Kids can help cook these yummy recipes by Top Chef alum Antonia Lofaso.
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Meet Antonia Lofaso
Top Chef alum Antonia Lofaso wowed viewers on reality TV. But the idea for her most recent project, The Busy Mom's Cookbook (out this fall), comes straight from real life -- her own. This single mom relishes her time at home with her daughter, Xea, making memories through food. Parents got a sneak peek into the book.
Be sure to add the liquid ingredients to the blender first. This keeps the flour from getting caked under the blades.
The Best Blueberry Muffins
Kids love to bake, and this recipe is so easy that little chefs can tackle many of the steps themselves.
Shrimp Lo Mein
Instead of purchasing pre-shelled edamame, buy the ones in the pod and let your little helpers pop out the beans.
Not Your Average Grilled Cheese
Young children can use a spoon to spread the softened butter on the bread and layer the cheese and apple slices. Monitored closely, older children can slice the apple and even cook the sandwich.
If your sous chef is old enough, supervise while he cuts the fruit. Not yet knife-ready? Younger cooks can pull grapes off the vine and separate orange segments.
Originally published in the July 2012 issue of Parents magazine.