Recipes for Children!
Teaching Children to Cook
Children love to create things in the kitchen! Not only is it fun to measure, mix, and make a mess, allowing kids to cook gives them so many other lifelong benefits.
One of my personal goals this year is to teach my children how to cook, so I'll be sharing some recipes and websites that we come across in our learning. Please feel free to share your favorite recipes and knowledge with us!!
Safety Rules for Cooking
Please follow your parent's rules to be safe!
Although cooking may be tons of fun, it can be dangerous! **Please use caution when doing anything in the kitchen.** Kids ~ always get permission from your parents or adult helper before using sharp utensils and turning on a heat source. It's a good idea to have that helper nearby when you are cooking, also.
I know kids don't like a long list of rules - neither do I - but as a mom and a teacher, I can't help but list a few important ones with the use of the acronym CUB.
C ~ Clean everything! Starting with your hands, wash them with warm water and soap before and after touching any food. It will help you to avoid getting dirt and germs into your food, and prevent bacteria from spreading from one food to another - especially when working with raw meats. Check to make sure that all your cooking supplies and counter space are clean before and after cooking, also, for your health safety and in order to keep your Mom happy. : )
U ~ Utensils used for cooking may be sharp. (Like ... duh, Mrs. J!) Okay, I know that you know that, but I can't stress it enough for your safety. Knives should only be used under adult supervision, not just the sharp ones, but others, too. Utensils such as peelers, can openers, skewers, scissors, and even forks should be used with caution. Watch for other people that are in the kitchen with you - if you set a sharp object down on the counter, make sure that a younger child or sibling can not reach it.
B ~ Burns can be avoided! Stop and think before you touch anything in the kitchen. Pot holders or oven mitts may be used even for things that come out of the microwave and toaster oven. "Fooling around" may cause someone to bump into a hot pan or spill something hot on themselves, so please avoid it in the kitchen.
Ok, CUBs - Here are some other websites that have excellent lists of safety tips!
Kitchen Safety Rules for Kids Who Cook from Kraft Foods
Rules for the Kitchen from Recipe Goldmine.
Kids Safety Rules from Cooking with Tara
General Safety Around the Kitchen: Find tips here how to prevent food spoilage, chemical poisoning, falls, electricity, glass objects, sharp objects, and fires.
The first and still favorite cook book in my house is the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. Although I love it, the kids do not find it appealing. So, when I found this junior version of their cookbook I was very pleased. The 128 pages contain 65 recipes that are kid friendly to make and eat and include colorful pics of the food to catch their attention. Bonus is that the book features tips on nutrition, label reading, planning family meals, safety during cooking, and essential cooking tips!
Kid's Cooking Activities ~ Website Extrordinaire!
"Helping Kids Learn & Grow Up in the Kitchen"
Every time that I work on a page like this, I like to research to find websites and materials
that I find useful and think others will like, too. A webpage that totally impressed me is called Kid's Cooking Activities. It has some awesome learning materials for children and parents about cooking, health, and safety! They have ebooks and curriculum units that you may purchase at a reasonable price (see the bottom three), but also have tons of free resources.
Kid's Cooking Activities starts with 10 reasons why kids should be taught to cook. Teachers, homeschoolers, club leaders, and parents will enjoy the list of multi-curricular skills that are acquired while learning to cook, free lesson plans for several age groups, cooking printables such as recipe cards and shopping lists, kid's instructional cooking videos, international recipes for world cultures study, picture recipes, cooking party suggestions, seasonal cooking recipes, recipes for 6 or less ingredients, cooking crafts, fun with food section, food fact sheets, kid's cooking blog, cooking challenge contests, dinner party themes, and food science experiments!
Upon signing up for the free Kid's Cooking Activities Newsletter, you will also gain free access to Cooking with the Alphabet ebook, an article on healthy kids, 101 Snack Ideas ebook, back issues of their newsletter, and a few other goodies!
Their sister site Kid's Meal Ideas is equally wonderful and helpful!! It contains sections on:
~ How to Cook: Basic Cooking Lessons, How to Cook Q&A
~ Meal Planning Help: How to Menu Plan, Menu Exchange, Let us help plan
~ Meal Ideas: Recipe Index, Breakfast Meals, Lunch Ideas, Healthy Snacks, Salad Recipes, Fun Meals, Healthy Meals, Quick Easy Meals, Hidden Vegetables, Freezer Meals, Frugal Living, Make Ahead Meals, Crockpot Meals, Pressure Cooking Meals
~ Speciality Meals: Low Carb Meals, Low Calorie Meals, Vegetarian Meal Ideas, Gluten Free
~ Feeding Kids Help: Family Dinner Time, Picky Eater Tips, Portion Sizes, Healthy Eating Tip
Another sister site is Learn Cake Decorating! You will find there a: Cake Decorating Blog, Cake Decorating Tools, Help with Baking Cakes, Cake Recipes, Preparing your Cake, Decorating your Cake, and a Cake Gallery.
More Recipes for Children
Try these websites - your children will be happy you did!
~ Kid's Cook!: These look easy and sound like things that children will eat! (That is always a plus in cooking!) There are recipes in the following categories: Beverage Recipes, Breakfast Recipes, Candy Recipes, Cookie Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Main Dish Recipes, and Snack Recipes.
~ Kid's Recipes from Disney's FamilyFun: My favorite section is "Making Food Fun", but there are also recipes in the categories of: International Recipes, Snacks & Appetizers, Lunch Ideas, Dinner Recipes, Side Dishes, Breakfast Ideas, Breads, Soups & Stews, Salads, Beverages, Sauces, Cupcakes & Cakes, Quick Meals, Holiday & Seasonal, and Recipe "How To" Videos!
~ Kid's Health Recipes from Nemours: Besides having some basic recipes for kids, there are many to help kids with specific nutritional and health needs here such as:
* Recipes for Kids: Awesome Applesauce, Banana Bread, Berry Tasty Muffins, Blueberry Pancakes, Confetti Quinoa, Cream Cheesy Cucumber Sandwiches, Disappearing Zucchini Muffins, Fabulous French Toast, Frozen Yogurt Pops, Fun Fruit Kabobs, Garden Chicken Wrap, Homemade Peanut Butter, Incredible Edible Veggie Bowls, Lean Green Pita Dippers, Oh-So-Delicious Oatmeal, Peanut Butter Muffins, Perfect Peachy Freeze, Perfect Pineapple Pops, Pizzadillas With Red Sauce, Pretzels, Simple Snack Mix, Southern-Style Cornbread, Strawberry Smoothie, Super Strawberry Bars, Tiny Pizzas, Yogurt on the Go
* What's 4 Lunch: Garden-Fresh Lunches
* Recipes for Kids With Cystic Fibrosis: Alfredo Pesto Pasta, Bacon Cheeseburger, Bacon Mushroom Chicken, Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Quiche, Baked Beans, Baked Creamy Chicken, Banana Bread, Beef Stroganoff, Broccoli Salad, Cheesecake Squares, Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw, Creamy Chicken Fettuccine, Dirt Pudding, Enchilada Casserole, Italian Burgers, Macaroni and Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Mighty Milk Milkshake, PB and J French Toast, Powerful Oatmeal, Sausage Meatballs, Scalloped Potatoes, Shepherd's Pie, Southern-Style Beef , Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Sweet Potato Casserole, Tex-Mex Sausage and Scrambled Eggs, Trail Mix, Yummy Chicken.
* Recipes for Kids With Diabetes: Breakfast on the Go, Club Wrap, Cranberry Spritzer, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies, Strawberry Cheese Tart, Taco Popcorn, Tomato Basil Pizza Snack, Vegetable Skillet Frittata, Zesty Turkey Tenderloin With Vegetables
* Vegetarian Recipes: Baked Apples and Ice Cream, Berry Good Muffins, Black Beans and Rice, Confetti Quinoa, Cream Cheesy Cucumber Sandwiches, Crunchy Veggie Wrap, Fruity Tofu Smoothie, Hummus, Italian Vegetable Casserole, Lean Green Pita Dippers, Peanut Butter Bars, Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, Pizzadillas With Red Sauce, Spicy Rice, Spinach Salad, Strawberry Smoothie, Tomato and Cheese Omelet, Vegetable Lasagna
* Recipes for Kids With Lactose Intolerance: Balsamic Tomato Chicken and Pasta, Chicken With Beans and Rice, Curry Chicken, Italian Vegetable Casserole, Mexican Chicken and Rice, Spicy Rice, Spinach Salad, Strawberry Smoothie, Vegetarian Chili
* Recipes for Kids With Celiac Disease: Asian Steak, Berry Good Popsicles, Berry Smoothie, Breakfast Casserole, Potato Dumpling Soup, Quesadillas, Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes, Southwestern Casserole, Tropical Ball of Cheese, Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
Picture Recipes from Bryback Manor: These are really fun for non-readers and early readers to learn basic cooking using pictures and symbols! (Some are super tasty, too!)
Free eBook for You! - This may be downloaded to your Kindle, PC, phone, or other apps!
You may find many, many other free cookbooks at Amazon! They are listed for Kindle, but are also available for a number of other applications that you may use for free! (Find on the main Kindle page.) I have found at least 70 free cookbooks ranging from salads, desserts, vegetarian meals, and several other categories that have not cost me anything. Great way to start up a collection of recipes to cook for your family and friends! They change frequently, so check back there often for more. =D