Have you been trying to teach your kids how to cook?
Have you looked at cookbooks for kids… but gotten frustrated because they’re full of sweet treats and pre-packaged ingredients?
Are you looking for a way to start bringing the kids into the kitchen without driving yourself insane, or making cooking another boring task on the chore wheel?
My name is Wardee Harmon. I am the lead teacher for Traditional Cooking School - an online cooking school I created to honor my grandmother’s cooking traditions and preserve them so that future generations can enjoy the health benefits, flavors and fun of traditionally prepared foods.
And I’m the author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods.
But I wasn’t always a pro in the kitchen. I remember when my kids were little. I had one in my arms, one under my feet, and one standing on a kitchen chair next to me.
Just trying to get a warm meal on the table was mayhem. I used to daydream about the day when they would be old enough to cook dinner for me… or even just help a little by peeling carrots and stirring the soup.
And then that day came. The kids were older, happier, helpful, good fun… and they could cook! What changed?
Well, time went by of course. Kids have this funny way of growing taller. (I’m not going to lie, time solves a lot of problems.)
But the other thing that happened is something I DIDN’T do: I didn’t kick my kids out of the kitchen. The other moms told their kids to “go play while mommy makes dinner” or yelled, “get out of my way!”
But I did something radically different: I thought about the different skills you need to run a kitchen, organized them by age and ability, and then started teaching the kids to cook. It was slow going at first. And there were a lot of messes.
But eventually, I settled on a system that worked for my whole family. The littlest one could push the buttons on the blender. The middle one could chop, sort, and stir. And the oldest could debone a chicken better than a world-class chef.
I found myself wondering, “Could this system work for other families?”
So, I contacted my friend Jami Delgado at Eat Nourishing. And we got to work.
We polished the techniques, organized the tools, developed recipes, made videos, and took darling pictures of our kids making pancakes in the kitchen. It was a blast!
One of the myths of “mommy-ing” is that the best moms are just born that way. They can cook, clean, read bedtime stories, and teach character lessons… all at the same time.
But the truth is, running a home is a learn-on-the-job crash course in teamwork, creativity and generosity. And that plays itself out every day in the kitchen.
My kitchen struggles came down to 2 things:
*I wasn’t a very good cook.
*I wanted the kids to help cook, but I didn’t know how to teach them.
The result? Big-time frustration, temper tantrums, and unhealthy food that didn’t taste good.
I would have loved to shorten the struggle and learning curve of those early years. I can’t go back in time, but I can give you the next best thing…
The Real Food Kids eCookbook is a 140-page, 19-lesson eCookbook, adventure guide and on-the-job cooking training for kids of all ages.
It’s special because it gives you the freedom, flexibility and support you need to build your own cooking skills, while you teach age-appropriate skills to the kids.
Imagine being able to trust your 6-year-old to peel the carrots so that you can turn your full attention to roasting the chicken.
Would that make your life better?
You might think, “What’s the big deal? I can quickly peel the carrots myself.” And you’re right.
But what if you’ve got 15 minutes to throw something together for dinner. What do you do?
Choice A is to shoo the kids out of the kitchen, peel the carrots yourself, and skip the chicken altogether.
Choice B is to feel irritated that the kids are making too much noise in the living room, cook the chicken, skip the carrots, and tell yourself you’ll serve a vegetarian meal tomorrow.
And choice C is to give your veggie peeler to your son, decide that crazy, half-scraped carrots are just fine, roast that chicken in a hot oven, and smile to yourself because… come on!… how cute is your little one right now.
It’s adorable how kids love to help in the kitchen!
You can quickly and easily teach your kids to cook real foods using my simple Real Food Kids System.
Your kids will learn simple, age-appropriate cooking skills that build on one another and grow with them.
Before you know it, your kitchen will be full of kids cooking together to make tasty, real food meals that bless the whole family with good health, fun flavors, and cooking skills that last a lifetime.
I designed Real Food Kids to be fun and intuitive. Each lesson builds on the other. And there’s a logical flow to the skills as the kids get older. If you have multiple kids, the lessons are organized specifically so the kids don’t get in each other’s way during cooking time.
There’s no bickering over who gets to hold the vegetable peeler, arguing over who gets to scoop the flour, and none of that annoying pretending to “help” while the kids make a giant mess in your kitchen. You proceed at your own pace, make just the recipes that interest you the most, and build your confidence as you go.
Inside you will learn…
- How to build life-long healthy cooking and eating habits that will last your child’s entire life. I’ll show you my family’s philosophy for cooking together and show you how to make a frame-worthy Kitchen Philosophy of your own. - Page 11
- How to create kitchen routines that work for your family. Don’t worry, this isn’t about adding more tasks to your already packed schedule. Simple is better. - Page 16
- Run your kitchen like the pros — Swing Cooks (ages 3-6), Line Cooks (ages 7-11), Sous Chefs (ages 12-15), and Head Chefs (ages 16-18). This simple system ends frustration and helps kids learn cooking skills fast. - Page 18
- Fun ways to divide up kitchen jobs… because sometimes everyone wants to peel carrots and no one wants to set the table. Here’s how to stop bickering in its tracks. - Page 20
- How to teach cooking skills — This four-step process guarantees that kids master each skill the first time. The steps are: explain & demonstrate, recount, apply, and practice. I’ve included a cute video of me teaching my tiny daughter so you’ll see exactly how it works. - Page 22
- What tools are most helpful for kids in the kitchen and which ones are a waste of time. - Page 42
- How to make a “photo recipe” so non-readers can cook right along with the big kids. - Page 57
- How to soak beans — I give you two methods, and show you how to scale down the recipe for little hands. - Page 59
- How to teach kids manners, etiquette and table setting — I show you what to do and give you 2 games to reinforce the lesson with your kids. - Page 62
- How to teach your child to read a recipe — I include a recipe for Spicy Slow Cooker Applesauce… and then give you the exact words you say that help your child unlock the secrets of recipe jargon. - Page 69
- Develop gourmet cooking techniques like how to make Vegetables Steamed in Parchment Paper — keeps teens excited and having fun in the kitchen. - Page 86
- How to make mouth-watering “center of the plate” dishes — chicken, beef, burgers, short ribs. - Page 106
- When to let kids cook “on their own” — In a short time, your kids will be able to confidently do all the skills in each of these recipes. The look of satisfaction on their faces is priceless. - Page 108
- How to make Bento Box Lunches — helps kids try new foods and expand their palette. - Page 114
- And so much more…
The Real Food Kids eCookbook will give you the confidence you need to get your kids cooking together to make tasty, real food meals that bless the whole family with good health, fun flavors, and cooking skills that last a lifetime...
If you’ve always wanted to teach your kids to cook read food using traditional methods, but were never quite sure how… I will guide you through the entire process.
Here are some of the recipes that you’ll learn:
- Apple Faces, Cucumber Bites with Herbed Cheese, and Slow-Cooked Custard — Charming beginner recipes for 3-6 year olds. Fun to make and fun to eat,
- Bubbly Good-Guys Lemonade — Your 7-11 year old can make her own fermented drinks. Give her this simple recipe and a couple small jars. She’ll love it,
- Easiest Nut Butter Cookies — Do you have a future baker in your home? Only 4 ingredients. Perfect for the toaster oven… keeps the house cool on a hot day,
- No-Knead Kefir Bread — This bread is magic. Low salt. No kneading. Yeast free. And most of the rising happens right in the oven,
- Mikah’s Lentil Sprout Salad — Let the kids see lentils sprout before their eyes, toss in their favorite veggies, crumbled cheese, black olives, and serve!,
- Slow Cooker Chicken Bone Broth — A classic makes a huge comeback. This healthy set-it-and-forget-it version is perfect for your 12-15 year old,
- Grass-Fed Burgers — Grill Master training for older teens! Juicy, tender burgers every time,
- Homemade Pepperoni and Salami — Salt-cured, nitrate and nitrite free. A fun way for teens to spice up their favorite homemade pizza,
- Moroccan Spiced Ground Beef Stir-Fry, or Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry — Kick back and relax… the kids are making dinner on their own tonight!,
- Cheesy, Chewy, Crunchy Popovers — So cute! This elegant Brazilian pastry gets an update for your modern healthy kitchen,
- Berry Chia Mousse, Probiotic Panna Cotta, and Pumpkin Coconut Fudge — sweet treats for kids of all ages,
- Plus, Best Crackers Ever, Easy Pie Crust, Baked Cinnamon Vanilla Oatmeal, and more...
And expert tips like:
- Myth busted! Why letting kids “help” in the kitchen is the fastest way to messes, tears, and unhappy dinners (and what to do instead). This one tip will save your sanity in the kitchen. - Page 24
- 17 ways to make cooking together “light, interesting, and enjoyable” (and completely eliminate frustration, bickering and crankiness). - Page 28
- How to teach “hot” and “dangerous” to babies and toddlers. Keep them safe and calm in the kitchen. - Page 32
- 10 essentials safety rules for active kids in the kitchen (and how to get the kids to WANT to obey the rules). The Kids in the Kitchen Contract is on page 35.
- Do your kids know how to recognize real foods? I’ll give you 10 simple questions kids can ask themselves before eating their next meal. (Help them make good choices, even when you’re not eating together.) - Page 37
- 17 essential gadgets to help kids in the kitchen… and 7 gadgets to avoid at all costs (sometimes “kid-size” tools are the worst offenders) - Page 43
- Getting organized… there is a method to the madness. Even the tiniest kitchen runs smoother when you use these 7 simple strategies. - Page 49
- 9 useful tasks your toddler can do to get dinner on the table faster (without getting under foot or making a giant mess). - Page 53
- Is 3-6 years old too young to cook? No way! I’ll show you how to teach your pre-schooler how to measure, sort and stir their own yummy creations. Simple and fun. - Page 58
- How to make homemade vegetable spray. (Especially useful if you need to use up non-organic produce.) - Page 59
- How to “see” a fraction — This simple trick will make your 7-11 year old a master of kitchen math. He’ll be able to read a recipe and even make simple adjustments to make a bigger or smaller batch of cookies. - Page 68
- How to boil water — Not kidding. There are 7 different ways to boil water. Have you ever accidentally served mushy broccoli? I’ll show you how to solve that problem. - Page 82
- Once your child turns 12, he can fly in the kitchen! She’ll learn how to: make yeasted bread, boil water, start sprouts, sauté and stir fry, blanch steam and poach, roast veggies, make tasty chopped salads, make bone broth, build soups and stews, and make weekly menu plans. It’s all here. - Page 91
- What’s the “coolest” job in the kitchen? Head Chef, of course! Your teen will love learning: advanced knife skills and how to… butterfly and roast a chicken, cut a chicken into pieces, barbecue juicy grass-fed burgers, braise short ribs, brine and roast a chicken, steam salmon, make one-dish skillet meals, make homemade fresh cured meats… and how to plan menus on a budget. - Page 96
- Is your child ready to cook “on their own”? I’ll show you how and when to turn the kids loose in the kitchen. Lessons 14-18 are full of healthy, easy, kid-friendly breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts and snacks. - Page 130
- How to make your own non-GMO spray starch (and 4 ways to keep your napkins stain-free). - Page 137
- How to fold napkin origami (Delight your family with a beautiful dinner table on the busiest days.) - Page 137
- And much more…
For a limited time, I have created a special offer just for you, if you are ready to get your kids cooking together to make tasty, real food meals that bless the whole family with good health, fun flavors, and cooking skills that last a lifetime, then you’re in the right place.
Inside Real Food Kids, you will find:
- Real Food Kids eCookbook, the 140-page, 19-lesson eBook in printable pdf format,
- All 5 Kids in the Kitchen Class Videos (Retail value $37) and
- Smoothies eBooklet, the 12-page mini-cookbook full of delicious smoothies straight from my kitchen to yours — reward yourself without compromising your healthy lifestyle. (Retail value $7).
A retail value of $64, all for today’s low price of $20.
Teaching traditional cooking can be tricky, especially if you’re not a seasoned pro with these timeless techniques. To help you quickly become a confident cooking teacher (and improve you’re own cooking skills, if you like), I’ve made you 5 free quick-start videos.
Here’s how to get them:
When you order the Real Food Kids eCookbook, you will be immediately ushered into a series of 5 Kids in the Kitchen Videos that reveal all my traditional cooking secrets for kids. Each video shows you 2 things: (1) what to do… perfect if your child is ready to teach themselves; and (2) how to teach the lesson… perfect if your child is younger and needs more help from you.
You will learn:
Video 1: The Delgado Family Makes Breakfast (Does having all the kids in the kitchen, happily working together, seem like an impossible dream? I’ll show you how the madness becomes magic in Jami’s kitchen. It’s fun to watch. You’ll like it.)
Video 2: Basic Teaching Strategy (This will clear up any questions about teaching cooking skills to your children. Yes, it really is this simple.)
Video 3: Recognizing Real Food (What it is, where to get it, and why it is so important that kids know their food. Jami breaks the questions down into beginner, intermediate, and advanced, so the kids can learn a couple quick things to look out for and you can feel confident that they’re making good choices.)
Video 4: Refried Rice (Watch me and my son make refried rice the “Real Food Kids” way. Learn how soak your rice, prepare the veggies, how to choose the add-ins for the best flavor, and what to do when things start getting a little crazy… I’ll show you exactly how to work with the kids to cook a delicious meal that builds their confidence and brings you closer together.)
Video 5: Bento Box Picnic (Lunches are Jami's down time. So the kids are “on their own” to make something, fun, filling and healthy. She shows you exactly how she helps the kids become more adventurous eaters, without nagging, fussing, or wasting food.)
The retail value for this free gift collection is $37, but the courage and confidence these videos will give you is absolutely priceless.
Do your kids like to make smoothies? My daughter loves to run the blender. There’s just something so satisfying about dumping fruit, ice and yogurt into a blender, and hitting the big green button. What will happen? Will the concoction be chunky or smooth? Will it taste good
(Okay, so the truth is, my daughter wastes a lot of perfectly good food experimenting with the blender because some combinations are just yucky.)
What about you? Are you always making the same old smoothie? Would you like some new ideas and inspiration? Do you want to add some "culture" to your smoothies with the nutritional powerhouses of yogurt or kefir?
As a special treat for you, I have created the Smoothies eBooklet. It is a 12-page recipe guide full of delicious smoothies straight from my kitchen to yours — reward yourself without compromising your healthy lifestyle. (And just for fun, I tucked my easy “set it and forget it” recipes for making your own homemade yogurt and kefir into the back pages.)
Free with your purchase of the Real Food Kids eCookbook. (Retail value $7)
Here’s a sneak peak at the recipes:
- Better Than Orange Julius
- Chocolate Banana Shake
- Chocolate Kefir Smoothie
- Grapefruit Smoothie
- Orange Creamsicle Kefir Smoothie
- Plum-Chocolate Smoothie
- Sour Citrus Freeze Milkshake
- Spiced Banana-Pumpkin Kefir Smoothie
- Strawberry Kefir Smoothie
- Summer Berry Kefir Smoothie