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THE WHY & HOW: BITES WITH THE BOYS

Creating new recipes and putting new spins on existing recipes since 2023

Eating healthy begins with knowing what’s in your food and there's nothing like enjoying a freshly cooked homemade meal, especially when it's prepared with and for the ones you love. Ordering takeout can sometimes be easier, especially on those nights when you have sports practices, events, you name it. However, ordering takeout is getting more and more expensive these days, especially for our family with three growing, hungry boys! So I've created meals that you can do most of the prep ahead of time, to make dinner easier to get on the table!

I cannot stress the importance of including your children in the kitchen with you. The kitchen is a great place to teach children valuable life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, and following directions. It can also be a fun and bonding experience for the whole family. Now, listen...I don't want to paint this picture that your kiddos will always listen, wait their turn, and remain calm while cooking all together in the kitchen. However, it's a learning experience and the more often they are included, the easier it will become, trust me. There are still sibling fights...Seriously, I have three boys. Take a look at most of my videos. Ha! But even amidst a little bit of chaos is learning, fun, dancing, singing, and lots and lots of memories! 

 

If you're not sure where to start, here are a few tips for including your children in the kitchen:

  • Start with simple tasks. Young children can help with simple tasks, such as stirring, measuring, and washing fruits and vegetables.

  • Use child-safe equipment. Make sure to use child-safe equipment in the kitchen, such as plastic/butter knives and cutting boards.

  • Be patient. It may take some time for your children to learn how to cook safely and effectively. Be patient and encouraging, and they will eventually get the hang of it.

  • Make it fun! Let your children choose recipes that they are interested in making. You can also make it a game by seeing who can chop the vegetables the fastest or who can measure the ingredients the most accurately.

  • Be flexible. Don't be afraid to adjust recipes to accommodate your children's abilities. For example, you can pre-cut vegetables for younger children or use pre-made dough for older children.

  • Praise your children's efforts. Let your children know how proud you are of them for helping in the kitchen. This will encourage them to continue cooking with you.

STILL COMPLETING THIS SECTION

Our family has come a very long way since our first born. My oldest son, Jack, has always been the pickiest eater. I always get the comment - "Oh yes, my child was too" but seriously, you have no idea. The kid wouldn't eat ANYTHING except fresh fruit, a few different types of cooked veggies, and Mac n cheese. I am NOT exaggerating...All of the normal "picky kid food" he wouldn't even touch - Pizza, hot dog, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, French fries. 

Explore my recipes for new ideas you’ll want to make again and again!

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