Cooking Crafts with Kids

The best way to get your kiddos to eat their vegetables is by having them be part of the shopping and prepping process. When my kids were growing up, the more they helped out and were an active part of the meal prep process, the more interest they had in trying new foods and eating the healthy meals they created themselves! Keep reading for a few kid-friendly veggie "cooking crafts" you can make together to get your little sous chefs excited about nutritious veggies and meal-prepping in the kitchen!

Best Cauliflower Tots - How To Make Cauliflower Tots

Try subbing potatoes with cauliflower the next time you make this favorite side dish from Delish! These cheesy cauliflower tots are crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. A good place to start getting your kids involved in the cooking process is at the grocery store. Let them help search for the ingredients, such as picking out their favorite head of Ocean Mist Farms cauliflower from the produce section. Where can your children help with this "cooking craft"? Have them help you press the "pulse" button to process the cauliflower in the food processor, mix the ingredients in the bowl, and form the mixture into little tots. Pair it with a dipping sauce that your little one already loves, and you’ll have a match made in veggie "cooking craft" heaven! 

Rainbow Veggie Pizza + How to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veg

We know that kids love the fun colors of the rainbow! Try this homemade Rainbow Veggie Pizza from The Gingered Whisk the next time your kids are begging for a pizza night. This homemade pizza can be made easy with store-bought pizza dough, jarred marinara sauce, and your favorite Ocean Mist Farms produce like Sweet Baby Broccoli and Spinach. Consider investing in a kid-friendly knife set and allow your kiddos to help cut up all of the vegetables into little pieces. Let them be creative in how they arrange the colorful veggies onto their own pizza by layering the colors of the rainbow or making silly faces and shapes. This particular recipe may not call for you to sprinkle a layer of cheese, but I wouldn’t tell anyone if you did! 😁

Castroville Dark Chocolate Cake Pops

Our very own Castroville Dark Chocolate Cake Pops are chocolate-coated gems of tender pistachio cake. To deepen its unique green color, these cake pops combine mashed Season & Steam artichokes and pistachio pudding mix. This recipe is a fantastic example of the versatility of vegetables and how they can improve the texture and moisture of delicious baked goods. Not to mention their subtle addition of added fiber and nutrients. The next time your kids are in the mood to bake something sweet, grab your little Sous Chefs and wow them by incorporating this secret ingredient of artichokes into these delectable cake pops! 

What are your favorite ways to get your kids to eat their vegetables? Have any favorite "cooking crafts" to get them involved with in the kitchen? Share with us on social media!

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Diana McClean
Growing up on California's central coast, I enjoyed delicious artichokes around the family dinner table and always on Christmas Eve! It is beyond perfection that I now market artichokes for a living and get to share the Ocean Mist Farms story and my love of all things fresh.
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