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Monday, June 13, 2011

Kids in the Kitchen: Fruit Salad

As part of my summer plans, I want to create food with my children that requires no stove-top cooking.  We already bake together fairly regularly (maybe 2-4 times a month), but this summer I will be purposeful in getting my kids in the kitchen.  I'll share each food item here at Live, Learn, Love, and I will also give it the label of Kids in the Kitchen.  (Christy, at Superhero and Princesses, is being much more purposeful in a similar endeavor called Cookbooks for Kids.  However she and her children are using children's cookbooks this summer.  How fun!)

Our first Kids in the Kitchen suggestion came from my friend, Sandy.  We made fruit salad!

Kids' Tasks: Cut bananas with butter knife (age 4) and remove grapes from bunches (age 2).  Pour fruit.  Stir.
Mom's Tasks: Cut fruit requiring a paring knife.

I actually had the idea to make a rainbow fruit salad, though I knew I didn't have any green fruit.  However, I didn't have peaches or oranges either (or any other orange fruit), so it wasn't very colorful.  We used apples (skin on), strawberries, pears, bananas, blueberries, red grapes, and a bit of lemon juice.

My friend had a great suggestion to make fruit salad with children very easy.  She said if everything is already canned, the children can just dump the fruit in a bowl!

If you use frozen fruit, be cautious.  My strawberries and blueberries were frozen.  I did not consider how the blueberries would bleed.  The strawberries were fine.

If you read this blog regularly, you might know how I don't like fruit.  It's a texture thing.  I still ate some (mostly apples) to show my appreciation for my children's efforts.  This was actually only my second time making fruit salad!

Taste: As normal, fruit-eating people can attest, freshly made fruit salad is great!  (This is the general population's opinion, and not necessarily my own, because, you know, it is still fruit.)   My kids loved this!  We will definitely be making it again.
Difficulty with children: This was super easy with the kids' help!

I'd still love to hear from you other easy "cooking" ideas to try!


Christy said...

This is great! I think it's so important to get kids in the kitchen and let them enjoy making their own food!

Reagan LOVES to eat frozen blueberries and when she is done, she always has purple hands and teeth - it's amazing how much they bleed when frozen!

Bluerose said...

You always have such great ideas!! :) I've been wanting to get my Grasshopper to help out in the kitchen a bit with cooking, but really didn't know a whole lot he could safely "cook." This is a perfect place to start.
I didn't know you didn't like fruit. Bless your heart!! I have a few texture issue foods, but not many.

Miller Moments said...

I love kids in the kitchen! There is always the easy standby of making sandwiches.... use cookie cutters to make cute bread shapes and then let them spread on the peanut butter or layer the ingredients (my kids are big peanut butter fans). We make homemade trail mix around here a lot. I put out bowls of different things and then give the boys ziplock bags. They add which ever items they want to make their mix (chocolate chips, goldfish crackers, raisins, craisins, pretzels, mini marshmallows, etc).

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I like the idea of having the children cut the bananas with a butter knife - great to get them involved!

Shonda said...

Very fun! I'm going to do that with my son this summer. I'll try to use your ideas!

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