Cooking Curriculum for the Whole Family

Your Homeschool Curriculum Needs Life Skills…

…And Your Life Needs Kids Who Help Out.

Connect with your kids in the kitchen, build life skills, and put PEACE back into your homeschool day.

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“As a chef and a mom, the high quality of Kids Cook Real Food and Mrs. Kimball’s commitment to accuracy was just what I was looking for. Other chef volunteers and I are using the curriculum to teach kids in person!”

— Adreeanna Black, chef, Bistro at Home LLC & 7B Culinary Connections, Inc, Member of APPCA, Sandpoint, ID

How it works:

Giving your kids the gift of real food and independence is THIS easy with the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse:

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Watch the first All-Kid video with your kids - no supplies needed!

Each lesson comes with a professionally produced instructional video demonstrating new skills – kids love watching other kids!

mom planning cooking classes for her kids


Skim or print the one-page Quick Start and plan your next lesson.

We’ve done all the thinking for you in the PDF lesson plans – just grab some basic supplies and start cooking!

having fun with vegetables in cooking class


Enjoy time together making (and eating) healthy food.

We give ideas for how to practice each new skill and memory phrases to make sure your kids stay safe in the kitchen.

And then? Eat their yummy food and build truly authentic self-esteem.


“We homeschool so I feel like I’m always teaching and have fatigued a bit by the time dinner prep rolls around.

“I’ve never really taken the time to slow down and break cooking down into manageable bits for my kids. Thank you for coming right into my home and teaching my little ones good habits and skills so I can just reinforce them and cook with them.

“Now that they’ve got some basics down they’ve actually started taking initiative in other kitchen duties including cleanup and dishes. Who knew an online cooking class could do that?!”

— Tara in Oregon


This series organizes over 30 basic kitchen skills into logical steps so you can:

  • Integrate life skills into your curriculum in an intentional way (without having to think about it). Whether you subscribe to Charlotte Mason method or another, your kids still need these valuable skills.
  • Teach your children how to cook their own healthy meals so that they are more prepared for adulthood
  • Bring complicated cooking techniques down to a child’s level that makes it fun and memorable – we focus on the skills, not the food, so it’s easy to make it work for any allergies you’re dealing with as well
  • Build self esteem and confidence with the foundation of authentic work – and enjoy family life running more smoothly
  • Fight back against the damage processed foods wreak on your family’s health as you enjoy fresh, from-scratch meals for which everyone played a role

“Lack of time is one of the reasons I bought the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse for our summer homeschool time. I knew that getting my kids in the kitchen was going to *save* me lots of time in the long run. I’ve actually gotten a quicker payback than I expected! The time my kids have saved me in the kitchen has exceeded the time I’ve spent on the classes right from the first week. I was so enthusiastic about the course that I ended up working for Katie behind the scenes on the eCourse!”

They say kids these days will never grow up to be independent.

They say they’re an entitled generation.

They say they’ll be the first generation to die before their parents.

They’re wrong.

Homeschooling gives you the opportunity to give your kids the skills they need to be hard-working, independent, healthy adults.

Don’t miss the opportunity to do it intentionally – you can do it while making dinner – together.

Kids Cook Real Food - teach kids to cook in fun ways!



for anyone who needs the basics

Beginner lessons focus on small motor control, dexterity, and basic kitchen skills.


  • Spreading & Peeling
  • Slicing Soft Foods with a Dull Knife
  • Cross-Hatch Pattern Cuts
  • Measuring Ingredients
  • Soaking Dry Beans
  • Pouring Skills
  • Washing & Tearing Salad
  • Working with Dough



for kids who know the beginner level skills

Intermediate lessons focus on recipe independence, intro to sharp knives and stovetop safety.


  • Following a Recipe Well
  • Intro to Sharp Knives
  • Cracking Eggs
  • Making a Recipe Without Help
  • Stovetop Safety & Cooking Rice
  • Flipping Pancakes
  • Rolling Dough
  • Browning Ground Meat
Kids Cook Real Food eCourse - teach kids to cook in fun ways!


for kids with intermediate level mastery

Advanced lessons focus on sharp knife skills, oven safety and making meals independently.


  • Sharp Knife Skills, Levels 1-4
  • Slicing & Dicing Vegetables
  • Crushing Garlic
  • Cutting Whole Fruits
  • Sauteing Vegetables
  • Cooking Dry Beans
  • Cooking Eggs
  • Homemade White Sauce
  • Steamed Vegetables

Preview the Curriculum Map

  • Logically organized skill progression
  • Looping skills create natural practice opportunities (plus you can plan time for kids to take over meals or snacks to practice their skills as well)
  • Designed for busy families: all ages coordinate to make something to eat!

With a structure for your cooking lessons taken care of, you’ll be able to get some much needed breathing time while the kids watch the lessons, then engage with your kids and watch them blossom in the kitchen.

Take a closer look at the curriculum map.

Curriculum Map Integrations




  • Over 30 Basic Kitchen Skills your child needs to make their own food – even if they only want to eat 5 foods right now
  • Up to 24 Weeks of Lessons at your own pace
  • Over 45 Professionally Produced Videos that will captivate your child’s attention, even if they have trouble sitting still
  • Over 200 Pages of PDF Lesson Plans and Resources – super skimmable for busy homeschooling parents!
  • Recipe Books Made Just for Kids (but with real dinners wayyyy beyond chicken nuggets and French fries)
  • 3 Skill Levels to reach your child no matter what they have already done (or not) in the kitchen
  • Detailed Curriculum Map with Academic Connections (just quick facts that you can connect to other subjects, no Common Core anything)


How Much Would You Spend On In-Person Cooking Lessons?

If you were to send your kids to cooking lessons, how much would you expect to spend? $20 per lesson? More?

With the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, each lesson can be done on your schedule with the skimmable PDF lesson plans and engaging instructional videos for less than $2 per lesson. Mrs Kimball has done all the work for you, so can devote as much or as little time to teaching the lessons as you please.



You choose your pace. You’ll have access to all the lessons, all the time, anywhere – you can do one a week, one a month, or delay starting until the time is right. Your call!

This mom did it!

“I always encouraged my son to come in and cook or bake with me…he loved running the hand mixer and did great with it. As a homeschooling mom I started teaching him to cook, create menus and budget the food money. At 25 he manages the household food budget helps to plan the meals, helps to shop and put away food and is the primary cook in the family. He loves trying new recipes or adapting and changing up old favorites.” (shared on Facebook)

But where to start?

What real skills can kids DO in the kitchen without burning their arm or cutting a finger off?

The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse was designed for busy families like yours, with over 30 basic cooking skills planned out in a connected, comprehensive way.

Not only will you have a clear direction and a cheerleader in your corner, but you’ll feel confident that your kids will remember safe techniques using our fun memory tools.

How to Raise Kids Who Can Cook Even if You’d Rather Keep the Kitchen to Yourself

If you find it all too easy to shoo the kids out of the kitchen, you’re not alone. Many moms say:

  • They’re slow.
  • They’re messy.
  • You have to get dinner made on time.
  • They’re already playing nicely (and our world is so rushed anyway!).
  • They have bad attitudes about it.

Or maybe you just appreciate your own alone time, and the kitchen is your sanctuary – so you chase them away.


I was there too.

When I’d ask my kids for help in the kitchen, I’d be met with glares, whines, complaints, and grumpy-pants. “Please peel this cucumber,” might as well have been, “Please write a 5,000 word essay about plankton.”

But something changed when I got to say, “It’s time for cooking class!” instead.

I was met with joy – anticipation – and excitement!


The kids seemed to sense that they were learning grown-up skills and being entrusted with responsibilities to be authentically proud of.

Now sometimes they fight over who gets to help. #parenting #cantwin

I’d love to give YOU an excuse to try the “time for your cooking class!” strategy.

“We love the cooking class! It has been one of the best things for us so far this year in our homeschool. It was such a great format and we learned so much (me too, I taught myself to cook, so there are things I never learned!).”

— Shauna Hall




but we offer full digital refunds for any reason anytime within the first 30 days of access so you can be sure. You really get a chance to try it out thoroughly. No worries about buyer’s remorse!

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– Join 6,000 Other Families & Teach Your Kids to Cook –


Get a single level if you have an older child who only needs Advanced or just want to test the waters with one level. You can add more later if needed (although all-level access is a much better deal).

  • 8 All-Kid lessons (like the knife skills video)
  • 8 more videos for one skill level + PDF lesson plans
  • 12 printable flash cards to remember the kid-friendly language
  • Choose Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Level
  • 12 months access


Great for families with more than one child or who could teach multiple levels to an older child in one year.

  • All 3 levels (for the price of 2 singles!)
  • 45 videos, over 200 pages of PDFs, 43 flash cards
  • Flash drive available for additional fee
  • 24 total weeks of classes – or teach 8 weeks to all ages at once
  • 12 months access


The All-Access VIP membership is our most popular option for families as it’s the only way to ensure lifetime access to the course. The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse can grow with your children, and with VIP access you can teach and re-teach and add levels for all your children, year after year (standard membership is 12 months). Plus you get community support, a place to brag about your amazing children, and additional lessons to make your kitchen time even more enjoyable.

devices3_transparentLifetime Membership + Downloadable Videos ($25 Value)

You’ll have access to everything in the member area forever, and in case the course ever goes offline, you can download the videos and PDFs to any device. Downloadable videos also means you can plug them into your Roku, Apple TV or Fire TV and watch your cooking classes on the big screen.

Special Hospitality Class ($20 Value)

This class has become a member favorite – maybe because it requires zero prep and is a great one to start with, but also because it encourages kids to help with the daily set-up and clean-up of eating and makes dinner a true family affair. (Includes 4 videos + PDFs: Intro, Careful Carrying, Setting the Table, and Washing the Table)


Private Facebook groupExclusive Private Facebook Group Support ($19.95 Value)

Our VIP-only Facebook group is a safe place to ask questions, get encouragement and share stories of your cooking classes. You’ll feel the community of other families walking the same road AND get extra tips, motivation, and answers from the teacher, Katie Kimball.



Extension Recipe eBook ($9.95 Value)

Additional recipes for every skill at every level! Includes 5 sections and 50 new recipes, all in the classic KCRF kid-friendly format:

  • Sensational Starters and Super Sides
  • Silly Soups
  • Main-Dish Meals
  • Best Oven Bakes
  • Delicious Desserts (or a Breakfast Bonanza)


Super Healthy Kids Fast & Fresh Kitchen Success video courseFast & Fresh Kitchen Success eCourse ($99 Value)

Super Healthy KidsNormally only available to members of Super Healthy Kids, this video eCourse offers a step by step program that will help you build the healthy habits you need to be successful in your home and to raise a healthy family!

In this course, you’ll learn how to get healthy food on the table every day and spend no more than 30 minutes per day getting food prepped and ready for your family!


Video Lesson: Instant Pot Updates to 3 of the class skills
($10 Value)

The kids and I filmed a “one year later” update to show how to use the Instant Pot to achieve 3 of the original class skills: Browning Ground Meat, Steaming Vegetables, and Cooking Dry Beans.


Video Lesson: “Blooming Spices” from the Flavor Crash Course
($10 Value)

Courtney picks up where we leave off, teaching kids who are ready and adults the ins and outs of herbs and spices, how to combine together and use with food, and how to maximize your flavor. I chose this one for my VIPs because I learned a lot from it and the lesson isn’t very difficult to do.

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Kimball family photo


My VIPs truly get special treatment, from the conversations we have in the Facebook group to the quick answers to member’s questions, and the fact that I’m always scouting for more VIP items. I’ve added FIVE bonuses since the course launched the first time, and all VIP members get everything new – so when you join as a VIP, you will also get all the new goodies I secure as the years go forward. You don’t need coupons to make this a ridiculous value, because the value is built in:

All-Level Access = $119.85 Value

Additional VIP Items = $300.89 Value

GET IT TODAY for $119.95

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You choose your pace. You’ll have access to all the lessons, all the time, anywhere – you can do one a week, one a month, or delay starting until the time is right. Your call!

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Empowering for kids and parents!

“The three step process is our secret superpower in what would otherwise be a parent takeover (especially with the chef knife!)…but the technique you’ve imparted is such a contribution to our overall teaching style and I must thank you.

I feel like this experience has already reframed my understanding of the power of online classes, family learning and of course cooking!”

— Theresa, Brad and son, Aidan

Meet Your Course Instructor

katie-circle-headshot-transparent I’m Katie Kimball, and as a mom of 4 I hit this point where I was too busy and too stressed out to even think about inviting my kids to help me in the kitchen. But…I needed help so I could stop being so busy and spend time enjoying my children.

For the good of my whole family, it was time to teach my kids to cook.

Even though I love cooking myself, sometimes having my kids in the kitchen was as painful as doing crafts and finding glitter on everything two months later.

But I didn’t want my kids leaving for college not knowing how to cut a vegetable and ending up relying on frozen dinners the whole time!


I gave myself many pep talks so I’d remember how important it was, and once I began to see the fruits of my labor, I realized I needed to share our methods with more people.

That’s why I created the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, and why I can’t wait to share it with your family.


4 kids…10,000 family meals made…

8 years writing about real food…and ZERO fingers cut while kids use knives!

I can’t believe how much the kids can do in the kitchen! Thank you for making this class and giving me the courage to teach them!

–Heather, mom of Isaiah, 9, Gabriel and Trinity, 7 year old twins, and Amelia, 3.

I want you to know how much I enjoy your ebooks. I use your beans, breakfast, lunch and snack books all.the.time. They really help me feed my family better and keep me sane.

Your work is ALWAYS so thorough! I know I can trust your products. I honestly have not found any other cookbook type book that I could say that about.

I knew this new course would be worth the money just because of how well you do everything else. I am really looking forward to using it with my 4 kids (4 to 13) as part of our homeschool. I always have at least one of them cooking with me but it will be great to have a more focused approach. Thanks for all you do! I wish we were neighbors!

All the way from Utah,

What if the Kids Aren’t On Board?

Hiya, kids.

If you’re old enough to read this yourself, you’re probably almost too old to be excited about helping Mom and Dad in the kitchen.

I’ve got a story for you, so hang with me.

My son Paul has always been kind of an “I don’t care what other people think” kid, being friends with girls in first grade when everyone else thought they had cooties, taking hip hop even though none of his friends were in it, and letting it roll off his back if kids teased him about his “real food” lunches that didn’t look like theirs.

Now that he’s in sixth grade, a strange thing has begun happening.

No, no – not THAT thing, sheesh – a lunchtime thing.

The guys who sit around him are jealous of his lunches.

They say stuff like:

“Your lunches are, like, 4-course gourmet!”

“I would totally trade my hot lunch for your lunch any day!”

And when he had some leftover casserole that he not only made himself but created himself (like, designed the recipe and chose the seasonings and all that), he got the best comments of all.

Paul's homemade casserole

The other kids couldn’t believe he could do that, and (don’t tell him I told you, but…) I could see that he was proud of himself, too, because moms know stuff like that.

He probably would have snapped it if we let him have a phone, but we’re not cool parents. (Note to other uncool parents: that’s a reference to Snapchat. It’s a social media thing.)

Cheesy Potato Beef Casserole for lunchOne thing we do in the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse is to talk about “cooking like a TV chef” and I actually teach you how to just dump spices in your hand and throw them in the pot – without your parents having to throw out your meal because it was super disgusting.

And we talk about gas in the beans class. Just sayin’.

If you think it’s dumb after a couple classes, tell your parents and they can get their money back (they have 30 days).

I know, I know…I said the “d-word.” Don’t tell my 8-year-old or she’d have my head. 😉 Good thing I didn’t say the “s-word.”

If you want to make it sound like this was all your idea, feel free to tell your parents you decided you want to impress your friends by doing something they can’t do, or just that it’s time to learn to cook so you can be in charge of what you eat.

I won’t tell them a thing. #toomanysecrets

Stuff Real Kids Say About the Course

“The best part of doing these classes is getting to eat what you make!”

– Kelli, age 11, California

Best part = “Making my own recipe”

– Moroni, age 7, Missouri

Later, dude. Your parents can read the next part. (I do say “dude” in real life, seriously. Sorry about that.)

Here are a few notes we’ve gotten from other moms whose kids really enjoyed the classes:

  • “Awesome, awesome skill that is so helpful and gives him so much confidence in his own cooking independence! He kept listing all the things he could make now.”
  • “My favorite experience is seeing how excited he is about each new class. He will choose watching a new video from Mrs. Kimball over almost any other activity. He loves being in the kitchen with me and feels very empowered with his ‘official’ lessons.”
  • “My kids love videos generally, and they really, really love seeing the other kids (even if they’re just standing there). That is one of the biggest assets of this course in my opinion – it really teaches the kids by example of other kids. It’s a confidence booster for my kids knowing other kids just like them can and are doing the same tasks, and it really helps keep their interest.”
  • “They’ve asked me to watch again and again, so I would say that is a strong endorsement. A lot of times I overhear them using phrases from things they’ve seen when they play.”

Want that quality cooking screen time?



Still Have Questions?

I’m an FAQ kind of gal, so I have lots of answers for you! Dig deep here:

Most families choose the All-Access, for many reasons. All-Access is probably right for you if:

  • You have more than one child.
  • Your child is an Intermediate or Advanced age but doesn’t have much experience in the kitchen (or could use some reminders).
  • Your child is a Beginner who might want to learn more.
  • You’d like your child to be able to complete lessons as they grow older. A 5-year-old could do the Beginner lessons this year, part of the Intermediate Level next year, finish that level the next and then move into the Advanced Level. As long as you purchase the VIP Membership, you’ll never lose access to the course as long as it is online and can download the videos to keep permanently.

The best way to determine whether a child is Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced is to peruse the Curriculum Map that lists the skills taught at each level.

Some of the Beginner Level skills are appropriate for very young children, like ages 2-6 (i.e. careful pouring, building a colorful salad, spreading butter). Some of them are important foundations for any age, like peeling correctly, cross-hatch dicing, and measuring.

The Intermediate Level lays very important foundations such as sharp knife safety and stovetop safety. If your child has never worked with a sharp knife or at the stove, then they are definitely at Intermediate or Beginner, no matter their age. If you’re unsure about their ability in those areas, you can always watch part of the videos from Intermediate class 2 and 5 and see how your kids fare.

You can also pick and choose what classes to utilize and only teach a few from a level before moving on as well. I know of some young teens whose parents started them at the Beginner Level just for peeling and a couple of the other skills taught there. A teen could blow through those in combination with the Intermediate Level in a few hours. Many of our members with multiple children in the family have simply chosen to start everyone at the Beginner Level and move through all 24 lessons together.

The bottom line is that your child’s experience, personality, and your tolerance for new things and risks will direct where you begin, and our course will take them from there! Consider it a prerequisite for Intermediate that the child knows how to peel vegetables, cut with a dull knife, and measure accurately. To move to Advanced, a child must have some experience with sharp knives and the stove, as well as cracking eggs and reading a recipe on their own. Lots of foundational skills at the Intermediate Level!

Yes! The beauty of this course is that it was totally designed to be family-friendly. I taught six children, two at each level, at the same time for almost every lesson. There are special “teaching multiple children” sections in the course materials to give you ideas on the order in which to present skills so that one age level can be practicing while you are working with another age level.

For almost every class, you’ll be able to juggle 2 or 3 age levels at the same time. And what they make usually ends up coming together to make one meal or snack that everyone can enjoy! See the Curriculum Map for the intricate module integrations to see what your kids might do!

Yes. In the terms and conditions it says it’s ok to teach any number of children. You may copy the memory tools for them but not the entire recipe eBook or lesson plans, and you can’t share the videos except for viewing them. This is awesome for inviting neighbors or cousins over to your house and also applies to homeschool co-ops where many families get together.

The only thing members don’t have permission for is teaching others for-profit. That’s a separate Classroom Edition License. Please email for details.

The course is completely at your own pace, any time you’d like to login. I will send emails once a week for about 10 weeks as if the course was live and weekly, just a way to help keep you accountable and remind you that you have this awesome course at your disposal. Sometimes it’s too easy to forget about digital products, and that would be a shame! You can stop those and start them over if you’re not ready to begin right away.

I’ll also send reminders at key transitions during the year to remind you in case you forgot you bought the class entirely!

Every Class includes (at All-Access level):

5 Videos:

  1. An introductory video for adults explaining the day’s skills, how to present them in kid-friendly language, and some possible challenges you’ll want to be ready for.
  2. An All-Kid video for the kids that all levels can watch together. This is a skill that everyone can learn and sometimes integrates with the day’s lesson at age levels, sometimes does not.
  3. One video at each age/skill level, ranging in time from 3-22 minutes. If you have single module access, you’ll just have one of these. Otherwise, you’ll be able to watch all three.

There are also 4 “Foundations 101” video lessons to establish basic skills before embarking on the course (or at least by Class 4), and if you’re a VIP member, there’s a bonus 4-video Hospitality Class too.

PDF printouts:

  1. A recap of what’s in the Adult Guide videos for those who would rather skim + planning helps for the All-Kid lesson and tips for teaching multiple age groups at once.
  2. An extensive lesson plan for each module level (usually 4-10 pages each). The day’s plan, supplies needed at a glance, extensions to practice the skill plus adaptations for allergies and more.
  3. Printable memory tools to help the kids (and parents!) remember the important key phrases in each lesson. There are 1-4 “Flash Cards” for each lesson plus a “Daily Nugget” card with the factoid nutrition lesson for the day.
  4. A 50-page recipe eBook in kid-friendly language and font size for all the recipes demonstrated in the videos and mentioned in the lesson plans. (VIP members also receive a second “Extension” recipe eBook with more recipes for kids to practice their cooking skills from class.)

With VIP membership, you’ll have ongoing access to this course, so you can use it at your own pace and move up through the modules as your kids grow up and learn new skills – it’s truly a one-time fee for something your family will benefit from forever.

Over $300 Value:

  • Lifetime Access + Downloadable Videos ($25 value)
  • Bonus Hospitality Class (4 Videos + PDFs, on careful carrying, setting the table and washing the table) ($20 value)
  • Additional 40-page Recipe eBook (Extension Recipes to fit with each skill taught) ($9.95 value)
  • Private Facebook group support and additional tips and reminders ($19.95 value)
  • Super Healthy Kids’ Fast & Fresh Kitchen Success eCourse, usually only available to SHK members ($99 value)
  • A Kids Cook Real Food Activity Booklet with worksheets to go with some of the lessons, a gift from Laura of Heavenly Homemakers ($5 value).
  • Full-length eBook, Teaching Your Kids to Cook ($8 value), by Laura Coppinger
  • Full-length eBook, If It Does Not Grow, Say NO: Eatable Activities for Kids, by Kerry Alison Wekelo ($12.95 value)
  • Excerpt from Real Food Kids, an eBook from Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS. You’ll get 5 fantastic chapters that I chose to complement what the Kids Cook Real Food course will already give your kids. (the book is a $20 value)
  • A Table Chore Chart, nighttime kitchen list and chore philosophy from Amy at Raising Arrows. This homeschooling mother of 8 (maybe 9…I’ve lost count!) knows her stuff when it comes to keeping kids organized, trained, and helping, in the kitchen and out.($5 value)
  • Make-Ahead Lunches Meal Plan from $5 Dinners ($5 value)
  • Baker’s Dozen Sweet Quick Breads ($7.99 value)
  • Wellness Mama’s Grain-Free Italian Cookbook ($9.95 value)
  • Cooksmarts spices infographic
  • L is for Lemon worksheet
  • 20% off and free shipping on your first order from Thrive Market
  • Any Additional Bonuses Added Later (I have lots of brainstorms)

The VIP Upgrade can be added to an All-Access membership for $40 or purchased for any size membership once you’re in the membership area.

If your school has a supplies budget in place (many in California do), I can work with you! I’ll need to be in contact with your Educational Facilitator (or similar title) to connect for the first time, and once I’m part of a school’s approved listing, all you have to do is ask the school to send me a purchase order and we’ll take it from there. Most of the time, VIP is not an option for reimbursement.

We currently are on approved vendor lists at:

  • Academy of Arts and Sciences, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Inspire Charter Schools – North, Sacramento, CA
  • Many schools do not need approved vendors; they’ll just reimburse you. Check with your contact person!

We’d love to add more schools – contact with your request!

Possibly, depending on their age. The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse is a multimedia online course designed to help adults teach kids to cook (it doesn’t have to just be parents). Although older children could watch the videos on their own before working in the kitchen, it’s not intended to be fully self-study. An adult should always be involved once children are using knives, hot stoves and more.

If your kids have experience in the kitchen, however, and you’re comfortable with them working while you’re simply nearby working on something of your own, I know there are members who have done this successfully with older kids.

Absolutely. A 2-year-old might not be strong or coordinated enough to complete all 8 lessons at the Beginner Level but should be able to do quite a bit with an adult’s help and still learn valuable skills. By age 3, then 4, the same child could do the same lessons and get something new out of them!
You bet! We have had a number of teens take the course so far, and nearly everyone had positive things to say. Because the course is made for children of such a wide age range, the tone of voice is a bit more for younger children, but the skills at the Advanced Level are exactly what a teenager should be learning (if they haven’t had a ton of kitchen experience before). As long as your teenager doesn’t mind hearing me talk to littler kids during the All-Kid videos sometimes, I think it’s a good fit.
Oh, my friend. Delicious ones. And even more delicious because your children are making them.

Meatless Chickpea Wraps - like falafel but not deep fried (3) Watermarked

There are simple recipes like “potato hash” and “omelets” and more complicated things like homemade tortillas and meatless chickpea wraps (above). You can read all the recipe titles in the Curriculum Map.

The most important part though? They’re all 100% real food, from scratch, no processed stuff. We teach kids to cook with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, eggs, cheese, meat – the basics.

The Recipe eBook is not just another “kiddie cookbook.” It’s packed with real recipes for the whole family to enjoy, as demonstrated in the video lessons of the eCourse.

Homemade Gelatin Squares - great for kids, parties, school lunches and your health (11) Watermark

The eCourse is very allergy-friendly and provides many substitutions for special diets! The beauty of this course is that the focus is on the skills, not the recipes. If someone in your family can’t or won’t eat an ingredient we use in the demonstrated recipe, it’s easy to swap it out for another recipe and still practice the same cooking skill. There is a section in every lesson plan with ideas for allergies and substitutions of many kinds.

For example, we make ranch and Italian – the sour cream base for the ranch wouldn’t work for a dairy allergy or vegan, but kids could still make Italian, so the skill still gets appropriate practice. Our pancake and muffin recipes use eggs, but an egg-sensitive family could easily practice the skills of flipping pancakes and making a recipe all by oneself with any favorite pancake or muffin recipe.

As long as the children won’t be traumatized by their experience not matching the videos exactly (we have a sensitive type here at the Kimball household, so I know how that can go), you should feel confident embarking on the course with any dietary restriction.

Here are some individual breakdowns so you can see how much you might have to adapt:

  • Nuts: There are no nuts in the class recipes, and the one activity that uses peanut butter in a central way has many other options to practice the same skill.
  • Gluten: All the recipes except two are already gluten-free, and both of those have GF alternative recipes, although that may shift the skill a little bit.
  • Dairy: Many skills of the 30 already fit a dairy-free diet, and the few that don’t are fairly easy to adapt. Suggestions provided in the lesson plans.
  • Grain-free/Paleo: One skill at each age level does not fit a Paleo diet: two that have to do with legumes and one about cooking rice. Adaptations are included in the notes to switch up the lesson completely. Other than that, one other skill at each level will need to be adapted to use a different recipe but the same/similar skill. (See the Curriculum Map above for a more in-depth look at all the lessons.)
  • Eggs: Eggs are pretty central in about 2 out of the 24 lessons. There’s just no substitute for eggs when the skill you’re teaching is “cracking eggs” or “cooking scrambled eggs.” I still think the course would be worthwhile for kids with egg allergies – they’d only have to substitute 2 lessons max.
  • Sugar: There is very little sweetener of any kind in the course, and you can use natural sweeteners like sucanat or honey or substitute your own recipes for muffins if you like.
  • Vegan: All the skills in the Beginner Level apply fine to vegans, although 2 recipes would need adaptations. Two skills (eggs and ground meat) at the Intermediate Level would need replacements; suggestions provided in the materials. Two skills at the Advanced Level (cooking eggs and a white sauce) would also need replacements or adaptations (a dairy-free white sauce for example). I’d say that if there are 30 skills taught, only about 4 of them relate specifically to animal products.

If you have other allergies, feel free to email a question to and I’ll get back to you ASAP. If you get the VIP level with Facebook support version, I’d be able to help you find suitable allergy-friendly recipes to fit your needs for each skill as you work through the course.

I assure you that safety is a top priority in the lessons and videos, and a lot of our initial time teaching knife skills and working at the stove is spent on safety. There’s no guarantee that accidents won’t happen, but walking carries some risk too, yet we all manage to do it and let our kids do it as well. 😉

I’ll let a happy member tell you in her own words about her experience with safety:

“My kids can safely work at the stove! THANK YOU! I have always been too afraid to go there and you gave me and my kiddos the right info we needed to do it safely.”

Not really. There’s a supply list with every single item you’ll need for all 27 lessons, and it’s barely over a page of large text and includes items like “butter knife” and “large mixing bowl.” Most homes will have 90% of what we use already, and we recommend resources to purchase if you don’t.

One necessary item for Intermediate and Advanced Level kids is a knife that fits your child’s hands. Any paring knife will do for the Intermediate Level, but the Advanced kids use a chef’s knife. You should have access to a sharp chef’s knife that’s no longer than 6 inches in length for best success with smaller hands (or something like a 4-inch Victorinox knife that can be used on many chef’s knife tasks).

Because I’m a perfectionist.

Truly, I am, and we also had an army of 40 reviewing families who ran the course through their real kitchens. We took that feedback and made massive improvements to what was already a comprehensive course. The videos were all filmed and edited professionally, and you’ll find the the PDF materials will answer all your FAQs before you ask them, even if you’re an FAQ person (which clearly you are, because here you are on the FAQ page).

If you don’t agree, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee for any reason, no questions asked. (Well, truthfully I might ask questions so that I can improve others’ experience and help you out, but you’ll still get a full refund no matter what your answers are.)

Sort of. Once you’re a member, if you don’t have VIP, you can find a link in your sidebar to add lifetime at any point during your membership (even a day before it runs out) for $25.

Lifetime does 2 things only – it allows you access to whatever classes you buy (one level or all-access) for life instead of 12 months. It also enables downloadable videos (after the 30-day refund period) so that you can actually access for life, not just as long as I’m able to keep the course running online.

With kids at one level, an hour should be sufficient for most lessons, although some of the cooking ones will take at least an hour and a half (kid-time is slower than adult-time, remember that). If you’re teaching all 3 levels at once, it’s totally doable, but you’ll need to set aside at least 2 hours so kids can rotate through the kitchen and not feel rushed. One class per week or every other week is just right for many families.

We’ve found that many homeschooling families exchange something from their schedule once a month for cooking class or use it as a life skills rotation for a quarter.

Although there are technically 8 classes, many members split up some of them and teach part the first day and part the next, plus there are some bonus lessons, so it could take 10-12 weeks to fully complete.

For most people, looking over the lessons for about 15 minutes and making sure your grocery list is up to date will take care of it. Some folks really like to print, laminate, 3-ring punch, etc. That might a few hours up front getting everything prepared, and then just 5-10 minutes a week taking care of the details for each lesson.

In the member area, I have a 2-minute video explaining the 3 classes you can teach without any prep or food supplies needed, so if you want to jump in with both feet and plan later, you can do that too. 😉

With all memberships, you’ll have access through the member area for 12 months. If you upgrade to VIP, you’ll have access forever (i.e. as long as the course is online, minimum of one year guaranteed in the terms and conditions – but I sure hope it’s for years and years and years, I just can’t guarantee that I’ll be around for your “lifetime” legally, you know?). VIP members will have the ability to download the videos after the refund period is over. PDFs are always available for download. Videos are not downloadable with a basic 12-month membership.
Yes! Once you’re a member, there will be ways to upgrade from single to all-access or to add VIP at any point. There’s no “open” or “closed” enrollment inside the member area.
You bet. Once you’re a member, you can login from any device, anywhere, to view the course materials, and if you download them, you are welcome to save them on any device you own.
Starting when you receive access to the course (immediately after purchase), you’ll have 30 days to try out the course in your kitchen. We are so confident that you’ll love it that we will refund your purchase price if you email your request to ecourse at within the refund period. Flash drives include a $10 service charge to return and of course the product itself must be mailed back.
There is a member area for streaming the videos, so if you don’t have home Internet (or it’s not very good), you might have trouble watching them. If you get a VIP Membership you can download the videos after the 30-day refund period is over. I recommend downloading at the lowest quality so it doesn’t take up so much space on your computer. The PDFs are always downloadable, no matter your membership level.
Yes! We are offering flash drives for a small fee; watch for the opportunity to add yours at checkout. They are only available with the All-Access memberships, however, because the drive has all the videos (in HD) and PDFs from every level.

You can use the flash drive to watch the videos on Roku, AppleTV or FireTV as well as to access your course when you don’t have Internet. You may not share the drive with others; it’s still your membership.

We don’t yet offer DVDs but plan to get the materials into print and DVD as well. Keep letting us know if that’s something of interest to you!

Yes! We love it when grandparents or friends give our course as a gift, and many have.

Here’s the easiest way to give an eCourse gift:

  • Purchase the course at whatever age level you wish.
  • When you are asked to register for the course, don’t do it. Just forward the email from me with the subject “Claim Your Order so You Can Get in! [eCourse]” to the family who will be using the course.
  • That person can then set a username and password, and they should immediately change their email in the system so that if they ever forget their password, they get the reset email and not you.
  • Our reminder emails come from a different system, unfortunately, so if the family wants to receive those, someone needs to email to change the email on that side of the account.

Coming soon: a certificate that you can print and wrap!

The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse was created by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship, along with 3 of her 4 children (baby Gabe didn’t get to participate but enjoyed eating all the fruit we cut up). I am a trained elementary school teacher with experience in 3rd and 5th grade classrooms.

The most important part to your kids, however, is that there are real kids in the videos. In fact, many members report that their kids call our kids their friends and love watching them. The “cast” of the eCourse videos includes 3 Kimball kids and their dear friends:

  • Paul K., age 10
  • Quinn V., age 8
  • Leah K., age 7
  • Lili Z., age 7
  • John K., age 4
  • Jill Z., age 5

There’s nothing comparable to the positive peer pressure of seeing real kids doing the work of cooking, enjoying eating vegetables, and even making mistakes.

cast of the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse

My team and I are here for you and answer emails within about 6 hours on weekdays. Shoot us a note at

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Get a single level if you have an older child who only needs Advanced or just want to test the waters with one level. You can add more later if needed (although all-level access is a much better deal).

  • 8 All-Kid lessons (like the knife skills video)
  • 8 more videos for one skill level + PDF lesson plans
  • 12 printable flash cards to remember the kid-friendly language
  • 12 months access
  • Choose Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Level


Great for families with more than one child or who could teach multiple levels to an older child in one year.

  • All 3 levels (for the price of 2 singles!)
  • 8 All-Kid lessons (like the knife skills video)
  • Flash drive available for additional fee
  • 24 more skill level videos
  • Over 200 pages of PDF lesson plans + recipes
  • 43 printable flash cards to remember the kid-friendly language
  • 24 total weeks of classes – or teach 8 weeks to all ages at once
  • 12 months access



but we offer full digital refunds for any reason anytime within the first 30 days of access so you can be sure. You really get a chance to try it out thoroughly. No worries about buyer’s remorse!

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