Think back to the first recipe you ever made...the first time you stirred together ingredients in a bowl seemingly larger than you were, or the first time Mom let you crack an egg all by yourself. Those little joys laid the foundation for kitchen competency. Introducing kids to cooking offers a time for creating memories while exposing them to practical life skills.
Among many lessons, cooking teaches how to follow instructions, reading comprehension, time management and pride in a job well done. Involving kids in the kitchen also encourages healthful eating. Your child will appreciate a wider variety of ingredients and develop confidence to transform ingredients into delicious recipes.
Have a picky eater? Helping to plan and prepare meals gives picky eaters a sense of investment in the process so they are more likely to try new foods.
Picky Eaters Will Quickly Give Up the Fight with These Fun Recipes
The Better Homes and Gardens New Junior CookBook was written and designed to appeal to kids ages 5 to 12 and features 65 brand-new recipes that are simple to make and a blast to eat. Each recipe includes a photo of the dish and unique and lively illustrations of characters that tell a story to complement the dish.
All the recipes included are easy-to-follow and packed with helpful hints and fun ways for kids to put their own spin on them. With lots of easy-to-understand nutrition information, it's a great way to teach picky eaters about healthy eating while getting them interested in cooking.
- 65 recipes include hearty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners as well as healthy snacks and treats
- Fun, engaging, full-color illustrations bring each recipe to life and grab kids' attention
- Special features cover cooking basics, kitchen safety, menu planning, basic nutrition information, and guidance on reading and understanding food labels
Teach your picky eaters how to eat right and help out in the kitchen with the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior CookBook. It's the perfect way to make it rewarding for the whole family.
As a parent, you know best the abilities of your little chef. Start with the basics, choose a recipe from the New Junior CookBook and have fun! Encourage your kids to try something new and champion their culinary efforts.
Here's a great school time lunch recipe to try from the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior CookBook:
Wheels-on-the-Bus Pasta Salad
This Southwest-inspired pasta salad will get your wheels spinning again and transport you back to class fully fueled.
- 1/3 cup dried small wagon wheel pasta
- 1/3 cup rinsed and drained canned black beans
- 1/4 cup fresh or frozen whole kernel corn
- 1/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- (1) tbsp. light ranch salad dressing
- 1/8 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 cup crushed candy canes
- (1) 4.25 oz. container diced peaches in light syrup
- 1. Cook pasta following package directions. Put colander in the sink. Using hot pads, carefully pour pasta into colander to drain. Rinse with cold water and let drain.
- 2. Put pasta, beans, corn and tomatoes in a medium bowl. Stir to mix. Put ranch dressing and chili powder in the small bowl. Stir to mix. Pour dressing mixture over pasta mixture. Stir until all ingredients are coated. Spoon into a storage container. Cover and seal. Put in refrigerator until chilled or up to 12 hours.
- 3. To tote, put storage container with salad, container with peaches and plastic spoon in lunch bag with an ice pack. Seal bag.
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Disclosure: I received the New Junior Cookbook from Better Homes & Gardens in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!