Cook potatoes for chance to win
South Waikato grandparents, parents and caregivers are being on called to teach children how to cook healthy meals in a competition run by South Waikato News and Potatoes New Zealand.
The competition aims to encourage healthier eating as concerns grow around obesity and low vegetable intake among New Zealand children.
Ministry of Health research shows that two thirds of Kiwi kids are not eating the recommended three serves of vegetables a day. ‘‘The best way to get children eating vegetables is to show them how to make their own tasty, vege-loaded meals,’’ says Potatoes New Zealand education consultant and cook book author Glenda Gourley. ‘‘Potatoes are consistently voted as kids’ favourite vegetable so start with a known favourite and over time, introduce other vegetables.’’ New research shows that it’s parents and grandparents who are the best ones to do the teaching.
A survey by Potatoes New Zealand, Cooking Habits of Kiwi Kids Aged 9-10, the majority of children (nearly 70%) want to be taught how to cook by their parents or their grandparents – with girls preferring grandparents and boys preferring their parents.
‘‘Either way, this competition is a great activity, an opportunity to get together with children in the kitchen and help them create their own prizewinning culinary masterpieces, while passing on the legacy of healthy cooking.’’ The research also shows one third of children do not feel confident about cooking meals. However, when it comes to potatoes, they’re much more confident with nearly two thirds knowing how to mash potatoes and half knowing how to boil, bake and wedge potatoes.
To enter the competition, get into the kitchen with your children and teach them to cook their favourite potato recipe. Send us that recipe and a photo of you and your children in the kitchen. You’ll be in to win a $100 prize pack including fresh potatoes, the award-winning Kiwi cook book for teens and kids learning to cook Who’s Cooking Tonight, a casserole dish, and gloves.