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5 Questions with Carried Away Chefs + Recipe

Like many New Yorkers, the Kidz Central Station team defaults to ordering delivery almost every night.  Then, we motivate to cook more often so we can eat healthier. This vow lasts a week. Repeat. Does this cycle sound familiar??

That’s why we are super excited to introduce Carried Away Chefs to our busy, tired families carried away chefswho are also concerned with eating family meals in a relaxed, happy environment.  Dedicated personal chefs travel to you to cook a healthy, delicious home-cooked meal using ingredients you want – a comprehensive home dining solution.  They will even shop for the groceries.  Don’t worry if you have a tiny NYC kitchen because these talented chefs can work with anything!  Check out @carriedawaychefs for their mouth watering photos.


Kate Homes Carried Away ChefsFounder Kate Homes is a Le Corden Bleu trained chef who spent many years in top fine-dining kitchens and at the Food Network.  During this time she also worked as a personal chef and truly enjoyed the connection formed by cooking in family homes. We, especially, connected with how her service and her mission transformed once becoming a mom herself.

How has being a mom informed your mission with Carried Away Chefs?
I had my first daughter, Lucy, 2 years after starting the business and began to truly understand how we were not only helping with our clients’ meals, but also with family time and life balance. When I went back to work, I started mimicking our weekly service for myself at the beginning of the week; cooking a handful of meals.  I’d then come home in the evening and instead of rushing into the kitchen to prepare dinner, I’d sit down on the floor with my daughter and spend the quality time we hadn’t had while I was at work.  Enjoying a glass of wine with my husband, playing with the kids, knowing dinner is ready to re-heat when you get hungry is such a pleasant way to wind down from the work day.

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What are your two best tips for handling a picky eater?
1. Minimize drama – kids pick up on when they’ve pushed a button that gets attention, negative or positive.  If there’s always a lot of fuss over eating certain foods, it might become not about the food at all but about the habit of resisting. Try acting casual and saying, “oh, you don’t like that?  I totally forgot sorry!”

2. Eat the same food and eat together. We can’t do this all the time, but sharing a few meals, snacks, or treats together throughout the week can reinforce the idea that it’s not solely about the nutrients. We are supposed to enjoy food as well.   

How do we get our kids to eat healthier, i.e. sneak in more vegetables?
There are definitely some fun recipes we’ve made that actually ‘sneak’ vegetables into the recipe so kids don’t know they are there.  I think it’s great because we all could always use more vegetables in our diets, though it does slightly ‘kick the can down the road’ in terms of developing healthy eating habits.  I’m a huge fan of just making the vegetables taste amazing. Seasoning very well with salt (in moderation it’s not bad); it brings out the flavor of vegetables and makes them SO much better.  Or try soy sauce or liquid aminos; my kids will eat anything if there is soy sauce on it. Texture plays a part, too; a lot of kids aren’t into cooked vegetables but are totally fine with raw. Throw in a tasty dipping sauce and you’re good to go!

carried away chefsWhat foods or textures or tastes can help expand our children’s palate?
I have found that introducing exciting flavors and cuisines early can help expand their palates and give you more options.  Asian dishes that include soy sauce or toasted sesame oil are well seasoned so they will be a hit; and Mexican and Indian as long as they aren’t spicy.  I prefer ground or shredded meat dishes as they are easier for little ones to chew, and more seasoning covers the bites. I also try to make rice, quinoa or couscous dishes where everything is chopped small so they get all the ingredients and flavors in each bite.

Give our busy parents your favorite kid-friendly dish using just 5 ingredients and minimum pots and pans from their small NYC kitchen.


Turkey mushroom lettuce cups – one skillet!

  • 2T Toasted sesame oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup grated shiitake mushrooms
  • 2T tomato paste
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • 1 head bibb lettuce (this is a 6th ‘ingredient’ but you don’t actually have to do anything to it!)

    1. Saute the turkey and mushrooms in sesame oil with a pinch of salt. when the cooking juices start to diminish, stir in tomato paste and soy sauce, cook until thickened
    2. Break up the lettuce head into ‘cups’- see if you can entice your child to eat the lettuce like a taco with the meat inside, or if not, just the meat.

Carried Away Chefs services:

  • A personal chef will come to your home once weekly to prepare 3 main dishes + 3 sides + 1 baked good ($350+ groceries) or twice weekly to prepare 2 main dishes + 2 sides + 1 baked good per visit ($550+ groceries)
  • In-home interactive cooking demonstration for your family, including a recipe packet
  • Cooking classes: for kids ($45/child, minimum 6) or individual sessions ($275+)
  • Private Events

Kids’ Classes to Sign Up For RIGHT NOW

Since fall’s halfway over you have to wait until winter for your kids to start new classes, right? Wrong. Luckily, so very wrong! Many kids’ programs offer mini semesters that start smack in the middle of the season, giving parents another chance to sign up for brand new kids’ classes for fall. Kidz Central Station has a bunch of new offerings starting soon, so if your little ones could use another fun activity each week, check out some great new classes to fill those empty holes in their schedules.

baby girl with her mother cook, bakeJCC in Manhattan. For working parents who want to experience the enrichment of classes with their kids, or for parents who want to enjoy a class together with their kids on weekends, the JCC in Manhattan is offering a whole new array of Sunday drop-in classes (and one mini semester class) that literally just started. From cooking classes to new parent support groups, there are some great options here, and since most are drop-in, you can pay by the class and not commit every week.

Soc Roc. A Kidz Central Station favorite, Soc Roc is starting new mini semester of soccer classes on November 12 at Babies ’R’ Us in Union Square. It’s a great program taught by a real soccer pro, known for fantastic classes all over the city for little ones as young as 18 months old. If you’re interested and want to see what it’s all about, Soc Roc is holding free trials on November 6 and 7, so you can get a taste of what the mini semester will bring.

14th Street Y. If music is your child’s thing, you’ll find no shortage of great options at the 14th Street Y. With mini semesters starting throughout November, there are classes for every age with songs, instruments, musical stories, and more. Kids age 12 months to three and a half years can rock out with Rock-a-Baby, Boogie with Brett, or Musical Notes with Nick, and there is even a Brett class for tiny musicians whoa re two months old and up.

Rockin’ With Andy. Known as one of the best infant performers in NYC, Rockin’ With Andy does it all—he sings, he plays instruments, and he dazzles little ones age four months to four years with a rockin’ good time. He just began holding weekly drop-in classes at Explore + Discover’s brand new facility in Murray Hill (single class or five-class packs are available) so you can stop in for a class whenever it fits your schedule.

Juguemos a Cantar. For Park Slope parents whose kids can’t get enough of arts and crafts, Juguemos a Cantar’s jewelry workshops are the perfect weekend option. There are two different workshops offered, one for age 4–7 and another for age 8–12, and both teach kids to design their own jewelry using an array of fun materials and their innate talents. As a bonus, classes are taught by Flora Mayer, an innovative fashion designer from Buenos Aires, whose art has been showcased in shops, galleries and museums in both Argentina and Spain.Two Children Painting Picture At Home

Looking for more great fall kids’ classes and activities to add to your list? Check out the weekend plays at the Galli Theater (The Ugly Ducking, Snow White, Rapunzel, and more!), amazing art gallery tours with Chelsea Childhood Center for the Arts, and drop-in classes every week throughout NYC!