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Spinach Tortellini Soup

Tomatoes, garlic and broth come together with basil to form a delectable base for the cheese tortellini and spinach in this simple soup that’s perfect for a winter weeknight. This ...

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Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Stew

What to do with a bounty of winter vegetables? Throw them in the slow cooker, of course! After just a few minutes of chopping, measuring and sauteing, you’ll have a ...

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Baked Tomato Basil Beans

Baked Basil Tomato Beans

Cranberry beans, tomatoes, shallots, parsley and basil meld together as they bake slowly in the oven. Your little chef will have fun mixing the veggies together with their hands before ...

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Pinto Bean and Sweet Potato Burrito

Pairing maple syrup-sweetened sweet potatoes with seasoned pinto beans is a great way to introduce kids to the exotic flavors of cumin and chili powder. These burritos roll up easily ...

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Mushroom Chard Frittata

Frittatas make a delicious and simple weeknight meal. Once you master the basic technique, you can substitute almost any seasonal vegetables as the filling. Serve with whole grain rolls or ...

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Indian Spiced Tomato Soup

Garam masala is an incredibly fragrant spice mix common to Indian cuisines; in this recipe it gives tomato soup a delicious kick. You can find garam masala in most supermarkets, ...

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Eggplant Parmesan

Dipping eggplant slices in an assembly line of seasoned flour, beaten eggs and fresh breadcrumbs is an ideal activity the whole family can enjoy. You can make the tomato sauce ...

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Corn Confetti Rice Salad

Brown rice is tossed with bell pepper, scallions, beans and corn before being garnished with nuts and cilantro. Young chefs will have fun making vinaigrette by shaking a jar of ...

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Cauliflower and Collards Pizza

Topping a favorite like pizza with seasonal vegetables is a great way to encourage kids to try new foods. Whole wheat pizza dough is often available in the refrigerated section ...

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Achiote Rubbed Squash Tacos

Kids often see peppers and are concerned that they’re spicy. Poblano peppers (sometimes called ancho peppers), used here, are one of the mildest available, so they are a great ingredient ...

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Bean and Barley Soup

This seasonal soup contains protein, whole grains and lots of healthy vegetables. It’s a complete meal! We love that the recipe is adaptable to whatever veggies you might have available. ...

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Mascarpone Pancakes with Raspberry Jam

When kids are home from school on holiday breaks, why not use the extra time to gather everyone around the family breakfast table? Kids will enjoy mixing the batter and ...

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Cherry Tomato Penne Pasta

This Cherry Tomato Pesto Penne is a quick, easy dish for a weeknight dinner and has lots of tasks for little hands. And while kids may love to see pesto ...

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Announcing The Kids Cook Monday Family Dinner Date Newsletter!

Each week at The Kids Cook Monday, we post a new recipe that’s perfect for cooking as a family. We also share lots of resources to make it easier for families cook together, such as cooking tasks for different age groups. Now, to make the family cooking and dining experience even more fun and educational for […]

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The Simple Action That Helps Children Make Better Food Choices

By Alice Knisley Matthias— What is one simple step to make sure your children will grow up to make smart food choices, get good grades in school, maintain a healthy weight, and be less likely to try drugs? It’s something as simple—and easy to pull off—as making dinner with your children in the kitchen and sitting down to […]

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The Farm-to-Campfire Experience

By Diana K. Rice, RD – As a registered dietitian and staff member of The Kids Cook Monday, I’ve seen firsthand how efforts to involve children in food production and preparation can influence them to make healthy choices. Much of my work involves school-based efforts to teach these skills, but with all of the other academic […]

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Cooking with Super Why! At ShopRite

The Kids Cook Monday teamed up with Produce for Kids, ShopRite and Sprout Network to put on a fun-filled event at a ShopRite store in Morristown, New Jersey. We were thrilled to have such a great turnout! More than 75 kids showed up to learn healthy cooking tips from ShopRite’s registered dietitian Jessica Guarnieri and the store’s culinary instructor, Chef Danny Arturo. […]

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Resolve to Cook With Kids in 2014…Take the Pledge!

Think about what makes holiday meals so special in your home. We’re willing to bet that it’s not ordering takeout or eating on the run that come to mind! More than likely, it’s cooking up a favorite recipe and spending quality time around the family dinner table. As 2014 rolls in, why not resolve to […]

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Meet Super Why at a Kids Cook Monday Event!

Calling all NJ-based preschoolers and parents! If your child is a fan of the show Super Why! on the TV network Sprout you’ll want to stop by the new Village Food Garden Culinary Center at the ShopRite of Greater Morristown, NJ on December 30th for a fun class about healthy cooking and a chance to meet some of Sprout’s most popular […]

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5 Big-Hearted Projects for Little Food Lovers

By Sarah Aadland. Through The Kids Cook Monday, kids are empowered to take ownership of family meal time, experiment with new dishes, and develop a life-long habit of thoughtful dining. This holiday season, feed your little food lover’s spirit and create another life-long tradition: a habit of giving. For the past four years, I’ve worked with […]

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Make Monday Night Family Night With The Kids Cook Monday!

How many times a week does your family sit down to dinner together? We’re talking about meals where everyone actually sits around a table…not the TV. Go ahead and count meals of frozen options and takeout if you must – we’ll wait! If we’re being honest, making family dinner a priority is a struggle for most […]

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On Food Day, Make a Weekly Commitment to Cooking with Kids

Think about your experiences in the kitchen of your childhood home. I’d bet you probably fall into one of two camps. Either your kitchen was the “heart of the home,” a place where family members congregated not just to cook, but to talk, learn, and revel in the comfort of sharing family traditions…or it was […]

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Meet Lisa Suriano, Head Veggiecator

Lisa Suriano is the creator of Veggiecation, an organization dedicated to educating communities on the health benefits of vegetables, and how to prepare them in simple, unique, affordable, and most importantly, delicious ways.  With an M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science and an interest in healthy food since childhood, Lisa’s passion for marketing healthy whole food […]

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Mario Batali’s Sons Pen Kid-Friendly Cookbook

Growing up at the apron strings of their famous chef dad Mario, Benno and Leo Batali picked up a trick or two in the kitchen. And when Mario Batali turned 50 in 2010, the boys decided to make him a homemade cookbook of the recipes they love to cook for him. Now those recipes are collected […]

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ShopRite and TKCM Featured in Supermarket News

The April 29 edition of Supermarket News featured an article on ShopRite supermarkets’ partnership with TKCM and its in-store Kids Cook Monday cooking classes. In late March, ShopRite’s Washington, NJ, location hosted the program’s first free class, in which children aged 4 to 8 prepared Mashed Potato Hills and Greek Salad with the help of retail dietitian Carly Sopko. This inaugural class […]

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Lessons from the Inaugural Family Dinner Conference

On April 18, The Kids Cook Monday took part in the inaugural Family Dinner Conference in New York City, hosted by the organization Time at the Table. The event brought together activists, parents, bloggers and experts to share knowledge and practical advice on how to further the powerful practice of family dinners. Dr. Grace Freedman, founder of the […]

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First Family Dinner Conference Highlights The Kids Cook Monday

Despite numerous studies showing the positive effects regular family dinners have on kids, the simple act of families dining together seems to be increasingly under threat. Work, homework, sports… the barriers to family meals are many and varied, making it harder and harder for American families to find time for each other. But efforts are […]

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ShopRite Launches In-Store Cooking Classes for Kids

The first Kids Cook Monday cooking class was held on March 25 at ShopRite of Washington, NJ. Children ages 4 to 8 attended the class that was taught by retail dietitian, Carly Sopko, in the store’s culinary demo area. “The class was full 10 days prior to the event,” Carly said. “It went great and […]

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No Junk: Why Processed Food Is Bad for You

A disproportionate amount of the average household food budget is spent on “junk food”; processed foods that are stripped of nutrients and packed with salt, fat and sugar. According to the USDA’s report, Assessing the Healthfulness of Consumers’ Grocery Purchases, our rates of refined grain, fat, sugar, beverage, and frozen food consumption are all much higher […]

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Eating Together is a Recipe for Loving Families

Coming together around the dinner table not only ensures that your kids receive a good meal, it’s also one of the easiest ways to nourish family bonds. By preparing and sharing weekly meals, parents can create special moments where children learn about their cultural history, connect with their roots and feel like a valued member […]

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Sip Smart with these Soda Alternatives

Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages can packexcess calories into your family’s diet without helping them feel full. Over time, these calories lead to weight gain, which can increase the risk of other illnesses. As noted by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy’s Kick the Can campaign: “Every additional daily serving of soda increases a child’s risk for […]

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Kids Cook Monday with a Side Order of Kindness!

Big-Hearted Families has teamed up with The Kids Cook Monday to share stories, activities with lessons of kindness, and kid-friendly recipes that the whole family will enjoy. The Big-Hearted Families Book Club, launching this week, is an easy way for families to learn and practice the art of compassion at home. Starting this Monday, parents can […]

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6 Steps to Get Your Family Cooking Every Monday

With work, school and activity schedules, cooking and eating together as a family can be a challenge. To get the whole family into the kitchen on a Monday night, make it a Kids Cook Monday! When you make time for healthy, home cooked meals, it sets a good example and provides valuable cooking and kitchen […]

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Set Safety Rules for a Kid-Friendly Kitchen

Getting your kids cooking can be fun for the whole family, but it’s also important to have a serious discussion about kitchen safety with your little chefs. Knowing the rules of the kitchen can build good habits, reduces risk of injury, and helps maintain a hygienic work environment. Rules should be based on your child’s […]

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Fruit & Veggie Poems Inspire Kids to Eat Veggies

What happens when you combine a love of poetry, kids and good food? Judith Natelli McLaughlin’s book, Poems on Fruits and Odes to Veggies, brings together all three in a delightfully fun and colorful approach that’s perfect for kids of all ages. Ms. McLaughlin tells us about the inspiration for the poems in her book, explains […]

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Family Dinner at Home Can Lead to Smarter Lunches at School

Schools across the country are making strides to help kids eat healthier meals. Kansas, for example, recently took advantage of a federal grant in order to implement the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which aims to make federally subsidized school lunches more nutritious. As these better lunch programs begin, many schools are finding that kids who aren’t used […]

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Kids Camps Teach Culinary Survival Skills in 2013

The Kids Cook Monday has teamed up with the American Camp Association to promote health and wellness with our new educational toolkit. Children will receive a healthier camp experience in 2013 thanks to The Kids Cook Monday! The American Camp Association is sharing our educators’ toolkit with its network of over 2,400 camps across the U.S. The […]

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Laurie David’s 5 Family Food Rules

We’re thrilled that Laurie David has been writing The Kids Cook Monday posts every week on her Family Dinner Book Blog since Day 1 of our movement. Now the author of the perfect guide to those memorable meals has released a valuable video chronicling her 5 family food rules. “No screens of any kind” Laurie proudly proclaims, “that […]

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Our Students Keep on Cooking

The Center for Food & Environment at Teachers College Columbia University and the Harlem Health Promotion teamed up with The Kids Cook Monday initiative to launch The Kids Cook Monday Pilot– a weekly community cooking class for families. The program was designed to bring a select group of families together every Monday night to learn how to […]

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