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.
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.
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.
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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