One of the most important life lessons that you can teach your kids is how to cook. Cooking is an opportunity to teach your children through a fun and interactive activity. They learn to follow instructions, safety rules, math skills (think cups and factions) as well as important nutrition skills such as planning meals and make smarter food choices. The best part is after all the hard work and learning is done, they are rewarded with a delicious meal to eat!
All of my children love dabbling in the kitchen occasional. They normally show up when we are whipping up sweet treats. My middle son, DS10, is obsessed with it! As soon as he hears the cupboard open or feels his tummy grumbling he is in the kitchen asking if he can help create a meal. We started off small with simple tasks, such as cutting up vegetables and stirring mixtures, but over the years, we have moved up to making things from scratch.
When I heard about Kid Food Nation, I knew it would be something he would be thrilled to participate in. Kid Food Nation is a nationwide movement that teaches kids aged 7-13 cooking skills, gets them excited about healthy food, and gives them the tools to live a healthier and happier life. This year they are holding a Kid Food Nation recipe competition, which asks kids across the country to share original, healthy recipes that highlight their culture or their Canadian pride. With the help of their parent/guardian, kids can submit their recipe at www.kidfoodnation.com up until April 1. Winners and their families will attend a gala this fall at the Château Laurier in Ottawa, where they’ll rub shoulders with famous Canadians and have their recipes featured on the gala menu, and they will be published in the Kid Food Nation cookbook!
Meatloaf Cupcakes With Mashed Potato Frosting
- 1lb ground beef
- 1 cup grated zucchini, all moisture squeezed with paper towel
- 3 green onions, minced
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp of Italian seasoning
- Herb and garlic cheese
Mashed Potato “Frosting”:
- 1 lb (about 4 medium) potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 4 tbsp herb and garlic cream cheese
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp butter
- kosher salt to taste
- dash of fresh ground pepper
After you are done, entering your recipe be sure to explore The Kid Food Nation online hub (www.kidfoodnation.com). It provides access to a variety of content, including games, videos, tips about healthy eating, fun cooking facts, recipes, and more.