Kitchen Education with Turkey Treats
, December 1, 2001 -
CONTACT: Sherrie Rosenblatt
Director of Public Relations
If you had the opportunity to teach your child language skills, science, nutrition, math, art, social studies, safety and courtesy in a fun, easy way that would increase their confidence and independence, would you take advantage of it? That opportunity has arrived in the form of easy, nutritious turkey recipes!
Cooking with your children is a rewarding experience that opens the doors to many educational lessons. Plus, it is so much fun, they learn without realizing it. Here is how cooking crosses the curriculum to teach a little bit of everything:
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Planning a nutritious meal that tastes great and provides necessary nutrients is an important lesson in nutrition. Teaching children how to make smart food choices now will prepare them to make healthy choices in the future. Turkey is a tasty, low-fat source of protein that children will love.
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According to Kathy Acocella, spokesperson for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, "Children are being left on their own more frequently now than ever before. Teaching them how to cook not only helps them prepare to take care of themselves, but offers them an opportunity to build their sense of independence while providing a valuable service to working parents."
Teaching children how to cook is also a great way to spend time with them. When you prepare a meal with your child, you have a chance to talk in a relaxed setting. Cooking also gives them an immediate sense of accomplishment that will boost their confidence and help them work toward developing more independence.
Before the first cooking lesson, teach children basic food safety practices, such as:
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Finally, review these "5 Easy Steps to Cooking Success."
1. Read the recipe all the way through before starting to make sure you understand all the steps.
2. Take out all ingredients before beginning. Do you have everything you need?
3. Do all chopping, shredding and other food preparation before starting the recipe.
4. Follow the recipe and directions exactly!
5. Clean up thoroughly when you are finished. Put all food away in proper storage containers and make sure all dishes are clean.
Also remind children not only to always get adult permission, but also that cooking takes a lot of attention and should not be combined with watching television, playing video games or talking on the phone.
Pizza Turkey Triangles, Easy Cheesy Enchiladas and Honey Nut Turkey Ham Roll-ups are delicious recipes that capitalize on turkey's versatility and nutrition and are easy enough to use for children's cooking lessons. Younger children can help prepare these recipes with parents or older siblings. Older children can use these recipes to help make dinner for the family on a busy night. Either way, cooking with turkey is a great way to get children started in the kitchen and on their way to making smart food choices.
The National Turkey Federation is the advocate for all segments of the U.S. turkey industry. It's award winning web site www.eatturkey.com offers successful on-line professional chef cooking demonstrations and a searchable database of more than 300 recipes that exhibit turkey's versatility as a profit-building item, which enhances menus in all meal occasions during every season of the year. Operators can also go to www.eatturkey.com to sign up for the RecipE-mail program to register and receive unique recipe ideas that add flair to holiday and special occasion menus year-round.