Making Food Day into Food Week: Plan a Week of Cooking and Learning in Your Kitchen

Here at ChopChop, we celebrate food 365 days a year.  ChopChop is a quarterly, non-profit cooking magazine aimed at ages 5-12 and their families that encourages kids to get in the kitchen and try new foods by cooking them.

ChopChop’s mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook and eat real food with their families. The magazine was launched as an antidote to childhood obesity. We believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.

There’s been a big push lately encouraging kids to “Eat The Rainbow.” This was even the theme of ChopChop’s Summer 2012 issue. Eating a variety of food across the whole color spectrum allows kids to get the different nutrients provided by each color.

Turn Food Day into Food Week by inviting your kids to help you plan and cook a rainbow-themed week. Each day, pick a different color, choose a recipe that goes along with that color’s theme, and cook together. By the end of the week kids will have made seven new recipes, learned about seven new foods, and learned to balance their diet-beautifully. Then try to connect cooking  with concepts kids are learning in school, using the recommendations below.

Here are some fun rainbow recipes to try. Click the image to find the recipe.  (Lots more are available at chopchopmag.org)

Red: Applesauce

Orange: Pumpkin-Pie Smoothie

Yellow: Egg Quesadilla

Green: Do-It-Yourself Lettuce Wraps

Blue: Blueberry Smoothie

Purple: Cabbage Slaw

All Colors: Rainbow Sandwich

We aim to make cooking cool and more relevant to the lives of children. A great way to get even more out of your kitchen time is to practice concepts learned in school and relate them to cooking.

Here are a few ideas to make every day an educational Food Day in your kitchen:

  1. Math: Use cooking as an opportunity discuss fractions, serving size, patterns, categories, conversions, and basic math skills such as addition and subtraction.
  2. Science: Discuss chemical reactions in food, where food comes from, the scientific method, and have cooking experiments.\\
  3. English: Learning new food words, try recipe writing, and create menus.
  4. Culture/Social Studies: Make foods from your family’s cultural background, match foods to their country of origin, and try foods from different countries.
  5. Art: Create placemats and design dinner menus.

How to find ChopChop:

Visit chopchopmag.org for recipes, games, and fun food facts and to subscribe to ChopChop. 

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