There are many things I want to teach my daughter over the years, and cooking is one of them. I know many grown women who despise spending time in the kitchen, and that’s totally ok. Often times, they say it’s because they never shared time in the kitchen with their mom and have had more than a few cooking mishaps along the way. The truth is, even kids of professional chefs can grow up to be disasters in the kitchen, but that shouldn’t stop you from wanting to impart some basic cooking knowledge down to your children. Sharing time in the kitchen can be fun and educational, no matter how young your kids are. We’ve gathered up some really easy recipes that even your toddler can handle. So roll up your sleeves and don’t be afraid of a little mess!
1. Pepperoni Pizza Crescents
If there’s one thing most kids love to eat it’s pizza, so it makes sense they would love to create their own pizza crescents too! With just 4 ingredients (crescent rolls, sauce, cheese and pepperoni) those little hands can layer and roll this simple snack or dinner in a flash. It cooks quick and will probably be eaten even faster!
For this easy recipe and step by step instructions, head over to MessForLess.net. You’ll also find other great learning activities, crafts and kid-friendly foods.
2. Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes
Chicken Pot Pie is one of my all time favorite meals, but I’m not gonna lie: it’s a labor of love. And I buy store made crust! I love anything you can make in a muffin tin and I think your kids will too. These mini cupcakes have all the main ingredients of a “real” pot pie, just smaller!
SunnySlideUp.com has a great recipe for these miniature pot pies, as well as other great tips on style, food and DIY’s.
3. Cheesy Chicken Taquitos
This is a simple recipe that requires no frying! Once you prepare the filling, your kids will love filling their tortilla and rolling them up into taquitos. A little baking time and you have a healthy and kid-made meal!
Visit Popsugar.com for this recipe and 14 more awesome kid-creatable meals!
4. Homemade Macaroni & Cheese
Sure, your kids have probably mastered the traditional blue and gold boxed version of everyone favorite pasta dish, but this version is just as tasty and doesn’t include powdered cheese. Even your wee ones can help measure and pour the ingredients and watch the microwave melt this into cheesy goodness.
Head over to PickyPalate.com for this simple recipe and other amazing ideas on feeding your picky eaters.
5. Baked Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash is super tasty, but can be a little labor intensive, am I right? However what we moms feel as lots of work, our kids see as something cool! Scraping out spaghetti squash is no exception and thats why involving them in this delicious baked version is a great idea. From the scraping to the combining of the remainder of the ingredients, your kids will love putting this meal together.
Check out CookingWithMyKids.com for this tasty recipe, and find other awesome ways and recipes to try out with the kids.
6. Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas
This looks so delicious I’m half contemplating heading down to the kitchen to make one right now! All you need are tortillas, peanut butter and bananas! Let your kids arrange the fixings, fold over and microwave (The recipe calls for heating in a skillet, but you could also microwave or pop in the toaster oven).
Visit BudgetBytes.com for this tasty recipe and learn tips on saving money while eating well.
7. Peanut Butter & Jelly
Let’s not forgot about good ole PB&J, shall we? Despite the simplify of this meal, it’s saved many a worn out mom from both lunch and dinner woes. Your kids should definitely know how to make this life saving meal!