Kids love to cook and there are a lot of simple recipes for kids to make by themselves.
Learning this important skill early in life gives kids a sense of responsibility. It is a good idea to encourage these budding chefs to cook as it is pretty much more likely that they would eat what they cook and save you the trouble of running around to make them eat. For working couples it becomes all the easier if the kids can cook by themselves.
Here are a few easy recipes for kids to make by themselves. These recipes are perfect for older kids aged between five to eleven years to make for breakfast, after-school snacks, lunch and dinner.
If kids get to make their own breakfast you would have a lot of time on hand in the morning to catch up on important work. The easiest of breakfast recipes for kids to make would be grilled or non-grilled sandwich with lots of veggies, mini breakfast pizza, fruit salads, cereal or scrambled eggs. Kids of a younger age can make simple things like cereal and milk or peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Lunch and snacks:
Kids can snack all day and it can be a major cause of worry to parents if the kids are snacking on junk food. Parents can introduce healthy snack recipes for kids to make for themselves. The simplest one here would be to make kabobs with cheese and fruit. Cheese can be cut with a cookie cutter in fun shapes and skewed on a stick with fruits. Other simple recipes for kids to make can be a whole wheat cereal with yogurt and strawberries, stuffed rolls or fruit yogurt smoothies. Kids, who love to bake, can try to bake a batch of oatmeal cookies or banana muffins.
Dinner is the time when the whole family is together. Allow your little ones to try their hands on these recipes and help in the kitchen to make a meal for the entire family. You would love to see how fulfilling it is for them.
Recipes kids can make for dinner includes soups and salad, grilled cheese sandwich, pasta with a mix of veggies of their liking or an omelet.
Last but not the least, here a few tips how you can make your kitchen friendly for these little ones to cook.
- Make sure they wear an apron
- Make sure they have practiced enough in handling the knife and other equipments in the kitchen
- A child should always be supervised in the kitchen, especially when cooking for the first time.
- Kids should bake only when they completely understand the working of the oven
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy
Above all it is very important for parents to keep their patience and constantly introduce new recipes for kids to make. Being able to turn out a perfect dish would instill a sense of accomplishment in these junior chefs that you as a parent would love.