Cooking for Kids!
and tricks for feeding those LITTLE HUMANS!
(Tips and advice, links to recipes, and jokes to impress those kids too)
(Whether you are cooking for a Father and Son banquet, a summer camp of girl guides
or a high school marching band, this page is for you!)
When cooking meals for kids, be
aware of allergies.
Allergies are more prevalent today than in years past.
Common allergies are:
Have alternatives available for those with
If you are cooking for a large groups of children, make sure you have
a food allergy information sheet filled out and signed by the parents.
It's your job to know who is allergic to what.
Children don't always want to avoid what they are allergic to,
they want to fit in and be like the other kids.
Vegetarian means no meat, fish or poultry
products (nothing with a face),
Vegan means no animal products including dairy products. Have alternate meals for those children.
(More info About Vegetarian Meal Planning)
Feeding Teens: Teens eat LOTS! Plan on larger than normal serving sizes and even a 4th meal such as a hearty evening snack.
Balanced Diet: Make
sure you are following proper food guides and serving enough fruit and
vegetables, and dairy products each day.
TIP: Limit the amount of sweet drinks, provide a jug(s) of fresh ice water on each table with each meal (and milk) and do not provide other beverages until the water has been consumed, this helps prevents dehydration and promotes good health.
Fresh Fruit (oranges and bananas cut into chunks)
Cold cereals and Milk
French Toast, made the night before and baked
Scrambled eggs with sausages or bacon
Easy Hash Browns
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Raw Veggies and Dip
Chicken Confetti Wraps
Easy Hash Browns
"Spaghetti" made with rotini
Roast Turkey Dinner
BEVERAGE AND SNACK IDEAS
A camp style salad bar will have those kids more than willing to 'eat their veggies'. Who wouldn't want a piece of delicious pizza, it's ready to slide into the oven!
The above photos are courtesy of Chef Steve Karoly, who cooked terrific meals at the
2002 Northern California Florida College Camp opening night dinner.
More resources with recipes for Kids
[ USDA Recipes for Schools ] [ Beef Recipes ]
[ Institutional Recipes for Kids ] [ Land O Lakes Recipes ]
[ Cooking with Preschoolers ] [Uncle Bens Rice]
[ Berry Recipes for Schools ] [ Growlies Food Service Links ]
[ Turkey, search for school ] [ School Nutritional Association ] [ Potato Recipes ]
[ Growlies Serves 50 ] [Growlies Serves 100 ] [ Canadian Military Recipes ]
[ Growlies Food Safe Info]
How To Make Your Dining Hall work FOR You
Dining Hall Procedures - used at a Scouting Camp
Hoppers (set up and clean up, fetch and carry)
Dining Hall clean up
This frees up the kitchen staff to do dishes and get the kitchen in order so they can start to prepare another meal. Kitchen staff should cook, not clean the dining hall. We are teaching the children responsibility of their actions and they become more careful how they eat. A lot of these ideas come from my camp not all of them are strictly mine. Another hint I would like to pass on to novice cooks is to wear Gel sole insoles in their shoes. It makes standing on concrete much easier. Alice
And here's your secret source to some
wonderful Jokes for Kids
[Audience Participation Games] [ Camping Recipes] [Skits and Songs]
And Just for Fun:
KIDS ADVICE TO KIDS
"Never trust a dog to watch your food." (Patrick, age 10)
"When your dad is mad and asks you, 'Do I look stupid?' don't answer." (Hannah, 9)
"Never tell your mom her diet's not working." (Michael, 14)
"When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair". (Taylia, 10)
"Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a Tic-Tac" (Andrew, 9)
"Never hold a dust buster and a cat at the same time." (Kyoyo, 9)
"You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk." (Armir, 9)
"Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts." (Kellie, 11)
"If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse." (Naomi, 15)
"Felt markers are not good to use as lipstick." (Lauren, 9)
"Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a baseball bat." (Joel, 10)
"When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she's on the phone." (Alyesha, 13)
"Never try to baptize a cat." (Eileen, 8)
A BIG Thanks to ALICE for sharing all her tips and tricks here on this page and to STEVE for sharing the photos!