Cooking with your kids can be a fun learning activity.
One of my best memories from my childhood is the time I spent cooking with my grandmother. I can remember having my own step-stool and apron and my grandmother standing along-side me letting me
make a mess cook with her.
She was so patient, never scolding me when I spilled flour on the floor or accidentally poured too much milk in the measuring cup.
And, she ALWAYS let me lick the spoon when we made brownies together.
When I looked back on those times, I realized that I really learned a lot. I learned cooking techniques and skills – like measuring and the importance of seasoning. And, I learned patience when waiting for the brownies to bake.
I used to practice when we weren’t together so that I could become just as good as she was. In fact, this was my first stove!
I had so much fun spending time with my grandmother in the kitchen. They are memories I have always cherished. It’s one of those things I want to do with my son. Not only do I want to teach him a love of cooking, but I want to spend quality time with him as we cook and bake together.
One of the best ways to get kids interested in helping in the kitchen is to have them help prepare some of their favorite foods. Since my son loves Ellio’s Pizza, I thought it would be fun to let him prepare his own pizza.
I gave him plain cheese Ellio’s Pizzas and let him select some toppings and seasonings to put on top.
One of the things I love about Ellio’s pizza is that it’s made with real ingredients – like 100% real cheese and no artificial flavors. Ellio’s is a long-standing brand with consistent taste for over 5 decades. Plus, it’s affordable – I can definitely appreciate that!
When cooking with my son, I always encourage him to smell (and even taste) different herbs and seasonings before using them. This way he gets a sense of how it will change the flavor of his food.
Once he had put the finishing touches on the pizzas, we baked them according to the package directions. Ellio’s Pizza cooks up in just 12 minutes so he didn’t have to wait very long to reap the rewards!
When the pizza was finished cooking, I let him (carefully) cut them into slices. This was a great time to talk a little bit about fractions. (I had to work some math in there!)
He had so much fun cooking with me in the kitchen — although I didn’t do very much. We talked a lot and laughed even more. I know that I will always cherish these memories and I’m sure he will too.
Ellio’s is a quick and easy meal solution that’s perfect for busy weeknights. And, now I have an assistant who can help me get dinner on the table fast!
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