Tiny chefs

A popular cooking program provides Parenting Times readers with two easy – and delicious – recipes

By Jennifer Parnell


Trying to raise a healthy eater who knows their way around the kitchen? High five!


A recent study found that children between the ages of three and five who learned about food through hands-on cooking activities were more likely to make healthy choices – even choosing fruits and vegetables over junk food.


You’re probably thinking: Can kids actually cook? What would that even look like?! (Hint: It’s cute – and messy.)


Check out these recipes from Raddish, the popular kids cooking curriculum that teaches children ages four to 14+ to cook. Cooking is a great way to encourage more adventurous eating habits in kids, while transforming mealtime into a more meaningful experience for the entire family.


Raddish is an activity that parents can enjoy with their kids as they cook and eat an Instagram-worthy “Rad Dish” that is healthy, affordable and easy-to-prepare.


What better way to create a positive relationship with food and cooking from a young age?



Chocolate Banana Overnight Oatmeal

Throw this oatmeal together in the evening so you can start your morning with a tasty, ready-to-go breakfast!




1 banana

2 cups rolled oats

1 ½ cups milk

½ cup plain yogurt

1 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp honey




  • Mash banana in a small bowl with a fork.
  • Combine banana, oats, milk, yogurt, cocoa powder, and honey in a jar. Cover and shake to combine.
  • Let sit in fridge overnight. Serve cold in the morning topped with chocolate chips.



Hometown Biscuits


Make light and fluffy biscuits to serve for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.




2 cups flour

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

5 tbsp butter, cut into small cubes.

1 cup milk




Before you begin: Wash your hands and set your oven to 425 F.


  • Stir flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in large bowl.
  • Add butter cubes. Rub between your fingers, smearing into the flour, to create small flakes.
  • Add milk to bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Scoop ¼ cup mounds of dough onto greased baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.