Boost your family’s culinary literacy by cooking together for #KidsCookMonday! For Chop Chop Magazine, we asked Dr. Peggy Policastro, RDN, who heads the culinary arm of the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative, to offer her tips for starting your own family dinner night. Read the article at Chop Chop Magazine.
Marci Heit, Founder of Q.D. Foodie, Shares Tips for Selecting Child-Friendly Utensils to Get Kids Cooking
Marci Heit, professional voiceover artist and mother, is the founder of Q.D. Foodie, an innovative line of inclusive kitchen utensils featuring smiling veggies. Featuring sensory-friendly grips, bright colors and Braille, the tools aim to be inclusive and welcoming for all, and are especially helpful for children, and particularly those who are visually impaired or have […]
How do you introduce kids to cooking? For ChopChop Family, we spoke with Camille Casaretti, a parent of two, who brought Kids Cook Monday cooking classes to families at Public School (PS) 32 in Brooklyn, NY. Camille is a parent member of the School Leadership Team. We asked her to share effective ways to introduce […]
Joshua Robinson reports for WGRZ Daybreak on the second Kids Cook Monday Family Dinner Night hosted by Eat Smart New York at Anna Merritt Elementary School, where dozens of students and parents practiced safe, healthy ways to both eat and cook healthy foods and prepared veggie-packed quesadillas. See the feature article and video from WGRZ.
Samantha Barnes, Former Teacher, Mom of Two and Founder of Raddish, Shares Tips for Getting Kids in the Kitchen
Samantha Barnes is the founder of Raddish, a monthly subscription box to provide kid-friendly recipes that “mix in education, family time, and fun.” Raddish evolved from Kitchen Kid, which brought educational programming through cooking to families via summer camps, after-school classes, parties, and in-home lessons in the Greater Los Angeles area. Prior to Raddish and […]
Emily Burson is a Registered Dietitian and the founder of School Nutrition Plus (SNP), a school foodservice and catering program. Prior to founding SNP, Emily was a Food Service Director, and wanted to be able to provide clients with one-on-one attention and incorporate wellness. SNP provides healthy, made-from-scratch meals to over 20,000 students each day, and hosts wellness activities, encouraging kids to try more fruits and vegetables and learn about the food they are eating.
The surprising ways to make a picky kid a good eater Starting a weekly habit of cooking together will encourage your child to try new foods and give you an opportunity to discuss the impact food choices have on health and the environment. Read more at Today. 5 Ways to Turn Summer Meals Into Lifelong […]
Our partnerships coordinator, Nara Sandberg, wrote for Grok Nation about how cooking with her grandmother inspired a lifelong love of home cooking and family meals: My great-grandmother, Sarah Schecht, was an avid home baker and cook. In 1976, Craig Claiborne visited her home and featured her and her challah recipe in his New York Times article Sorcery From an […]
Parents and families today are tasked with numerous responsibilities: working and/or caring for children full-time, afterschool activities, homework help, birthday parties and taking children to and from weekend activities. These leave little room for daily activities, such as family dinners. However, families who find the time to shop, cook and eat together may experience a […]
Want to improve your family’s diet? Family meals are a fun way to do this! A bonus is that you get to spend some much-needed quality time with your family. Research shows us that children in families that eat meals together without distractions, such as the television or smart phones, are less likely to be […]
When kids get into the kitchen to cook and eat regular meals with their families, they reap many benefits, including a stronger sense of confidence and a greater willingness to try new foods.
Want to learn more about the benefits of Kids Cook Monday? Our Partnerships Coordinator, Nara Sandberg, wrote about the evidence showing cooking and eating together as a family has a positive effect on kids’ health, wellness, and performance in school and about our recent Kids Cook Monday event at P.S. 32 in Brooklyn for the Epoch […]
Jessica Levinson is a registered dietitian and the mom of twin girls. She’s a big advocate for getting into the kitchen and cooking with kids, plus she uses Mondays to help keep her family’s nutritious diet on track! We chatted with her to uncover some of her best tips for cooking with young kids and […]
Sally Kuzemchak is a registered dietitian nutritionist and mom of two boys. She blogs at the popular Real Mom Nutrition and is the author of the cookbook Dinnertime Survival Guide. She recently decided to take up The Kids Cook Monday with her family so we took the opportunity to ask this nutrition pro a few questions about […]
With the start of the 2016-2017 school year, The Kids Cook Monday has embarked on a partnership with The National PTA. On the success of Kids Cook Monday “Family Cooking Night” events hosted by local school PTA wellness committees and the state-wide adoption of the Kids Cook Monday initiative by the West Virginia PTA, the […]
We’re taking our mission to promote healthy family food to the source…the supermarket, that is! Join us and our friends at Produce for Kids for a Twitter chat on healthy family food shopping this Monday. How can you encourage kids to pick healthy items at the store? What do you do if they beg for […]
Author, TV star and all-around weeknight meal whiz Sara Moulton‘s newest book is Home Cooking 101 (Oxmoor House). Since we’re all about home cooking here at The Kids Cook Monday, she recently spoke with us about the importance of cooking together and family meals. Your new book looks extremely useful to the home cook! I love […]
Guest post by Michelle Stern. It’s hard to fathom asking a teacher to integrate even one more activity into their already overflowing curriculum. But what if it was something that could accomplish multiple learning objectives at the same time? On the surface, cooking is something that seems to be more suited to a home kitchen […]
Across the U.S., the National PTA does the important work of uniting parents, students, teachers and administrators to encourage parent engagement and set kids up for a lifetime of success. The Kids Cook Monday is proud to partner with the PTA at the national as well as local level to help schools become the place where the healthy habit […]
We’re excited to share our latest Kids Cook Monday resource, free printable calendars! We hope it will help you keep up the healthy habit of cooking and eating with your family every week. Download out the April calendar below and check back in next month for the May edition!