Cooking with your child is not only an ideal opportunity to spend some quality time together, but it also helps them build confidence, motor skills, and even math skills.
Here are some easy, delicious, and family-friendly recipes you and your child can make together.
Mini Chicken Parm Sandwiches
Kids love chicken strips, and frozen chicken strips can form the basis of a quick and delicious meal. After baking the chicken strips, your child can help you assemble the sandwiches in dinner rolls, adding marinara sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan. Then, broil in the oven until the cheese is melted. To make this a complete meal, serve with your child’s favorite sliced vegetables on the side.
A classic weekend breakfast, omelettes call for a few simple ingredients that your child can help you mix. They can also choose their favorite fillings such as mushrooms, cheese, onions, spinach, tomatoes, or sausage. Omelettes are also an ideal recipe for older children to try cooking on their own with your supervision.
Build Your Own Quesadillas
Quesadillas are a favorite with children. They’re also endlessly customizable, so picky eaters can choose their favorite toppings. You can also choose your family’s favorite proteins and vegetables. Depending on the age of your child, they can help you by assembling the quesadillas before baking, or chopping the vegetables.
Baked Parmesan Zucchini
Often, getting children to enjoy eating vegetables is as simple as adding a bit of cheese. This baked parmesan zucchini makes a quick and delicious side dish that will help your child get more veggies. After you slice the zucchini into sticks, your child can help by combining the parmesan and spices in a bowl, and then sprinkle the mixture onto the zucchini before baking.
Teriyaki Meatball Bowls
This quick meal uses frozen meatballs and veggies for extra convenience when you are short on time. Your child can help you by measuring the ingredients, and older children can cook the noodles and vegetables.
With these five recipes, you can help teach your child valuable skills in the kitchen while giving them a sense of independence and confidence. Best of all, these recipes are all fast and delicious.