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Meet Lisa Suriano, Head Veggiecator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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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PBS Parents Invites Kids to Explore the Kitchen

PBS Parents Invites Kids to Explore the Kitchen

PBS Parents’ Kitchen Explorers became the latest mover and shaker in The Kids Cook Monday movement, complete with a family friendly recipe for Apricot Baked Chicken. In the post introducing the campaign, Aviva Goldfarb writes about the dietary benefits of involving kids in the kitchen. “Learning some basic cooking skills can ensure that they don’t have […]

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Laurie David’s 5 Family Food Rules

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

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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