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Engaging Children in The Kitchen + 2 kids friendly Recipes

Marina Andreas

Cooking may be typically an adult thing, but that doesn’t mean our kids should stay out of the process. Even though cooking does take time, preparation and some basic safety measures, kids aged 5-12 can easily take part in the cooking (or baking) process under our supervision. By letting your kid/s cook with you, you can both strengthen your bonds and allow them to see the fruits of their efforts, which in turn boosts their confidence and creativity. It’s a totally fun, educational and engaging activity for the whole family.

 

Now when to comes to choosing the right recipe and cooking method, not everything is kid-appropriate. You ideally want to choose something that is easy and safe for the most part. If the recipe let’s say calls for the use of sharp knives to cut everything in extra thin slices, that is of course hard and dangerous for the kids without your supervision. Prior you all start making the recipe, make sure you also teach your kids some basic cleaning and safety “rules” such as washing their hands before they start or wearing gloves to protect themselves.

 

You also want to choose a recipe that the whole family will love and especially your kids. Some great kid-friendly recipes in general are:

 

  • Chicken fingers
  • Meatballs
  • Pizza
  • Burgers
  • Pigs in blankets
  • Sandwiches
  • Salads
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Pies
  • Puddings

 

Here are also a couple of specific recipes that are totally kid-friendly and delicious.

 

 

No 1: Quinoa Crust Chicken Fingers

This family friendly recipe goes beyond ordinary chicken fingers as it uses quinoa as a crust for making crispy chicken fingers. Quinoa is also gluten-free and contains other nutrients e.g vitamins A and protein and that makes a much healthier option compared to plain white flour.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs of skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut into 3 in. long tenders
  • 2 cups of cooked red or white quinoa
  • ½ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs of panko breadcrumbs.
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil (for cooking)

 

Directions:

  • Spread out the cooked quinoa on a flat surface and preferably on parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • In a separate bowl, mix in the breadcrumbs with the spices. Mix with the quinoa mixture.
  • Beat the egg whites in a separate shallow bowl.
  • Begin dipping the chicken pieces to the egg white wash first and then to the quinoa/breadcrumb mixture (this is where you can let your kids help).
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. When it has reached the desired temperature, add the chicken fingers. Cook each side for 4-5 minutes or until it has started to gain a golden brown color.
  • Transfer to a shallow bowl or dish and serve.

 

 

Scrumptious Chocolate Cake

 

Nearly every kids loves a good cake and even us adults have fond memories of the smell and flavor of cakes and pies back when we are little. This recipe is delicious and so easy your kids can complete  nearly all the steps without much supervision. Here it is:

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1 cup of caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of melted butter
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of melted chocolate
  • ½ cup of whipping cream

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to around 320 degrees F or 180C.
  • In a large bowl, whisk all the ingredients together (a step that your kids can make on their own).
  • Transfer the mixture to a greased round baking pan.
  • Allow to cook for 45-50 minutes. To make sure it’s cooked after 45 minutes, insert a knife or toothpick and if it’s ok, it will come out clean.
  • Make optionally a chocolate frosting with ½ cup of melted chocolate and ½ of whipping cream and spread over the cake. Icing sugar also works well on top.

 

 


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