Involving youth of all ages in the kitchen is a great way to help open up young minds to new foods. Check out our ideas that don’t need a knife or other sharp tools. And remember, before chopping it up in the kitchen, check out our Nourishing Literacyhand-washing video!
Spice mix exploration
Smell a range of spices in their jars or bags.
Decide on two to four spices to try mixing together.
Put a very small pinch of each spice in a bowl, mix, and taste on a small piece of bread.
Continue mixing and tasting until a favorite blend is identified.
Try adding the spice mix to foods such as popcorn, soup, or pasta.
Smash seeds, nuts, or chocolate for sweet or savory recipes
Place items in a tightly zipped plastic bag.
Roll a cup or rolling pin over the bag or lightly pound the bag with a rolling pin or wooden spoon. If a mortar and pestle is available, try using this tool.
Try adding these ingredients to recipes such as muffins, cookies, or pancakes.
Squeeze citrus for drinks or salad dressing
Squeeze lemons, limes, and/or oranges into a bowl, over a fine strainer if you have one. If not, a small spoon can be used to pull out the seeds.
Try drinking the citrus juice on its own or adding it to water or seltzer with or without sugar.
For a twist, try mixing the juice with a little bit of oil, salt, and pepper to eat with salad, vegetables, or meat.
Keep the citrus juice in a labeled, tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to seven days.
For cooking-related entertainment and inspiration, check out the Free Library's awesome set of online resources, free to use with your library card: cooking magazines through RB Digital, food-focused ebooks for children on Overdrive Kid's eReading Room, and cooking shows on Hoopla.
Involving youth of all ages in the kitchen is a great way to help open up young minds to new foods!