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February 4, 2013

Let kids lend helping hand in the kitchen

It’s time to put your kids to work — in the kitchen!

When kids have a hand in cooking, it makes trying new foods more fun and interesting (and less intimidating).

Make cooking a regular activity and you’ll get to spend more time together, too!

Check out these simple recipes and suggested kid-friendly tasks.

Tomato & Cucumber Salad

4 medium ripe tomatoes

1 medium cucumber

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon rice or red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Dash of salt and pepper

Directions: Dice tomatoes and cucumber and place in large bowl. Add olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; toss to combine. Sprinkle with chopped basil.

Kid-friendly Tasks:

Gathering ingredients

Washing the tomatoes and cucumber

Placing each ingredient into the bowl

Stirring

Sprinkling basil

For more information, visit http://www.superkidsnutrition.com/nutrition_answers/mt_cooking-with-kids.php.

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