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Kids in the Kitchen


By Lucy Marinelli.

As we all know, getting kids involved in the kitchen is a great way to get them interested in eating food that’s fresh, wholesome and good for them. Get them eating healthy food because they enjoy it first and foremost and later on they’ll continue with the habit for life.

When I was a kid, there were a couple of years when my brother and I were in charge of Sunday lunch for our family of six. We would take turns in creating the main meal and dessert and loved it. First, we would decide which dish to prepare, then make sure we’d let mum know to add to the shopping list any ingredients not normally found in our fridge or pantry. Then we’d cook the dish on the day. Mum would help out with the more difficult things and then we’d all sit down to lunch.

What I gained from the experience was an appreciation of what goes to create tasty healthy meals from scratch, something that in our current busyness is easy to forget. And, of course, enjoyment. It was a lot of fun going through recipe books and deciding what to create each week. Any recipe that was a big success or simply an easy, yummy meal was collected for a personal handmade recipe book to use again.

All you need is a big blank page scrapbook, scissors, glue and pencils. After your kids have tried out a Scrumptious recipe that they’d like to create again, just type it up, print it out or photocopy it and glue into the scrapbook or else simply write it in directly. Younger kids will love drawing and colouring the dish on the page facing the recipe, just like a real recipe book. Before long you’ll have a personal collection of dishes that your kids will love to make and eat. Start out with a fairly simple recipe with just a few ingredients and build to something that takes planning and extra time and work to prepare.

Coconut balls is a simple recipe to get them started. Use as a dessert or as something they can take along to a party or picnic when a plate of food is required.

RECIPE Coconut Balls In a food processor blend

  • 1 cup soaked almonds
  • 11⁄2 cups dates, soaked a few hours or overnight, drain
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 tsp vanilla

Roll into small or medium balls then roll in carob powder or coconut. I like to roll some in each to make a contrast in the presentation on the plate. Decorate the plate with a couple of strawberries, cherries or even flowers and serve.

This article was written by Lucy Marinelli and kindly submitted by our friends at Alfalfa House who first published it into their  e-news in 2008. Alfalfa House is a Sydney organic food co-op located in Newtown. To find out more about Alfalfa House and their delicious range of fresh organic produce and other minimally packaged and processed food visit www.alfalfahouse.org




Oct 04, 2010 | Category: Food and Nutrition, Playtime | Comments: none | Tags: , , ,

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