Need some inspiration in the kitchen? Want your kids to be more involved in mealtime? It can be difficult to find recipes that are easy to duplicate and also safe for your children to make along with you, but with these kid-friendly recipes, you and the whole family will be cooking up delicious meals in no time! From after school snacks to quick lunches while they are virtually learning, we’ve got you covered.
Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie
A quick and healthy breakfast choice for kids of all ages (or for yourself!) is a smoothie. You can make a smoothie almost out of anything but a yummy option that is different from the typical fruit mixture is an oatmeal cookie smoothie. To make it easy, just place all the ingredients on the counter and have the kiddos use the measuring cups, and place everything in the blender.
Ingredients: oats, pumpkin pie spice, milk or milk alternative, vanilla yogurt, brown sugar
We all know the best time during the work or school day is snack time. If you have children attending school from home, you may not always have the same break times as they do so it’s nice to have snack ideas that are under five minutes to make and not too messy. A great option is apple granola snackers. Pre-slice the apple and cover each slice with peanut butter. Then the kids can have their fun covering the slices with granola, raisins, or cinnamon.
Ingredients: apples, your favorite type of granola, cinnamon, peanut butter
Lunchtime comes and goes quickly so a tasty lunch that you can premake is always nice. Especially if it is a meal that everyone in the family can enjoy. Pinwheels can be made the night before and can be made with different ingredients to fit each person’s favorite flavors. Typically they are made on a tortilla with a cream cheese spread, then topped with sandwich meat and veggies. While making them, have your child or children pick out three toppings each from what you already have in the fridge, place in the tortilla, wrap them up and refrigerate. During lunch, all you have to do is slice a couple of pinwheels and you are good to go!
After a long day, it can be hard to work up the energy to make a full dinner so kabobs could be the solution. Kabobs will make everyone happy whether they are a fan of a good steak, vegetarian, or vegan. These are an especially great option if your family likes to grill! Even though the kids will have to keep their distance from the hot grill, they can still have just as much fun making the kabobs and placing the ingredients on the sticks, and handing them off to the cooker.
Ingredients (make it your own!): peppers, chicken, steak, onion, sweet potatoes
Mini Lasagna Cups
Wanting something a little more hearty for the wintertime? Try these yummy lasagna cups. Pasta dishes can be hours of preparation and cook time, but this recipe allows for this classic Italian dish to be served up in smaller portions. That way you don’t have to feel guilty about throwing out tons of leftovers!
No matter the cravings, you can make mealtime the best time for the whole family. Cooking at home and together will help you bond, eat healthier, and save money by staying in and not eating out. For exact measurements or more family meal ideas, visit www.foodnetwork.com.