Teaching your children to cook can be an immensely rewarding experience, knowing that you are teaching them a life skill that will keep them healthy throughout their lives.
Of course, it can also be a labor of love: you need to pick recipes that are simple and don’t involve a lot of fancy gadgets or tools, and find ways to give them tasks they can handle while staying safe. You also need to have a good amount of time on your hands for set-up, teaching, and extra cleanup, which makes vacation the perfect time to dive into some new recipes.
To help, we pulled together seven of our favorite blogger, kid-friendly recipes.
- Tortilla Pizzas: Blogger “Cookie and Kate” provides this simple recipe idea. Have your kids pick their favorite toppings, and layer each tortilla with their own sauce and cheese.
- Stuffed Shells: If you handle the stovetop work, the kids can mix ingredients and stuff the (cooled) pasta shells in this recipe from “Fork Knife Swoon.” Fair warning: the stuffing process can get messy, but it’s worth it!
- Guacamole Bar: All you really need for guacamole is some avocados, lime and salt – let the kids mash it together. “Averie Cooks” makes the experience even more fun with a guacamole bar, where each person can add their own mix-ins, from classics like tomatoes, cilantro and onions, to the more adventurous like mango, cotija cheese and black beans.
- Blender Almond Flour Pancakes: The fun of pancakes works for any time of day. This recipe from “The Nourishing Home” involves measuring the ingredients and putting them all in the blender together, which makes it super simple. Have the kids do the measuring, let them choose their mix-ins and toppings, and older children can even help with the flipping.
- Pepperoni Pizza Burgers: “My Life and Kids” created an easy pepperoni pizza burger. The kids can help with the prep, and you can handle the grilling.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies: “Baker Bettie” makes this recipe with just five ingredients, which means that making them can be as much fun as eating them. Baking is the perfect time to teach kids about measuring dry ingredients, cracking eggs, and stirring dough.
- S’mores Cones: Ice cream cones, marshmallows and chocolate… what’s not to like? The kids can choose their fillings and wrap their cones in aluminum foil. You throw them in the oven, on the campfire, or on the grill. Everyone is happy with this recipe from “The Girl Who Ate Everything.”