5 meals you can cook with the kids November 16, 2018

by Jacqui Feros Eat

It’s no secret that little kids love to lend a helping hand. They want to do what the ‘big kids’ do and are always up for being a helper when mum and dad ask, especially in the kitchen!

Kitchens are of course, home to our knives, stoves, kettles and other appliances, that are unsafe for children. However, there are many steps within a recipe where kids can help, that don’t require them to use any of these items!

So, we’ve chosen five Family Box recipes from our archive that kids will not only enjoy eating, but can be part of the cooking process too.

Cheesy Beef Burgers with Caramelised Onion & Smokey Aioli

There’s something about a burger that kids go crazy for! From getting their hands all messy and full of food as they make the patties, to stacking the ingredients inside the bread – burgers are just full of fun. Plus, this way kids, not only get to feast on the end result, but can be excited to eat something they’ve helped create!

Crumbed Chicken Dippers & Rosemary Wedges with Garlic Aioli

When it comes to dinnertime, chicken dippers are a favourite for kids. Not only do they get to use their hands to dip and eat them, but they can be a part of the process to make them. They can help season the wedges and even learn how to crumb the chicken and get their hands all sticky and gooey along the way. After all, messy learning is the best learning.

Beef Rissoles & Sweet Potato Fries with Caramelised Onions

Rissoles are not only delicious, but are perfect for little helping hands to make the mix and roll it into meatballs. A salad is another great way for kids to help, as it’s not only safe, but fun to make the dressing e.g. adding vinegar, honey, oil and salt and pepper.

Vietnamese Pork Tacos with Cucumber, Carrot & Lime Aioli

Tacos are one of those meals that kids can plate and wrap themselves, however they see fit! These tacos also have little hidden pork meatballs inside, which they can help make and roll before cooking.

Baked Beef & Corn Quesadillas with Salsa & Sour Cream

It’s always fun to sprinkle the cheese on your food before you put it on the heat to melt, knowing it’s going to become all gooey and delicious! This is a quick and simple step that you can get your kids to help you with. They can also help put all the ingredients for the salsa in a bowl and mix it together and then serve it on top of their quesadilla. Yum!

Bonus Tip: When kids help us cook, it’s bound to take a little longer to make this dish than it usually would. So, if you’re in a rush, but still want them to feel like they’ve helped, get them to put the salt and pepper on at the end. It may not seem like much, but to them it’s everything!

Happy cooking with the kids!

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Nanda Kumar says:

To make this recipe for Learn with Play at Home , you can prepare the ingredients, and the children will do the rest.

Chop a piece of cooked ham (1/2 cup or so) , chop a handful of spinach and beat 2 eggs . In addition, you will need 2 cups of grated cheese , 1 cup and 1/2 of milk and 2 cups of flour (with yeast) , salt and pepper .

First pass the flour through a sieve, then make a hole in the flour and add all the ingredients: egg , cheese , ham , spinach and a pinch of salt and pepper .

Mix everything well, and with a spoon fill the holes of a tray for muffins or cupcakes , previously greased with oil or butter . Bake for about 25 minutes, until golden brown.

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