Wren Kitchens wholeheartedly believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home and I couldn’t agree more. When it comes to family life, your kitchen should be a place which makes you feel happy and healthy. Living in a world which is laced with tempting treats and sugary snacks, every parent will know that encouraging your child to adopt healthy eating habits can be a real chore.
Through a recent survey of 2,000 parents, Wren discovered that a lot of them are concerned, confused and a little embarrassed by their family’s eating habits. With these results in mind, they came up with a Little Kitchen hub that explores a number of different theories around ensuring little ones are getting all the goodness they need. This hub of inspiration includes a fab downloadable e-book where they have enlisted the help of real parents and bloggers to share their advice, tips and tricks which you can check out for yourself here.
I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and it is important to me that my children not only eat healthily but also help out with the cooking. I think it’s really important to get kids cooking from a young age it is such an invaluable life skill. So, taking inspiration from the Little Kitchen e-book, we turned our kitchen into a pizza palace for the night!
First of all we talked about what toppings we would like to put on our homemade pizzas then wrote out a shopping list of all the ingredients that we would need. Such a simple task but actually it made them really think about the food that we were planning to make. Then off we trotted to the supermarket with the list and they carefully ticked off everything we needed while being surprisingly picky about what went into the basket. They picked out the biggest fresh basil plant that they could find and only the brightest red pepper would do!
Homemade pizza is a huge favourite here and it is such a great way to get the kids helping out as there is lots to do. From weighing out the ingredients and kneading the dough to preparing the toppings etc. It’s a great hands on meal to prepare and mine couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
While the dough we prepared was resting, we got all of our toppings ready including a homemade tomato sauce. Then we set to work making a menu so the rest of the family could choose what they would like on their pizza. I always find that my children eat so much better when they are involved with the making and the choosing of the ingredients. I think we have a budding waitress on our hands here with this one she was very keen to make recommendations to everyone!
When we had taken everybody’s order, then came the fun bit of actually making the pizzas. None of them turned out to be quite round but I think it just added to the charm. They are getting to be quite the dab hand with a rolling pin these days but I don’t think we’re quite at the flinging pizza dough in the air stage just yet. Wonky will do just fine especially when they are so generous with the toppings!
Every pizza had a different topping just to make it even more fun. We had all sorts of combinations from classic cheese and tomato with fresh basil, salami with peppers and chilli and my favourite of all was prosciutto with mushrooms and spinach. We put together a lovely homemade salad too while we waited for the pizzas to cook and it was great fun serving everyone. The girls really went to town on the waiting of the table I could get used to sitting back and letting them get on with it!
We enjoyed every minute of creating our pizza palace and it was so nice to spend so much time together in the kitchen. Right from the planning to the preparing, cooking and of course the best bit – the eating! I have a feeling that this might become a regular occurrence!
The Little Kitchen hub is such an amazing free resource and I am sure that we will be back to use it time and again. It is packed full of healthy recipe ideas and all sorts of tips and tricks to help you to take back the kitchen and hopefully create healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.
Huge thank you to Wren Kitchens for asking us to get involved with this Little Kitchen Big Ideas campaign we had so much fun!
Disclaimer: We were very kindly provided with a hamper of goodies and a shopping voucher from Wren Kitchens for the purpose of this post