02 Aug How I Got My Kids in the Kitchen (and Behind the Camera, Too!)
August is Kids Eat Right Month and this year it’s all about kids in the kitchen. My tweens and teens kids love to cook and be in the kitchen, but I introduced them to food since they were babies. Once they were able to sit up, I put them right in the shopping cart and pointed to all the different fruits and veggies in the produce aisle. As they got older, trips to the supermarket became about how to select the best quality fruits and veggies. Throughout the years, I had them mix, measure, and collect ingredients for me in the kitchen.
Throughout the years, they progressed to helping me chop and even cook stove top (with supervision). My kids now love being in the kitchen and even cook or prep the dishes without my help! I even have my daughter Micah helping me test recipes for my cookbook—how many 11-year old’s do you know who knows what a yield and serving size is?! Both my girls are very into photography and have taken an interest in photographing recipes. The photos of the Strawberry-Pineapple Ice Pops (recipe below) were taken by Ellena and Micah.
Once of my kids favorite recipes to make in the kitchen are ice pops. I discussed with my 13-year old daughter Ellena which flavor she would like. “We definitely need Greek yogurt to add creaminess and mouthfeel,” Ellena told me during our conversation. I suggested using leftover fruit in the fridge to prevent food waste, and Ellena agreed. I whipped up the recipe – okay I type it out so I can add it to my collection– and Ellena tested it. Micah was at camp at the time, but she and Ellena took the ice pop photos. Below you’ll find our recipe for Strawberry-Pineapple Ice Pops.
Strawberry-Pineapple Ice Pops
Prep time: 10 minutes, plus 4 hours in the freezer
Cook time: 0 minutes
Makes 8 popsicles
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, halved
3/4 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
¾ cups 100% orange juice
½ cup low fat vanilla Greek yogurt
Place the strawberries, pineapple, orange juice, and Greek yogurt in a blender or food processor and blend until completely combined and smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into 6 standard ice pop molds, using a 1/2-cup scoop, and insert popsicle stick into each one. Freeze until set, at least 4 hours.
Serving size: 1 ice pop
Nutrition information (per serving): Calories: 33; Total Fat: 0 grams; Saturated Fat: 0 grams; Protein: 2 grams; Total Carbohydrates: 7 grams; Sugars: 5 grams; Fiber: 0 grams; Sodium: 6 milligrams
Celebrate Kids Eat Right month in August with me! Throughout the month you can post a photo of your kids cooking on social media and use the hashtag #kidsinthekitchen. You can also comment below on the dishes you love to cook with your kids in the kitchen.