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Cooking from the Kids' Share, Week 4: Instagram-Worthy

The forth week of the Kids’ Share was filled with an abundance of colorful Fall fruits and vegetables from Siena Farms! This is our third week cooking with the Kids’ Share, a weekly farm share from Siena Farms in collaboration with ChopChop that brings kids their very own fresh produce, recipes, and other surprises.

This week’s share contained: Yukon gold potatoes, Swiss chard, colorful bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, onion, scallions, oregano, apples, and the Fall issue of ChopChop Magazine! Our favorite thing from this week's share? “The apples were absolutely delicious.  They were super

Siena Farms Kids' Share: Week 2

This week, we received our second Siena Farms Kids’ Share and made some great corn-y recipes!  ChopChop and Siena Farms have partnered to bring families a weekly farm share for kids that includes about half a dozen vegetables, recipes, activities, and other surprises.

The share for this week included: corn (7 ears of it!), cornmeal, orange pepper, steak tomato, jalapeño, shallots, garlic, cilantro, and mint.  We also received a set of measuring cups along with the vegetables. “The three dishes I created from this farm share were all centered around one ingredient: corn! It was fun to see how

What we're cooking: Siena Farms & ChopChop Kids' Share

ChopChop Kids and Siena Farms have partnered for a second season to bring families a great (and fresh) edition to their kitchen—the Siena Farms Kids’ Share.  Kids no longer have to share their vegetables with their very own Kids’ Share. The weekly farm share includes about half a dozen vegetables, recipes, activities, and other surprises—like the measuring spoons that came in this week’s box! To learn more about the Kids’ Share, click here

Each week, we’ll be blogging about our cooking adventures using the bounty in each week’s kids’ share. This week, Abby Reich from our ChopChop team took

ChopChop Cooking Club Kitchen Skill: Grating Cheese

 

This month’s ChopChop Cooking Club Challenge is a quesadilla. There are few things we love putting into our quesadilla more than cheese. We love cheeses like Cabot cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack, but you can really put in whatever kind of cheese is best for you.  (We know a ChopChop reader who likes to put shredded mozzarella cheese and basil in her quesadilla!)

Of course, you can’t just put a block of cheese in between two tortillas; there’s a very important step that has to happen first: grating! 

 Graters are one of our favorite kitchen tools. You can grate vegetables (for recipes

10 Rules for Picky-Free Parenting

These are our suggested 10 "rules" of picky-free parenting: 

  1. As parents, we will be good role models. We will only ask the kids to eat foods that we are willing to eat ourselves.

  2. As parents, we will decide what foods are offered, when, and where. As kids, we will decide of the food that is offered, what we will eat and how much.

  3. We will value the process of learning to be more adventurous eaters. We will be willing to try new foods, even if it is just a tiny bite.

  4. We do not have to clean our plates. We will listen to our bodies and let hunger be our guide.

  5. We will not

Why Cooking Together is More Important Than Ever

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. We are all familiar with the alarming statistics (1 in 3 children in the United States is are overweight or obese) and the health risks associated with obesity. Here at ChopChop, we believe that cooking and eating together as a family is vital to every family’s health and happiness. By teaching kids to cook real food, we set them up for a lifetime of wellness. Here are a few ideas to help you and your family establish healthy habits to last a lifetime:

Make small changes

  • Keep fresh fruit and vegetables within reach for easy snacking

WHAT WE’RE USING: PackIt Lunch Bags

 

With school just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about lunch! Reusable lunch bags have become a staple in the cafeteria, not only because they are cost-effective, but also there is no waste!  One lunch bag we love is the PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag.  Its cooling technology is built into the walls of the bag so you’ll never waste money on ice packs again, and it keeps items cool for up to 10 hours!

Here are some other ideas to make Back-to-School lunches a bit easier:

  • Pre-pack cold lunches for the week and store them in a separate section of your refrigerator, which will make