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Kids in the Kitchen

Children Cooking

It can sometimes take a little longer to cook with kids (and it can often get a little messy), but teaching your children to know their way around the kitchen brings great reward. Here are a couple of suggestions to make your time cooking with kids more successful:

* Let the kids help pick the menu. Start with simple recipes featuring ingredients they like.

* Have all the ingredients ready to go. It’s easier if all your ingredients and utensils are laid out on the counter, ready for use. If your kids are young, chop and measure ingredients in advance and set out in little bowls.

* Have fun. When cooking with kids, it helps if you create a festive mood. Put on some music. Wear fun hats or aprons. When you approach cooking as creative and fun-filled, your child won’t think of cooking as a boring chore.

Our friends at The Kids Cook Monday also have suggestions for Kitchen Tasks for Different Age Groups. Visit TheKidsCookMonday.org.

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Ginger Tea

Hot ginger tea

Here’s a recipe for ginger tea. This feels like drinking the sun, bright, warm and awakening. Ginger tea has been used as a remedy against colds, nausea and indigestion for 1000′s of years…

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Miso Noodle Soup with Vegetables

misonoodlesoup

Miso soup is comfort for the heart, soul, and body, especially if you throw in some healthy tofu, crunchy vegetables and fun slurpy noodles.

Today is a great day to take your kids on a “trip to Asia” by exploring your local Asian market, but a well stocked supermarket or health food store will also carry the Asian ingredients needed for this recipe. If you can find udon noodles do use them, kids love their wondrous texture and shape, but really any type of noodle will be just fine…

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Stand Up (Video)

Our friends Daniel and Mirra of The Perennial Plate have shared their inspirational video “Stand Up” which tells the story Phakamani, a young farmer teaching rural South African youth to grow their own food as part of the Thanda after school program.

Watch the video above, and share with your friends.

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