International Cook With Your Kids Day with Ben’s Beginners!

Happy International Cook With Your Kids Day! We are so delighted to share our video with you today and show you what we’ve been making in the kitchen. I love getting the kids involved with preparing and cooking meals, Uncle Ben’s have recognised the value in this and have launched a global initiative: Uncle Ben’s Beginners which is aimed at getting families in the kitchen and helping them to be creative whilst learning new skills and most importantly having fun.

I believe that encouraging children to help in the cooking process helps them overcome fussy eating and develop a life-long healthy appetite and appreciation for food. I’ve really noticed over the years that when I ask the kids to help prepare a meal they are far more likely to eat it and try new things. I have also made it my mission to teach them to cook 4 simple meals, from scratch because it’s such a valuable life skill.

Celebrating International Cook With Your Kids Day with Uncle Ben's

If you want to get the kids involved but unsure where to begin there’s a really handy guide below suggesting ways in which you can help to build your child’s confidence in the kitchen.

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.

International Cook With Your Kids Day

International Cook With Your Kids Day celebrates the benefits and fun of cooking together with family. It promotes the act of cooking as a family, building awareness and teaching our children the cooking fundamentals. If you head over to the Uncle Ben’s Beginners Digital Hub you will find lots of information to get you started, such as working on developing cutting, stirring and measuring skills. Once you’ve mastered a skill you get a badge (which Rose loved!)

It’s never too early to get the kids in the kitchen and this week Rose had a go at making Black Bean and Rice Open Tacos, a recipe we found on the Ben’s Beginners site. It was so easy to follow the recipe, we started by ticking off the list of ingredients and then followed the step-by-step instructions to make the tacos.

Rose makes black bean tacos

Black Bean & Rice Open Tacos

  • Uncle Ben’s Mexican style rice
  • 6 tortillas
  • 1/2 can no added salt black beans
  • 3/4 can no added salt sweetcorn, drained
  • 1/2 can no added salt chopped tomatoes
  • 60g cheddar, shredded
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Handful coriander, chopped
  • Handful of olives, chopped

Rose was so happy to present the rest of the family with a meal that she pretty much single-handedly prepared with me just guiding her. She’s only three! <proud face>

Watch the video below and see how we got on…

Today we are encouraging families to set aside time to focus on kitchen skills, putting them to the test by participating in International Cook With Your Kids Day share your culinary creations with us by using the hashtag #LookWhatWeMade we can’t wait to see what you’ve been cooking with the kids!

You can find out more about the Uncle Ben’s range including all the nutritional information you need here.

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  • Cassandra Mayers

    Written on 15th October 2016

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    I think the next thing to do cooking wise with Lily is some cutting. She woulds enjoy cutting up some pastry. I think its a nice start. Love the chart that shows whats good at what age :)

  • stephanie

    Written on 15th October 2016

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    I used to love cooking with my mum in the kitchen so agree it’s great to get the children in the kitchen with you early x

  • Nikki

    Written on 15th October 2016

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    I love this idea! It is always good to get the kids involved! I used to love helping my mum cook when I was wee!

  • Hannah

    Written on 16th October 2016

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    I love cooking so I should try and do it with my little sister more often x

  • Jessica McDonnell

    Written on 16th October 2016

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    This is such a lovely post. I think it is really important to teach kids how to cook – I was lucky that my grandma and my mother encouraged me to bake and cook from a young age. My husband didn’t even know how to make pasta when we moved in together!

  • nicol

    Written on 16th October 2016

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    that is a great chart to follow! getting them involved when they’re young is a great experience

  • Lucy At Home

    Written on 21st October 2016

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    That age guide is really heIpful. I love having my daughters help me in the kitchen. They are both quite young (2&5), but they really enjoy helping out, especially with recipes that require getting your hands in the bowl (like crumble topping or bread). This is a great initiative

  • Carolin

    Written on 21st October 2016

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    I know I’ve said it on Twitter already, but this was such an adorable video. Rose is so funny and you both did a fab job. I would have definitely come round for dinner ;)

  • five little doves

    Written on 21st October 2016

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    Awww what a lovely video!! She’s a natural! We love cooking together as a family, I find cooking for six quite stressful but if we let the kids get involved it does seem to keep them busy and makes meal times go more smoothly! #TheList

  • Mess & Merlot

    Written on 21st October 2016

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    Great little infograph- I’m quite good at getting the kids baking but definitely guilty of not letting them prepare ‘proper’ meals. Will have a little look at the link for ideas (to be honest, toast would be a good start, I can get Spud to make it for his younger sister too!!) Win. :) #thelist

  • Flying Solo

    Written on 21st October 2016

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    I agree, get them in the kitchen early, my teen loves baking and my eldest is a great cook now and loves experimenting #TheList

  • Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    Written on 21st October 2016

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    Great tips. My daughter loves cooking and baking with me. She’s only four so a bit limited on how she can ‘help’. You daughter is super cute. I love the matching stripes too! #thelist

  • Laura - dear bear and beany

    Written on 21st October 2016

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    Rose did an amazing job, her little happy face! That guide is brilliant to know what you can get the little ones to do. Alice loves to cook with me. Holly gets bored quickly, but she will get there x

  • Alana - Burnished Chaos

    Written on 22nd October 2016

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    My son helped me cook Shapherds pie this week, a meal he usually hates (but used to love), and for the first time in years he ate the lot, so getting the pm involved really does make a difference. It was a really nice bonding experience too so I want to do it more often. Great pics by the way x
    #TheList

  • Lauren (The Helpful Hiker)

    Written on 23rd October 2016

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    I am so determined to get Finn cooking once he’s a little older. I was a fussy eater as a kid and I know that it would have helped if I’d had more control and helped with the cooking. Love the chart which breaks it down by age, so useful! #TheList

  • Emma T

    Written on 23rd October 2016

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    Rose’s face is so sweet – she’s so proud.
    N loves peeling potatoes and carrots, and chopping them too. He’s been doing it a while, but other than that, and mixing/measuring, he gets bored after the first part of preparation. It’s a start though #thelist

  • Mum in Brum

    Written on 23rd October 2016

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    This is such a lovely activity to do. Taylor’s a little young yet, but she always insists on sitting on the kitchen counter whilst I’m preparing dinner (until she starts to create chaos and then I have to get her down!!) That’s such a great idea with the muffin trays upside down – I’ll definitely be stealing that one! xx #TheList

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