Cooking as a family can be a wonderful experience! But if you’re new to cooking, it’s natural to feel a bit overwhelmed and not know where to start… especially when you’re pregnant or have just had a baby!
What are the advantages of cooking your own meals? Home cooking reduces the cost of each meal and makes it easier to put more nutritious foods on your plate if you follow the eating well principles.
What exactly does home cooking involve?
- Preparing meals and snacks made with fresh, frozen or canned ingredients (it’s best to avoid ready-to-eat and processed foods).
- Reducing costs and making the most of available foods by planning meals based on grocery store sales and promotions, leftovers and unused ingredients.
- Getting children involved in cooking and encouraging them at a very young age to explore handling and preparing foods.
Why get children involved in cooking at a very young age and teach them the basics?
Because learning to cook is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child! By getting them involved in cooking early on, you increase the chance that they will develop an interest in food preparation and you help them develop their cooking skills. And of course, when they participate in the cooking, they are more likely to want to taste the results!