My 7 year old wants to learn how to cook. But, we’re not doing any of this ‘here’s a spoon and stir’ type cooking. I really want him to learn. Eventually, when we re-landscape our backyard and I have a garden in some corner, he’ll actually learn the entire process. For now, I’m happy with teaching him cooking from scratch – at least, the grocery store type shopping scratch.
I picked up a new cookbook over the holidays – because one can never have too many cookbooks, right? Right. So far, I’m loving the Skinny Taste and am giving it 5 stars. *Check it out below at the bottom of the blog for a clickable photo to Amazon.* They’re healthy and clean recipes. It doesn’t call for low-fat or processed foods, which is just not my thing. (Don’t worry, I’m not getting on a soap box, because I don’t have one when it comes to this – at least in most cases.) It calls for fresh ingredients and the Williams house loves fresh ingredients. (Did I mention I want a garden?)
Step 1 to cooking with a 7 year old is have him pick out the recipe. I walked him through the cookbook and explained the sections. So he picked out Colombian Carne Asada with Aji Picante. Score! Good choice Jackson! After picking out his recipe he needed to make a shopping list and then we headed to Whole Foods. (Caught in the action on Instagram)
I really expected him to lose interest and act like a typical kid at some point and just get frustrated or … ya know, 7-year old like. But he was really into it and that got us pretty excited. From what I thought would be a challenging project turned out to be just as great for us as it was for him.
Cook! Here’s the thing. If it’s one of those nights where it’s been crazy and you just need to get dinner on the table, then you probably don’t want to teach your kids (or anyone really) how to cook.
We took the time to really show him how to measure and helped him figure the math out himself. (Bonus points!) and when I say we, I mean we – this was a family affair and my husband got in on the action. Not only did we get Jackson away from the video games, but we got the whole family working together. In the crazy chaos that is our lives, this was a huge win.
Jackson knows to stay away from the stove top. But, he’s getting old enough now that with supervision, he can really do everything — including pouring the beer on the steaks! (Which he got a huge kick out of since he knows it’s an adult drink)
Step 3 is to eat! I didn’t tell Jackson he needed to eat the food. The whole idea is he wanted to learn how to cook and he wanted to cook something for mommy and daddy. I was pleasantly surprised that not only did he want to try the food, he was super excited about trying something new and was quite the chef in understanding what he was tasting!
I can say that I was hugely surprised by what a success this was.
He’s excited about trying the next recipe and I’m excited about him learning how to cook. Who knows? We may even have a future chef on our hands.
P.S. The Carne Asada was delicious! Another hit and so far we’ve liked everything we’ve tried. Have you tried cooking with your kids? If not, give it a try and let me know what you think! Let me know your comments below