Children in the Kitchen

The personal chef from NJ, Debbie of Debbie’s Home Cooked Meals continue to share some tips and advice with busy host families and Au Pairs  in how to create healthy menu items for the picky eaters.  

In  most recent blog, I shared some tips and advice for busy parents and Au Pairs and how the kids can be helpful in the kitchen.

Being a busy mom does not mean you have to handle all the tasks around the house. Get the children involved and make it a beneficial experience. We all should know how to cook and starting the youngsters at an early age is a great way to learn.


Children who help in the kitchen are more likely to try something that they helped make. So why not start young and  incorporate fruits and vegetables in the menu. In my most recent blog, I share some tips and advice for busy parents and Au Pairs and how the kids can be helpful in the kitchen.

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Whether you are a busy parent, busy professional or a caregiver, sometimes your schedules during the day can be quite hectic. If there are children in the home, take a little time to teach them how they can be helpful in the kitchen. Have them help in the kitchen by giving them simple tasks.



Kids can be helpful in the kitchen and become more inquisitive about food.


Cooking with a chef for picky eaters.

I am pleased to introduce to my readers, a guest blogger and a personal chef from NJ, Debbie of Debbie’s Home Cooked Meals. Debbie is working to incorporate recipes that help host families and Au Pairs  in teaching us how to create healthy menu items and are pleasing to the picky eaters. 

Hi everyone,

I love cooking and my promo is “The Little Bit of Love I Add To The Food, Makes It Taste So Good”.

Today I would like to share one of my recipe with busy families and au-pairs. Many kids are picky eaters and it is a problem to provide them with healthy and nutritious meals.

One of my most recent blogs was a recipe on how to camouflage vegetables into a tasty entrée and all the children loved the dish and mom was extremely happy that her children were eating healthier. The children had no idea the veggies were hidden within the tortillas, they liked the dish so much and got the nutrients along with the protein. Here is a recipe of

Tortilla Rolls

Ingredients 2-3 chicken breasts, Salt and pepper, Garlic powder paprika 1 1/2,  Cups shredded cheddar cheese,  1/2  of a yellow squash.

I  share my thoughts, ideas and some of the recipes from a personal chef in New Jersey. Some of the blogs post do offer information on how to incorporate certain foods into dishes and some are just helpful tips and advise.

Enjoy the recipe and stay healthy, Debbie


Teaching host children healthy eating skills when playing.

I’ve posted about healthy eating and forming good habits with Au Pairs help in the previous posts.

But what can you do if you have the pickiest eaters on the planet and every meal becomes a battle?

Read more on the host mom’s from Go Au Pair blog post Toddlers and Picky Eating about her kids and her helpful tips on proper response and attitudes to the picky eaters.

Au Pairs may teach host kids about food groups, nutrition, and do fun food activities to help their children eat healthy food. As a new project, an Au Pair with kids may open a restaurant in the Host family’s kitchen,  in the play room or even outside and play cafe with kids.  It’s a lot of fun and very educational for kids.

Kids will learn reading, counting, fractions, budgeting, weighing, measuring, problem-solving, sharing, fine motor skills and much more – eating  fresh healthy food. An Au Pair helps make an assortment of healthy items for play — fruits, veggies, and cheeses.

Kids and Au Pairs may take turns being the cook or the customer or may cook together with toys. Playing  together with kids  provides a natural way for the Au Pair to discuss healthy food and nutrition and teach kids healthy eating skills through play.  As a result, kids will be more likely to follow the suggestions to eat something healthy during their meals.

When kids play restaurant and cook healthy food for toys or family members, there are fewer mealtime battles and more willingness to eat healthy and to try new foods. Finally, one day host families will have fun eating healthy meal with their kids.

Au Pairs cook healthy food with kids.

Talking about  healthy eating and forming good habits, mentioned in the previous post, will take time and  also a lot of effort.

Let kids cook healthy food with Au Pairs.  Au Pairs may help in teaching  host families’  kids to cook healthy food and much more. They will teach kids healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime!

As a new project,  Au Pairs may plan healthy meals together with host kids and host parents, and find new recipes.  Healthy meals prepared from scratch usually contain more nutrients and fewer calories. Au Pairs may take kids shopping for the vegetables or maybe even use veggies from a vegetable garden.

It is important to keep the recipe simple. Au Pairs will teach kids to follow the directions and measure the ingredients.   Kids not only are being entertained while cooking , they will also learn a lot – reading, counting, fractions, budgeting, weighing, measuring, problem-solving, sharing, fine motor skills and much more – eating  fresh healthy food. Kids will be far more likely to eat vegetables if they helped cook them.

Au Pairs may also show the kids how to make a recipe from their home country. They can  teach kids about their culture through food.
Kids are much more likely to eat what they make. Is there anything more fun than eating your own art project?

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