Kids in the Kitchen Recipe: Meatloaf Milano Cupcakes

Meatloaf Milano

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0224 Meatloaf Milano _Cupcakes_Did you know that children who participate in meal preparation with their mother or father tend to have better eating habits than those who don’t? Kids who help prepare their families’ meals tend to eat more fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber and are more willing to try new foods.

This month, we want to help you create opportunities to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Younger children can help with rinsing fruits and vegetables, tearing lettuce for a salad and cutting soft foods with a butter knife. Older kids can assist in creating these twists on our April menu, such as turning Meatloaf Milano into cupcakes.

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Get Your Kids in the Kitchen

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Did you know that kids learn about food and eating at a very young age? That getting your kids involved in the kitchen can help shape their eating habits for the rest of their lives. Positive experiences about food early on in a child’s life may help them develop healthy eating habits in the future. A recent study found that children who are exposed to cooking through culinary classes or aiding a parent or family member in preparing their meals in their home will be more likely to choose healthier foods not only in your own home, but when they are outside of your home, too. Researchers also found that the children who were involved in meal preparation had a higher intake of fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber and an increased willingness to try new foods.

Need some fun ways to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Try these tips for all ages:

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Kids in the Kitchen Recipe: Chicken Costoletta Fingers

Chicken Costoletta

Recipe Remixes | March 25, 2015 | By

0779 Chicken Costoletta FingersDid you know that children who participate in meal preparation with their mother or father tend to have better eating habits than those who don’t? Kids who help prepare their families’ meals tend to eat more fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber and are more willing to try new foods.

This month, we want to help you create opportunities to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Younger children can help with rinsing fruits and vegetables, tearing lettuce for a salad and cutting soft foods with a butter knife. Older kids can assist in creating these twists on our April menu, such as turning Chicken Costoletta into kid-friendly chicken fingers.

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Empowering your Kids to Cook

teaching kids to cookIt’s fun to see a renewed interest in nutrition, cooking, and canning in this generation of  20-somethings. Yet, many of this age group have been left behind in being taught how to cook.  A generation ago 80% of Baby Boomers could cook from their pantry without a recipe; today 20% of their children can prepare a meal from scratch.

Teaching kids to cook isn’t difficult and provides them with lifelong skills.  As the old adage goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  You’d be surprised what children can learn at a young age with a bit of coaching. Soon, they’ll have skills that will serve them for a lifetime.

Follow this model for a helpful way to train kids to cook:

  1. You show them, while they watch you
  2. Do it together
  3. They show you, while you watch them

Here’s what your budding chefs can learn:

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