Cooking With Lynn: Having fun in the kitchen

SALISBURY, Md. — With more parents and kids at home during the coronavirus pandemic, cooking and preparing meals can sometimes be a headache.

But, there are some fun ways to get your kids involved in the kitchen, with different ways to get them to eat some healthy foods.

47 ABC’s Deana Harley spoke to Lynn Matava, a nutrition educator with the University of Maryland Extension Snap Ed Program. She has some tips for those families who need to have just a little more fun in the kitchen.

Matava delivers nutritional education programs to low income residents of the Lower Shore as part of the Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) program.

She showed us here at 47 ABC how to get kids involved in washing and preparing foods.

The first thing Matava showed us how to make is fruit kabobs.  She says it’s something simple and easy for kids to do and it also “gives kids new fruits and vegetables to try.”

Next, she showed us how to make berry pizzas.  She uses flat pita bread, with a little bit of apple butter, and then you add berry slices and other fruits and veggies. If apple butter isn’t your forte, she says peanut butter or even sunflower butter would be a great replacement. Matava says “it’s a way to get kids excited about eating fruits and vegetables in the morning and all times of the day.” The best part is kids can start making these things themselves by at least the age of three.

Matava then shows us how to make crunchy veggie wraps. The recipe includes cream cheese and ranch dip mix in a wrap. Then you add some vegetables like squash broccoli and some colorful peppers. And there, they have a nice healthy snack they made themselves.

47 ABC will be getting some more tips and tricks from Matava next week, so be sure you tune in on Thursday for ways you can have some more fun in the kitchen.

Categories: Coronavirus, Good Morning Delmarva, Health, Maryland