Have you guys heard of Raddish Kids? If you haven’t, it’s a pretty awesome idea (and I’m kinda jealous I didn’t think of it myself!) Started by teachers who thought the kitchen classroom was the tastiest place to learn, Raddish sends you a monthly box filled with 3 super yummy recipes for you to make with your child, a grocery list (my savior!), corresponding crafts/activities (supplies included,) adorable Raddish apron for your child and even “Table Talk” cards for related conversation starters during dinner. How cute is that?! While I always have these grand ideas for things I want to do with my toddler, the reality is real life and exhaustion often get the best of me and most of these projects never happen. (I mean going to the store with two little one’s just to get some glitter pens? That’s so not happening.) So having this awesome box show up at my door with laminated recipe cards, glitter pens, ribbons, and an adorable kid’s apron inside is beyond praise-worthy.
Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the recipes they select. They’re tasty, kid-friendly, and don’t require too many ingredients or take too much time to make. And they’re also perfect for having little hands help out. The box we received was an Olympic-themed box (during the Sochi Olympics, natch) and contained recipes for a Gold Medal Omelet, Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce and Olympic Torch Cupcakes. While Little Miss is only 2.5, she had a blast helping me make these, and an even better time eating them (especially the “fire” cupcakes that she was just dying to devour.) And when there were parts of the recipe that I preferred to do solo (not quite ready to let her mix raw meat yet,) it was super easy to keep her content decorating the medals that came in the box. I also love how the recipes came thoughtfully laminated to make sure they can a) last forever and b) stay clean. And while I was a little dubious about how tasty kid-friendly recipes would be, I was pleasantly surprised. They were all super flavorful and delicious. The Hubby couldn’t get over how awesome the burgers were, and they’ll now become a part of our regular dinner rotation.
Not only is cooking together a fun activity to do with your kids, but an important one. As we all know (myself included!) picky toddlers are a dime a dozen. Studies have shown that kids are much more likely to eat foods that they help prepare, and that those that are exposed to various kids of foods early on cultivate a more diverse palate. And by letting your child help out in the kitchen, they gain a sense of independence and self-confidence – I mean the look on Little Miss’ face after she helps me make something in the kitchen is proof enough. Check it out: