Cooking with Kids: Easy Recipes to Make for Dinner

Zucchini-Pea-and-Mint-Spaghetti

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

jamie oliver 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

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

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

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

"<yoastmark

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
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!

Like this? Why not Pin it?

 

 

 

14 Healthy Sweet Treats: Guilt Free and Simple to Make

Healthy Raspbery Coconut Slice

My children constantly complain that they’re not allowed anything sweet. I am a sugar Nazi, I admit! I regularly quote the WHO guidelines on sugar intake at them. Cue eye rolls and sighs from the kids. But, this week’s post will make them happy!

Healthy sweet treats that are high in fibre, some with added (or hidden!) veggies or nuts for extra nutrients. Gluten free, dairy free and vegan options. They’re all easy to make, and they’re all super yummy. So what are you waiting for? Get making!

Raspberry Coconut Slice

Healthy Raspbery Coconut Slice
Healthy Raspbery Coconut Slice

Get yourself outside some of this gorgeous raspberry coconut slice from Well Nourished. It’s an old fashioned recipe turned healthy. It has a few variations too, a nut free and a vegan friendly recipe.

Apple Nachos

Apple nachos chocolate peanut butter
Apple Nachos With Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Get your ‘apple a day’ with a healthy hint of sweetness with this super simple apple nachos recipe. With melted peanut butter and dark chocolate chips, there’s hardly an sugar and it looks (and tastes) amazing.

Balsamic Buttermilk Sherbet (Sorbet)

Balsamic Buttermilk Sherbet
Balsamic Buttermilk Sherbet

This delicious blend of frozen fruit, buttermilk and balsamic vinegar creates a delicious sherbet that is a perfect substitute for the usual high fat ice cream. Perfect for sunny days, quick to make, and the only sugar comes from the whole fruit.

Pumpkin Brownies

Vegan & Gluten Free Pumpkin Brownies
Vegan & Gluten Free Pumpkin Brownies

A healthy and gluten free treat perfect for vegans. This pumpkin brownie has no refined sugars, only the delicious goodness of  pumpkin, beetroot, dates and maple syrup.

Tahini Swirl Brownies

Tahini Swirl Brownies
Tahini Swirl Brownies

These brownies by Jessica Spel are so delicious and healthy. Enjoy a sweet treat without the guilt! They are free from processed sugar (although you will need maple syrup), gluten free and can easily be adapted so they’re dairy free, too.

Healthy Cinnamon Carrot Cookies

Healthy Cinammon Carrot Cookies
Healthy Cinnamon Carrot Cookies

Moist and sweet, cinnamon carrot cookies are great for when a mid afternoon craving hits, and perfect for lunchboxes. They’re chewy, gluten free and refined sugar free. There’s a cup of carrots in these, too, although I’m not sure that they’ll count towards your 5 and 2!

Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice

Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice
Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice

Oh My Veggies Ginger Watermelon Ice packs a flavour punch! Super yummy, and oh so simple. I cut the sugar back to nothing, and add a couple of spoonfuls of maple syrup instead to make it even healthier.

Guilt Free Chocolate Truffles

Guilt Free Chocolate Truffles
Guilt Free Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles? Yes, please! I love this recipe from May I Have The Recipe. Rich chocolate with some nut butter and yoghurt. Couldn’t be easier. And if you’re catering vegan or dairy free, it’s super simple to adapt.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

These strawberry oatmeal bars don’t just look lovely, they’re healthy, too. They’re nut free, so great for school lunchboxes. And you can easily make them gluten free and dairy free, as well.

Superfood Dark Chocolate Bark

Superfood Dark Chocolate Bark
Superfood Dark Chocolate Bark

How good does this dark chocolate bark look? The colours are divine, and it’s chock full of good stuff with all the superfood additions like nuts, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, and chia all on a dark chocolate base. Simple to make, it’s a great one for kids to help out with. And it looks so good, it would make a great present, too.

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Brownie Bites

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Avocado Brownie Bites
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Avocado Brownie Bites

I’m a little obsessed with sweet potato. Baked with cinnamon is my thing, but I’m quite willing to try it in chocolate brownies with walnuts, too. I haven’t tried these brownie bites yet, but they are absolutely on my list!

Upside Down Pineapple Breakfast Cake

Upside Down Pineapple Cake
Upside Down Pineapple Cake

I have to admit that I can’t get my head around cake for breakfast. Any other time of the day, sure. But if cake for breakfast is your thing, try this. The sweetness comes from dates and apples, and it’s grain free and gluten free, too. Everything about this Upside Down Pineapple Cake sounds awesome, except for the breakfast part! I think I’ll save mine for morning tea.

Chocolate Hobnobs

 

Vegan Gluten Free Homemade Chocolate Hobnobs
Vegan Gluten Free Homemade Chocolate Hobnobs

These chocolate hobnobs from Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen have just six ingredients. They’re high in fibre, gluten free, dairy free and ever-so-slightly addictive. So crunchy, sweet and more-ish, what more could you ask for?

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Chocolate Avocado Mousse

I had to include this chocolate avocado mousse from Nadia Lim. I love her recipes. They’re always so simple, and I haven’t had a bad one yet. Avocado chocolate mousse might sound a bit weird, but one spoonful and you’ll be a convert. So. Damn. Good

Like this? Why not Pin it?

ANZAC Biscuits – a brief history and an original recipe

ANZAC Biscuits have a long association with Australian and New Zealand Army Corps  – dating back to the first World War.

The army biscuit known as ANZAC biscuits are kind of like the old ship’s hard tack. They have a long shelf life, and were often eaten as a substitute for bread. Unlike bread, though, the biscuits are very, very hard, and some soldiers preferred to grind them up and eat them as porridge.

It is claimed that these biscuits originated when they were made and sent to soilders abroad by their loving wives and mothers – they contained ingredients that did not spoil easily and they kept well during naval transportation.

The ANZAC biscuit that is still popular today is somewhat different. You can make them crunchy, or soft and chewy. They’re great for dunking in your tea!

I found this recipe on the Australian War Memorial Web Site and it is a original recipe provided by an ANZAC who was present at the Gallipoli landing.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup each of plain flour, sugar, rolled oats, and coconut
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 tbls treacle (golden syrup)
  • 2 tbls boiling water
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda (add a little more water if mixture is too dry)

Method

1. Grease biscuit tray and pre-heat oven to 180°C.
2. Combine dry ingredients.
3. Melt together butter and golden syrup. Combine water and bicarbonate soda, and add to butter mixture.
4. Mix butter mixture and dry ingredients.
5. Drop teaspoons of mixture onto tray, allowing room for spreading.
6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool on tray for a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks.

 

Get the latest posts straight to your inbox every week!