When you have little kids, it can feel like all you do is unsuccessfully bargain and pour bowls of cereal when they refuse to eat what everyone else is having for dinner. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up to the smell of fluffy pancakes, sizzling bacon and fresh coffee wafting up the stairs – that you haven’t made for yourself? A parent can dream, right?
All jokes aside, getting young children started early in the kitchen will teach them basic lessons that might even foster a love of cooking as they grow. You’d be surprised how much they can do if given the right tasks and kid-safe tools to do them, and you may find them asking how they can help at mealtime more and more often. As a bonus, picky eaters are more likely to try new foods when they’ve had a hands-on role in putting the meal together. If you’re looking to get a young chef started in the kitchen, here are a few recipes perfect for cooking with kids that will teach them some basic skills. Who knows – setting the right foundation now might help you get to that dreamy breakfast-in-bed future one day!
Teach your kids the fine art of cracking eggs without getting the shell in the bowl, which is something we’re still working on, if we’re honest! Kids can: crack and whisk the eggs and sprinkle cheese into the pan as you scramble them. Chat with your child about their favorite ingredients while you both fill up your tacos with whatever you like.
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Try it with: Cheesy Breakfast Tacos
It can be hard to get kids to eat their veggies, but mixing them into a dip can make it feel like less of a chore. Kids can: peel and chop up the cucumber and slice pita wedges (we love this knife for its safety features) and measure the yogurt.
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Try it with: Tzatziki Sauce with Pita Dippers
Kids love to build and create – and what better canvas for self expression than a cheesy personal pizza? While you cook the chicken, kids can: wash the arugula in a colander. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, let them assemble their own pizza by spooning on the sauce and sprinkling cheese on top. Follow the instructions, or don’t, because sometimes mixing things up can be fun for everyone!
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Try it with: Wood-fired BBQ Chicken Pizzas