This month’s Eat Well, Spend Less theme is fun in the kitchen — surviving the food blahs, spicing up boring food and more. Making food fun is a great way to avoid the temptation to go out to eat and enjoy your home-cooking!
One way we can really bless our children is to give them skills in the kitchen that will help them eat better and control their food budget as they approach adulthood, and I’m excited to be talking about cooking with kids.
Our girls really seem to have blossomed as we’ve given them more responsibilities in recent months — in the kitchen and around the house in general — and I’m enjoying having their help in the kitchen much more than I did when they were younger!
While it’s important to involve kids in the everyday food prep as well, let’s take a look at some really fun recipes that kids can either help with or make on their own, depending on their age and skill level.
These mini pizzas offer a high payoff for just a little bit of work. Press your pizza dough into a shaped muffin tin for mini pizzas in fun shapes. Even the youngest kids can help press the dough, add the sauce and add the cheese and other toppings!
Source: Muffin Tin Shaped Pizzas | Wilton
One of my earliest cooking memories is making peanut butter in my kindergarten classroom. It’s super easy to make, less expensive than the stuff in the jar and fun for kids (and adults!) to watch the ingredients come together!
Source: Homemade Peanut Butter | Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
With just two ingredients, this is a fun and fast recipe that kids will enjoy as they wrap the dough around and around a hot dog. You don’t have to put it on a stick, but let’s face it, everything tastes better on a stick!
Source: Snake Dogs | Cooking with My Kid
Amy made these fun kabobs for Valentine’s Day, but fruit kabobs are fun any day. Offer kids bowls of chopped fruit and help them create patterned kabobs or a delicious, healthy snack with a fun math lesson built in!
Source: Fruit Kabobs | The Finer Things in Life
Shaina is passionate about involving her kids in the kitchen, and these fun cheesecake-stuffed strawberries would be a fun way to involve your kids in the prep for your next party or holiday get-together!
Source: Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries | Food for My Family
English muffin pizzas are our favorite kids-in-the-kitchen recipe, and my girls have been helping make them since they were toddlers. From spreading the sauce to sprinkling the cheese, this is an easy recipe that even the littlest one can help with!
Source: English Muffin Pizzas | Plan to Eat
Raisins and peanut butter on celery, aka ants on a log, is a classic kid snack (hint: put the peanut butter in a baggie and snip the tip off to let kids pipe it onto the celery sticks), and cream cheese and dried cranberries offer a sweet variation!
Source: Creamy Cranberry-Stuffed Celery | Kraft Recipes
My oldest loves to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but for a fun twist, help kids roll your bread up to make cute sushi rolls instead!
Source: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sushi Rolls | Jif
I also remember making applesauce with my dad when I was younger, and it’s always been one of my favorite fall traditions. Chopping apples is a great way to practice knife skills for little ones as well!
Source: Slow-Cooker Vanilla Applesauce | Saving & Giving
Cooking fun food with your kids isn’t the only way to make food fun! Find other ideas from my fellow bloggers as well:
- Aimee from Simple Bites
- Carrie from Denver Bargains
- Jessica from LifeasMOM
- Katie from Kitchen Stewardship
- Mandi from Life Your Way
- Shaina from Food for My Family
- Tammy from Tammy’s Recipes