Got a Budding Chef in the Family? 5 Kid-Friendly Meals You Can Make Together
By Anita Ginsburg
If your child has a passion for the culinary arts, you should encourage their newfound hobby by teaching them how to cook simple things that they will enjoy both preparing and eating. It’s also a great way to bond together while doing something that interests them. Plus, they will be able to help you cook family meals as they hone their skill. Here are five kid-friendly meals you can make together.
Pizza is simple and delicious, and easily customizable for different tastes. Take your child to the store to help pick up all the ingredients that you will need. It’s a good idea to start with pre-made dough before moving on to the home-made dough. To add to the fun, consider making it a whole pizza party for friends. Just prepare in advance for some spills along the way.
Sandwiches are a standard lunch that children enjoy. When the kids can learn to make their own sandwiches for their lunch, it can also alleviate some of the stress off of you. Sandwiches are also safe and relatively clean while being easily customizable.
Take your child with you when you go grocery shopping, and let them help choose sandwich options. Point out innovative options to help your child learn new flavors and tastes. For example, they might want to try a new bread, such as kaiser buns. At the store, they may also find new types of vegetables or cheeses that they want to try on their sandwiches.
Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese are a yummy comfort food perfect for chilly days when you want to make something quickly. With a little guidance, your child can learn how to make boxed macaroni and cheese. Try different brands and styles to experiment. As your kid gains more confidence in the kitchen, they can make mac-and-cheese from scratch. You can suggest adding bacon, mushrooms, or new types of cheese to keep it interesting.
Meatloaf is one of the first meals many people learn to cook from scratch, and it’s a great start for the young cook in your home, too. Find a simple but yummy recipe with only a couple of ingredients to start. Explain the basics of the process, including how the eggs help to hold everything together. This works best for children who aren’t afraid of adding vegetables or flavors into their food.
Of course, after dinner comes dessert. Your child will likely enjoy making some simple treats to serve after the meal. Start with something basic, such as cookies. There are pre-made cookies that any child can help bake. You can also show the more advanced chef how to create their own cookie batter from scratch.
In many cultures, food is a way of expressing love. Pass this tradition on by cooking with your children. They will learn a valuable skill, and you can have a great meal together.
Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.