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Family Cooking

It can be difficult for families to find the time and money to cook healthy meals.

Small steps can be made to change cooking habits to make sure your family is getting healthy, balanced meals.

Children need to have well-balanced meals to ensure they develop and grow. These should include a variety of food sources. 

Children enjoy cooking and it’s a great way to introduce them to new foods and learn a valuable skill. They may be more open to trying new foods too. Older children can be involved by giving them some responsibility either in the preparation or cooking of the meals.

Things You Can Do To Help


• Explore information available online for recipes:- *CLICK HERE*
• Check kitchen cupboards for ingredients you already have and can use
• Think about meals that older children and teenagers can prepare and cook
• Get kids involved in food shopping and preparing meals or school packed lunches as a way of getting them to try new things. Cooking is an essential skill to learn as they become adults. Flick though recipe books or online to select new ideas
• Role model good eating habits with plenty of vegetables and fruit, whole grains and quality proteins such as lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts and beans
• Try to make your family’s plate as colourful as possible with fresh foods that look appealing
• Try not to stock up on too many unhealthy foods - multipacks can be a false economy
• The occasional treat is fine. Just make sure you have a balanced diet for the rest of the day!

Heading to the supermarket or shopping online

• Check cupboards for ingredients, you may already have them!
• Write a list
• Have a budget
• Think about using frozen vegetables and fruit.

You need only a few utensils to cook: a saucepan with a lid, a sharp knife, a wooden spoon, and a mixing bowl.

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