Cook pota­toes for chance to win

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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