Need some meal ideas for kids?
Keep it simple and easy..
If you have some easy meal ideas for kids to learn, your goal of teaching your kids how to cook for the family is a breeze. Start with learning the
8 tips for teaching kids to cook
, and remember the importance of
, preparation and convenience
. Kids need each of these things to find success easily.
Start with asking kids what they like best for dinner, and see how you can modify it to their abilities. Meals that kids can cook easily should involve short cuts, if possible, like using frozen veggies instead of fresh.
Stock up on these "must have's" for easy preparation:
- canned beans
- frozen veggie mixes
- shredded cheese
- jar tomato sauce
- bags of pasta
- canned chicken/turkey
- frozen cooked chicken strips
- taco shells and tortillas
You might also consider some one pot meals, like crock pot stews or casseroles for easy clean up and minimal dishes. There are certain kitchen gadgets that make it easy for kids to cook.
Here are our favorites:
pasta and sauce
stir fry with tofu or canned/frozen chicken
quesadillas with cheese and leftovers!
lentils and rice stew
A few more steps:
homemade mac and cheese casserole
Use these ideas to make it easy for kids to cook. The web is a great place to
find healthy recipes
and don't forget to please add your favorites below!
You can share the responsibility of cooking for the family with your young ones. Plan ahead, keep some things on hand, have a consistent expectation for dinner help from your kids, and you're all set. Here is my favorite site for fun
recipes for kids.
Good luck! What will you do with all your extra time? How do YOU involve your kids in meal preparation?
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