Kids In The Kitchen

 Thanks to Incarnate Word Foundation VOW was awarded an Innovative Solutions to Food Insecurity Grant. This grant allowed us to sponsor a after school program called "Kids In The Kitchen" where they learn about kitchen safety and how to cook simple recipes mainly on their own. The goal is to promote child health and wellness by empowering children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, therefore preventing obesity and its associated health risks.

 This is a 13 week program
Every Thursday 4pm-5pm
1202 S Boyle St Louis Mo 63110
call (314)534-1180 to sign-up

Teaching kids to cook is one of the most valuable things you can do. These are skills they will use for a lifetime. But it does take some time, and some lessons will have to be repeated. Stick with it, and your kids 
 will gain a valuable new skill. 

The children are enjoying food that they cut up and baked themselves. They made Crispy Cinnamon Tortilla Chips to go with the Fruit Salad that they chopped up and whipped together.

By the looks on their faces they are pleased with the finished product.
Nyree and Hannah mixing fruit that the kids chopped up themselves.

Ms. Bobbie showing the kids how to use  a shredder. No fingerprints were removed. *WINNING*

Ms Pauline teaching knife safety. Be careful with knives. Kitchen knives should be sharp, which work best. Learn how to work with knives and practice before you start cooking. Don't put knives into soapy water because someone could reach in and get cut. In the dishwasher, place knives point side down.

Work with your kids at first, then when you're confident they understand the rules of the kitchen, stand back and see them soar!

The boys was just as excited as the girls. Darius is concentrating on making sure the chicken is coated evenly.

Legacy says his knife skills are sharp. 
Ha Ha Ha (get it 😀)

No words needed.

When she found out we were cooking chicken strips (oven-baked boneless chicken tenders) she was so happy.

The look on her face..PRICELESS. Kennedy was very proud of herself for knowing that she could prepare and cook yummy food. 

Even the older kids got in on the action. They also helped the younger kids when needed.

Is the food done yet?
There wasn`t much dinner conversation. They didn`t want to talk about the meal that they prepared. They were too busy chewing. Imagine that. 

 Perfecting knife and chopping skills.
Be sure to wash your hands before and after handling raw meat, poultry, egg, and fish products because these foods can contain bacteria. You don't want that bacteria getting on your hands because then they could end up in your mouth — yuck!
You also can fight germs by keeping your working surfaces (like counter tops and cutting boards) clean and dry. Wash them with soap and warm water after you're done cooking.

Children learn best when they are interested in what they are doing and are actively involved. Kids learn by touching, tasting, feeling, smelling, and listening. They are naturally curious about food and cooking, and food preparation allows them to use all their senses. When they are mixing, stirring, kneading, spreading, tossing, squeezing and pouring, they are learning without realizing it.

 He was waiting for the day the we fix french fries. Because according to him he only eats french fries and donuts. We made oven baked fries and waved a magic wand over them and "Wha La" it worked. He cleaned his plate and even asked for seconds. No donuts, but hey 1 out of 2 works for us.


Never taste uncooked food. Unless you are using pasteurized eggs, don't lick the bowl or the mixing spoon. Remember that raw flour can contain pathogenic bacteria too, so don't taste any food with uncooked flour in it. 

When the food is cooked and plated you may lick your fingers all you want.  



Benefits of Cooking With Children

Cooking allows kids to feel good about themselves. They have a sense of pride when they prepare foods to eat and share with others. Kids who help with the planning and preparation of meals also are more likely to try new foods.

However, cooking with kids takes time, patience, and can be very messy. Remember that the food may not taste or look as good as you think it should, but many experts think it is well worth the effort.

Let kids help with the full process from shopping to setting the table to cooking. Start at the grocery store. Teach them what to look for on nutrition labels. Show them what is low in fat and high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Help them find out how much sugar or salt is in processed foods. Whether they realize it or not, they're learning about important nutrients and a variety of foods at the same time.

Kids are eager to lend a hand. Letting them help you out in the kitchen says "You are a big help, you can do this, and you are important!" This far outweighs any drawbacks. For example, small children may not be able to lift heavy pots, pans and bowls to clean them, but that can be part of the fun!