Nadiya's Time to Eat
By Lynnette Nicholas,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Feel-good cooking series has cool hacks, great role model.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Messages of empathy, compassion, creativity. Through teamwork and partnering with other families, a chef is able to alleviate some of the stress in the lives of other parents. Themes of balancing work, life, family. Effective strategies are shared and implemented to create peace in homes of others. A chef not only shares recipes, but also goes out into real world on adventures for purpose of learning more and teaching others.
Positive Role Models
A chef shares recipes and goes out into real world on adventures for purpose of learning more, teaching others. A wife and working mom uses her skill sets to help and encourage others in their cooking routines. A creative chef curates family-specific and general recipes that bring joy and organization into homes of other parents.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nadiya's Time to Eat is a cooking series hosted by TV chef Nadiya Hussain. This family-friendly cooking series is appropriate for all ages and is good for the entire family. Each episode is full of savory, time-efficient recipes that simplify the cooking process without compromising on flavor. The episodes encourage creativity while cooking, and provide an educational element with the inclusion of Hussain's adventures to different factories and locations to learn about the journey of food before it is cooked. There are themes of creativity, empathy, and compassion throughout. The series is great for foodies, but parents seeking to have more order and efficiency when prepping meals or cooking will especially appreciate Hussain's creative cooking hacks. There's diversity, and a strong emphasis is placed on helping parents cultivate more peace in the kitchen.
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What's the Story?
NADIYA'S TIME TO EAT is a cooking show hosted by famed British TV chef Nadiya Hussain, who won the sixth series of the BBC's The Great British Baking Show and is a regular presenter for The Big Family Cooking Showdown, among many other accomplishments. In Nadiya's Time to Eat, Hussain shares delicious recipes and time-saving hacks for savory meals that help families spend less time in the kitchen and more time together. Her hacks aim to take the stress out of meal prep and encourage calm when it comes to meals and how they fit into the work-life balance. In each episode, Hussain not only helps a parent in need with time-saving recipes and cooking solutions, but also goes on adventures to factories and businesses to showcase the farm-to-table process.
Is It Any Good?
Adorned in the most inviting shades of pastel, pretty patterned head wraps and a megawatt smile, Hussain has a warmth and essence that is relatable and universal. As a real-life mom of three, she brings a heightened sense of compassion, empathy, and genuine understanding to her interactions with others, and we're inclined to trust her advice for saving time, adding flavor to meals, and creating ease while in the kitchen. The meals actually look delicious, and it appears that the time-saving hacks actually work.
Nadiya's Time to Eat is great for the entire family. Foodies, cooking enthusiasts, and even those who struggle in the kitchen will feel inspired after watching this series. As a wife, mom, and successful working professional, Hussain appears to be a great role model for women and girls. Her very likeness on screen provides positive representation for women of color, and an inspirational counter-stereotype for negative depictions of Muslim women. In the modern times that we live in, saving parents time so that they can spend more time with their families and invest in a more aligned work-life balance seems like a great combo. And to top it off, there's an educational element to her adventures, which lend themselves to heightening the cooking experience.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Family can talk about meal prep, time-saving recipes, and the benefits of having dinner together as a family. What is meal prep, and how does it change the process of cooking?
Time-saving recipes are a theme throughout Nadiya's Time to Eat. Are meals that are prepared in a shorter amount of time less likely to taste good? What are some hacks from the series that help to preserve the flavor of food when it's prepared in advance and stored away for a later date or time?
Spending quality time together as a family is another theme in the series. What are some ways that eating dinner together can benefit a family? Do you think that spending time together increases the quality of communication among family members?
Though a TV chef, Hussain is a wife and working mother. In what ways does she show compassion and empathy for the families that she interacts with?
- Premiere date: April 29, 2020
- Cast: Nadiya Hussain
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Reality TV
- Topics: Cooking and Baking, Adventures, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Communication, Compassion, Empathy
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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