Cooking with kids is a great way to introduce them to healthy eating. Even if it’s just a simple snack, kids can learn a lot by helping prepare their own meals.
If you’re looking for dishes that you can prepare together with your kids, you might want to check out Veggie Bottoms Kitchen. It’s a cooking app that features 45 healthy and easy-to-follow vegetarian recipes that you can try at home.
Discover 45 Vegetarian Recipes for Kids
Veggie Bottoms Kitchen has two sections: Chef’s Kitchen and Test Kitchen. The Chef’s Kitchen is where you discover all the recipes that you can try at home with your kids. The recipes can be sorted by ingredients or by dietary restrictions (egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, or vegan). Each recipe also has step-by-step instructions so you can follow along as you cook, a shopping list of ingredients, food allergy information, plus cooking tips and fun facts. If you want, you can copy the ingredients list to clipboard and paste it anywhere you want.
The Test Kitchen is where you can experiment with 15 different fruits and vegetables to create the perfect smoothie. Chef Monty will personally taste your smoothies and give you his reactions. Sometimes he will love it, sometimes he might hate it — you can try any combination you want.
In addition to creating your own recipes, you can try replicating Chef Monty’s secret smoothies from his recipe book. Based on the clues, you try to figure out the ingredients for each smoothie. For example, the “Booming Booster” has two yellow ingredients. If the ingredients match up, the recipe will be unlocked.
Parents Need to Know
Veggie Bottoms Kitchen is suitable for ages 6+, but not all kitchen tasks might be appropriate for younger kids. If you are wondering which tasks are appropriate for your child’s age group, the developer has a helpful blog post to help you decide.
One other thing to note is that the app requires reading. It doesn’t have voiceovers, so kids who can’t read yet will need a grown-up to help them.
Veggie Bottoms Kitchen doesn’t contain in-app purchases and third-party advertising. There is a visible link to rate the app on the main screen, but it is secured with a math question.
Things I Like
Veggie Bottoms Kitchen is a great way to get kids to try new and healthy foods. It turns seemingly boring vegetables into silly characters that kids will love learning about and (hopefully) want to eat. For example, you will find unique characters such as Sophia Broccoli, Earl and Harold Kiwi, Kent Blueberry, and many more.
The recipes themselves are fairly simple and can be made with the ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Plus, many of the recipes don’t take long to make. The buttered peas recipe, for example, takes less than 10 minutes from preparation to serving.
For my wish list, I would also like to see the text enlarged a bit to increase legibility on smaller devices (such as my iPad mini). It would also be nice if I could mark recipes as favorites and quickly come back to them later.
Veggie Bottoms Kitchen invites kids and parents to cook real vegetarian dishes together and have fun in the process. It has an excellent selection of recipes that cater to various dietary restrictions, plus they are fairly easy to make. If you are having trouble getting your kids to eat their fruits and veggies, you might want to give Veggie Bottoms Kitchen a try.
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.