A Word from Dr. Wood: when kids help cook their own meals, it’s much easier to get them to eat home-cooked food. Involve the kids with these ideas:
- Let kids choose recipes and plan meals
- When grocery shopping, ask kids to pick out the fruits and vegetables.
- Challenge kids to “discover” a new fruit or vegetable for the family to try.
- Recruit kids for simple kitchen tasks…washing fruits and vegetables or drying lettuce for salads for younger kids. Mixing ingredients or measuring things for older kids – this teaches them math skills, too!
- Prepare for the week ahead with the kids on the weekend. Pick recipes, plan the menu, make the grocery lists, do the shopping.
- Bake granola, whole-grain bars, and other healthier treats and snacks to have for the week. Make extra pancakes or waffles and freeze them for a quick breakfast during the week.
- On Sunday evening cook whole grains and legumes and other staples to use in recipes all week long. For example, make black beans and brown rice to reheat as side dishes with meals and to use in recipes like bean and rice burritos on Meatless Monday (recipe coming soon) or stuffed bell peppers.
Please, enjoy some of my favorite recipes from my very own recipe box! Link coming soon.