It’s September, which means back to school time – cue an audible sigh of relief from parents everywhere!
But the classroom isn’t the only place your kids can get an education. You can help them develop their culinary skills, teach them some valuable life lessons and support the curriculum, all from the comfort of your own kitchen!
It’s never too early to teach little ones the basics, so why not lay some healthy eating foundations now with our top tips for getting kids cooking?
It’s never too soon
Obviously you don’t want to hand your toddler a carving knife, but it’s a good age to start teaching them the basics. Simple things like getting them to wash their hands before handling food and teaching them not to touch raw food are good habits to get into. Pre-schoolers will love using cookie cutters to learn about shapes and colours too!
Younger children (5+)
This is the time when kids are most excited to help in the kitchen, so make the most of it! Get them mixing ingredients, breaking eggs, and making basic doughs. Not only will they have fun and be more likely to try new flavours, but following recipes is a sneaky way to get them using their literacy and maths skills.
If you’re worried about them handling raw meat get them to remove the stick from Grabits Original Chicken on a Stick and add to wraps and salads.
While you’ve got the kids in the kitchen, take the opportunity to talk about healthy eating too. If they tend to avoid fruit and vegetables, try buying unusual and brightly coloured produce like beetroot and physalis and get them to describe the different flavours and textures.
Older children (10+)
You might find them a bit less willing to lend a hand the older they get, but give older kids a bit more responsibility in the kitchen and you’ll probably find they rise to the challenge. From grating and chopping vegetables to preparing a simple meal, there are plenty of tasks your older kids can tackle.
This is also a good age to get kids to be a bit more adventurous with flavour. Grabits Limited Edition Vindaloo and Habanero Mango Chicken on a Stick are packed with flavour and a bit of heat. They’re a great source of protein and the perfect introduction to Indian and Mexican cuisine.
Ready to get started?
If we’ve inspired you to get your kids in the kitchen, here’s a simple recipe that older kids can follow on their own and younger children can make with a little help.
Chinese chicken rice salad
- 200g basmati rice
- 4 Grabits Chinese Chicken on a Stick
- 4 spring onions
- Small bunch of coriander
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp honey
Cook the rice according to the instructions (leave this bit to the adults) and transfer to a large bowl. Finely slice the spring onions and mix into the rice.
Remove the chicken from the sticks and cut into bite-sized chunks and roughly tear the coriander before adding to the rice.
Whisk together the soy sauce, garlic and honey. Taste and adjust the quantities to your liking. Drizzle over the rice and give everything a good mix.