The big cook

Fun with food

Plan a monster cooking party. You’ll get loads of made-ahead meals ready for the freezer, and your kids will learn a fun lesson in teamwork.

Plan a “cooperative cooking” event to model the benefits of working together. You can cook as a family or organize an event with a group of friends. Ideally, your children will be a part of the team.

The idea behind cooperative cooking is to prepare large quantities of healthy, freezable meals. To find appropriate recipes, search online or use your own favourites. One helpful recipe book is The Big Cook. You can check it out at

Depending on the ages of your children, you may need to hire a babysitter or have older children care for youngsters who won’t stay occupied in the kitchen for long. Another option is to recruit cooperative dads to care for the kids while the moms cook (or roles may be reversed).

For simplicity’s sake, you may prefer to involve only your spouse and your kids in your cooperative cooking event. Don’t be concerned if your children’s participation slows things down. What matters is that they experience being part of the process.

As you eat your meals together, remind your children of the win-win results when everyone cooperated to cook and freeze meals.