Cooking with kids happens frequently in my home. As soon as they could pull a chair up to the counter, my kids were there, up to their elbows in whatever my husband and I were cooking. Now, my kids often want to do the cooking themselves which is a nice switch.
Kids Can Help Make Salads
Making salads together is such an easy way to include your kids in the cooking process. Even a 2 year old can put cut up veggies into a bowl with some guidance. Since my little ones like to hang around me while I’m making dinner, having them “make the salad” is a way for me to keep them close and include them in the process.
As your kids get bigger, show them how to rinse vegetables or give them a small brush and let them go to town on scrubbing the carrots. Don’t forget to put a stopper in the sink drain just in case the vegetables jump out of the colander. If you have a food disposal in the drain, make it a rule that only adults go fishing for lost veggies in the drain.
Pretty soon you won’t be cooking with your kids. They’ll be cooking for you!
This tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad is an easy recipe when you start cooking with your kids. It takes about 10 minutes to make, and doesn’t require any cooking. Older children can make the entire salad; younger children can assist with most of the salad preparation.
- Cherry Tomatoes or Tomatoes of Your Choosing
- Cut up Mozzarella
- Chiffonade of Basil
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Olive Oil
- Adult prepares the tomatoes if they need to be cut up. A child can rinse off cherry tomatoes in a small colander at the sink. Place the tomatoes in bowls.
- Prep the Mozzarella ahead of time, or allow a 4 year old and up child to cut up the mozzarella with adult supervision. Since mozzarella is a soft cheese, it's relatively easy for a child to cut up. For my younger children, I cut sticks of mozzarella which they cut into smaller pieces.
- The child sprinkles the chiffonade of basil over top.
- The adult puts olive oil on the tomatoes. A slightly older child can pour the olive oil from a bottle with supervision, or pour pre-measured olive oil from a measuring cup.
- The adult or child sprinkles salt and pepper over top.
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