Cooking with Kids
- oven safe dish
- brown sugar
- oven (regular or microwave)
- Ask the child to put the apple in a small bowl.
- Fill the bowl with water until it is full.
- Scrub the apple with his hands. While touching the apple ask him to tell you how it feels.
- Ask him to take the apple out of the bowl
- Empty the bowl of water in the sink
- Explain that you will be baking the apple for him to eat. Remove the core of the apple making a hole about 3/4 inch wide. Place apple in a microwave or oven proof dish. Mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and fill the core hole using fingers or a spoon. Place a slice of butter on top of the filling. Pour 3/4 cup of water into the bottom of the dish.
- Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes depending on the apple's size OR the apple can be covered with a paper towel and microwaved for 3 to 4 minutes
- Take the apple out of the oven and eat it together
- Share that you care by explaining how to be careful around a hot oven or hot food. Explain that healthy foods are good for your bodies. We care about putting healthy foods into our bodies to make us feel good.
- Baked apples are a healthy food that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert.
“ A Toddler’s Souffles Aren’t Just Child’s Play” by Alison Gopnik in The Wall Street Journal
- "Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes” by Mollie Katzen- great cookbook for preschoolers and up where the adult is given the role as helper and child as chef
- “Eating the Alphabet: Fruit and Vegetables from A-Z” by Lois Ehlert- this book focuses on fruits and vegetables from around the world. Provides facts about each food and teaches upper and lower case alphabet letters.
- “The Toddler Cookbook” by Annabel Karmel- geared for children aged 2-5. Wide variety of recipes that are both yummy and nutritious!