October 25th, 2010

{recipes, parenting} Making Gnocchi with Kids

gnocchi with peas

I recently contributed to fab mom-centric site Momtastic (check it out!). There’s something about the fun, easy going tone they’ve got that inspired my piece about cooking with kids, a how-to make gnocchi with kids including step-by-step photo instructions.

My first ideas were about baking. The baking process always seems more accessible when cooking with kids. But I wanted to make something savory. Research suggests that children are significantly more likely to eat something that they’ve cooked (and even more likely to eat something that they’ve grown). I don’t know about you, but my boys don’t need inspiration to eat cake or cookies! So I got to thinking about savory foods I could make using steps similar to those used in baking. Because measuring and mixing are easier for my 4-year-old than chopping and sauteing.

Gnocchi is a wonderful food to make with children. The process is easy enough for you to involve very young kids, is a fun sensory experience (mashing, mixing, rolling!) and makes a wholesome dinner that the whole family can share.

And because kids are more likely to eat something they’ve helped make, you can load the sauce with delicious, fresh veggies. So, while this is not the way to make gnocchi like an Italian grandma, it’s a win-win for the whole family (these gnocchi are easy to share with even the youngest finger food eaters, 8+ months).

Check out my How To Make Gnocchi with Kids on Momtastic, complete with gorgeous (if I say so myself!) step-by-step photos. Like these…

gnocchi ingredients

mixing gnocchi

cutting gnocchi

uncooked gnocchi

Okay, enough of the sneak peek! Believe it or not, there are tons more photos on Momtastic, so check out the article now!

2 Responses

  1. DailyChef says:

    I love this idea! It’s always hard to think of something fun and interesting for both the kid and the adult. Plus, then we get to eat gnocchi!

  2. Thanks so much for this. This might sound a little strange, but I spent the first few years of my teenage lifein Naples, then travelled around the globe. Now I’m living in New Zealand, with my Chinese wife, and son we had whilst living inJapan! Truly internationalized, eh? Anyway, I’ve been trying to rediscover the smells and tastes of my youth with some authentic Italian recipe like these, best I’ve found so far! Thanks again, I’ll see if I can add the feed to my google reader tonight, though my son usually does that for me!

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