Well, I am sure you know I have kids. I love cooking and my kids are officially participating. Now, I am at the realization that they are starting to observe and absorb what “healthy eating” is and what feeding your body appropriately actually means.
I have a few items that matter to me:
1. I do not want my kids being afraid of food or scared of calories.
2. I want my kids to be confident in the kitchen, and in a garden.
3. I want grocery shopping to be rewarding and exciting.
4. Taste does matter, and I want to teach my kids how to enjoy all the flavors they love on a consistent basis, through whole foods.
When the folks at Chop Chop reached out I realized that this was just for me. A magazine to educate both my husband and I on how to get healthy foods in the kids mouths (what to cook! recipes!) They asked me to look at the magazine, give it some thought, and then give a subscription away. This is a pretty normal request for me but I do not take them on very often. However, I got the first magazine and I will tell you that I am now subscribed! There is also a club for your kids to take part in! They take on cooking challenges and can win prizes!!! Membership for the club is FREE! The magazine is set up to be interesting to both the kids and adults.
What Is ChopChop?
• ChopChop Magazine is the fun cooking magazine for families.
• Our mission: To inspire and teach kids to cook and eat real food with their families. We believe that
cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.
• The quarterly magazine is available in both English and Spanish and offers nutritious, great-tasting,
ethnically diverse and inexpensive recipes, as well as interesting and little-known food facts, Q&A’s and
• ChopChop is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, named publication of the year by the
James Beard Foundation, two-time winner of the Parent’s Choice Award.
• ChopChopKids, the publisher of ChopChop Magazine, was founded in 2010 by James Beard-nominated
cookbook author Sally Sampson.
• ChopChop’s vision is to reverse and prevent childhood obesity and hunger.
• Readers learn essential cooking skills in each recipe.
The ChopChop Food Philosophy
• We believe in the simple values of cooking together as family and sharing healthy, delicious meals.
• We don’t do calorie counts or post nutrition content, but everything in our publication is reviewed and
approved by our medical and nutrition advisors.
• We don’t demonize any individual foods.
What is the ChopChop Cooking Club?
The ChopChop Cooking Club is ChopChop’s national healthy cooking campaign: We’re inviting every family to
join the ChopChop Cooking Club and pledge to cook dinner together once a month, for 6 months (6 recipes total).
Each month, we choose one good, basic recipe that we think is essential for kids and families to learn.
The ChopChop Cooking Club is getting kids cooking with over 3000 “club members” to date, eager to learn how to
master essential recipes and cooking skills to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Members learn essential cooking skills in each recipe, such as grating, measuring, boiling, simmering, blending,
Who can join?
A beginner cook! Kids ages 5-12 and their parents. (As well as any adults newly learning to cook.)
How does it work?
The ChopChop Cooking club is hosted at www.chopchopcookingclub.com where members can sign up to join for free. Once registered, members will receive their first recipe challenge. Each recipe will include step-by-step
instructions, basic cooking skills, fun food facts, family discussion prompts, and shopping tips for key ingredients.
We’ll also include information about how to turn the recipe into a balanced meal, with the help of MyPlate.
Members log in to their profile page where they can post a picture of their completed dish and earn virtual badges
for completing the challenge. Badges will celebrate different cooking skills learned in each recipe, such as
whisking, simmering, mixing, measuring, and grating.
New challenges will be issued at the start of each month. If members master the original recipe and want an
additional challenge, there will be variations and more difficult recipes to test their kitchen skills.
Cooking Club members will be entered to win prizes after completing all six challenges. They will also receive a
certificate of completion.
One lucky person will get not only a subscription to the ma gazine, but I will also send them a $25 Cabot Cheese Gift Box! ( I am on the Cheese Board – trust me you want this)
- “Like” my FB Page here: https://www.facebook.com/MrsMakiCooks
- Follow me on Instagram: @missymaki
- Follow me on Twitter @missymaki
- When you have done this send me a tweet that says ” I want @chopchopmag “
Missy had a bit of an accident this week. Chris and Becky of Oregon Fruit Products are her to celebrate their 80th anniversary in The Simple Kitchen. Missy and James are introduced to a wide variety of heavenly thing that Oregon Fruit Company makes.
Just one week away from Wild About Game, and Geoff Latham of NickyUSA is on the phone with Missy to talk about the 15 year celebration of game. Missy is obsessed with Coffee. Who isn’t? #nothingnewhere.
Missy is back from FEAST where she was recognized as a queen. Sunshine Dairy has something you just need to try. Dirk Davis and Allyse Paetsch are here to discuss Sipping Chocolate.
Kyra of Kyra’s Bake Shop is back, and she’s an author now! Missy and Kyra dish about all that was FEAST. Missy is obsessed about her gut.
Talk about as easy task for me: take over am IG account for a brand you love for 2 days. Well, I did just that with my family and took Red Duck Ketchup all over town. I highly suggest you do this if you have an opportunity. It allows you to be creative with a brand, and pulls you out of your own IG for a while, it was awesome for our family!
We had a blast, did a short “Ridin’ Dirty” video (click link)
We went to the food carts, the symphony, the radio station, and wrapped it up with a SPECIAL Red Duck meatloaf filmed on time lapse (click link)
Here is the ACTUAL RECIPE, since I know you cannot really tell in the video.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup dried bread crumbs
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/3 cup RED DUCK FOODS KETCHUP
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine the beef, egg, milk and breadcrumbs.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan,
- In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
- Bake for 1 hour.
Missy has taken over Red Duck’s Instagram. Missy’s going to make a time lapse meat loaf. Feast and Wild About Game are right around the corner! Marie Vavassori-Fundis, Brand Manager for Peugeot is on the phone to talk about pepper mills and cars. Missy is obsessed with Foie Gras.
The Foie Gras talk continues. It’s back to basics for Missy and James as they try and help you and themselves live a little healthier. Missy is intrigued by James’s nacho process.