Most kids nowadays have no idea where their food comes from. Everything we buy is precooked, packaged and dissembled into bits and pieces for our convenience. But you can always teach your kids to appreciate their food more, by showing them how their plates are assembled. It will be easy to upgrade them with some basic cooking skills, because first and foremost: cooking is fun. These easy recipes for kids can help them discover the basic culinary science and enjoy their food even more.
Easy Recipes for Kids To Make 7+
Before you print out these recipes and hang them on the refrigerator for future reference, make sure safety comes first. Although most of these easy recipes for kids require almost no chopping, it will be best to teach your kids how to use the kitchen appliances and utensils involved.
- 3 eggs
- Bacon strips
- Salt and pepper
Divide the egg whites from the yolks and place them in a deep bowl. Add salt and pepper and beat them until fairly fluffy. Scoop 1/3 teaspoon of butter in each muffin hole and lay the bacon strips inside. Beat the yolks too and add some parmesan or other hard cheese to make the texture solid. Scoop a tablespoon from the egg whites and add it in each muffin hole. Add a teaspoon of the yolk mix and add another spoon of egg whites. Place the muffin tin in a preheated oven to 425 degrees F and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until the top becomes golden brown.
Whole Wheat Hot Pockets
- Cheddar cheese
- Tomato sauce
Whole wheat flour has many benefits and will be the perfect choice for this hot pocket recipe. Unless your kids are aspiring chefs, they would have a hard time preparing the pizza dough. Prepare our recipe in advance and have it refrigerated and ready.
Make balls out of the dough and roll them out until they’re around 1/3 of an inch thick. Make sure all balls are equal in size, to assure the baking is even too. Scoop a teaspoon of tomato sauce and smear it on top of the pizza dough. add cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms and fold the dough in the middle. Press the ends together lightly, to make sure the filling doesn’t come out during baking.
Place the pockets in a large baking pan, over a piece of baking foil. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place the pan inside. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes, or until the top and bottom of the hot pockets looks done.
Soft and Cheesy Crackers
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup cheese, shredded
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Salt and pepper
These healthy homemade crackers are so good, you may want to double the doses and make a whole bunch at once. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and let the dough chill for an hour in the fridge. After an hour, take the dough out, press and fold and roll out until it’s ¼ inch thick. Cut it into strips and then squares, and transfer each square over a flour sprinkled baking sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes in a preheated oven to 375 degrees F. To make the moisture stay in the crackers, cover them with a clean kitchen towel and let them chill for an hour.
Cheesy but Tasty Lasagna Recipe
- 1 9 ounce box lasagna noodles, uncooked
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 ricotta cheese
- 1/3 parmesan
- 1/2 cup olives, seedless and chopped
- 1 ½ cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Salt, pepper and seasoning
Grease a 13/9 inch pan with butter and set it aside. Beat eggs in a bowl and gradually stir in the sour cream, cheeses and seasoning. Take a few scoops of this mix and smear the bottom of the greased baking pan. Add a layer of uncooked noodles, then a layer of olives and top with another layer of egg/sour cream mix. Continue building layers (around 4) until you’re out of ingredients. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place in a preheated oven. Bake for an hour at 375 degrees F and let it sit for 15 minutes before serving.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
- 1/2 cup brown sugar or 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 stick of butter
- ½ tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups instant oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Of all the recipes kids can make, this one is the most satisfying. On medium heat, melt the butter and oil, add the honey or sugar and the peanut butter. If the mix is a little dry, try adding a tablespoon or two of full fat milk. Once every ingredient is blended, pour the oats. You can turn the heat off or lower it to a minimum, and mix until the oats blend in with the creamy peanut mix. In a large pan, place a piece of baking sheet and sprinkle the chocolate chips. Transfer the oat mix in the pan over the chips, and press the top with a spoon. Let it chill for an hour or two, then cut into bars.
Cooking tips and tricks for kids
Cooking with kids can be a very rewarding experience. They can learn the basic principles and take over on their own. These easy recipes for kids can be completed without your help, but make sure you introduce them to the kitchen appliances first.
Small kids can measure and prepare the pans, while bigger kids can chop, use the oven and heat things when necessary. Make sure you try these recipes with your kids before you hand over the knives and skillets.
Your kids may not be new to the kitchen, but accidents can happen quickly, so make sure you show them some tricks. Show them how to make a surface non-slippery, by wetting a towel and placing it under the mixing bowl. Teach them the order in which we add ingredients. Explain which foods needs more time to cook and which (like cheese) melt in just a few seconds.