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I know I’m just one of many on social media that advocates getting into the kitchen with your kids. The reasons have been listed out in detail, like developing more adventurous eating habits, alongside wholesome photos like this one:
Aw, baby Kaitlyn <3.
However, all those picture-perfect moments may leave you wondering what the heck you’re doing wrong when your kids join you in the kitchen and nothing short of pure chaos ensues. So let me be the first to tell you, it’s not your kids, it’s all of them. Mine definitely included.
See, I’m a fan of orderly cooking. I like getting things set up, prepped and ready to go.
Ah, beautiful ingredients fresh from Blue Apron.
Usually only this first shot makes the blog, but in real life, it’s only a matter of seconds until the little chefs move in with their incessant what is THIS?!
Just one bite? Just ONE.
And their is this squishy? It looks squishy. Can I touch… eww, it’s squishy!
In fact very often I have to reign in my structured side and remind myself that I want them to be exploring our food.
At this point, I take a deep breath and assign tasks to try and get them focused.
This is where a little of the fun starts to peek through because sometimes I am surprised with the skills Hailey is capable of at 4 years old.
“See my small chops mom? …just like you said?”
I tend to get excited by the glimpse of focus and promote her to new tasks, like being in charge of seasoning.
And as soon as I decide that all meals should be cooked with kids in the kitchen because just look at how good she’s getting at following direction— no don’t dump it all out at once!
And just like that, I realize she has inherited my (lack of) patience.
So if your salmon ends up overly-seasoned on just one side, your kitchen ends up covered in crumbs and your dog ends up eating half the meal, please don’t think you’re the only one. With young kids in the kitchen, it’s not supposed to be about the refined skills and presentation. Thank goodness.
It’s about the messes, giggles and silly faces.
It’s about exploring, sampling, playing and plating however the heck they want to.
And for me, it’s mostly about the together time.
That’s why I’m such a fan of Blue Apron. They deliver fresh ingredients to my door with simple step-by-step instructions which let me just focus on the chaos, ahem, fun of being with my girls.
We’ve tried ingredients I never would have picked up on my own, like this celeriac.
(Which in case you how to google it too, is pronouced sel-air-ee-ac)
And I’ve learned countless new cooking techniques and appreciate that there is no commitment. I can cancel or skip deliveries at anytime and I love that Blue Apron allows my girls and I to enjoy being in the kitchen together without any prior planning or prep work.
I often switch between the two person and four person plan and love the option to switch up the recipes I receive. Most recently I’ve been eyeing the Mixed Mushroom Risotto and Crispy Ricotta Pierogi. I mean, just LOOK:
With free shipping (and now a new recycling program- check it out here!) almost anywhere in the country, it’s totally worth giving it a try. In fact, the first 25 readers that order Blue Apron will receive two FREE meals. Click here to take advantage of the offer!
Use it as an at-home date night, a chance to play around in the kitchen with your kiddos, a chance to experiment with a new ingredient or technique, or just as a reprieve from your typical weekly meal planning. You won’t be disappointed in the delicious food you’ll be chowing down on!
Do you enjoy cooking with your kids?
How do you handle the mess?
What Blue Apron meal would you most like to try?