Cooking with Kids: Summer Saute

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In my last gratitude post, I mentioned that my son is gaining an interest in cooking. It all started when he checked out Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie from the library and saw that the book contained a recipe for an apple pie at the end of the book. He thought it would be a good idea for us to make an apple pie for Thanksgiving this year (note: my son is a super planner, he loves planning for events months in advance). Since he was thinking about Thanksgiving pies he naturally started thinking about what other foods we could add to our Thanksgiving menu. Which, led him to start searching for more recipes to give him some ideas for our Thanksgiving menu. And this all kind of snowballed into him finding all sorts of recipes that he was interested in making.

So, we have an agreement that he can choose one or two new recipes each week for us to cook together. One of his favorite places to find kid-friendly recipes is on the PBS Kids website. Especially on the Fizzy’s Lunch Lab recipe page. This is a great place for kids to find easy to understand recipes.  Because in addition to the written recipe instructions, kids can also watch a cartoon that walks them through the recipe.  One of our first recipes that we made together was a Summer Saute recipe that he found on Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. Which my son made me promise I would blog about and pin to Pinterest 🙂
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As the mom of a picky eater, I was super excited that he chose a recipe with veggies (summer squash, beefsteak tomatoes, and corn) and herbs (basil and red onions) as our first recipe to cook together. I was really proud of him for chopping the squash, tomatoes, onions, and basil using on of his kid knives. There are no pictures of this because my son was very adamant that the blog post only include pictures of the finished recipe. We removed the corn from the cob together. Then I handled actually cooking the veggies on the stove after everything had been prepped.


The Summer Saute turned out delish. We ate it with some brown rice for a light meat-free dinner. My son who is an extremely picky eater nibble on it and actually liked the basil a lot. Because my son is extremely picky cooking new foods together is a great way to get him to explore new foods. Even though, I know he will only nibble on it most of the new recipes that we cook. It’s still a step in the right direction of getting him to actually expand his food choices.



You can find the recipe for the Summer Saute by clicking here.

Are your kids interested in cooking?



  • Reply Tamara July 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    YUM. I love this. Scarlet does like to bake, but we haven’t started much cooking yet. I think we should start meatless, though.
    I love Amelia Bedilia and that your son is a planner.
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    • Reply Sonya July 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Meatless is a lot easier when it comes to kids. My kids like to crack the eggs when we cook and I’m always nervous they won’t wash their hands good enough after handling eggs. So I’m not ready for cooking with meat either 🙂

  • Reply LaKita July 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    This look so delicious! It is great that your son has taken an interest in cooking and its never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving 😉

    • Reply Sonya July 25, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      I’m happy to that he is interested in cooking. Ultimately I hope that cooking really helps him to eat more foods.

  • Reply Mrs. AOK July 27, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Your son is a rockstar!!! I hope he keeps his passion for cooking, and HEALTHY COOKING at that. 🙂 Kudos to you, mama!

    • Reply Sonya August 1, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Me too, I hope that he keeps up the healthy part especially.

  • Reply Nerline July 31, 2016 at 6:09 am

    It’s a blessing that he is interested in cooking so early. The dish does look delicious. Staying away from meat once in a while is a good treat.
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    • Reply Sonya August 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      It is great that he wants to cook at an early age 🙂 Especially since he is a really picky eater. I’m hoping that he finds more foods that he likes to eat.

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