6 Tips for Cooking with Kids & Italian Cheesy Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Cooking with kids in the kitchen can be a bit stressful, especially if you are a control-freak like I am. LOL. I am not one who plays well with others and between you and me, I do not like others in my kitchen. That being said, I know how important it is to bring the kids into the kitchen so that not only are they comfortable there, but so that they can continue to grow to take care of themselves. So, when the folks at Red Gold Tomatoes asked me to do a piece on kids in the kitchen, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my tips with all of you.

6 Tips for cooking with kids

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Tip 1 – Get kids excited about being in the kitchen…

It all starts with the ingredients so this is the time to teach kids how to choose the right ingredients for different meals. I like taking the kids to the store with me and we often discuss different dinner ideas and we come up with ingredients together.

Tip 2 – Choose food the kids like, already…

It is always a good idea to choose foods that the kids like, before having them help in the kitchen. My kids love to snack and try food while cooking so it ends up being a fun experience. My kids love my Italian Cheese Stuffed Peppers because they are made with all the ingredients the kids already love, I mean, who doesn’t love ground beef, rice, sweet green peppers, and, of course, we are a Red Gold Tomato- family ūüôā¬†cooking with kids-in-the-kitchen

Watch this short video of kids giving a tour of one of the many farms behind the behind Red Gold family.


Tip 3 – PREP before kids…

It is a good idea to prep before the kids even come in the kitchen so that they don’t get bored. I like to brown my ground beef and boil the green peppers before the kids are ready, that way they don’t end up waiting around.¬†cooking with kids-away-from-the-oven

Tip 4¬†– Choose age appropriate tasks…

The last thing you want is any kids getting hurt so be sure to choose tasks that are age appropriate for each of the kids. Now that Little Man is ten, I allow him to help add ingredients to items on the stove and even allow him to stir, them. He feels like he is a big man on campus and I love knowing that I am teaching him how to be safe in the kitchen. {Of course, always be sure you child knows never to use a stove without a parent or guardian around and teach them what to do in an emergency.}

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Tip 5- Allow the kids to choose what to help with…

Allowing the kids choose what tasks they want to do helps get them excited to help. For example, my Baby Miss loves being in charge of the garlic bread and like to top our Cheesy Italian Stuffed Peppers with our home-made tomato sauce and cheese.


Tip 6¬†– Talk, laugh, and know that a mess WILL happen…

I tell you what, it never fails, when cooking with kids there will always be a mess, but you know what, it is okay… it will clean up. Instead of stressing, take this time to talk and laugh with the kids. Make it an experience they enjoy and they will love to help more and more.


In the end cooking with kids is not only a great experience for kids¬†but for the whole family… I am so happy to have partnered with Red Gold Tomatoes for this post. Working with a company that believes in families makes all the difference. Learn more by going to RedGoldTomatoes.com.

Do you enjoy cooking with kids?

Grab my Cheesy Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe Below:

Ingredients –

  • 2 pounds ground beef or sausage
  • Rice – we use a boxed rice because it is easy, but you can use any type
  • Red Gold Diced Tomatoes – with Basil, Garlic, and Oregano
  • Green Peppers
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter

Directions –

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Brown ground beef until cooked through
  3. Cut tops off green peppers, remove inside and boil for ten minutes till soft.
  4. Once ground beef is browned, add in rice, Red Gold Tomatoes, as well as 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons butter. Cover and simmer for ten minutes until the rice is cooked and tender.
  5. When the green peppers are soft, remove from the water and place in a  small Pirex.
  6. After the rice mixture is cooked through, add in some shredded mozzarella and then stuff each of the peppers with the mixture. I also like to add the remaining rice and meat mixture around the peppers for extra.
  7. Bake on 350 for 30 minutes and serve.


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