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.