Food preparation doesn't have to be an adults-only activity. Parents often try to get the kids involved in making the meals as well.
This isn't just a good way to get kids interested in food preparation. Regular family dinners are good for kids. Researchers have found that children who eat dinner with the family five nights a week or more are less likely to engage in risky behaviors and are more likely to do better in school.
Look for family-friendly recipes that kids can help make. It can also be a good idea to take the kids grocery shopping to get them more involved in the process. They may be more likely to try new foods if they've had some input into selecting them.
For parents who don't have the time to create meals at home, there are to-go options that still involve home-cooked meals. Meal-assembly stores do more than allow people to prepare food faster than they could at home. Some facilities offer activities to keep children occupied while their parents prepare the food. Others have days specifically for parents and their children to work together to create quick meals to go.
SupperWorks, a meal-preparation store, has two locations in Toronto. Check the listings to find out which days offer family-friendly sessions by checking the website, calling (905) 599-4392 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.