Cooking with kids means less pickiness


One way to get kids to be less pick and enjoy Family Dinners more, is to get them cooking in the Kitchen.  Pick a day of the week that is less stressful and get the little people to help.  Choose simple healthy recipes and get going.  FYI – Cooking helps with math, science, and reading.


  • washing veggies
  • sorting veggies
  • mixing items with clean hands (do not worry about utensils), the more they feel, touch, smell food, the more likely they are to eat it at some point
  • getting ingredients by reading the label or by color
  • measuring ingredients
  • cutting items
  • cooking the meat or pasta
  • assembling chopped or cooked items


With the assistance of one of my families, here is a simple recipe from Giada and a perfect example of a budding chef.



In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey or chicken, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, Cook, stirring frequently, until cooked through, about 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside and cover to keep warm.

Bake until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and carefully unmold with a spoon onto a serving platter.

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

In Good Health, Ana-Maria Temple, MD

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