Cooking With Kids
If you are ready to start cooking with kids, you'll find tips to successfully get you started plus plenty of easy recipes.
Although cooking with kids can seem daunting, it comes down to a few key things- choosing the right recipe, giving yourself enough time, and choosing age appropriate tasks.
How to be successful cooking with kids
Choose a recipe you already know
By choosing a simple recipe or one you are already familiar with you will spend less time reading the recipe and feeling flustered. Plus, this means that children will be less bored while you to figure out what to do next.
Another way to reduce stress is to choose ready made products to cut down on the number of ingredients or steps you are doing. Some of my favorite ones when cooking with kids is to use a boxed cake or brownie mix as a base.
The key is to make it fun with as little stress as possible on YOU. Using store bought products is a really easy way to speed up the process while allowing kids to enjoy the overall process.
Plan extra time to make the recipe
Time constraints seem to be the most popular reason for not getting your kids in the kitchen. Involving them can definitely cause the amount of time to make a recipe to significantly increase, especially the younger the children are.
Know your child's skill level
Younger children can successfully help in the kitchen but they will need simple tasks and they may lose interest quickly. That's okay!
Older children may be bored if the tasks are too simple. Knowing your children's skill level will help keep them interested in what's going on.