Guest Blog: In the Family Kitchen—Blogs from The Kids Cook Monday Initiative

The Kids Cook Monday (KCM) loves that as ChopChop Family aims to inspire families to cook and real food together, families also learn about their culinary roots in the process. Introducing children to foods from their parents’ culture leads to an appreciation of their culinary heritage. Below KCM shares the story about how two American-born, pizza-loving brothers with Indian parents are beginning to embrace their culinary heritage by cooking as a family. Despite their hectic schedules, Anita Raja, a professor, and Cephas Swamidoss, an anesthesiologist, make sure they set aside time to cook with their sons: Luke, who is eight years old and Andrew, who is five. Over weekends and holidays, you can often find the family shopping for ingredients to cook Southern Indian dishes, many of which are inspired by foods Anita and Cephas ate while growing up.

Saint Patrick’s Day Potatoes

Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year?  These potatoes may not really be Irish, but we think they still count as part of the celebration.  Plus, it’s so easy to make that every member of the family can help. One of the favorite jobs for kids is poking the holes in the potatoes before baking (and it’s a really important job, too!).  You can also put out some toppings for your family to add to their potatoes-like a baked potato bar.  We like to add green onions and a little bit of Greek yogurt.

Twice Baked Potatoes 

Potatoes are the world’s fourth-largest food crop, after rice, wheat