Getting Your Kids In The Kitchen + Mushroom Straw Recipe!

Happy Mushroom Wednesday, I hope you had a fun and festive 4th of July!

This week’s recipe is a little different, this recipe is one that my 7 year old son and I created together! In fact, it’s such a simple recipe that he made it entirely himself. Today, I’m sharing our recipe as well as tips to get your kids in the kitchen cooking healthy foods (safely)!

I absolutely love cooking! And, I love getting my kids involved any way I can. When you’re in the kitchen cooking, it’s possible to include every kid no matter their age or ability.

When you allow the kids to be part of making the meal there are so many benefits:

  • Kids are more likely to try (and like!) different foods that they have helped prepare! When they are working with a new or unusual foods it’s much less scary and allows them to want to taste test.
  • When kids do a “grown-up” task like helping in the kitchen, it helps them to learn and grow while boosting self-esteem!
  • Cooking helps with reading, math, and science skills in a non-threatening and fun way!
  • Cooking teaches life lessons they carry into adulthood!
  • It’s FUN! Cooking is a fun and messy way to get kids away from the t.v. and iPad!

Ideas to get your kids involved in cooking:

  • Have them go through cookbooks to pick out their favorite meals to plan out the week’s meals. This helps them get interested in cooking!
  • Have the kids wash the fruits and vegetables you’ll be cooking with.
  • Allow them to stir, mix, or use a whisk.
  • Show them how to use measuring cups and spoons properly.
  • Start easy by showing them what ingredients you have and letting them ‘create’ their own snacks!
  • You can teach older kids how to properly cut using a knife. **Parental supervision needed** Or starting the basic knife handling skills with a safe butter knife.
  • Let them do as much as possible for their ability. It’s not going to be perfect and will probably be messy but that’s how they learn!

One ingredient that both boys have been working with for a long time is mushrooms. You know I LOVE cooking mushrooms but, they are also a super kid friendly ingredient! Mushrooms are easy to cut for even the youngest chefs--my youngest son uses a butter knife! In this week’s mushroom recipe, my oldest son Lane will show you how to cook the recipe we created together--”Mushroom Straws”.

Click below to check out Chef Lane's how-to video on this week's recipe which he entered into the Jr. Mushroom Masters Cooking Contest hosted by Kitchen Pride Mushrooms. {Shameless plug to go vote for him here! ;) }

 

Mushroom Straws

Makes about 20 straws

Ingredients:

  • 2 large portobello mushrooms caps (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus
  • 1 container pre-made pizza crust (cut into thin pieces)
  • Marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine soy sauce and liquid smoke. Marinate mushrooms for 10 minutes or until soft. 
  3. Place marinated mushrooms around asparagus.
  4. Then wrap thinly sliced pizza crust around both mushroom and asparagus.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Serve warm with marinara sauce!

I’d love to know what recipes you and your children like to cook! Comment below and let me know some of your favorite ways to get the kids involved in the kitchen <3

With Health and Happiness,

Nickole