Last week Zoe asked me if she could start making dinner once a week. Umm… yes! My goal as a mom is having kids that are happy, healthy, and passionate about what they do. Cooking real whole food is essential to their health and happiness.
On the importance of teaching kids to cook, Jamie Oliver (who I adore) says, “Cooking skills are as important as reading and writing.” I completely agree.
Not only did Zoe want to begin cooking dinner one night a week, but she already knew what she wanted to make first: Chicken Fondue. And she wanted the fondue to be marinara sauce. She envisioned dipping cooked bites of chicken in her homemade marinara sauce. Love it.
Zoe’s favorite way to eat chicken is breaded, so she and Ashley breaded the chicken before baking it. (I helped Ashley and she was thrilled to participate.) They dipped the cubes of chicken in egg, then a blend of 2 cups of almond flour and 1 tsp Herbamare to coat. It baked on a broiler pan at 450F for about 20 minutes.
While the chicken was baking they blended the marinara sauce (in place of cheese fondue sauce) and heated it on the stove. Zoe wrote down the recipe. (The sundried tomatoes are 1/4 cup):
Ideas for inspiring kids to cook:
1. Be an example.
3. Help them make their recipe ideas come true! It can be something simple, like THESE pretty fruit pops.
4. Give them a notebook for writing down (and drawing!) their ideas and recipes. They can also use it to cut and paste recipes from magazines.
5. Get out a chalk board so they can announce the recipes they create.