Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Young Chefs Cook Green for Health and Our Environment
Cooking With Kids
Cooking is an activity that children enjoy. Cooking green to experience healthier recipes and to take care of our planet is trending for young chefs. Jenny Chandler's Green Kids Cook is a beautiful cookbook for all young chefs to dive into easy recipes that are good for healthy eating and for our planet. Getting kids to eat vegetables has always been challenging, and the delicious recipes in this cookbook will change the way kids think about vegetables. Kids who cook are more likely to eat what they have fun making and they can also influence their family to eat healthier with the recipes found in Green Kids Cook. Cooking is a life skill that will serve kids well throughout their entire life.
Chandler begins with offering safety tips for young chefs in the kitchen. She encourages children to let adults help with any of the cooking activities. She also encourages kids to keep their area for preparing food clean and uncluttered. Tips for safety around the stove, other electrical equipment such as blenders, safety in using knives,peelers, and graters are part of the cookbook.
Green Kids Cook is divided into sections that contain delicious recipes for breakfast and brunch, snacks, soups and salads,and main dishes for dinner. There are also delicious recipes for a variety of breads. There are also recipes from other countries including Mexico and Viet Nam. Kids can travel the globe without leaving the kitchen when preparing Vietnamese summer rolls and guacamole from peas or beans. The chapter with recipes for desserts just might be a favorite chapter. How about a French dessert of blackberry and apple galette? The baked amaretti plums from Italy might turn into a favorite with kids who may never have tried plums.
Chandler includes chapters with educational information on the topics of how not to waste food, making your own apron, using less plastic to store food, and eating a variety of vegetables. She encourages kids to "eat the rainbow" with red, orange, green, purple, and even brown foods. She includes information about global warmng and how eating less meat can help with global warming. Shopping tips are part of cooking green and Chandler encourages kids to shop their local markets. Shopping at farmers' markets if these are in the community is encouraged.
The chapter on preparing homemade food gifts and eco-friendly packaging for the gifts is of interest. Homemade food gifts are always popular and very easy to prepare.
Chandler also includes the idea of keeping a recipe journal of favorite recipes. She provides tips such as keeping pictures favorite dishes, favorite restaurants, favorite vegetables, and giving your recipes a "rating". The tip for keeping a digital recipe folder will appeal to your young chefs because technology is a huge part of childrens' lives.
Green Kids Cook was published by Pavilion and is recommended for young chefs age 7-14. It has an ISBN of 978-1-911663-58-4.
Colorful Illustrations Add to the Appeal of Cooking Green With Kids
Cooking With Kids in the Classroom
I cooked with my students all through the year when I was in the classroom. It was always interesting to me that the boys in my classroom were the most interested in cooking.
Green Kids Cook is a classroom-friendly cookbook with recipes that require little cooking on an actual stove. I found that using a hot plate in my classroom to take the place of a stove was always an option. A microwave is also an option to bring into the classroom. Teachers also have the option of allowing students to prepare a recipe from the cookbook at home and bring into the classroom for a tasting session.
Recipes from around the globe are part of Green Kids Cook and these foods can add to the study of the region. Geography and cooking go hand-in-hand in the classroom.
Provide opportunities for preparing a recipe from the book and having a tasting party. Inviting parents to the classroom for a lunch is also a fun activity for students to show off their cooking skills.
Enjoy cooking with your kids and learn how these "green" recipes can help their bodies and our planet.
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