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Mini Frittata Recipe: Cooking With Kids

Updated on December 16, 2012
Egg cup served with a side of fresh fruit.
Egg cup served with a side of fresh fruit. | Source

Kids Cook Monday

Cooking with your kids can be fun for both you and your children. By having your children help out with cooking meals, they are developing wonderful life long skills. First, they are developing a sense of ownership in the food that is prepared. Why is this important? As children assist in creating their meals, they will be much more willing to eat the food that is put in front of them. It also helps to foster a healthy lifestyle for children. Children who begin to cook with an adult at a young age are much more knowledgeable about making healthy food choices. As a parent, you can model choosing fresh ingredients and how to combine them in a way that is fun, tasty, and nutritious.

In our home, breakfast foods aren’t only for breakfast. On occasion we like to serve breakfast foods for dinner. It creates a little bit of excitement as the family ends the day the way that we usually start it. So here is an easy to make and fun to eat breakfast meal.

Ingredients

  • 7 eggs
  • Splash of milk
  • 1 Tbs. of melted butter
  • 12 six inch tortillas (you can use wheat tortillas for a healthier option) If the tortillas that you use are a little larger, you will be able to cut more circles out of them.
  • ¾ cup of low fat shredded cheese (flavor of your choice)
  • ½ cup each of a variety of diced vegetables. Choose vegetables that your children enjoy eating. Some suggestions include: broccoli, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and zucchini.

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Dice all of the vegetables into small pieces and set aside in separate dishes. This part should be done by an adult unless an older child who has experience using sharp knives is helping.
  3. In a mixing bowl, crack the eggs, add a splash of milk to the eggs and mix well. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to the egg mixture.
  4. Next cut the tortillas into two inch circles using a biscuit or round cookie cutter. This is a perfect job for your young helpers. Then lightly brush one side with melted butter. Kids find this delightful because it is just like painting only with food!
  5. Spray the muffin tins with non-stick spray. Place the tortilla round into the muffin cup butter side down. With a little guidance this is something that children ages 3 and up can do.
  6. Now comes the fun part! Have your children select the veggies that he or she would like in the eggs and have him or her sprinkle it into the cup. After all of the extras are added to the cup, ladle the egg mixture into each cup until they are about half way full. Add a sprinkle of cheese over the top if desired. Once all of the cups are filled, place in the oven to cook for 12-14 minutes.

**You may see some liquid in the center of the eggs due to the moisture of the vegetables. The egg cups will puff up when they are done.

Allow egg cups to cool slightly and serve to your sous chefs and family!

Step by Step Photo Guide

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Cutting out the circles.Adding the seasonings.Brushing the melted butter.Cups are ready!Adding the vegetables.Have a grown up or older child add the egg mixture.The cheese is added, it's ready for the oven!Yummy!  Ready to eat!
Cutting out the circles.
Cutting out the circles. | Source
Adding the seasonings.
Adding the seasonings. | Source
Brushing the melted butter.
Brushing the melted butter. | Source
Cups are ready!
Cups are ready! | Source
Adding the vegetables.
Adding the vegetables. | Source
Have a grown up or older child add the egg mixture.
Have a grown up or older child add the egg mixture. | Source
The cheese is added, it's ready for the oven!
The cheese is added, it's ready for the oven! | Source
Yummy!  Ready to eat!
Yummy! Ready to eat! | Source

Creating the Fruit Bowl

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Adding the fruit.Mixing it up.WARNING!  Cooking with your kids may cause them to sneak fresh fruits and vegetables while cooking!
Adding the fruit.
Adding the fruit. | Source
Mixing it up.
Mixing it up. | Source
WARNING!  Cooking with your kids may cause them to sneak fresh fruits and vegetables while cooking!
WARNING! Cooking with your kids may cause them to sneak fresh fruits and vegetables while cooking! | Source

An excellent accompaniment to this dish is a bowl of fresh berries or other fruit. Simply wash and slice up some strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries and serve. Children can also help create the fruit bowl by adding their favorite berries into the bowl.


We hope that your family enjoys this fun and nutritious cooking activity as much as we did. Remember that cooking together as a family is beneficial to everyone in the home. Be careful, the may be the start of some fun family time!!

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      What a fantastic breakfast recipe, Cara! I love how healthy it is, and the kids must love having miniature egg cups! That's a perfect start to the morning - love it!!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Love the pics of your kids helping you! So cute! I think my boys would enjoy this too (especially if they get to crack 7 eggs which is their favorite part of any recipe haha!) Thanks for sharing the idea - voted up and useful!

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      GDRshop 5 years ago

      yummy

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Leah, we had great fun making it and healthy was the focus!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks alissa. They were my little sous chefs and had a great time creating. You are brave to let your boys crack the eggs, I'm not quite there yet! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Glad you like it GDRshop!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Great recipe for people of any age and your two chefs look cute enough to be on TV!

      Voted this up across the board. Hope it makes Hub of the Day.

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      Joana e Bruno 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Great hub! Loved the recipe, seems simple and delicious. I'll certainly try it with my kids. They are only 3 1/2, but they love helping out around the kitchen. Thanks for sharing. Will let you know how it went. Voted up. :)

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Gail! They are fun to cook with. What a kind compliment to think that it is hub of the day worthy! Glad you stopped by to read and comment. :)

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      It was both simple and delicious algarveview! My son is 3 1/2 and my daughter is 5. Alex did need a bit more guidance but he did a great job and it was great fun! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love breakfast for dinner and will definitely do this with my kids someday. Thanks for sharing this great recipe! I love your photos.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Wonderful randomcreative, let me know how it turns out!

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Yum, yum! What a fun, creative idea. And your sous-chefs are so cute!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Maddie, we had a blast and I think that I've really planted a cooking bug in my mini chefs!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Had to rate this up and awesome! It's great and the photos are precious! Well done.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Mom! Glad you were there to try them!

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      services4all 5 years ago from U.S.

      Its very healthy breakfast not only for kids but for all age groups.Its awesome.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      You are right services4all. It is great for kids of ALL ages! Glad you liked it.

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Great idea for a simple but healthy meal that kids can help put together. I loved having my kids help in the kitchen. Cooking is an important basic life skill that everyone should have.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I love them helping me MOST of the time too. It's a great way to spend time together.

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