Little Boys in the Kitchen

little boys in the kitchen Little Boys in the Kitchen

Involving the kids in cooking their own meals, especially when using different ingredients, has proven to be the secret to getting them to eat pretty much anything.
When I serve them beans they act like I am trying to kill them – when I offer beans as a topping for their pizza they put it on, and then eat it, without comment.

Kabobs have been popular at our house  – I cut the {cooked} meat, vegetables, cheese and/or fruit and place in bowls. They then have a blast ‘spearing’ their food and putting together their own lunch. I have done the skewers for dinner too and had the boys prepare them for their daddy and myself too – something that made them very proud.

Seasonings have always been a favorite here. They will eat almost anything if it has a good shake of a favorite seasoning on it – they refer to it as “doctoring up” their food.
Thanks to their daddy they have had a wide range exposure to various seasonings. Their favorites right now are garlic powder, onion powder, adobo, and ground red pepper from Nigeria.

We have had fun making experiments out of our food. The boys really enjoy this – we have tried feeding catfish various foods to see what they enjoy and what they do not enjoy. We did the same thing with bugs in Nigeria, and have started doing it to ourselves. I have cooked up a dozen or so different types of beans and given everyone one of each bean to rate. I have bought red, yellow and orange peppers and we tasted each one, trying to decide which one is the sweetest. Onions, milk, chocolate and apples have been other test subjects for us to rate and decide which is our favorite. This not only helps expand their diet, but also their vocabulary as they need to compare and contrast, and articulate why they do or do not like something.

I spent a few minutes this week making a video of them working on different parts of their meal:

Jessica Lynette

5 Comments

    • How about if she picks it out at the store?

      Or if you make a "yucky/yummy face meter" {like what Dr offices have for sick kids} and ask her to rate the food on that… would she try a food for the chance to rate it?

  1. Too cute, and you could give them lots of beets for another fun experiment!!

    • *I* don't like beets, so I don't think I'll feed that to them :)

      Though I have heard beets and grapefruit make a good smoothie. I may try that one day :)

  2. Even if she picks it at the store! I think her gluten intolerance makes her afraid to try things because of the fact that she felt so yucky for so long. Not sure.

    She won't eat meat (won't even try it – unless it's lunch meat) and won't try veggies anymore either :(

    I've not thought of a yummy/yucky meter … it's worth a shot!

What do you think?