Five Fun Recipes Kids Can Make

It is never too early to get your kids involved with making their own food. Not only will it build their confidence, they will be learning valuable skills that will carry them through their lives. Below are five simple recipes that even very young kids can help make. Plan to make these recipes during a time where you are not rushed. Teaching children prepare food is slow at first and often involves more mess than if you did it by yourself. The time and the mess are a small investment. Before you know it, the kids will be able to create (and clean up) their own healthy snacks and meals without your help.

Peanut Butter Balls (3 and up with adult supervision)

Packed with healthy ingredients, these are a quick and easy snack.

  • 1 c. peanut butter
  • 1 c. powdered milk
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/2 c. raisins

Put ingredients in a bowl and let kids combine ingredients with their (clean) hands until well mixed. You may need to add a bit more peanut butter if mixture seems too dry. Roll into balls the size of large marbles. Roll the balls in coconut, wheat germ, cocoa powder, graham cracker crumbs or whatever appeals to you! Put in refrigerator for about an hour before eating.

Pita Pizzas (3 and up with adult help)

A great quick lunch, snack or dinner.

  • 1 pita per person
  • Tomato or pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese

Toppings: pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, olives, pineapple, ham, or whatever your family likes
Variation:

  • 1 pita per person
  • Hummus
  • Thinly sliced apples (adult does slicing)
  • Cheddar Cheese slices

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with foil (less mess) and spread pitas on baking sheet. Try to have only 2 kids working on each sheet. Spoon sauce onto pitas and spread over entire top. Sprinkle with a layer of cheese. Add toppings as desired. (Variation - spread pita with layer of hummus, arrange apples in a single layer on hummus, top with cheddar cheese.) Adult puts baking sheets into oven for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. Adult removes sheets from oven. Let sit three minutes, cut into quarters and enjoy.

Grilled Cheese

A staple! Every kid should know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich.

  • 2 slices bread for each kid
  • 2-3 slices cheese for each kid
  • 1 stick butter, softened

Have kids spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Flip one piece of bread over, butter side down and put cheese on. Top with other slice of bread. In a heated skillet, add the sandwiches (a 6+year-old on a sturdy step stool can do this with an adult standing right there with him). Let sandwich brown on one side and flip and allow other side to brown. Move to plates. Delicious with tomato soup too! (As an alternative, try grilled peanut butter and jelly!)

Salsa Chicken (3 +)

This easy crock pot recipe will let your kids announce proudly that they made dinner. It’s easy and delicious.

  • Frozen chicken to feed family (any parts will work)
  • 1 jar salsa
  • Cooking spray

The morning of the day you plan to eat this for dinner, have kids spray crock pot interior with cooking spray. Put chicken into crock pot. Dump jar of salsa over chicken. Put lid on crock pot and set to low for eight hours. Poof! Dinner!

Before dinner, have the children help you assemble the rest of the meal - tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, extra salsa, black beans, corn. Put each item in a bowl in center of the table and, after you have shredded the chicken in the crock pot, everyone can make their own plate of nachos.

Dutch Babies (5+)

Kids love the name. This is a great way to teach them to crack eggs and use a whisk. Takes 45 minutes so maybe try these for lunch or dinner if your kids wake up starving in the morning. This recipe makes four servings.

Put butter into a 10“ cast iron skillet and place in oven. Set oven to 475F and allow to preheat.

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 c. milk
  • 4 T. butter
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar
  • lemon slices

Have kids crack eggs, carefully and put in large bowl. Measure and add milk and flour. Add salt and nutmeg. Beat with a whisk until smooth. (Have kids stand on a step stool at the counter or kneel on chairs at a table.)

Remove skillet from oven, reduce oven to 425F. Pour mixture into skillet and return to oven. Bake for 12-18 minutes. Finished Dutch Baby will be puffy and lightly browned on the top.
Cut into wedges, squirt a little lemon juice and sprinkle powdered sugar on top.

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