Cooking for Kids

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By: Faith Phares | Jimmy Rhoades Posted: 11:12 PM, Jun 28, 2022 Updated: 2:42 PM, Jul 22, 2022

Cooking for the family can sometimes feel like being a professional chef. Everyone wants something different – and while the kids may love their meal – you end up riddled with anxiety. Our friend, Gillean Barkyoumb, a Registered Dietician, has 3 tips for taking the distress out of dinner.

Our first tip is to deconstruct the meal.

Let’s go with this common scenario: you’re making a pasta dish. In this pasta dish, you have your pasta, veggies, and chicken sausage. Typically, you’d throw it all in the oven and bake it. For the grown-ups, this is perfect. But for the kiddos, plate everything separately so they can pick and choose. This way, you’re not making a separate meal, and your kids get to eat more of what they want.

Our next tip is to add familiar foods your kids love.

When trying to convince your little ones to try something new, the best way is to add in their faves. Maybe your kids love string cheese or crackers. Pair the meal with their favorite fruit or veggie to entice them with the new item, but ensures they don’t leave the table starving.

And lastly, add in some dips and sauces.

If there’s anything kids love, it’s getting their hands dirty and playing. And if your little one is anything like mine, ranch makes everything edible.
To make your dips more health conscious, swap the ranch with yogurt-based ranch and no-sugar-added ketchup instead of regular ketchup. Hummus, peanut butter, and marinara sauce are also great options to use for a dip.