Being able to cook is one of life’s essential skills. Home cooking can be a great way to promote your health by ensuring that you know what goes into your food and that it’s good for you. It’s also usually much less expensive than eating out all the time. Cooking with your kids can be challenging though, so it’s best to start with some easy meals when they’re first learning.
Most people don’t really enjoy having tons of dishes that need to be washed after a meal. This is one of the things that can make delicious one-pot meals so enticing. If it’s a crockpot meal, that can be even better, since often all you need to do is add the ingredients and let time handle the rest. These can be great for helping your children learn about different ingredients. It’s also a good opportunity for them to practice measuring ingredients out. If you’re concerned that they might accidentally dump the entire container of salt in, have them measure over the garbage can instead of over the pot.
What kid doesn’t love pizza? Pizza is a relatively easy dish to make. It’s also perfect for picky palates because there are endless possible customizations you can do. With different sauces, different cheeses, and tons of different topping options, odds are excellent that you’ll be able to find something to please even your pickiest eater. Pizzas can help children learn how to work with dough, and they’re sure to have fun adding their own toppings to your creation. When it comes to protein, if you’re going for pepperoni, feel free to throw it on straight from the package. When it comes to chicken or sausage, however, it’s best to cook it before adding it. There are benefits to cooking your protein sources separately and adding them to your pizza when it’s closer to being ready. Feel free to experiment and find what works best for you.
Similar to pizza, pasta is another great option for teaching children how to cook. They can learn how to test for the right texture and doneness for the pasta. They can also experiment with sauces and try different ways to improve them. Again, with all the different sauce options and things you can add to pasta, there should be something for everyone. Cooking pasta can be a great way for kids to learn about different herbs and seasonings too. This can be a good way to expand their palate and help them learn about what flavors work really well together.
Teaching your child to cook can be a bit challenging, and it can be tempting to just do it all yourself. After all, you’re faster, more coordinated, and already know how to do it. It’s important for your children to learn to cook though. It’s a skill that will serve them their entire lives. Start with some simple meals that you can make together. You may find that it becomes a favorite pastime for both of you.
For some fun things to cook with your kids, check out these recipes!