Cooking with Kids: Easy Recipes to Make for Dinner

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Cooking with kids? Easy recipes for dinner will get them in the kitchen with you, and polishing off everything on their plate!

You get to bond with your kids and teach them essential life skills at the same time. Start with these easy, but tasty recipe ideas.

Zucchini, Pea and Mint Spaghetti

Zucchini, Pea and Mint Spaghetti

It’s an unusual kid who doesn’t love pasta, so start them off with this simple spaghetti recipe. It’s not the usual red spaghetti as this uses olive oil and a few other ingredients. You children will enjoy making this, plus it’s healthy and absolutely delicious.

Classic Tomato Spaghetti

This Classic Tomato Spaghetti from Jamie Oliver might be simple to make, but the flavours are amazing, especially if you use good, ripe tomatoes. It’s a great way introduce pasta to your kids, because it’s so quick and easy. For very young children, get them to sprinkle the basil and grated cheese on top and watch it melt.

 

Fish Cake Fingers

Fish Cake Fingers

Get your kids cooking and get some brain food into them with these yummy fish cake fingers. It’s also a great way to develop your children’s mashing, flaking and rolling skills.

 

Sloppy Joe Sliders

 

 

Sloppy Joe Sliders
Sloppy Joe Sliders

 

 

This sloppy joe sliders recipe is great for little hands to help with, and it’s packed with flavours that the whole family will love. Kids will have lots of fun assembling the sliders.

 

Potato Gnocchi Pasta

 

Potato Gnocchi Pasta
Potato Gnocchi Pasta

 

If you’re not Italian, and you want to try something new with the kids in the kitchen, try making these Italian Potato Gnocchi Pasta. These gnocchi are very easy to make with just three ingredients, and kids will have heaps of fun kneading, shaping and rolling the gnocchi.

 

Fresh Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa

Fresh Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa
Fresh Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa

These colourful and tasty fresh corn cakes are healthy and quick to make. Your children can help you mix the ingredients to create a batter. Then ask them to top the cakes with the colourful salsa.

 

Mini Pizza Bites

Mini Pizza Bites
Mini Pizza Bites

Kids will love making and eating these mini pizza bites. Not only are they cute and delicious, they are also very easy to make. It’s an excellent way to start your children learning how to knead dough and assemble ingredients one by one.

 

Baked Crunchy Honey Cornflake Chicken

Baked Crunchy Honey Cornflake Chicken
Baked Crunchy Honey Cornflake Chicken

These chicken tenders coated with corn flakes will be your children’s new favourite. They are quick and easy to make, so simple that the kids should be able to do them without much supervision.

 

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats
Zucchini Pizza Boats

Your children will absolutely love making these zucchini pizza boats. They look good, and they’re a healthy alternative to standard pizzas. It’s a great way to incorporate play with cooking.

 

Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters
Zucchini Fritters

If your kids are reluctant vegetable eaters, try them with these zucchini fritters. Ask the kids to help mix the ingredients, beat the eggs and add cheese. Kids are often more inclined to try things that they’ve made themselves, and they’re so yummy that the taste will have them coming back for more.

 

Paprika Beef Taco Cups

 

Paprika Beef Taco Cups
Paprika Beef Taco Cups

 

Cute and delicious, I reckon that kids will love to help make and eat these paprika beef taco cups. Who doesn’t love dinner in a cup?

 

Golden Frittata

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Golden frittatas are an easy weeknight meal that the kids will be able to help with easily. There’s lots of protein and veg, so serve it with a salad for a light and easy dinner.

 

Homemade Alphabet Soup

Homemade Alphabet Soup
Homemade Alphabet Soup

This simple homemade soup would be great to cook with little ones. Lovely and warming for a cooler day, and kids will love it even more if you use alphabet pasta!

 

Chicken Wraps

Chicken Wraps
Chicken Wraps

These chicken wraps are tasty and fun to make, and they may even convince kids that they like salad! If that’s really not going to happen, it’s easy for kids to leave out the stuff they don’t like and fill the wraps stuff they do like.

 

Stuffed Jacket Potatoes

Stuffed Jacket Potatoes
Stuffed Jacket Potatoes

Simple, cheap and tasty, stuffed jacket potatoes are fun for kids to make, too. They’ll love assembling and stuffing each jacket potato.

 

Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza

Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza
Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza

These colourful and yummy veggie flatbread pizza is sure to be a hit with kids. They’ll love creating a rainbow with veggie toppings, and they’ll be getting most of their daily vegetables in one hit!

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