Can your kids cook? Do your kids get invited into the kitchen or shooed out? Do you think kids could cook for themselves, the family or even a party full of people? If you happened to watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Episode #3 you saw him take a bunch of kids from the high school who volunteered to be part of this project and teach them how to cook. They didn’t just learn to make a fast chicken dinner for themselves but they cooked a meal for 80 of the mover and shakers of Huntington and their Senator. All of those guests thought Jamie Oliver had cooked the meal for them.
It was amazing to watch these kids dig deep and work hard to make this meal happen. Everything looked so good coming out of that kitchen. After the meal and the big reveal that Jamie didn’t do any of the cooking, each high school student on the team shared their story. By the time they were done there was not a dry eye in the room.
I watched the show with my 16 year old son, Brad. We had a lot of great conversations around that show. For instance the fact that the high school served french fries every day and how he used to eat almost as many but now can’t imagine that. He really liked how Jamie let the kids have a voice and speak the truth about what was going on.
As I’ve been watching this program there have been many things I’ve been thinking that I could do to make changes. One is to get Brad back in the kitchen with me. He likes to bake and he’s pretty good at it. He’s learned to bake gluten and dairy free. But he doesn’t know how to cook many meals.
So we’ve decided to cook together once a week most likely on the weekends when we have a little more time. He’s great at the grocery store so we’ll go pick out what we want to cook and plan our meal. I’m really looking forward to this time together and I think it’s great he wants to learn.
He’s watched his older brother in the kitchen with me learning to cook over the years. Now he sees the benefit as his brother has an apartment at college and cooks for himself and friends. As you can imagine he’s very popular with the ladies.
So do you have kids and are they cooking? Can you take them to the grocery store and they know what and where the ingredients can be found for the meals you cook? I know doing this takes extra time and that can be hard to come by. But if you saw the faces of those kids on the show and how proud they were of their accomplishments then you saw why you need to give this a go. If we don’t teach our kids to cook how can we expect them to make choices that are good for their bodies? All they’ll know is food shows up and when they have to eat on their own that will mean fast food and boxes of processed foods with tons of chemicals, preservatives and who knows what else.
Now if you think your kids are too young then you’re not thinking creative enough. Tom and Ali who write The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen blog recently shared a video of Tom and their 27 month twin boys in the kitchen making green smoothies. It was great to watch them together and then to drink up at the end. These boys are learning great things at a young age.
If you do cook with your kids please leave a comment and share some ideas on how you get them cooking. I’d love to see tons of ideas that folks can take and maybe use themselves.
Thanks for the shout out on Next Level Blog.