We are so excited these darling ladies from Oh So Delicioso, asked us to share our thoughts about cooking with our children on their the “Healthy Momma Series”. Before we start, how about an introduction to who we are?
As moms, we want to engage our children in helping us cook our daily meals. Delicious meals that everyone will enjoy—not just kids. There are so many benefits of cooking with your children, which is why to us; it is more than just cooking. It is teaching children to love cooking, to cook safely, and to grow in confidence as they create food they are proud of.
Here are three benefits we have experienced with our own children as we have been cooking with them.
Relationships: Communication is key in building a strong relationship with a child. We have noticed that when we cook with our children they talk. I pour in the chocolate chips and my children take turns stirring. Then my son tells me what he learned at preschool that day and my daughter asks me questions about her favorite stuffed animal. We just talk, and I love it.
Life skills: What is being taught at school can be reinforced at home. Following a recipe requires math, motor, reading comprehension, and management skills. Your preschooler can count cups of water while your older child can practice fractions or multiplication. In the beginning you are reading the recipe and a few years later your child is reading the recipe to you. Cooking together is an activity that can adapt to any level and grows as you grow.
Eating Habits: Perhaps one of the best ways to help children try new foods and/or eat healthier is to have them help in the cooking process. It will turn a plate of food plopped in front of them into a chance to explore, create, and find confidence in that food instead. Have your children help you plant a garden, watch the food grow, pick the food, prepare it, and then eat it. You will be amazed.
We understand it is not always easy to cook with children. It can be messy, not as “gourmet looking”, and take twice and long. But it is worth it. So to help you we created a recipe format that is “kid friendly” and designed for parents to use with their children. Our recipes are unique in that they provide step-by-step instructions specifying which steps are for the Chef (adult) and which ones are for the Little Sous Chef (child).
The kitchen is the heart of the home. We hope this article and recipe provide a way for you to spend time with your child(ren). Not only to strengthen your relationship, but also to build their confidence and help them develop a love for cooking.
- 1 cup Sugar
- 4 eggs
- Zest of 2 limes
- Juice of 4 limes
- 1/2 cup butter, cut into 12 small cubes
- Strawberries, 2 pounds
- Pistachios, shelled and salted
- In a medium sauce pan whisk together the sugar, eggs, lime zest, and lime juice (don't add heat until you have mixed it together).
- Cook over medium low heat. Whisking constantly for about 8-10 minutes. It will start to get frothy and then thicken.
- Once it thickens, remove from heat and add in butter. Stir until all the butter is melted.
- Place a mesh strainer over a small mixing bowl and push the curd through the strainer.
- You can use the curd immediately or place it in a jar and seal it. It will set in a few hours in the fridge or I usually let it set overnight.
- Once curd is cooled (or set if you had time to do that), wash and thoroughly dry strawberries.
- Chop pistachios fairly fine so that it is easier for them to adhere to the curd and the strawberries.
- While holding the leaves of the strawberries, dip the strawberries in the curd. (I like a lot of curd so I usually try to dip it a couple times to get a thick layer).
- Then immediately roll strawberries in chopped pistachios. Set on a plate and you can store them in the fridge or eat immediately.
- *Makes about 2 cups of curd and 2 lbs of dipped strawberries.