One of the best ways to get kids to try new food is to cook it with them. This is a fantastic experience for kids since it’s great for their health as it helps to foster good eating habits. Here are some of the best recipes you should try today.
Pancakes are usually a favourite with children, especially with cream, butter, and maple syrup. Among all the different dessert recipes pancakes are still relatively healthier. You can also experiment with different kinds of recipes, shapes, and sizes to motivate your child to eat new kinds of food as well. Pancakes are a great way to motivate your children to eat some fruit as well. We have over 40 pancake topping suggestions here.
Omelettes are great because they can be made in many different ways and they can be made visually appealing too. It’s also an extremely healthy snack that will give your child the protein that they need along with many other nutrients. These are easy to make and only take a few minutes so it is a great way to introduce kids to cooking. We have a fab recipe for a vegetable stuffed omeltte perfect for cooking with kids.
If your child won’t eat the protein or the vegetables on their plate, try putting the food in a wrap. Using a tortilla wrap or even some pitta bread you can make both sweet and savoury snacks. Children like the fact that they can hold their meal in one hand while they walk around and do other things. This is a great way to sneak in some good protein and vegetables into their meal. We have even make Yorkshire pudding wraps.
Children like spaghetti or any other kind of noodles because they are fun to eat (just take a look at our scary spaghetti or hairy hotdogs). It’s also very easy to prepare, so you can easily get them involved in the process. Since it is such a flexible dish, you can have them pick and choose the kind of ingredients they want in their sauce. Throw in some healthy veggies for added nutrition.
If it’s something sweet, children will most likely want it. Cookies are great to eat, and the preparation process is also a lot of fun. Mixing the dough and carving up the cookies into shapes is a fun activity that the kids enjoy. At the end of it all, you’ll have some delicious cookies and will have also filled the house with the sweetest aroma. You can find all our cookie recipes here.
Homemade jelly is easy to put together and it lasts a few days in the fridge too. Before you get started, get yourself a few different moulds that the children can set the jelly in. Be sure to cool the jelly down a bit before letting the kids handle it. You can either have the jelly by itself or use it to make something else like a fruit truffle. Traffic Light Jelly is always a hit in our house.
Getting the kids involved in the cooking process is very important. Cooking and nutrition are critical skills that everyone should know. The sooner you can get your kids involved in this process, the easier it will be to have them try new foods and even make food on their own. Plus, it’s a very fun activity that the entire family can participate in.