5 Easy Recipes Kids Can Make
Many precious family memories are made in the kitchen and can last a lifetime. Welcoming your child to the kitchen is a great way to instill confidence and comfort while cooking. By teaching your child how to cook, you will share a vital life skill and reinforce educational lessons in reading, math, science, and even social studies! Using these five easy recipes that your kids can make, you can also highlight the importance of following instructions and being patient as things cook, all while having fun!
As always, we suggest that parents carefully consider when their kids are old enough to safely chop veggies and use the stove and other kitchen equipment with adult supervision. Experienced parents also recommend involving children in cleanup duty!
1. Hamburger Goo
These delicious “sloppy joes” can be prepared in about 30 minutes! This is also a great recipe to show kids that anything you can get in a can or package can also be made from scratch.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup chopped celery
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- ¾ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons flour
1. Brown the ground beef over medium heat. Pour off any excess fat.
2. Add the celery, onion, brown sugar, vinegar, dry mustard, and ketchup. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to mix well. Simmer about 20 minutes and serve on hamburger buns or rolls.
2. Puppy Chow
This super-addictive sweet treat is a wonderfully easy recipe that your kids can make in the microwave. (Note: This snack is for humans only. Chocolate can be harmful to dogs.)
- 9 cups Chex cereal (your favorite variety)
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup butter
- 1–2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1½ cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
1. Measure cereal into a large bowl and set aside.
2. Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in microwave for 1 minute on high; stir to combine. Microwave another 30 seconds and stir until smooth.
3. Add vanilla and stir well.
4. Pour mixture over cereal and stir until coated.
5. Pour mixture into a large zippered plastic storage bag and add powdered sugar.
6. Shake bag until well coated.
7. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in a large plastic storage bag or sealable bowl.
3. Rainbow Spritzer
This colorful refreshing drink recipe from Taste of Home will make any time feel like summertime, and it is a fun recipe kids can make. Try it for brunch!
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- ½ cup peeled chopped kiwi
- ½ cup chopped fresh pineapple
- ½ cup sliced fresh strawberries or red raspberries
- 1 cup chilled ginger ale
- ½ cup chilled unsweetened pineapple juice
- ½ cup chilled lemonade
1. In 4 tall glasses, layer the blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, and berries of choice.
2. In a 2-cup or larger glass measuring cup or pitcher, mix the remaining ingredients.
3. Pour liquid mixture over fruit and serve immediately.
Hint: Using frozen fruit will keep your drink colder longer.
4. Walking Tacos
This tasty recipe kids can make is a family favorite and is also perfect for parties. Transforms a taco into a portable snack—no plates required!
- 1 pound ground beef
- ⅓ cup taco seasoning mix, or to taste. (Or, for extra credit, make taco seasoning from scratch! Bonus recipe below)
- 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (or diced tomatoes with no green chilies is fine too!)
- 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained (or offer seasoned refried beans on the side)
- 5 (1-ounce) bags corn chips
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Green or white onions, sliced
- Black olives
- Shredded lettuce
- Tomato, diced
- Sour cream
1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat; drain if necessary.
2. Sprinkle taco seasoning over meat and then add the tomatoes with green chilies and pinto beans.
3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20–25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. When meat is ready, cut open corn chip bags, and spoon meat and toppings in as desired.
* Extra Credit: Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons pepper
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Can be stored in a glass jar or sealable container for up to 6 months.
5. Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
These colorful kabobs are the perfect after-school snack!
- Strawberries, halved or quartered
- Green grapes
- Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese cubes
1. Wash and cut up fruit.
2. Alternate strawberries, grapes, and cheese cubes on skewers.
3. Put on a plate to enjoy.
Note: A cup of yogurt on the side is a great dip!
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