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Sugar Cookies

Sweet and simple cookies that are fun to decorate and perfect for sharing!

Sneaky Pizza Balls

Far from simply a pizza-decorating activity, this is a fun stir and mix recipe with fresh veggies, tofu and whole wheat flour. And, they taste delicious!

Banana Sweeties

These baked yummies manage to sneak in a fruit, a veggie AND whole wheat flour.

Whole Wheat Ravioli

A super fun recipe where the kids can work with dough and use a pastry roller!

Pumpkin Yogurt Dip
This simple and delicious recipe is perfect for fall and manages to sneak some beta carotine.

Banana Muffins
A tasty and nutritious treat packed with heart-healthy potassium. Sshhh--they're made with whole wheat!

Falafel

These healthy little middle eastern goodies are made from garbanzo beans, wheat flour, wheat germ and a variety of spices. They are another "mix with your hands" recipe so the kids can have some fun exploring more food textures.

Roasted Red Pepper Biscuits

With festive bits of red just like the fall leaves, these biscuits are especially fun because you mix the dough with your hands!

Autumn Spice Mini Muffins

Take home the taste of fall as we prepare this delicious (and healthy) muffin recipe, which includes (sneaky veggie surprise) pureed sweet potato and pumpkin!

Chocolate Cupcakes 

Not your supermarket cupcake! You'd never detect these delectable goodies have whole wheat flour.


 
Frequently Asked Questions

I've had a number of moms ask me how I can actually cook with a bunch of 2 year olds. Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words
...so here goes:


All set to make Falafel!!

Here I have set up individual cooking stations for the kids. They will be situated around a toddler-sized table, where they can stand up and mix, just like real chefs!


I measure out each portion according to the recipe, and the kids pour each ingredient into the bowl. Sometimes we mix with a spoon, and sometimes with our hands. I believe that the fun of cooking is just as much about the process as it is the end result. We don't worry too much if the biscuits are not the perfect shape, or a muffin is a little lopsided

Wondering where classes are located?
I conduct the cooking classes out of my home in North Arlington. Our nearest cross streets are Lorcom Lane and Nellie Custis.


Are you worried about whether the class will hold your child's attention? Not to worry! The classes last about an hour and a half from start to finish. After the pouring and mixing part, our goodies typically need some time to bake. During the break, we turn on music and dance, do a craft, read books or play outside in my fenced back yard. There is plenty of time to satisfy the little kid wigglies before we move on to tasting our creations! 



Are these kids in the picture there without their parents?
No way! This is an activity that is just as much for the caregiver as it is for the kids. Most parents are pretty darned excited to have some meaningful adult interaction in a day that is largely spent with their kids--especially when coffee is also provided! On a more serious note, I do think that having an adult present during class increases the likelihood that the children will take an interest in cooking (and healthy eating!) at home. You will be able to talk with your child about what you learned in cooking class, and apply it to your day-to-day.

What about knives/stoves/ovens/insert other dangerous item. I make sure to keep these classes super safe for the kids. For the younger kids, I do all of the prep work (chopping, pre-cooking, pureeing, etc.) beforehand, so that all the kids need to do is to pour, mix, knead and roll. Picture a cooking show, where all of the ingredients are pre-measured in neat little bowls lined up on the counter. This is similar to what you and your child will experience, except that your child is the star chef!

My child is picky. I'm worried he/she won't eat anything we make
!
Guess what? I've got a secret: Miles is also really picky. Miles was an awesome eater as a baby. People would come over to the house just to watch him eat! Then, at about 12 months he hit that (totally normal stage) of eating less, and being more selective. As a first-time mom, I panicked, and offered him the foods I knew were his favorites. Guess what? He learned that he could hold out and I would give him what he wanted. We are still working on this.

Even if your child eats nothing we make, I believe he or she will still benefit. By seeing, touching and smelling the foods, the kids are becoming familiar with them. Experts say some children need to come into contact with a  new food 20 (!) times before they will try it.


The cooking process itself teaches the children so much. Manual dexterity, gravity (dumping), numbers (measuring and counting), sharing and taking turns. Not to mention all of the science behind baking! Some days Miles won't go near what we make. Other days, he surprises me and devours it. We are learning, and it is just as much the journey as the destination!



Contact me!
email: andrea@creativekidskitchen.com
phone: 703-664-0922
location: North Arlington Virginia near the intersection of Lorcom Lane and Nellie Custis. Convenient to most of Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland



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