10 Tips to Get Kids in the Kitchen

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Nothing is quite as rewarding as that elated smile on your child’s face when they accomplish something they didn’t think they could do, and so much more so when it comes along with a delicious meal for the whole family! Get your kids in the kitchen and help them learn a new confidence-boosting skill with these tips and recipes.

 

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Knife Safety For Kids In The Kitchen

 

Kids in the Kitchen – Safety First

 No age is too young to enjoy cooking with mom and dad, but of course, safety is at the top of the list when it comes to getting your kids in the kitchen. Follow these tips to ensure everyone gets to share in the fun safely.

 

  • Keep tasks age appropriate and always use your judgement when allowing a child to help with any specific item. Try starting children off with these age appropriate ideas and go from there!

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  • Babies & Toddlers can enjoy spending time in the kitchen with you by helping to stir, roll out dough, push down on cookie cutters or do other simple things with your help so they can be involved. Even if your little one is too young to help, they will enjoy being close to you while you work, so try placing them in the highchair safely away from appliances and heat and telling them what you are doing as you work. Image you’re hosting a cooking show! If you have older kids, they will have a blast putting on a show for their baby audience.
  • Older Toddlers and pre-school aged children can also grease cookie sheets, place food on a tray before baking and hand items and ingredients to you as you need them, decorate cookies, and help with clean up.
  • School aged children can help cut soft foods like cheese, butter and cookie dough with a butter or case knife, measure ingredients, top their own personal pizza, and even come up with their own recipe ideas to try.
  • Middle schoolers who are comfortable in the kitchen can do just about anything you can, with some help on heavy items, cutting difficult foods like squash or watermelon, and taking things out of the oven. Much of safety is about confidence, so be patient if they aren’t ready, but continue to encourage them and stay close by until they are sure of themselves – and you are sure they can do each task safely!

 

  • Accidents happen, even as adults, so keeping a first aid kit handy in a kitchen cabinet is always a good idea and easily accessed in case of ouchies. We all know we’ve put bandages on an ouchy that didn’t need it just to comfort a child! Just remember to store it away from any heat-producing appliance.

   

  • Remind your kids often about safety tips like staying away from the stove and oven when they are on and not handling sharp tools. Once your kids are old enough and are comfortable with a dull knife, discuss how to properly handle a sharper knife.

 

  • Go over these simple rules with your kids and repeat, repeat, repeat!

 

  • Always ask an adult’s permission before cooking in the kitchen
  • Wash your hands before cooking and after handling any raw ingredients or touching anything you wouldn’t want in your food (like your boogers)
  • Always Be Cleaning (ABC) Cleaning as you go prevents slippery floors and shortens cleaning at the end, so you can enjoy your meal!
  • Use a hotpad, potholder or towel to hold or carry hot items
  • Practice Knife Safety – Check out this link to detailed tips (they even have a link to practice knives for kids!).
  • Ask before you lick! No one wants to get sick from raw eggs or other ingredients.
  • Use your listening ears – Listening to instructions keeps everyone safe!

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Ready to Cook

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 Now that we’ve gone over the safety tips, we’re ready to get cooking! Pick up our featured products at 20% off online and in participating stores from August 13th – 19th and try one of these simple recipes to get started.

Fiesta Seasonings Sampler 

Make it a fiesta! These popular spice blends are the perfect trio to keep on hand for tacos, fajitas, barbacoa, and more. Substitute for usual taco seasonings or add to dips and slow cooker favorites to kick things up a notch!

Includes: Adobo Seasoning Spice Blend (1 oz), Southwest Spice Blend (1 oz), and Fiesta Taco Seasoning (1 oz).

pizza toppings sampler

Pizza Toppings Sampler 

Shake, sprinkle or spread! These amped up flavors are perfect for pizza toppings, sauces, or for enhancing your favorite store-bought favorites.

Includes:  Pizza Seasoning Spice Blend (1 oz), Cheddar Cheese Powder (1 oz), Tuscany Spice Blend (1 oz), and Aleppo Pepper- Crushed (1 oz).

Burger Seasonings Sampler 

Beef up your burgers (and veggie burgers) with these fantastic grilling flavors! Add a spicy kick, smoky note, garlicy twist, or healthy flair with our top burger mix-ins!

Includes: Bloody Mary Spice Blend (1.8 oz), Vik’s Garlic Fix! (1 oz), Beet Root Powder (1 oz), and Cinnabar Smoke Spice Blend (1 oz).

 

stir fry sampler

Stir Fry Sampler 

Add authentic and savory flavor to your stir fry dishes with ginger, soy, teriyaki, and sesame – classic stir fry mix-ins you’ll want to keep on hand!

Includes: Ginger Teriyaki Spice Blend (1 oz), Soy Sauce Powder (1 oz), Ginger (1 oz), and Sesame – Black Seed (1 oz).

Summer BBQ Sampler 

Spice up your summer barbecues with this sizzling Summer BBQ Sampler! A great variety of barbeque styles; add these delicious spice rubs to meat before grilling and try on ribs, pulled pork, chicken, brisket, and other many other barbecue favorites!

Includes: Backwoods Hickory Rub Spice Blend (1 oz), Carolina BBQ Rub Spice Blend (1 oz), Smoked BBQ Rub Spice Blend (1 oz), Smokehouse Rub Spice Blend (1 oz).

Cheese Quesadillas & Guacamole

 

Chicken Quesadillas and Guacamole

Savory chicken quesadillas with a south-of-the-border twist are served with homemade macho guacamole. This bold entree is strong in flavor and simple to prepare; a quick and delicious meal to make with friends & family! Pair with refried beans or Mexican style rice for a quick and satisfying dinner.

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Ingredients

From The Spice & Tea Exchange

1 TBS Adobo Spice Blend

1 TBS Southwest Spice Blend

1 TSP Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

From the Grocer

4-6 ripe avocados

Zest of 1 lime

3 TBS fresh lime juice

½ fresh tomato, chopped

2 TBS fresh chopped cilantro

2 TBS red onion, chopped

3 TBS sour cream + extra for garnish

4 cups shredded cooked chicken

4 large flour tortillas

2 cups cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Prepared salsa for serving

 

Instructions:

 To prepare macho guacamole:

CUT avocados in half lengthwise. Remove pits and scoop out flesh into a large bowl.

MASH to desired texture with a fork.

ADD Adobo Spice Blend, lime zest, lime juice, tomatoes, cilantro, onion, and sour cream.

MIX well. Set aside.

 

To prepare quesadillas:

COMBINE chicken, Southwest Spice Blend, and 1 tsp Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a large non-stick skillet, over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, 5-7 mins. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

ASSEMBLE each quesadilla by spreading ¼ cup cheese on top half of 1 tortilla. Top with 1 cup chicken and finally an additional ¼ cup cheese. Fold empty half of tortilla over top and press down slightly.

WIPE skillet clean, return to a medium-high heat.

SPRAY pan thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray.

WHEN pan is hot, reduce heat to medium, and add 1 quesadilla (2 if pan is large enough), cover and cook 1-2 mins on each side (turning over carefully), until cheese has melted, and tortillas are golden.

TRANSFER to a cutting board and cut into 3 or 4 wedges. Serve with macho guacamole, sour cream, and salsa on the side.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 21 mins

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 11 mins

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  Spaghetti Squash and Tomato Tuscany Sauce

Spaghetti Squash & Tomato Tuscany Sauce

 Spaghetti squash makes for an excellent base in this quick, easy, and healthy recipe! Create homemade gourmet pasta sauce in minutes with tomato sauce and our Gourmet Pasta Sauce Sampler!

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 Ingredients

From The Spice & Tea Exchange

2 TBS Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 TSP Himalayan Fine Mineral Salt

1/4 TSP 4 Peppercorn Spice Blend (grinder)

1 Gourmet Pasta Sauce Sampler

 

From the Grocer

2 medium spaghetti squash

1 – 29 oz can tomato sauce (plain)

Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

 

Instructions:

PREHEAT oven to 375°F.

CUT both spaghetti squash in half and scrape out seeds with a spoon.

BRUSH the inside of each half with Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkle with Himalayan Fine Mineral Salt and a few grinds of 4 Peppercorn Spice Blend.

PLACE each half on a baking pan with the cut-side facing up.

ROAST for 45-50 mins or until a fork easily penetrates the skin.

PREPARE the pasta sauce while squash is baking. In a medium bowl add the tomato sauce and all contents of the Gourmet Pasta Sauce Sampler (use the full amount of each of the contents except Tuscany Spice Blend-add this item to taste). Mix. Allow to sit for 30 minutes so the mushrooms rehydrate.

HEAT sauce in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.

REMOVE spaghetti squash from oven. Allow to cool enough to handle. Use a fork to scrape out the contents (should resemble spaghetti noodles).

SERVE topped with the seasoned tomato sauce and garnish with grated parmesan cheese if desired.

 

Yield: 4-6 servings

Total Time: 1 hr

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 50 mins

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 Mini Biscuit Pizzas

 Biscuit Pizzas

Enjoy this recipe from our Chef Partner, Danielle McNerney of Save The Moms!

The school bell has rung, and you are back at home, but you are starving! What’s the solution? Pizza biscuits of course! It’s no surprise that the average American consumes 6,000 slices of pizza deliciousness in a lifetime. Bake your own cheesy pizza bites in minutes!

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Ingredients

From The Spice & Tea Exchange

1 tsp Italian Herb Spice Blend
4½ tsp Vik’s Garlic Fix!
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp Thyme

 

From the Grocer

3 TBS unsalted butter, melted

1-1.5 lbs pre-rolled buttermilk biscuit dough
28 oz tomato puree

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Fresh basil (optional)
Pepperoni (optional)
Sliced cherry tomatoes (optional)

 

Instructions:

 PLACE the biscuits about 2 inches apart from each other of a large ungreased baking sheet.

STIR in the Italian Herb Spice Blend into the melted butter and brush a small spoonful over each biscuit, about 1/2 a teaspoon.

SAVE the remaining butter mixture for the sauce. Allow the butter to sit on top of the biscuits for about 7-10 minutes.

BAKE the biscuits as directed.

ADD in the tomato purée, Vik’s Garlic Fix!Onion PowderBasil, and Thyme into a large nonstick pan while the biscuits are baking.

COOK the sauce on medium high heat for 5 minutes or just until the sauce is warmed through and starts to bubble. Take the sauce off the heat and stir in 2 tsp of the remaining butter mixture.

COOL the sauce until it has stopped steaming, about 5-10 minutes. The biscuits should be done cooking by now. Make sure to take them out of the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes. ONCE the biscuits are done cooling, slice through the middle vertically. 

PLACE the biscuits back onto the sheet tray with the fluffy insides facing up.

TOP each biscuit with 1 TBS of tomato sauce. Spread the sauce around the middle of each biscuit making sure not to get sauce on the edges of the biscuits.

SPRINKLE each pizza with a small hand full of cheese. The cheese should cover most of the sauce. After the cheese has been placed on the bis

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cuits, add on fun toppings like fresh basil, chopped cherry tomatoes, and pepperoni, if desired.

BAKE the pizza biscuits at 400°F for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. 

 

Tip: Using a serrated knife to slice the biscuits will make the slicing process easier!

 

Yield:16 pizza biscuits
Total Time: 45 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

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Happy Cooking!

10 TIPS TO GET KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

 

Remember to have fun and be creative! Check out our last post, “Movie Night Ideas for the Family”, for other great family ideas and recipes and come back next week for our final post in the Family Fun Month series. Don’t forget to get your Family Meal Favorites before the promotion is over! Click on the banner above to go right to the promotion.

Happy cooking!

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