I’ve been sharing pictures of meals that my daughters have made this summer (on FB and IG), and I recently felt the need to clarify. Yes, some of these recipes might seem a little fancy, but my kids were not born with any special cooking talents or knowledge. They’ve just had lots and LOTS of practice … and no matter how old your kids are, it’s never too late to start!
So today, I’m excited to share some tips (including great advice from my teens) to help you get started.
Let’s say you have a kid in your life who’s never cooked a meal, or even a single dish, or even helped you in the kitchen (and that’s okay!). I would hate for a picture of a crab cake dinner by someone else’s kid make you think that your kid could never do that. Because that’s not true!
The kids out there making crab cakes weren’t born knowing the recipe, and I can attest that my kids have had MANY years of practice cooking (starting with the very basics) in order to get where they are today (making us a full dinner without any adults in the kitchen). Teaching them can be a lot of work at times, and, no matter how old they are it can still create a BIG mess, but it’s so worth it in the end!
By the way, I keep using crab cakes as my example here, but it’s actually a fairly easy dish you could quickly throw together with your kids tonight if you wanted to!
Here are some things we’ve done, and currently do, in our house to keep our kids involved in the kitchen! When it comes to cooking, it’s true, practice makes perfect. 🙂
Older Kids Can…
Quick Story: The other day, my daughter’s 15-year-old friend came over to visit when I was busy cutting raw chicken for dinner, and it was on my hands. My daughter was momentarily occupied and her friend was standing there, so I said to her, “Do you mind stirring those veggies in the pan on the stove for me?” She was like, “Oh okay … like this?” while she very robotically held the pan and slowly moved the spoon around. That was clearly her first time! I was secretly so excited that, due to the circumstances, I asked for her help, and she got to have that first experience cooking at the stove. It’s so fun for kids to try new things and also a confidence builder (when it goes well)! I gave her a few tips, and she did a great job keeping my veggies from getting burnt until I could clean my hands.
ADVICE FROM MY 13-YEAR-OLD:
Everyone has to start somewhere. You can’t try to cook a super complicated meal if you don’t even know how to chop an onion! My biggest piece of advice is to not stress about making a super fancy dish. Start small and learn the basics of cooking first. I’m surprised all the time when my friends don’t know how to do things in the kitchen when it’s second nature to me because I’ve been cooking since I was a little kid. It’s never too late to start something new though, and you don’t have to be a pro on your first try. Cooking is a skill that you build on, I learn new techniques and tricks all the time! Even the best of the best can still learn something new. Most importantly, don’t lose faith in yourself! You’ve got this!!!
ADVICE FROM MY 15-YEAR-OLD:
I hope that helps! Good luck and don’t ever be afraid to try something new. You can’t succeed if you don’t try.
I love reading all that advice from my girls, I don’t always know what’s going on in their heads so it’s fun to get a peek. 🙂 Now, as far as all those goodies they made in the collage above, I’ll share what’s pictured. This is in order starting in the top/left corner.
I don’t have links for all the things my kids have made because the recipes come from all over the place … cookbooks (sometimes my own!), magazines, blogs, etc. Either they pick them out or see something I’ve pulled out of a magazine and say they want to make it themselves (because remember, they’d rather do that than clean—see tip above!). 🙂
I hope you feel inspired to get your kids in the kitchen. Please share how you’ve already gotten your little ones involved (or plan to get them involved) in the comments below! 🙂
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