Cooking with kids can be a fun and rewarding experience. It's a great way to get them to learn important kitchen skills and teach them about healthy eating habits. Mixing ingredients together or making their portion in the process. Try and make it more fun, it's always good to find new recipes that you know they'll enjoy and techniques for cooking them! In addition to teaching children practical skills, cooking also fosters creativity and self-expression. It’s a great way for children to explore their senses and learn about different flavours and textures
Cooking is also a great way to bond with your children and teach them about healthy eating habits. When you involve children in the cooking process, they’re more likely to eat the food they’ve made – and they’ll be more open to trying new things.
So, if you’re looking for a way to help your children develop important life skills, foster their creativity, and teach them about healthy eating habits, then get them involved in the kitchen!
Here at Plate Up, we have a variety of recipes that are perfect for getting kids involved in the kitchen. From pasta dishes to healthy snacks and desserts, we've got something for everyone.
So what are you waiting for? Get your kids in the kitchen and start cooking up some fun!
Here are some child-friendly recipes we have on the Plate Up app:
Delicious Apple and Peanut Butter Breakfast Muffins - Viva!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and these Apple and Peanut Butter Breakfast Muffins are perfect to get kids into baking. Getting kids into baking is a great way to help them learn new skills and with Bake off returning to our screens, what better time to learn? Introducing Plate Up's delicious apple and peanut butter breakfast muffins, they'll be making breakfast every morning like a pro in no time. So next time the kids are craving something sweet for breakfast make a batch of these yummy muffins instead.
Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti - Chef Tim
Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic meal for all ages! For years Chef Tim was disappointed with the meatballs he had made, until an Italian friend let him in on the secrets to a perfect meatball - light, delicate and full of Italian flavour. The ingredients list may be long but it is remarkably simple to make. The original recipe is high in calories so this is a healthier adaptation specifically for Plate Up.
Gnocchi, Aubergine and Tomato Bake - Jo Pratt
Cuisine: Healthy, Italian
There's no denying that gnocchi is an Italian staple. And when it comes to weeknight suppers, we all need a few quick and easy options to rely on. This recipe will help your kids get into cooking and they'll make it time and again! The aubergine, tomato, and gnocchi bake is the perfect dish for a family night in. Your little ones will love the flavourful goodness of this dish, while you can rest assured knowing that they're getting their protein intake for the day.
Crispy Baked Aubergine Katsu Curry - Dean Edwards
Cuisine: Asian, Healthy, Japanese
With the rise of anime and manga like Pokémon or Digimon, Japanese cuisine might just entice kids into cooking new and exciting foods. Dean’s veggie version heroes the humble aubergine and is baked not fried making this is a perfect, healthy dinner. It’s a quick 30 minute recipe meaning you’ll all be able to spend more time having fun and eating than making.
Messy kitchen tips
Cooking with kids can be a messy process, but it doesn't have to be! Here are some tips to help keep your kitchen clean while cooking with your little ones.
1. Cover your surfaces - line your counters and table with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth before starting any messy recipes. This will make cleanup much easier.
2. Get organized - have all of your ingredients and tools ready before you start cooking. This will help keep things moving smoothly and prevent any accidents.
3. Keep a wet rag or sponge handy - spills are inevitable when cooking with kids. Having a wet rag or sponge nearby will help you quickly clean up any mess.
4. Encourage tidy habits - praise your kids for helping to clean up as you go. This will help them develop good habits that they can use in the kitchen and beyond!