This post is sponsored by Syndicate and IKEA
Now that Mazen is three, we have more opportunities than ever for him to help out in the kitchen. He loves flipping pancakes, stirring batters, cracking eggs, working the blender buttons, spinning lettuce, massaging kale, rolling dough, sprinkling cheese, seasoning and salting and oiling potatoes. As he gets older, we hope this list will continue to grow.
IKEA is on a mission to change the way parents and children interact in the kitchen. I love what they have recognized about how the kitchen is an ideal place for parents and kids to play while they work – two birds, one stone.
“But instead of being a place run by rules, the kitchen should be a place for coming together – without fear of mess and scolding. IKEA’s Life At Home Report finds that nearly half of all parents feel a lack of time to play with their children. Naturally, most feel guilty about this. Simultaneously, most children lack basic food knowledge and cooking skills, simply because parents fear the mess and stress that comes from letting them into the kitchen.”
This second video outlines the 5 rules for cooking with parents –
“What’s wrong with being messy?” <– That’s one I’m trying to work on!!
Recently Mazen and I made some granola together. He loves the process of dumping things in a bowl.
You know what lesson was learned? If you almost burn your granola because you’re playing dinosaur in the living room it will be OK. It’s the journey not the destination ; )
Figgy Chia Granola
- 1.5 cups oats
- 1/2 cup each almonds walnuts, chia
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup figs
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix dry ingredients minus figs.
- Add wet ingredients and mix well.
- Pour granola on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
- Bake for 20 minutes, stirring twice.
- When granola is cool, add chopped figs.
- Store in an air-tight container.
What are your favorite kids cooking lessons?
This post was sponsored by Syndicate and IKEA