Like any other parents, we are always watching what our little ones eats. We obsess over how much sugar is too much, is she drinking too much milk, has she had enough vegetables, or if holding out on certain foods will make her go crazy when she can get them on her own?!?!? This all goes out the window, of course, when the grandparents are around 🙂 . We all want the best for our kids and try to make healthy decisions that work for our families. I know this blog is supposed to be all about arts and crafts with educational connections for kids and not foods, but I’m a mother first and foremost. Which means that paint, markers, and glue aren’t the only things I think about. I feel that cooking with your children can provide them with the same opportunities to be hands on, get creative, and explore. Cooking is just another form of art and it can incorporate tons of different concepts. Children who are involved in the kitchen are improving their math skills, gaining an understanding of the importance of following directions, learning real life skills, and so much more.
When Lyanna was about 6 months old, I started making all of her baby food. Cleaning, chopping, pureeing, freezing, and so on. I loved every second of it! I loved trying new foods with her, the whole cooking process, and most importantly, knowing EXACTLY what was in the foods she was eating. If you are considering making your baby’s food, I would highly recommend it. It’s more cost effective than store bought baby food and it’s very simple to do. You don’t need any special accessories. If you have a blender and a few ice trays, you’re all set ! Through Pinterest and other blogs, I found a million foods ideas and suggestions. You can do it!
LC is older now and I’m not have to puree all of her foods, but we still make quite a bit from scratch. One of her favorites is muffins. Blueberry muffins, strawberry muffins, apple cinnamon muffins, and her favorite, zucchini muffins. She loves muffins! Now that she’s on this independence kick lately, she loves helping me in the kitchen. We turn the oven light on for her, and she’ll sit and watch. Just waiting for her food to be ready! Since the new school year is quickly approaching, we’ve been stocking up on our homemade food items and preparing for the busy schedules again. When you’ve have a crazy day and you don’t want to cook, having healthy, homemade meals waiting in the freezer for you is the best feeling! This week, we made a batch of our zucchini muffins together and we thought we’d share our recipe with you! These usually don’t last too long in our house and if you make them yourself, you’ll see why :).
Peeler ( optional )
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of baking powder
2 tsp of cinnamon
2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of salt
3 cups of flour
Step 1: Preheat your over to 350* and add your liners to your cupcake tin. Add 3 eggs, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of oil to a mixing bowl. Mix until fully blended together ( See picture below ).
Step 2: Add 2 tsp of cinnamon, 2 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp of baking soda, and 1 tsp of salt to your bowl. Mix well.
Step 3: Add 3 cups of flour to this mix and stir well.
Step 4: After adding in your flour, you will get a tough dough. Step 4 is just a reminder to not add anything! You want a batter, so you’ll be tempted to add more oil, but don’t! The next step will take care of that 🙂
Step 5: Cut off the stub from your zucchini and peel. Peeling is really optional. Some people like to leave the skin on, but for our muffins, we peel them.
Step 6: Grate your zucchini right into your bowl. Mix well. The water from your zucchini will now make your thick dough into a batter.
Step 7: Portion your batter into your liners and pop them in the oven for 25 minutes. We sprinkle a bit of sugar on top of our muffins before putting them in to bake. You should try it !
Step 8: Let your muffins cool for about 15 – 20 minutes. Now you have delicious homemade zucchini muffins!
These muffins are fairly simple to put together and if you’re cooking with your kids, they can help with almost every step! Being in the kitchen with your children is a great way to get some family time in during the week when your schedules are a bit more hectic. LC loves helping in the kitchen now, especially when it has to do with her food. She eats these zucchini muffins all the time and would eat them for every meal if we let her. It usually doesn’t take us too long to get through our batch of muffins! We hope that you have enjoyed our post and that you will make these delicious and healthy muffins with your family. Enjoy !