Get the kids cooking with Ben’s Beginners™

Baking a three course meal with the Tefal Cuisine Companion

The other evening as I cooked dinner I was simultaneously sending out instructions to my eldest, Lewis, who was cooking my version of sausage pasta for his friend (who’s a girl, so he was a tad nervous). Now he was, of course, trying to impress and had called me a couple of times in a hushed voice, just to double check that he was getting it right.

Turns out Lewis makes a mean sausage pasta, just like his mama taught him.

One of the things I’ve always made sure of is that my eldest two felt comfortable helping out in the kitchen and would be able to cook at least 4 basic meals, by themselves (even if they do have to call me to ask something!)

Being able to cook for yourself is obviously a very necessary life skill and research has shown that families that cook and eat together will enjoy significant health benefits. From experience, I’ve learnt that if you encourage children to help out in the preparation of meals they are far more likely to eat what’s put in front of them.

Baking a three course meal

Holly and Rose cooking together

In the run up to International Cook With Your Kids Day on Saturday 15th October, Uncle Ben’s have launched Ben’s Beginners™ a global initiative aimed at getting kids and families cooking together and having fun while developing that all important lifelong good relationship with food.

I remember my mum had a copy of Delia Smith’s ‘How To Cook’. In there were detailed instructions on simple things like how to boil an egg and I’ve never forgotten -Eggs came in pretty handy in my student days, let me tell you!- These are basic skills that I’m so glad I learnt and I’m pretty sure that having an interest in food and cooking when I was a child was what sparked a lifelong passion of cooking and baking.

I’ve passed down my cooking know-how to my own children and believe it’s never too early to get the kids started out in the kitchen.

Starting out in the kitchen guide from Ben’s Beginners

Ben’s Beginners™ Digital Hub

The Ben’s Beginners™ digital hub has fun interactive challenges so that kids can develop basic skills such as stirring, chopping, pouring, and peeling. Teaching kids to cook inspires them to eat healthier and it turns cooking time into family fun time.

As part of Ben’s Beginners families are being encouraged to set aside time to focus on working on these skills and putting them to the test by participating in International Cook With Your Kids Day on Saturday 15th October.

Getting started with Uncle Ben's

Getting involved with Ben’s beginners is easy, simply pop over to the digital hub, choose which lesson you want to take and follow the simple step-by -step instructions on the site. Once your lesson is complete you will earn a badge (which kids don’t love a badge?!) and then you can move onto the next lesson, acquiring skills (and all important badges) as you go.

Ben’s beginners recipes

  • Each lesson is made up of a combination of interactive learning activities and recipes
  • Families will earn badges for completing each lesson, making the experience interactive and fun for every level of family chef
  • Learning skills like stirring, chopping, pouring, peeling and measuring, families will be guided to cook recipes together like Black Bean and Rice Open-Faced Tacos, Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Casserole, Meatballs & Rice, Soy and Sweet Chilli Salmon, and Chicken Tikka Masala.

Why not get involved?

I’ll be blogging and vlogging a recipe on International Cook With Your Kids Day, Saturday 15th October. So join me by taking part in the worldwide celebration sharing a photo of your family cooking together using #LookWhatWeMade I can’t wait to see how you get on.

Let’s get the kids cooking!

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Comments

  • Cathy Glynn

    Written on 27th September 2016

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    This sounds like a great idea. My daughter loves being involved in food preparation. It is such an important part of growing up x

  • Kate / Pouting In Heels

    Written on 27th September 2016

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    This is SUCH a brilliant idea! So important being around food and knowing how to cook, an essential life skill for sure. Elsie loves getting involved in the kitchen. Will def put some of these ideas to good use. X

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 27th September 2016

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      All three of mine love getting involved in the kitchen. You should check out the resources on the website it’s fab for the little ones to get involved with x

  • Sarah

    Written on 27th September 2016

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    I just wrote a really long comment, and it’s disappeared. :(
    I completely agree with you that it’s an essential life skill to learn, and start them off early too! I occasionally bake healthy snacks or Naan bread pizza’s with my little ones and they love it!

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 27th September 2016

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      Oh no I hate it when that happens! It totally is essential isn’t it? We love to make naan bread or pitta pizzas, I really think they eat more when they’ve helped to cook it too.

  • Rhian Westbury

    Written on 27th September 2016

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    I think it’s really important to teach kids things about cooking as early as you can so they’re more prepared when they’re older x

  • Rachel

    Written on 27th September 2016

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    I think this is such an important skill to have and it is also something m hubby needs as he cannot cook at all x

  • Liz Mays

    Written on 27th September 2016

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    Oh this is awesome. I love that they earn badges with each lesson. Learning to make some new recipes with the kids would be a lot of fun.

  • Angela

    Written on 28th September 2016

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    We love cooking (me and sylvy) and it’s so fun. I cant do it as often as I’d like but…It’s a great thing. I would love to try that salmon recipe..It looks yummy.

  • fashion-mommy

    Written on 28th September 2016

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    I’m a terrible cook but my son absolutely loves being in the kitchen – basically making a mess most of the time but it is so much fun!

  • Annir B

    Written on 29th September 2016

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    It is so so important to get children interested in food/wellbeing from an early ages. What a great idea to get them involved!

  • Stephen

    Written on 29th September 2016

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    I definitely could have done with this something like this as a youngster, at least it would have been more useful than drilling holes into a piece of wood!

  • The London Mum

    Written on 29th September 2016

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    What a great project to be involved in, I think cooking with your kids is so important. Something my mum didn’t do with me and trust me it shows!

  • Lucy At Home

    Written on 30th September 2016

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    This is a great idea! I left home for university not knowing how to cook anything (I ended up living on soup until I got my act together and decided I’d have to teach myself some new stuff). I’m determined to make sure my daughters aren’t in the same boat so they regularly help me out in the kitchen. This looks like a great initiative and I think they’d love earning little badges when they’ve completed stuff! #TheList

  • Mummy Muckups (Anna)

    Written on 30th September 2016

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    My husband is an awesome cook; it is something I am super grateful to his mother for. He often talks about cooking with his late Mum; it’s a really special memory for him. #TheList

  • Laura h

    Written on 30th September 2016

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    I wish my mum had forced me to do this when I was younger because now I’m 21 and I still can’t cook xD Looks like fun too!

  • Alana - Burnished Chaos

    Written on 1st October 2016

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    This is such a great idea, M often helps me with baking but he’s never helped me cook a meal (other than stealing the raw veg off the chopping board!). And that’s a great tip about the eggs, I’d never even thought of that.
    #TheList

  • Hannah Budding Smiles

    Written on 1st October 2016

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    What a brilliant idea! I think that it helps create good eaters with healthy appetites if they help out. Toby’s just getting to an age where he’s enjoying mixing and stuff so I want to get him more involved xx #TheList

  • Jessica

    Written on 1st October 2016

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    The guide should have been available when I am a kid. Haha. This is a perfect bonding for kids and parents while doing a productive activity; cooking.

  • Rosie (@greenrosielife)

    Written on 3rd October 2016

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    What a great idea as it is so important to get kids cooking and really appreciating their food (and how it got to their plate) – I have one boy who loves cooking and one who doesn’t but when I do pin him down in the kitchen he quite enjoys it! #TheList

  • Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn

    Written on 3rd October 2016

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    This sounds like a great idea. I tried getting my two year old in baking yesterday but he ended up getting frustrated because the cake wasn’t ready yet! I think I’ll keep him to decorating fairy cakes till he has more of an understanding that we need to prepare and bake before you can eat something! x #TheList

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