Cooking with kids can be a fulfilling activity for both you and the kids. It allows them to be creative in the kitchen, boosts their self esteem, and gives them a life skill they’ll take into the future. When you teach them a few simple recipes, you’ll be teaching them to contribute to the family, give them a sense of responsibility, and even teach them a bit about nutrition. Let’s not forget that you can even toss in some educational aspects such as math, science, reading, social studies, and more.
You can get started with these three simple recipes: homemade pizza, fruit smoothies, and sandwich wraps.
Pizza is a great starting place for kids. It lets them get messy and creative with no danger of hurting themselves. Collect these ingredients:
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon butter
2 teaspoons milk
1 tablespoon Pizza sauce
A little salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
Cheese (kid’s choice! But mozzarella works well)
Other toppings (kids choice!)
Stir the flour, salt, butter, baking powder, and milk together until becomes doughy. Roll the dough into a ball, then flatten it out onto a greased pan. Pour on the sauce, leaving a small edge around the outside of the pizza. Sprinkle on cheese and add toppings. Then pop it in the oven for 20 minutes.
A smoothie is a quick and healthy option for cooking with kids. All you need is some fruit, orange juice, and nonfat yogurt. Just collect your kids favorite fruits and let them pick what they want. Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, raspberries all work well and taste delicious. After the fruit selection is done, toss the fruit, ½ cup nonfat yogurt, and ½ cup orange juice into a blender and blend until smooth. The recipe serves one, so double it up for those twins out there. The kids will love pushing that “blend” button.
Getting bored of the traditional sandwich? Want something more involved to interest the kids than slapping two pieces of bread around some deli ham? Try these sandwich wraps for a fun twist to the traditional lunch fare.
Assorted meats (turkey, corned beef)
Light mayonnaise or mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
Put these ingredients out on the table in an assembly-line and let your kids pick and choose what they want. Spread mayonnaise or mustard (or both!) onto the tortilla, pick your meat and cheese, sprinkle on the lettuce and salt and pepper. Take one side of the tortilla, fold it over and then tuck it under the toppings, making a nice tight roll. Cut them in half for easier handling and use a toothpick to secure the wrap if it flops open. For the bigger kids, you can help them fry up some bacon to add a crispy crunch to the wraps.
Getting started cooking with kids is as simple as grabbing a few ingredients and heading off to the kitchen. Take these recipes and try them out, but remember that cooking is all about having fun and being creative, so start experimenting!