Cooking with kids can be lots of fun for kids and adults. It not only gives kids a great activity in school holidays or on weekends but also teaches them about food and can help them to be more adventurous with the food they eat. Here are 17 super easy recipes you can cook with the kids. Who knows, you might discover you have the next Jamie Oliver or Donna Hay in your kitchen.
Chocolate Truffles – This is a great recipe to make with the kids as there is a lot of rolling and dipping. Break up the kids favourite block of milk chocolate (about 200 – 220g) into small pieces. This is a great job for the kids but keep an eye on them as chocolate may disapear! An adult should bring to the boil in a saucepan 100ml double cream + 15g unsalted butter. Take off heat immediately then pour over chocolate pieces. Kids can mix until its all melted and combined. Allow mixture to cool for about 30-40mins at room temperature then another 1 1/2 to 2hrs in the fridge. Set out a few bowls with crushed nuts, desiccated coconut, 100s and 1000s, Milo. Get the kids to take a teaspoon full of the chocolate mixture, roll it into a ball then coat with assorted ingredients. See how many get eaten before they go back in the fridge to chill.
Mini Quiche -This is a great recipe when cooking with kids to try and get them to eat more vegetables. Coat a muffin tin with some spray oil and get the kids to place a slice of bread into each muffin cup. Squash them in to make a bread cup. Chop up some ham, bacon or chicken and vegies like mushrooms, capsicum, cherry tomatoes and corn then get the kids to place them inside each bread cup. The kids can crack 4 eggs, whisk in 1/2 cup of milk then pour into the muffin cups so it just covers the filling. Get the kids to top with grated cheese then an adult can place the muffin tray into a preheated 180 degree oven until egg is cooked and cheese has melted and browned.
Homemade Lemonade – If your little ones are always bugging you for soft drink but you’d prefer they don’t, try this instead. Take about 5 or 6 lemons and get the kids to juice them. Once you have a cup of lemon juice, add in some sugar. You can be the judge of how much you want here. The more you put the sweeter the lemonade will be. The kids can stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add 1.25l bottle of chilled soda water to a jug along with the lemon mixture. Add some ice cubes an serve immediately.
Peppermint Creams – This is one you and the kids can make together then take it with you to a play date. You can get about 50 peppermint creams from this recipe from Taste.com.au and why not add a touch of green colouring to half the mixture for a colour contrast or make some fun shapes too.
Packet Cup Cakes – You don’t have to start from scratch. Take a short cut with a packet cake and then let the kids enjoy the decoration and eating. There are some great kids around that give you the patties, cake mix, icing and sprinkle decorations. Cooking with kids can be very simple and still be fun.
Mini Pizza – This is a great one for when friends come over or use it as a birthday party activity. Start with some mini pizza bases you can get from the supermarket or for something lighter, use mini Lebanese bread or muffins so everyone can create their own pizza. Put out the pizza sauce (mixed with a little tomato sauce to thin it out), pineapple, ham, capsicum, tomatoes, basil, and cheese and let the kids create a masterpiece. You can use your imagination for toppings and they can use their imagination for fantastic designs. Then pop them under the griller or into the oven until the cheese melts and the base is crisp.
Fruit Fondue – If you are having a movie night (take a look at our great list of Must See Family Movies) why not have fun creating a fruit fondue and eat as you watch. Get the kids to pick out all their favourite fruit and together cut it up into bite size pieces: banana, raspberries, strawberries, mango, grapes etc. Pick what is in season (check out our Fruit & Veg In Season chart, free for members to download) and what the kids love. The kids can break up a block of chocolate (about 220g) and place into a small bowl along with 150ml of cream. An adult can place the bowl over some simmering water to melt into a smooth mixture. Once it has cooled, place a bowl of the choc mixture into the middle of the fruit, give everyone a fork and dip away.
Jelly with Fruit – The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the jelly to set. Grab your favourite flavour of jelly and make up as directed on the packet. An adult might need to do this as there is boiling water involved but kids can stir with adult supervision. Get the kids to put some of fruit pieces and look at finding some interesting containers to make the jelly in.
Hamburgers – Why not get cooking with kids at dinner time once a week and make this a regular meal. For a basic burger patty, get the kids to combine 500g beef mince with 1 egg, 1/2 cup of bread crumbs and 1tbsp of tomato paste. You can always get more adventurous and add some cooked, diced onion, some herbs like parsley and spices like chilli flakes. There are thousands of variations on cooking websites. Take a look and see what might become the next family favourite. The kids can then divide up the mince mixture and roll into balls then press into patties. Depending on the age of your kids, an adult or a kid under adult supervision can cook the patties on a frypan. Chop up some tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber etc. and kids can create a great burger with some burger buns or toasted bread.
Damper – All Aussie kids should try and make Damper at least once but they may love it so much they will make it a few times. You can make it in the oven if you don’t have a camp fire in the back yard!
Sausage Rolls – Get the kids to help out with birthday party food. All the kids need to do is combine all the ingredients then wrap them in puff pastry. Donna Hay has a great version for you to try that doesn’t have too many ingredients.
Chocolate Crackles – A school fete favourite that is loved by young (and old) kids. Here is the official recipe from Kellogg’s that requires, Kellogg’s Rice Bubbles, icing sugar, desiccated coconut, cocoa and copha. It sure does take me back to my childhood.
Scones – This one will get extra messy but what a great achievement when you eat your scones with a bit of butter or jam and cream. There are many different recipes out there but I thought it might be good to showcase one from the Country Women’s Association (CWA). We had some at the Royal Easter Show and they were by far the best scones I’ve ever had.
Coconut Ice – This recipe is great for kids as it requires no cooking and it looks really impressive when you take some to grandma’s. Take a 400g tin of Condensed Milk. Place it in a large mixing bowl and get the kids to add 500g of icing sugar and 350g of desiccated coconut. Once they have mixed it well, divide the mixture into two and put one half back into the bowl and mix in a few drops of red food colouring to get a pretty pink. Line a cake tin and get the kids to press the white mixture into the tin. Then, carefully press the pink mixture on top of the white layer. Allow to set in the fridge for 1-2hrs then an adult can cut into squares. You only need small squares and it goes a long way.
No Bake Cheese Cake – Get Dad involved in this one too and get him and the kids to make it for Mum’s birthday. All you need is to make the base from crushed biscuit, desiccated coconut and melted butter. Press it into the base of a spring form tin and then top with a cream cheese based mixture. No oven involved with this Angel Cheesecake from Philadelphia.
Gingerbread Men – Depending on how old the kids are, you can get cooking with kids or just get them to do the decorating. The kids will love cutting out their gingerbread men from the rolled out mixture, watching them in the oven then decorating them with icing and lollies. A great activity for Christmas time or anytime.
Ravioli – This is a fun recipe if your kids are a bit older or more experienced in the kitchen. You can either have a bit of fun with the kids and make your own pasta sheets from a basic pasta recipe with eggs and flour, or you can cheat and use fresh lasagne sheets you find in the super market. Make up a mixture of ricotta, parmesan, pinenuts, lemon juice and nutmeg and get the kids to put teaspoon dollops onto one sheet, leaving a good space between them. Brush the pasta with some egg whites and layer a sheet over the top. Cut into ravioli squares and get the kids to press the pasta together (and don’t leave too much air inside the pocket). An adult can then place them in some boiling water for a few minutes and then serve with a great tomato sauce and parmesan cheese on top.
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