Ready to knead, mix, grate and… spill?
Cooking with children is such fun—as long as you’re prepared for a big ol’ mess! But seriously, who cares? It really is a fabulous way to bond with your kids, create special memories and get them on track to healthy nutrition and good eating habits. The key: the right recipe. You want something simple, with few ingredients and big payoffs.
Before you get started, though, make sure to prepare just a bit:
- Be safe (see our handy kitchen safety checklist).
- Check out our age-appropriate tips for cooking with children successfully.
Here are our top three picks for fantastic, delicious dishes to make—and eat—with your little ones.
These are easy for children any age to prepare—perfect for a warm snack or kid party appetizer. And, honestly, what doesn’t taste better with bacon on it? Exactly. Have the kids season Blushing Belle Creamers and toss to coat with olive oil. Wrap each in a bacon strip and roast on a baking sheet. Then whip up the dipping sauce: a zippy combo of mayo, honey Dijon, and maple seasoning. This recipe is a particularly good one to start off with for beginners.
From our Little Chef Ambassador Chris, these are crispy outside, creamy inside, and scrumptious warm from the skillet. Children will love ‘em. Try dipping in Ranch dressing. Take this opportunity to show the kids how to organize the mise en place, measuring and prepping all ingredients into little containers ready to go beforehand. Young chefs will especially like all the mixing that goes on in various bowls.
What you do is roll mashed Boomer Gold Creamers mixed with bread stuffing and cheese into small spheres, dip in egg wash, roll in herbs and Panko breadcrumbs, and sear in olive oil (If you make this dish with little ones, be sure a parent does the panfrying.). The Kids can garnish with fresh parsley, an ideal natural breath freshener and easy to grow, should they decide to start a mini chef’s garden.
Not only is this one tasty, it only requires four ingredients. Older children can watch the recipe video and prepare it on their own (with you sneakily supervising in the background, of course). Start with Savory Herb Microwave Ready Little Potatoes. The kids can microwave the tray, then combine the Creamers with a dash of olive oil or butter and the included seasoning pack.
Next, they get to smash the soft cooked Little Potatoes with the bottom of a glass to make the pizza “crust.” The final step is topping with tomato sauce, pepperoni, and Mozzarella, and a last microwave to melt the pizza into gooey yumminess.
Now, they’ll be making you dinner—the ultimate success.
Want more? Search Little Chef approved on our Recipes page for a list of the kid-friendly dishes.
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