Fun in the Kitchen with Chef Boyardee & the Little Chef’s Project (Giveaway ends 12/7/12)

When my kids were little they always begged me to let them help me out in the kitchen. Being the overly paranoid parent that I am I was terrified to let them stir something in a pot on the stove, or be anywhere around sharp knives. I would only let them do simple things like toss the salad or mix batter with a wooden spoon. In hindsight I wish I let them participate in the kitchen more often because now my kids are helpless in the kitchen – literally helpless. My son can warm soup in the microwave, but that is about it. My daughter is lucky if she can do that. Neither of them know how to make macaroni and cheese from a box. They can only make the kind you add water and cook in the microwave.

Every time they look helpless in the kitchen I feel like a bad parent. Now I have to try and catch up and teach them the simple things they should already know about cooking in the kitchen.

When I was little my mom didn’t really take the time to teach me anything. I pretty much learned from watching her and from trial and error (not to mention a lot of burns from the oven and hot pots. Sigh…). When I became a parent I had the best intentions on teaching my kids how to cook and make simple things in the kitchen, but my fear of them getting hurt or burned prevented me from doing that. I feel terrible about that now. Especially after I read through the new e-Cookbook from Chef Boyardee and The Motherhood. It’s called The Little Chef’s Project: A Collection of Kid-Friendly Tips, Tricks and Recipes for Family Fun in the Kitchen.

You can find the e-cookbook here, http://bit.ly/UmFuau (I shortened the link).

I checked out the e-cookbook. Not only does it have some yummy sounding recipes (Bacon Ranch Pizza – YUM!) but the e-book is jam packed with AWESOME tips and suggestions for having fun with your family in the kitchen. Reading through the tips I really wish that I had something like this to reference to when my kids wanted to help me out in the kitchen. I wouldn’t have been so paranoid about it. Now I feel like I really missed out on some fun memories and teachable moments with my kids. 🙁

There are tips and suggestions in this e-cookbook that I would have never thought of in a million years.

Not only is Chef Boyardee and The Motherhood offering this wonderful e-cookbook for your enjoyment, they also have a serious of videos to help encourage your family to spend more time in the kitchen together.

If you visit the same link as above (http://bit.ly/UmFuau) you’ll see the list of videos you can watch and enjoy. You can also click on the titles below to go to the corresponding video page. Each video is approximately 3o minutes long.

In addition the the e-book and video series, Chef Boyardee wants to see YOU in the Boyardee kitchen! Exclusively for its Facebook community, Chef Boyardee has launched a fun, customizable recipe e-card that gets you and your family in the kitchen with Hector Boiardi (THE Chef Boyardee – his REAL last name is actually Boiardi) himself! Check it out the Chef Boyardee ME! Recipe Card. After you create your recipe card you can share it with your family and friends.

I made one up but I don’t know how to share it here in a blog post. So I took a screen shot.

I’m wearing a chef’s hat and tossing pizza dough in the air.

They have some yummy recipes you can use too.

To check out the recipes or make your own recipe e-card visit www.Facebook.com/ChefBoyardee.

At one part of the animation the pizza dough falls on my head. I could see that happening. 🙂

Speaking of pizza I did make some pizza with my kids using the Chef Boyardee pizza kit. Have you seen it on store shelves? Its everything you need to make a small pizza (enough for me and my two kids to enjoy for lunch). We made one while they were on Thanksgiving break from school (they had a 1/2 day last Wednesday – they were home in time to make pizza for lunch). The only thing you need to add is some water and whatever topping you want such as pepperoni or my personal favorite pineapple. We just made a plain pizza because we didn’t have much else at the time. My daughter wants to make it again and try it with macaroni and cheese on top. Humm… that sounds interesting.

I’m sorry that I don’t have a photo of our pizza. My kids were so hungry that they tore into it the moment we were able to cut it. I did have one slice. It was good. I liked the sauce. In fact I could go for some right now. It’s so quick and easy to make but it’s 11 PM at night… not exactly time to make pizza.

Between making the pizza with my kids and checking out the tips from Little Chef’s Project I am inspired to find other ways to get my kids involved in making family meals. Not only to spend quality time with them (they grow up too quickly!) but also to teach them how to prepare and cook meals for their families some day.

If you would like to check out some great recipes from Chef Boyardee check out www.ChefBoyardee.com/Recipes. I MUST try the Hawaiian Ravioli Skillet recipe as well as the Pasta Fagioli that uses Chef Boyardee ABC’s and 123’s canned pasta.

I have a fun giveaway for a lucky reader. The winner will receive…

  • 2 coupons for FREE Chef Boyardee
  • 1 pizza kit
  • Set of 5 Chef Boyardee recipe cards
  • 1 Chef hat
  • 1 Chef apron

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on December 7, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

To enter please comment on how you make time in the kitchen fun with your child or grandchild, or what you used to do in the kitchen when you were a child.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or else the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received a free prize kit in exchange for my participation in this post but to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. Kelly Ann T. says:

    Our family has big get togethers and there is always cooking involved. Bake Christmas cookies with everyone is always a great time and everyone helps. Another event we like to bake for is the Christmas Bazaar for the animal shelter. We make hundreds of homemade dog bones and we sell out each year.

  2. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    Let them always do something to help, like sprinkle the cheese on a homemade pizza 🙂

  3. I always let them help as much as they could.

  4. just make it FUN!

  5. As a child, I cooked because I wanted to and I had a Betty Crocker children’s cook book. I cooked with my children, making dishes that they especially enjoyed!

  6. I like their boxed pizza mixes!

  7. My kids love to help cook. I let them do everything from the measuring to cracking eggs. They are learning while having fun!

  8. My daughter likes to bake so we look for fun recipes to make.

  9. We like the Beef Ravioli

  10. My daughter is my helper in the kitchen, by throwing away things. She is 3.

  11. sheila musselman askins says:

    my great grandma always had me in the kitchen even if it was just to watch..i learned so much from her..now i am doing that with my daughters and grandson! he is 3 and he loves to mix things up ..and grandma doesnt even mind the mess! lol

  12. My 3 1/2 yr. old grandson wanted to help me make apple dumplings so I left him help.
    He had fun rolling the dough and doing the apples. Now he wants me to make dumplings
    every day LOL He likes to help doing things.

  13. we like ravioli

  14. I always let my grandchild help. He stands on the step ladder or stands in the chair and helps me stir things up

  15. Monique Rizzo says:

    I encourage my daughter to help me bake and cook dinner.
    Thanks for the chance.

  16. We bake desserts together, like cookies 🙂

  17. Debra Hall says:

    i got my grandaughter and myself matching aprons ans she loves it

  18. I get my son involved by allowing him to measure ingredients

  19. dorothy deakyne says:

    I teach my son to bake and cook beside me, good education

  20. Jessica To says:

    I let my son crack the eggs, pour the ingredients and stir!