“Soup’s on!” is an old saying that’s often used at meal time.
But, in many families, children don’t show interest in the how the soup – or any other dish – gets from the kitchen to the dinner plate.
Flint’s Talicia “Chef Telly” Campbell says getting children interested in cooking and testing recipes begins with teaching them every day tasks that involve food preparation. Simple things like making their own after-school snacks or washing and cutting celery for the family meal are good ways to start, she adds
“It’s really about the upbringing in the household and the parent actually instilling that into the children,” she says. “It’s not something they’re usually going to gravitate to on their own.”
To give children the best, safest experiences in the kitchen, guidelines are recommended, including:
- Demonstrate tasks like the proper way to measure ingredients, stir, cut and open cans.
- Avoid letting small children handle sharp or hot kitchen objects.
- Be careful when pouring or using the stove to keep children from hot splashes or splatters.
- Be sure an adult is present at all times during cooking demonstrations.
Simple recipes, like homemade soup, can be good starting points to help children become comfortable with cooking. Chef Telly, who caters throughout the city, makes a healthy stew recipe that she says is simple enough that a parent could introduce it to a child. Filled with stewed tomatoes, cabbage and other vegetables, it mainly involves chopping the cabbage and simply stirring together the ingredients.
Get started with this Tomato and Cabbage Soup, a “Michigan Harvest of the Month” recipe provided by the Michigan Fitness Foundation for families to create and enjoy together.
For more ideas they can use in their kitchens at home, Flint residents can visit Flint Farmers’ Market. The Crim Fitness Foundation demonstrates healthy recipes on Tuesdays during winter months and Tuesdays and Thursdays during summer months, according to scheduled market hours.