One of the ways I have learned how to solve the challenge of keeping kids active and interested in the food I create, is to get them involved in the process. Whenever I hear the familiar, "I want a treat," I know it is time for food and time to get the kids busy.
Over the years, I have used this time cooking to be with my children, educate them about the skills needed to prepare food and to create a healthy relationship with the food they eat.
Most of the time they are curious, willing to help and engaged in learning. We talk, laugh and giggle as our creations take form. It is a great way to teach children about ingredients, measures and tools.
Some of the time we make a big mess, but most often something delicious is a result of our time together preparing food. We are not rushing about, but rather equipped with the gift of enough time, as we are nourished time and time again by the experience.
I am so grateful to my motherand grandmother for instilling these same skills and appreciation in me. I have tasted and lived off of homemade food all of my life and prepared food lacks a certain lustre I have grown accustomed to. We do indulge in guilty pleasures from time to time, but these experiences usually remind us to get back in the kitchen.
In these busy times, it seems essential to me to know how to cook.
To see it as a form of creating the life you want. To eat wonderful food, create and nourish the home. To celebrate and appreciate all that we have been given and give thanks that we live in such a prosperous place in the world. To sit, connect and take the time to digest our food, letting the energy of an enjoyable meal soothe the body and replenish its foundation. Rather than the familiar western way of eating on the run.
As the years have gone by, we are reaping the rewards of this investment and sitting in pleasure as our children are now able to prepare meals for us.
For example, my eight year old made us a beautiful spaghetti just the other day, with a homemade marinara sauce, as I lay ill on the couch. What a moment of pride. My children continue to learn the craft of cooking and their self confidence grows each time they meet a new challenge and can taste their creations.
They are my muse, as they continue to inspire me to feed them the best way I know how.
To provide interesting, tasty, fresh home cooked meals on a regular basis is an investment of time. One that is well worth it, especially when your kids get involved too.
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