These Cooking With Kids recipes require handling hot items so (regardless of age) the child needs to be steady on their feet and have good motor skills. Play games to test your child’s motor skills in a fun way. Try relay races with a potatoe on a spoon, a full glass, full dish of colored liquid and last but certainly not least have the child try to do the same tests aka games wihile using a potholder- pretending they can’t touch the item because it is hot. If you do not have more than one child to race, time him or her and have them try again ‘racing’ their first time. The racing aspect allows you to put a bit of ‘pressure’ on the child to see how they would react and move when trying to get the actual hot item to a safe place.
Breakfast: Egg in a Mug
Snack: Jello Gummy candy
Vegetables/ Fruit: Potatoe, Corn on the cob and or apple in a Tater Baker bag
NOTE: At this stage of Cooking With Kids, no recipe is needed to heat up leftovers or fix very simple warm sandwiches (such as peanut butter or cheese). Microwave vegetable steamers, steamer bags , microwave popcorn bags, and microwave popcorn poppers are all available items that are recommended during this cooking with kids recipe level.
Have potholders ready for children to use. Finger mitts are a less bulky way for children to get a good grip on a hot item. They are easy to make and can be adapted to you or your child’s hands.
Some parents are concerned about the use of microwave technology (around children, with specified containers and or the affect on food.) Please research these issues and make an educated decision. As an alternative, there are also toasters available that cook only the length of the set timer. If you use the toaster please be sure to specifically check the above Cooking With Kids recipes recommended containers. Cooking with Kids- How to 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are available for review.
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.
Gluten free but crave a chocolate chip cookie dough fix? This grain free dip can be made with low fat, healthy ingredients, a perfect kids low fat recipes. It is also a safe way to allow your children to eat “chocolate chip cookie dough” – raw egg free!