Kids In The Kitchen!

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Can your kid cook? What’s their signature dish? Beef wellington? Chicken liver pate? Chocolate molten cake with homemade ice cream? Probably not, but the kids on Fox Channels “MasterChef Junior” dominated making these dishes!

If you haven’t heard of this fall hit tv show, do yourself a favor and check it out. The hour long episodes are filled with adorable, mind- bogglingly talented pre-teens. The pint sized contestants have incredible knowledge and composure in the kitchen. You will watch in awe as the kids compete against one another to crank out some of the hardest culinary classics.

It’s great to see kids so passionate about cooking at such a young age. However, most nine year olds won’t be asking to use the kitchen to practice cooking escargot, and that’s FINE! But, it’s important to get kids in the kitchen to learn basic cooking skills.

  • Becoming a good cook takes trial and error. Let your kids experiment in the kitchen at a young age so they can learn from their mistakes, become comfortable cooking and gain confidence in the kitchen.

  • Kids are more likely to try a food if they help cook it. Encourage your child to participate in meal prep, especially if you have a picky eater or are trying out a new ingredient.

  • The internet is a great resource for easy, kid friendly recipes. Here are some super-fast, simple recipes that will get your kid cooking in no time!

  • Cooking with your kids is an amazing opportunity to multitask. It’s a great way to bond with your child, talk to them about their day, teach them new cooking skills, and get dinner to the table on time.

Using Smart Lunches saves you time and energy that can be put toward engaging your kids in cooking dinner!

Who taught you to cook ? What are some meals you and your child enjoy cooking together? Let us know, we’d love to hear!

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Sources:

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http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/cooking-with-your-children

http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/masterchef-junior-season-1.jpg

http://www.simplebites.net/easy-recipes-that-kids-can-cook/

http://www.hulu.com/search?q=MasterChef+Junior

http://www.fox.com/masterchef-junior/

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