Spend more quality time with your kids, while teaching them valuable food preparation skills! It is never too early to start giving young kids simple tasks in the kitchen. Older children can learn how to prepare an entire dinner for the family by themselves. Your kids will love spending time with you in the kitchen and they will feel a great sense of accomplishment learning new skills!
Parents are always looking for ways to spend quality time with their kids. One of the best places to do just that is the kitchen! By getting your kids in the kitchen and cooking with you, you’ll not only be spending some quality time together, you’ll also be teaching and reinforcing basic skills.
You can get your younger child involved by giving them simple tasks such as:
- Cutting butter with a dull knife
- Pouring ingredients from the measuring cup into the bowl
- Stirring a bowl of ingredients
- Washing fruits and veggies
- Cracking eggs (have kids crack eggs into a separate bowl before adding to the other ingredients, this makes it easier to fish out pieces of shell)
The following are some simple recipes to get you started cooking with your kids.
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or replace up to 1/2 cup with garbanzo bean flour, barley flour, oat flour, spelt flour, or some combo)
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 teaspoons non-aluminum baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks (you can use less but more is yummier)
1 cup plain organic yogurt
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Mix together the dry ingredients. If you have a food processor, pulse once, and then add the butter. If you do it by hand with a pastry cutter, work the butter into the dry ingredients until you have a crumbly mixture. If you don’t have a pastry cutter, use two forks in a crisscross motion. Stir the yogurt into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon, until it forms a ball. Knead the dough about 10 times on a lightly floured work surface. It may be a little sticky.
Flatten the dough with your hands or a floured rolling pin until it is less than 1/2-inch thick. Dough may be a little sticky, which is fine. Try not to overwork it. Your kids can use cookie cutters to make the dough into pleasing shapes or freeform it as their imagination dictates.
Decorate the biscuits with sunflower seeds, raisins, dried cranberries, cinnamon, or anything else your kids might like. Bake the biscuits for 7 to 9 minutes. They should be golden brown on top and slide easily off the tray.
Try cooking with your kids on the weekend when you have more time so you can let them do more of the work without feeling rushed. Try this easy pancake recipe, you probably already have all the ingredients on hand and your kids can measure and mix the entire batter recipe.
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Beat egg until fluffy. Add milk and melted margarine. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Heat a heavy griddle or fry pan greased with a little butter on a paper towel. Pour a small amount of batter (approx. 1/4 cup) into pan and tip to spread out or spread with spoon. When bubbles appear on surface and begin to break, turn over and cook the other side.
Have you ever tried making homemade chocolate pudding? This delicious recipe is easy and uses just a few ingredients. Plus, this recipe is so simple older kids can measure and combine all the ingredients themselves!
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a 2-qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Stir in milk until smooth. Microwave, uncovered on high for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave for 4-6 minutes longer or until thickened, stirring after each minute. Remove and stir in vanilla. Pour into individual serving dishes and cool in the refrigerator. Enjoy!