Cooking Rocks Challenge: Can Rachael Ray's kid's cookbook end my son's picky eating habits?

Filed under: Nutrition: Health, Development/Milestones: Babies

My four-year-old son, Nolan, will shuck oysters at the San Francisco Farmer's Market and announce that the slimy treat is delicious. Put a plate of spaghetti and meatballs in front of him and "EWWWW Mama, I don't like it." But Nolan loves to cook. So I thought to myself - if he helps cook the meals, will he be more inclined to eat his creations? Could it put an end to the picky eaters club?

I've always been a big fan of Food Network personality Rachael Ray, so I picked up her children's cookbook, Cooking Rocks! Rachel Ray 30-Minute Meals For Kids. It's colorful, has fun drawings and cartoons, and recipes that are simple and sound like something a four-year-old might consider eating. Nolan saw the book, immediately asked me to read it to him and started picking out what he wanted to cook.

And so was born the Cooking Rocks Challenge. Starting this weekend, Nolan and I are going to cook every single recipe in Rachael Ray's kid's cookbook. We'll cover two to three recipes per week and every Friday I'll break down the results of our experiment - from how involved a child could be in the prep process to tips from our mini test kitchen. I'll be timing our work to see if we'll really have something edible in only 30 minutes. And of course, there's the ever important taste test. First up on the list? Lunch Box Turkey Sushi, Candy Sushi and Basil, Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Casserole.

Will Cooking Rocks end Nolan's reign as King Picky Eater? Stay tuned and check back next Friday for the results of round one.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.