It’s almost apple picking season! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the weather, I love the flavors, Halloween, the trees, all of it! And are looking for a delicious Fall Flavors cake that combines the seasonal Caramel Apple Milky Way candy bars and fresh apples? When we found the Caramel Apple Milky Way candy bars we determined they would be delicious in a cake. Not finding a cake recipe with such we decided to adapt a Fresh Apple Cake recipe. This is a gooey cake full of fall flavors!Continue reading
If you pre slice the strawberries then Strawberry Polka Dot cow parfait could be a good breakfast, snack or dessert.
If you pre chop the ingredients to Southern caviar it is a measure, mix, then dip with chips snack!
If you pre cook the noodles then this crock pot Macaroni and cheese recipe becomes a quick measure, mix, dump side dish. We do not recommend recipes that require heating in the beginning of this series but the heat of a crock pot does not become an issue due to the fact that the crock pot is not turned on till all of the recipe requirements are completed. The child should be in no danger of coming in contact with the heat.
Almost every crock pot recipe could be a cooking with kids level one recipe if you pre prep the ingredients so your child simply measures, mixes and dumps. Here are a few ideas:
This is a very easy Mexican Minestrone soup.
Another great soup (with a safety tip about cooking the ground beef)- Stuffed Bell Pepper soup
Your child helper could do the first three steps of this Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken.
Check the cooking for a month or freezer cooking recipes. Those recipes require prep of ingredients prior to freezing so the meal recipe is minimal.
Note: Many food processors and other chopping devices have a safety precaution that keeps it from turning on despite being plugged in , unless all pieces are in place. Therefore these tools are quite safe for chldren once the blade and other parts are in place. However, if you use these with your children you need be sure the child does not touch the blade as they are removing the chopped items.
The best way to get children interested in cooking is to give them easy recipes that they can have success with quickly. Cooking with kids is really quite easy once you get the hang of it. You just assess your child, their interests, and the recipe. It is true that any recipe will have something a child can help you do to make an awesome dish. However, we want to have the children learn the skills as well as experience success. This how to series is set up so that the recipes are organized in such a manner that you can show the child a recipe, practice the recipe with a child then allow the child to “teach” the same recipe to you, a friend or a sibling in order to foster independence in the kitchen as quickly and safely as possible.
Cooking with kids recommends high interest, quick and easy no heat or cooking level 1a recipes first:
No recipe needed: Pudding (from the box) –pour into a ready made graham cracker crust for a quick and easy pie
Cereal bars are a quick , tasty breakfast or snack!
Want to work on a ‘real meal’ rather than just dessert? Try making your own Mexican seasoning mix for tacos.
Gift ideas from children at this level could included gifts in a quart jar- just layer dry ingredients in the jar. Put a label and ribbon on the jar. These mixes could also be dumped in a ziploc for quick assembly at a later date. Here are a couple gifts in a jar recipes: homemade body scrub, Brownie mix in a jar.
As much as I love to eat healthily, I can’t say no to chocolate! Making my desserts are a lot healthier than buying box dessert…so here is my recipe for Dessert Brownie Mix in a Jar.
This Chocolate chip cookie ‘lasagna’ makes storebought cookies taste homemade! I remember the first time I ever had this dessert recipe. My sisters and I were shocked at how good it was because we knew who had brought it to the covered dish dinner- a self proclaimed NON cooker—and the dessert did NOT taste storebought!! If a non cooker can do it then it belongs in the Cooking with Kids-How to series beginner recipes (level 1a)!Continue reading