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I grew up with a grandmother who believed that, “too many cooks spoiled the soup.” She did not like for us kids to be meddling in her kitchen. She had a stool in the kitchen though, that we were allowed to sit on an “observe.” After years of “observing” when we were teenagers she finally let us in. Now that she’s gone, we cling to those fond memories of her kitchen and they make us, her grandchildren, so happy. Cooking connects generations. It brings people together and that’s why we love it so much.
One thing we love to do as a family is cook together. I know schedules can get busy, and sometimes it can be frustrating in the kitchen with kids, but if you make it routine, everyone will learn to work together and it will be great! My kitchen is the happiest when we are all together, not just eating, but first preparing what we are going to eat.
Today on the Happy Kitchen Project I’m going to give you a few pointers on having your own family cooking night. Cooking together helps families have a greater appreciation for each other and their gifts. It brings them closer together. You learn new skills, and cuisines. There are so many benefits! If you have problems getting your children to eat certain foods, cook together! Studies show that children are more likely to eat foods they prepare themselves.
Give everyone a job. Kids love to have “a job.” Even the smallest family member can stir things in a bowl, or “dump” ingredients. As they get older they can arrange foods, measure ingredients and even cut (with supervision). Our children have been cooking together for a long time. Now they, season, saute, knead dough, and all. We still supervise very closely when they cook on top of the stove, and they aren’t allowed to put things in the oven or take anything out.
Have a “Chef of the day”. Before family night, decide who the chef of the day will be. Let them decide what will be on the menu and have them turn in the ingredient (grocery list) to whoever does the grocery shopping. Menu planning teaches organization, and exercises creativity. Google recipes, watch cooking videos on YouTube, read cookbooks, whatever inspires the chef! If you plan it, it won’t be hectic. Every week let someone else have a turn at being the “chef.”
Have a theme. Having a theme, like pizza night, or taco night, or even a theme inspired by a movie or show the family likes, makes meal planning easy and its also fun!
Designate a “slow day” for family night. Cooking as a family is easier to pull off when no one is rushing. You want to try and make an effort to do this once a week, or even once a month. Just make it routine. Pick a day that no one has soccer practice, or rehearsal, or tutoring. When you aren’t in a rush, you can focus more on each other. What day of the week is the slowest for your family?
Don’t limit yourselves to night. If a Saturday morning breakfast or brunch works better for your family, by all means do that. The point is to come together as a family and prepare some delicious that everyone had a hand in.
Cooking together creates memories that you and your children will cherish for a lifetime!
Does your family have a regular family night?
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Get Cooking… together!
Seasoned with Love,