Now that summer is here, we’re doing more cooking on the grill which is a great way to include the kids in the planning, prep, and cooking. Not only does everything seem to taste just a little bit better when cooked on the grill, but by getting the kids more involved, my hope is that they will fall in love with grilling and eating healthy all at once.
Here are 5 tricks I use to help get my kids to love the grill:
1) I let them chose the meats.
- By letting them help choose what we eat, I get a chance to educate them on the benefits of grass-fed, organic, and lean proteins. It also ensures we are serving something they will want to eat.
2) I let them choose the marinades we use.
- Whatever they choose, I have them make the marinade themselves. This way they’ve own an entire part of the meal on their own, and they’re extra excited to eat and share with the entire family.
3) We grill all different types of veggies.
- As I said, everything tastes a bit better on the grill. Give them a new take on an old favorite that they’ll always want to eat. Much of the time all we do is simply cut the vegetables into bite-size pieces, season with salt, pepper and olive oil, wrap in aluminum foil and throw on the grill.
4) We have burger making contests.
- This one helps them embrace their culinary instincts, builds excitement and builds their confidence. Everyone gets to make their own creation and then we all try everything. Remember, burgers don’t always have to be beef--ground chicken, turkey, bison, and lamb are all great substitutes.
5) I ask them to check if the food is ready.
- This is another great teachable moment. We talk about the different levels of “doneness” and how to check. Since we often cook with a meat thermometer, this is a pretty straightforward exercise but it is still building a valuable skill and understanding that they can use as they start to cook on their own.