success? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

Mykidstime Supervalu Cooking Allstars kids in the kitchen

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