Cooking with the kids has many benefits not only for the kids, but for the adults too! And get this shocker of revelations – you can even save time and money when you let the kids get involved in cooking. I’ve put together a few quick and easy fun recipes you can cook with the kids that will save you time and money… So let’s get to cooking!
I’ve tried it, and you really can’t go wrong with kids when it comes to making homemade pizza. Let them chose and put their own toppings on the base and they’ll be even more likely to eat it. But why not let them make the whole thing, including the pizza dough and all? Here’s a super easy recipe.
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup warm water
- tbsp yeast
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp oil
- Pizza sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
Dissolve the yeast in warm the water and add a dash of sugar to jump start the activation of the yeast. In a mixing bowl add the salt, flour, Italian seasoning and the oil. When the yeast is bubbly, pour it into the flour mixture and start kneading it to make the dough, it will come together quite quickly. Them make your pizza dough into a ball shape and place in lightly greased bowl to rise.
…. Allow to rise 30-60 minutes.
Roll out dough on a floured surface, we like ours quite thin so roll to about ½cm in thickness, then stretch your dough into pizza tin. With children helping you can make individual pizzas so they can add the toppings they want. Spread the tomato pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and any other toppings over your pizza and bake in a 450º/200c oven for 10-15 minutes you’ll see the cheese start bubbling and it’ll be ready to enjoy.
Pierogi is another great kid friendly recipe to get the little ones involved in and cook with the kids. It teaches them a lot of skills and it’s something they definitely enjoy eating. Plus it’s way cheaper to make your own pierogis than to buy them from the store – so there’s a big cash saving right here.
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cake flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
- 3 to 5 tablespoons milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix the flours and salt in a mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Add the eggs and water. Using a fork or whisk, mix just the liquids together in the center well you just made. Now with a spoon stir the flour into the liquid from the sides of the bowl.
When you have mixed it all together to form a dough, knead it for 7-8 minutes on lightly floured surface, it’s best to lightly flour your hands too. Put the dough aside in a bowl covered with a plastic wrap while you get started on making the filling.
Put the potatoes in a pan with just enough water to cover them, heat to a rolling boil and cook them for 10 minutes until the potatoes are soft enough to put a fork in them.
Meanwhile melt the butter in a frying pan and add the onion, stirring until it’s a light golden brown.
Drain off the potatoes and transfer them into a large bowl. Add the onions, sour cream, Cheddar cheese, 3 tbsp milk and about good pinch of salt. Mash it all up adding salt and pepper to taste. If your mixture seems is a little dry, you can add a dash more milk.
Roll your dough out very thinly on a lightly floured surface. Cut with 3-inch circle cookie cutter. Place 1 tablespoon of potato filling in center of dough cut-outs. Then moisten half the edges with a finger dipped in water and fold the moistened end over onto the dry end to seal, pressing the edges firmly together.
Bring a pot of water to a boil and place pierogies into the boiling water. Let them boil for 7 minutes. Remove them with a slotted spoon, now you can eat them now with some sour cream, or fry them in a lil butter as many do/
Chicken fingers & cubes
Kids love chicken fingers, but you might not be so crazy about having them fry chicken fingers. All that hot fat spitting everywhere. But baking them like in this recipe is not only healthier, but a lot safer when you cook with the kids helping out in the kitchen!
- 2 large baking potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 Egg
- Dash of milk
- 1 lb boneless chicken breast, pounded and cut into strips
- ½ cup bread crumbs
Heat oven to 450º/200c.
Cut potatoes into ½-inch cubes and season with salt and pepper and place in a bowl. Toss with vegetable oil until coated. Spread evenly into a lightly greased roasting dish and they’ll cook in the heated oven for 22 minutes.
Meanwhile crack the egg in a large bowl, and mix the egg with a dash of milk together… You’ll need 2 other plates, one with the flour poured onto it and one for the breadcrumbs too.
I usually put the potatoes in the oven now, just before coating the chicken so everything is ready at the same time.
Making the Fingers
- One hand takes a single chicken strip and coats it in the flour.
- Another ‘hand‘ takes that chicken, and then dips it into the egg and milk mixture coating it all over.
- Yet another ‘hand’ then takes the chicken out the egg mix and add it to the breadcrumbs.
- Once the chicken is dipped and coated in the breadcrumbs it can go onto a baking tray ready for the oven.
- Add the chicken in the hot oven, they should be ready in 15 minutes, but always check they’re cooked all the way through.
As you can see it’s a lot easier with a few helping hands 🙂 The potatoes will cook quickly as they are cut into small bite sized pieces. Just to serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy.
These are some great recipes to get kids cooking with you – and to save money. It’s all food they’ll love to eat so you won’t be throwing away this food, especially since they helped make it.