Ever since my youngest boy was born, I learned that leaving him in his bassinet, or playing on the floor was not a safe place for this poor boy. His brothers would use him as a hurdle to jump over, or would try to pick him up to carry him to me. So from a few days old I brought him with me to the kitchen to cook. I had him in a sling, in a Bumbo, or strapped in his bouncer with my foot on the base making sure it wouldn’t be too far away. As he got to be a toddler, I plopped him on the counter beside me.
He would pretend to whip up some food for us, and started asking to help cook.
Now that he is 5, he tells me he is a chef, I am his helper, and we are going to have a restaurant. He has even tried to take orders from each person as to what they want for dinner.
My older 2 boys always offer to help out, but then disappear as soon as I ask them to do anything other than stir. Or if we are waiting for a minute they say they will be right back and I never see them again. The youngest will help set the table, get anything I need, and help anyway I let him. He is a super duper pea snapper. I also have to watch him super carefully as he clearly doesn’t think I stir enough as he is always wanting to stir for me.
In our house we try to keep the kids in the kitchen, helping with odd jobs, setting the table and cooking whenever they want. They also go with me to the Farmer’s Market and pick out veggies and things to try out. We tried out The Little Potatoe Company Potatoes, and they are delicious and cute! They have various different varieties to try out as well.
The Little Potato Company wants to inspire your little chef to get cooking in the kitchen. To this end, they launched the Little Chefs program. This fun campaign helps to get parents and kids cooking together, and will help little chefs get closer to their big culinary dreams!
The Little Chefs program features Little Chef Approved recipes and tips to help parents and kids spend valuable time cooking together. The recipes make cooking with kids fun and educational. This unique program is proven to enhance a child’s social abilities, nutritional values and even mathematical skills right in the kitchen! They also have age-appropriate tasks for kids 5 to 7, 8 to 10, and 11 to 13 year olds, and an overview of the important skills they’ll learn as they progress in the kitchen.
The Little Chefs casting call, inconjunction with the Marilyn Denis show, invites you to submit a video of your little chef making a unique recipe using small potatoes. The top two finalists will compete live on CTV and the winner will receive a family adventure for three to Paris, France, courtesy of The Little Potato Company!! Awesome right??? Learn more on their site!
The potatoes are the perfect size for kids to handle and eat. Plus you can get ones in multi colours! Here are some important facts about Creamers:
· Most importantly, Creamers are a vegetable
· Creamers are little, but all grown up – they aren’t an immature version of bigger potatoes
· One serving of Creamers delivers more potassium than a banana, so they’re an excellent source of potassium
· They’re also a source of Vitamin C and dietary fibre, contain antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals to help meet dietary goals
· Creamers are naturally fat, gluten and cholesterol free
· Creamers are pre-washed and thin-skinned, so no peeling is required
· Average cooking time for Creamers is under 15 minutes
1.5 Little Potatoes (1 bag)
2 Tbls Canola Oil
1/4 Cup Chicken Stock
1/2 tsp black pepper1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbls Butter
2 Tbls Parsley
In a non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until hot.
Add the potatoes, and let cook without moving them for five minutes.
Flip the potatoes and repeat.
Add the chicken stock, and cook until the stock has evaporated.
Cook until potatoes are nice and crispy.
Season with salt & pepper.Remove from heat, coat with butter and parsley.
Serve and Enjoy!