Good to Know‘s Dan Pashman has two children and hosts the James Beard Award-nominated food podcast The Sporkful. Those are pretty good credentials for understanding what kids want to eat (hint: usually something fried and other than vegetables.)
For those parents who’ve set far-out goals like getting their kids to intake a bit of nutrition this year, Dan has some fail-safe tips on creating less-fatty, baked versions of kids’ favorite meals that they’re sure to devour (hint #2: replicated texture.)
Watch how to make kids’ favorites healthier after the jump:
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Cheese pasta in a box, soup from a can, frozen nuggets!? It’s no wonder shquiblets give some folks a hard time during meal time. You have no idea how many family dinners I’ve sat through where I just wanted to stuff broccoli in my little cousins’ faces and tell them to suck it up! Seriously, it’s good for you AND it tastes great. Also, kids with food on their faces makes me giggle. I have no shquiblets of my own, this is true, but I guarantee that if you follow these 3 steps, they’ll finish at least a third of their meal, or at least try to.
Get them involved in the process.
Kids love to make a mess. It’s a fact. And since you’re no Mr. Clean, the kitchen is the perfect place of attack. Slap an apron on them and have them wash potatoes, hand-crush the San Marzano tomatoes, or knead the dough. Put some music on and make it a good time! This’ll help trick them into thinking chores are “fun,” all the while cutting down on your own.
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I live in a house with three girls—my wife and two daughters. And a female poodle! The whole casa is filled with dolls, shoes, lipsticks and fashion items. The only manly touches here are my biking gear and my kitchen knives (and those, too, are lipstick/nail-polish red).
When my daughters ask me to play with them, I have to dress up dolls, wear butterfly wings, and very often pretend that I am passionate about Camp Rock and the Jonas Brothers. Thank God I have been spared the whole Justin Bieber thing up until now—I hope it lasts.
When the tables are turned, and my kids want to enter my playground, they join me in the kitchen.
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