Often, kids love hands-on projects of all sorts and would love a chance to help out in the kitchen. Even if they’re not fully sold on the idea, cooking can help fine-tune children’s motor skills, coordination, and judgment. Furthermore, cooking together in the kitchen is a wonderful way to strengthen the bond you have with your child.
That being said, many recipes require sharp and dangerous tools, usage of hot surfaces, and other aspects that just aren’t suitable for kids. Today, we’ll be providing you with a list of quick and easy recipes that are kid-friendly in taste, nutrition, and participation!
10 Chocolate Peanut Banana Sandwich
Number one on the list is a sweet treat that children will love both as a special lunch and as a snack. The chocolate peanut butter banana sandwich is just as fun as it sounds. The recipe is extremely simple, yet still maintains excitement to hook your child’s interest.
The first step is to scoop out some peanut butter into a bowl, and then stir a handful of chocolate chips into it. Then, your kids can use a safe plastic knife to slice some bananas into thin pieces. The final step is to simply spread the peanut butter chocolate mix on a slice of bread and top it off with banana slices!
9 Turkey & Cheese Roll-ups
Roll-ups are a great way to add some fun to any meal, and the recipe could not be any simpler. Although only sliced turkey, cheddar, and tortillas are necessary, you can add your own twist by using additional vegetable slices or other cheeses.
Cut each ingredient into bands of similar width, lay them over each other with the tortilla strip on the bottom, and then roll them up! If your child has difficulties cutting in straight lines with a plastic knife, you can give them a pair of clean safety scissors. Not only is this dish healthy and delicious, but it is also a wonderful way to practice motor skills.
8 Quick & Easy Quesadillas
Quesadillas are a classic favorite among children and a quick go-to for moms in a rush. All you need is some tortillas, shredded cheese, and a microwave. To sneak in some veggies and protein, you can give your little ones some mushrooms, spinach, and lunch meat as well.
All they need to do is place the tortilla on a plate, sprinkle on as much shredded cheese as they like, and then add the other toppings. Finish the process by folding the tortilla in half and microwave for about two minutes for a cheesy quesadilla! Your child will love the chance to handle a variety of ingredients, as well as the delicious flavors!
7 Frozen Banana Pops
This recipe is not only sweet and delicious but also a healthier alternative to ice cream and popsicles if you want to cool off in the summer. Plus, your little ones will love the chance to play with colorful cereals and creamy yogurt. To make the perfect frozen banana pops, all you need to do is peel some bananas, cover them in yogurt, and sprinkle some of your favorite granola, chocolate chips, or cereals on top.
Then, place them on waxed paper and stick them in the freezer. Take your little one out for some playtime as you wait for the pops to freeze into a delicious, refreshing treat.
6 PBJ Lunch Kebabs
While all kids love peanut butter and jelly, it isn’t the most innovative lunch ever. Instead, try teaching your child to make PBJ lunch kebabs, a recipe that will turn a boring sandwich into a delicious and crafty treat. Plus, it’s super easy and engaging for your kiddos to make! Start them off by showing them how to make a regular old peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Then, have them cut the sandwich into smaller pieces and skewer them with grapes, strawberries, or any of their other favorite fruits in between. Not only is the result healthy and delicious, but it is also a great lunch to pack for school without wasting time or energy.
5 Rainbow Fruit Salad
A very healthy snack that any toddler can create is a rainbow fruit salad with yogurt dressing. Not only is such a dish full of antioxidants and vitamins, but it’s also a beautiful dish to look at. All you need to do is purchase a variety of fruit, such as apples, blueberries, kiwis, mangos, grapes, and bananas, and help your child peel as necessary.
Then, provide your little one with a safe plastic knife and ask them to chop each fruit into bite-sized pieces. The last step is to simply mix all the fruit in a bowl and enjoy with some plain vanilla yogurt on top! This quick and easy recipe is sure to be a big hit among children of all ages.
4 Soft & Moist Mug Cakes
In the mood for cake but not sure you want to fire up the oven? Try this quick and easy microwave mug cake recipe with your little one instead! It’s a great introduction to baking, as it includes a variety of common ingredients, yet a very simple procedure.
Although you can create mug cakes of any flavor by adding in special ingredients, the base calls for flour, sugar, baking soda, milk, oil, and water. All you need to do is mix up all the dry ingredients in a mug, stir in the wet ones, and microwave the whole thing for about a minute and a half.
3 UFO Pita Pocket Sandwich
Sandwiches are a must when it comes to healthy and easy meals, but they can get a tad boring to make and consume. However, your kiddos will surely love the easy UFO-shaped pita pocket sandwich! All you need is the traditional sandwich ingredients and a loaf of circular pita bread instead of the sliced variety.
The built-in pocket in the delicious pita bread is perfect for little hands to stuff veggies, cheese, and sliced chicken into! To make things even easier, you can cut the bread in half for your kids before allowing them to fill it with tasty ingredients of their choice.
2 Fruit & Cracker Dip
A nice fruit and cracker dip is not only refreshing but also a great healthier alternative to Nutella dips and other sugar-filled snacks. It’s also amazingly creative, as children can add virtually anything dippable that they love to munch on to the recipe. To make the dip, your child simply needs to mix cream cheese, some sugar, a pinch of cinnamon, and a splash of lemon juice together in a bowl.
To add some more flavor to the creamy mix, give them some blueberries or chocolate chips to fold in. The dip can be served immediately with your choice of fruits, cookies, or crackers!
1 Baked Chicken Kebabs
Lastly, we’ll be ending this list with something a little more challenging, yet perfectly manageable for a 6-7-year-old. Baked chicken kebabs are a perfect lunch option, providing tons of protein and healthy fibers. Furthermore, you can throw on any other vegetables in between the chicken pieces for a balanced meal.
First, allow your little one to cut some chicken breasts into small pieces with your supervision. Then, ask them to sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over the chicken pieces, or marinate them in some soy sauce for additional flavor. After that, it’s just a matter of skewering the chicken in between pieces of bell peppers, zucchini, or other vegetables and baking them!