Don’t be fooled. Cooking is DEFINITELY a learning activity. We do it three times a day and if you’re like me, you do it more!
I know so many people who had no idea how to cook when they got out of school. What happened? They ate out, a LOT. Then what happened? Eventually their health caught up with them and they realized something had to change. Then they learned to cook.
I don’t want that for my children. I want them to know about food and how to cook from the beginning.
I’m not too worried about perfecting any skills because cooking with your children is more about confidence. When they have experience in the kitchen it brings a confidence that gives them more freedom and more variety. They catch the I-Can attitude that transfers to other areas of life and enables them to refine their skills on their own.
To get your children started, I’m sharing my favorite recipes for my kids to cook.
Top 10 Recipes for Kids to Cook
I like these recipes the most because they are easy, healthy, and require little adult supervision. The key to cooking with your children is to repeat. Repeat the recipe many times with them so they know how to do it by themselves. Then, introduce variations of the same recipe to show them how they can make it their own. Give them choices and start turning them into little chefs.
Allow them to take the reigns. My daughter makes breakfast on Saturday and I let her come up with whatever she wants. Sometimes it’s just cereal. Other times it is scrabbled eggs and toast. Often it’s messy but the knowledge and confidence she gains is worth it.
Incredible Edible Egg
Speaking of eggs, this is one of the easiest healthy things kids can learn to cook and their are lots of different ways to cook an egg.
This is the easiest and safest way for kids to cook boiled eggs.
Then turn those boiled eggs into a fun and creative snack.
Classic and easy, but fancy I love this mess-free version!
After they can scramble an egg, they can have some fun making designs with them.
What kid doesn’t like pizza? And there are so many ways to make it!
My kids love to make this pizza because it takes less than 15 minutes to make.
Almost anything can be used for crust, like these heart pizzas!
Challenge their skills with traditional yeast pizza dough.
Easy Peasy Snacks
Don’t just let your kids raid the pantry. They key to snacks is to have healthy food available for them to prepare for themselves.
These are easy to make and your children can prepare them at the beginning of the week to snack on throughout the week. Plus, they can help kids eat more vegetables!
If my little Emma can mix this up all by herself, so can your child. Plus this master recipe allows them to choose what goes into their healthy granola!
These are easy, but they also can be an artistic outlet!
You can’t go wrong with this combo. Mix it up by offering bananas, raisins, or thinly sliced apples to put in their sandwich.
Give your children the tools and ingredients and see what they can come up with!
What do your children like to cook?
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