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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