Mini MilChefs: Encourage the Joy of Cooking with Your Child

Nourishment is one of the basic necessities of life. So why not take the time to ensure it’s a wholesome, fun experience for everyone – including your children? Although the kitchen can be a dangerous place with its sharp blades, high temperature-surfaces and other machinery little fingers might get caught in, with proper supervision meal prep can be an educational and entertaining activity.

Check out some of these recipes to enjoy preparing with your child. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Constance Smith, Army wife of more than 25 years, who is adapting to retired life and settling in Alabama. She is the mother of three, with one son in the Army and another headed that way soon. Constance has been creating recipes for nearly two decades on her food blog and vlog, Cosmopolitan Cornbread. Visit her site,, for even more delicious options.


On a busy morning, whipping up a breakfast smoothie is a great way to get a healthy meal on the go. This peach smoothie made with oats and coconut milk is so good, your kids will want it for an afternoon snack, too.

 Prep time: 2 minutes

Total time: 2 minutes

Serves: 1


½ cup rolled oats

1 cup ice

1 cup coconut milk

½ cup orange juice

1 tablespoon honey

2 cups frozen peaches


Begin by pulsing the rolled oats in your blender until they are pulverized into a fine consistency.

To the oats, add the remaining ingredients.

Blend until smooth.