Cooking With Kids

Cooking With Kids

Cooking with your kids or grandkids can help them to gain an appreciation for food and healthy eating. Have fun and teach while you're at it with these kid friendly recipes from Recipe4Living!

The best way to teach our children how to eat well is not only by example, but by involving them in the process of cooking. Not only do you get to spend time with your children, but studies show that cooking with kids makes them more interested in trying new foods.  According to the American Heart Association, children who cook with their parents eat healthier meals and that translates to a lifetime of healthier eating.

Of course, cooking with children can also involve more cleanup and prep time and you won't always have the perfect meal. But you will have more time to spend with your children and they'll have a new appreciation of what goes into cooking for the family. And who knows? You might even teach them the value of cleaning up after themselves too.

Appetizers

German Soft Pretzels
This is a fun recipe to make with kids or for company. It's a nice change for a snack around the house, especially because you can freeze and reheat them.

Taco Meatballs
You choose whatever seasoning you want for this great taco meatball dish. Serve this up at a party for appetizers or as a snack for the kids.

Zucchini Patties
These little treats make a great appetizer. They're easy to throw together and even easier to pop in your mouth!

Main Dishes

Pita Pizza
Great easy pizza let everyone make their own and see whose looks the most appetizing.

Chili's Tortilla Crunch Chicken Fingers
A combination of fresh herbs and spices make these chicken fingers a favorite.

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Cobbler
You can compare this meal with a chicken pot pie minus the pie part. The filling is exceptionally good and served with biscuits.

Sides

Corn Casserole
Very easy recipe that children can help with or do themselves with adult supervision.

Cheddar Pasta and Vegetables
A macaroni and cheese dish with veggies in it too! A great way to get kids to eat vegetables.

Zucchini Dollars
An easy and delicious recipe that the kids can help with. Fun to make, easy to do and you might get the children to eat their veggies!

Snacks

Pizza Melts
Great for kids or for a snack. This easy to make recipe Can be made with either ground beef or ground turkey, just add sauce and cheese.

Monkey Munch
A quick and easy treat to share with family and friends and a great recipe to do with those little ones!

Gator Bread
This is a fun way to get kids involved in the kitchen. The large loaf takes the shape of an alligator that can literally be torn limb from limb.

Desserts

Cookie Pizza
This is a fun recipe to make with kids, especially for birthday parties or play-dates.

Dirt Cake
Kids love dirt and are sure to enjoy making this recipe. Can be made in a large flower pot or 2 small flower pots.

Éclair Cake
This is a very quick and simple no-bake dessert cake. It uses graham crackers and a pudding mixture. It tastes just like an éclair, but there is enough for a crowd!! It is a great recipe for children who are learning to cook, there is no baking involved or any power kitchen tools. Just a bowl and a spoon!

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