Kids Recipes - Cooking with Kids

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In the Purim issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller, Julie Negrin shares the perfect Mishloach Manot filler, Mini Quiches.   They don't require utensils, can be eaten at room temperature and both kids and adults love them.  The best part is that you can get your kids involved in the making.  Kids can crack eggs, whisk the mixture and roll dough.  There are so many more ways your kids can help out in the kitchen. Here are a few ideas you might like to try.

Kids love to eat with their hands and taste as they go. Have the kids help make healthy foods that you won't mind ruining their appetite on.  Have them drain and rinse a can of beans.  My daughter likes to help me peel the chickpea skins for Hummus, usually more make it in her mouth than the bowl, but I don't mind if she fills up on chickpeas.

Kids like to cut and rip.  Let them tear the lettuce.  If you have a plastic lettuce knife they can even help cut the lettuce up.  Either way they have fun and you can get cut lettuce that won't brown easily.

Clean the mushrooms.  The chefs say not to clean your mushrooms with water, rather wipe them with a damp cloth.  This is a perfect task to delegate to a little one, they are good at wiping off all the dirt.

Get a small serrated knife with a plastic handle.  Kids can easily cut small vegetables with this knife that is not too sharp and creates a wavy chip look for any vegetable.  I like it for cucumbers.

Mashed Potatoes.  Which ever recipe you choose, get the kids to help with the heavy lifting.  They love to mash.

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