There are so many benefits to involving your children in cooking family meals from the earliest of ages. They eat a wider variety of foods when they help prepare them; it's a fun bonding activity; and the older they get, they actually help with the process. Of course, getting to that point isn't always without spills or a few disasters, but that's part of the fun.
Cooking Light has developed a new cookbook, The Ultimate Kid-Approved Cookbook -- its first for kids -- that helps you navigate the process. In it are more than 100 recipes, from snacks to meals and desserts, that you and your children can prepare together. It also provides plenty of pictures and suggestions as to what tasks your children can perform.
I caught up with the book’s author, mom, and registered dietitian Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed, RD., and she shared her top 10 guidelines for turning today’s children into tomorrow’s budding chefs: