5 Meals to get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen
We’re teaming up with Asko today, to bring you some of our favourite recipes and ideas for cooking with the kids in the kitchen.
Taking some time out from your frenzied routine and cooking with your kids is one of the most rewarding activities you can share with them. Not only does it help inspire a love of cooking and food in your children, it also provides a great opportunity to chat and for the little ones to hone their fine motor and maths skills. You’ll also be teaching them some important life skills, and (best of all) they’ll be able to cook your dinner all by themselves when they get a bit older!
If you’re looking to enjoy some quality time in the kitchen try these five meals your kids can help you make.
There’s something so fun about consuming pasta, particularly watching children slurp the long noodles of fettuccine or spaghetti into their mouths. And aside from a little prep, it’s an easy dish for children to be part of, and is most fun for the kids when you make the pasta from scratch. Think of it as edible playdough…
Basic pasta involves breaking your eggs into a well in the flour and steadily mixing the flour in. It’s a fun exercise that that is destined to have your kids involved and getting their hands dirty all the way from the mixing stage to the kneading and rolling out. Then it’s as easy as preparing your favourite sauce and heating it on the cooktop. If you’re keen to have the kids involved in the stove-top cooking, electric cooktops are safer than gas. Appliance companies such as ASKO have some great options available, check them out here for a little inspiration.
A family favourite pasta recipe in our house is Tanya’s Chicken Meatballs with Tomato Sauce – and we always sneak a bit of cheese in the middle of our meatballs!
Always a firm favourite with kids, sausage rolls are another solid option to get the littlies involved. The best thing is that when you make them at home, they’re likely to be healthier than the store-bought varieties. Consider adding vegetables like carrot and zucchini to your mince and then have some fun wrapping the mix in pastry and rolling them together. Try Danni’s Super Sausage Rolls.
Like pasta, it’s fun to cook pizzas. A great idea is to make the dough from scratch as it allows the kids to measure out the ingredients, mix it together, knead the dough and create the pizza bases. Then it just requires a spread of sauce, some simple topping and a grate of cheese to complete a healthy alternative to takeaway pizza. We also love to make Pizza Pockets – great for leftover dough and a fun lunchbox filler!
Biscuits and Slices
Biscuits and slices are traditional go-to items when it comes to cooking with kids, and for good reason: they’re simple to make and their sweet taste is a crowd pleaser. The bulk of the cooking involves measuring out dry and wet ingredients and then mixing them together before placing them on a tray and baking the slice in the oven. Another favourite for lunchboxes too. We tend to make slices in bulk, cut up and freeze so we always have something ready to pop into the kids lunches. For a favourite biscuit with the kids – which they love both making and decorating, try my Nanny’s Kiss Biscuits…
There are few things children love more than cakes: the measuring, the mixing and of course licking the bowl and spoon at the end. Even little children delight in cracking eggs and mixing the ingredients together in a bowl. Which is only topped by decorating their creation and having a taste. Try our tasty cupcake recipe!
Cooking with kids is one of life’s simple pleasures that harnesses their imagination, skills, creativity and helps them learn to follow instructions and share. Cooking is also a good opportunity for them to learn valuable life skills, gain an appreciation of food and where it comes from, and to just enjoy some quality time with you. It can be messy, but it can also be lots of fun!