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Parenting is HARD work.

Good work, vitally important work, but it takes a lot out of a person.

When you get to the end of a day, do you:

  • …always wish you had done more for your kids in a day (but couldn’t do it all)?
  • …struggle with dinnertime because no one wants to eat the food you worked so hard to serve? 
  • …feel like you’ve managed to juggle all the skills and attention your kids need but aren’t refilling your own tank enough? 

Sometimes we just want a peaceful break while we make dinner — and it’s no wonder many of us “plug in” the kids for a few moments of relief right around 5:00!

(No guilt, mama—we all have.)

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Those 30 minutes of peace in the kitchen can feel like your lifeline to sanity, and even though the kids may ask to help, you can’t slow down enough for the mess.

But fast forward to sitting around the table, and chaos reigns.

  • …Kids refusing food, or you forcing them to eat “one more bite.”
  • …That one jack-in-the-box child who leaps up at every opportunity to show off his new ninja roll.
  • …or the “independent” child who takes matters into their own hands and makes a beeline for the PB&J instead.

If you plug in your kids while you’re cooking, imagine the rediscovered family time you’d get by inviting them into the kitchen to work with you instead!

Teaching your kids to cook with our organized-for-you system will improve family life whether you wish you were doing more intentional parenting, need to refill your own tank more, or just are sick and tired of no one eating dinner joyfully. 

But before you’re crushed beneath the weight of One.More.Thing to do, it’s not your fault…

So let’s look at a few very good reasons why you wind up an exhausted short-order cook with no one else on the payroll:

  • Your kids don’t have enough skills to be helpful—let’s face it: kids can be messy and slow, creating MORE work for you.
  • You don’t know how to transition from them being your “shadow” and dumping and stirring ingredients for that banana bread…to taking responsibility for prepping an entire dish.
  • They see cooking as a “chore mom does” rather than a place to exert their independence and showcase their own skills. (Hint: they won’t say that—it sounds more like whining and complaining when you ask them to help.)
  • Or the kicker for everyone our age: Your own mom never taught you to cook—so how are you supposed to teach what you learned by trial-and-error as a newlywed (via many burnt biscuits fed to the birds)?

Your mission:

Teach your kids the life skills they need, how to actually be helpful in the kitchen, and to learn to love healthy food.


If that sounds impossible, then good news:

We’ve done the hardest part for you!


The step-by-step cooking lessons that build family connection while nurturing confidence and creativity in the kitchen.


  • Your kids ask to help as you’re rushing to get dinner on the table in 17 minutes, and instead of a feeling of dread, you say, “Sure, grab a knife and a cucumber!”
  • Saturday morning means the smell of pancakes cooking drifting into your bedroom while you enjoy an extra hour between the sheets.
  • Your next potluck? Everyone there is complimenting your beaming children on the appetizer they made together.
  • You actually have time to finish your Bible study prep, because it’s “kids cooking night” and dinner is on the table without you lifting a finger.

Sound impossible? Nope. It’s as easy as 1-2-3


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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!

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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!

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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.

If you’re a parent who doesn’t really cook yourself, how are you going to teach your child?

Whenever I asked my oldest to help with dinner, I was met with much resistance. Now that she’s learned basic cooking skills with Kids Cook Real Food, I just asked her to set up dinner and she made pasta, heated sauce and homemade meatballs, and cut and steamed broccoli effortlessly.

If you’re a parent who doesn’t really cook yourself, how are you going to teach your child? We have to remember that we need to let them go a little and teach life skills, but it has to be intentional.

— Adria, Mom of 2 from California


No guess work: the program is logically organized, building skill-by-skill—so you don’t have to think about “what comes next?”


Whether you’re a “launch and go” type parent who just wants to get started, or you want to dig deep with more details, we’ve got you covered. Our goal is just to get you in the kitchen!


Kids love seeing other kids in the videos, and for picky eaters it’s motivating to know that they can both cut and eat the celery! Plus, we slow down and demonstrate each step so even the youngest kids can follow along.


Tbs. vs. tsp.??? It’s a foreign language to little people! We’ve taken out abbreviations and jargon (and printed in larger font!) so there’s no translation needed when making a Kids Cook Real Food recipe.


No cans of crescent rolls wrapped around a hot dog here! You’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, unlocked through actual kid-friendly knife skills. From-scratch cooking means your kids are more connected to their food.


Everyone can speak the same language with our fun phrases and memory tricks. Print them out for independent practice, or just stick them on the fridge!


It’s difficult to find something all your kids can enjoy at once, but these developmentally correct skills for each age group come together to create one meal or snack for the whole family.


Cooking with kids stresses me out!

Review: Testimonial for the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse
“I enjoy cooking, but not with my kids because it stressed me out. I’d probably have kept kicking them out of the kitchen until they were 15!

Watching the kids cook on the Kids Cook Real Food videos gave me the courage to get my kids in the kitchen and just START cooking. With “Mrs. Kimball” as the teacher, it was easier on me. The KCRF classes show the techniques slowly and repeatedly which helped my kids learn the cooking skills well and work safely. My kids have so many way to serve the family now, and the 4 year old is my best little “sous chef” yet – he LOVES helping me prep for dinner by cutting up fruits & veggies with a real knife – and I love having REAL help in the kitchen!”

— Amy L., Mom of 5

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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.

kimball-kidsBut 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.

xoxo mrs kimball

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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
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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!

Take a closer look at the curriculum map.

Curriculum Map Integrations

Still Have Questions about the eCourse?

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!

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. 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 [email protected] for details.

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 [email protected] 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). See our resources page for easy order links and ideas.

If you would like to receive a box with all the supplies and non-perishables for Class 1 at all the levels, look into the Concierge Experience.

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. You can stop those and start them over if you’re not ready to begin right away.

I’ll also send reminders at key points of the year like school breaks to remind you in case you forgot you bought the class entirely!

Every Class includes :

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 or Concierge member, there’s a bonus 4-video Hospitality Class too.

Single Level access includes the Adult Guide and All-Kid videos, plus the level you chose.

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 and Concierge members also receive a second “Extension” recipe eBook with more recipes for kids to practice their cooking skills from class.)
  5. See an example of a lesson PDF from the Beginner Level to get a feel for the layout.

Still more questions? I’m an FAQ kind of gal, so I have lots of answers for you! 


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Here’s what other moms are saying…

I know how to cook, plus I’m really cheap, so at first it seemed like I could do this myself…

“Then I decided to purchase this program and it’s been the best decision I’ve made lately! The teacher knows just how to explain certain concepts, uses better terminology for kids, and knows what order to best introduce new concepts! I love how all the recipes use real food too. My kids and I like seeing the kids in the video doing the lessons, as I think it makes them more confident that they can do it too. Since starting this course, my kids actually WANT to help me in the kitchen every day, and they never asked to help me before!”

— Lisa Timm, mom

I was a little nervous about my 4yr old participating…

“…because he gets frustrated very easily and I was worried he’d have a meltdown if it was harder than he expected. But he did GREAT! And he was so super proud of himself. I haven’t had my kids do much helping in the kitchen until now because it’s quicker and easier for me to do it myself. I realize now, however, that they are much more capable that I was giving them credit for and my life is going to be a million times easier when they are peeling and chopping their own veggie snacks!”

— Rachael P., Arizona

My daughter came home with cuts on her fingers after a community cooking class…

“My 9-year-old has ADHD and is very eager to learn to cook. I am not a natural in the kitchen and she often gets ahead of me. I tried to send her to a community cooking class. She enjoyed it, but came home with cuts on her fingers which made me more nervous. I used the tips from the knife skills video with her recently. It was so helpful, because Katie breaks everything down into steps and gives great tips on [knife] safety! We were able to cook chicken soup together, which is one of our favorites.”

— Sarah M.

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