Children and teens can be great cooks! Research shows that children exposed to cooking or even helping in the kitchen at an early age can develop healthier eating habits and healthier lifestyles. How do kids learn how to cook? Some learn from their parents, others watch cooking shows. The best result might be to have someone in their age range teach them how to cook.
Remmi Smith, a 10 year old chef, has her own cooking show called “Cook Time with Remmi.” She started the show when she was 8. As a young cook, she believes that “cooking can be challenging but also very fun.” She also thinks “cooking is an important skill to have and it will also help you eat healthier.” Remmi was recently featured at girlshealth.gov. If you want to find out more about her cooking, click HERE for the full interview.
When kids learn how to cook, it is best to start with something simple. Try this teen recipe from “Fast Meals and Quick Snacks – A Cookbook for Teens” by Sutter Memorial Hospital, Adolescent Family Life Program.
Pasta with Broccoli
8 oz pasta (any shape you like)
5-8 cloves garlic, pressed in a garlic press or finely chopped (the more the better)
1 16-oz bag frozen broccoli pieces
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup Parmesan or romano cheese, grated or finely shredded
¼ tsp dried basil and oregano
¼ tsp black pepper
½ – 1 tsp salt
- Follow the directions on the package and cook the pasta in a large pot.
- About half way through pasta cooking time, add garlic and keep cooking.
- With about 3 minutes left to pasta cooking time, add frozen broccoli, bring water back to a boil, and cook for 3 more minutes.
- When the pasta is finished cooking, drain pasta and broccoli in a colander over the sink and then dump them both back in the pot.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and toss together. Add seasonings to taste.