Do your kids love to “help” you in the kitchen? My daughter does. The helpfulness of the “help” is subjective, but it’s always delightful to watch her copying me with mixing and stirring, spooning things between pot and container…
When I get a little person’s request to “do cookings in the kitchen”, as I often do, here are some of the things we like to make.
5 minute recipes for kids #1: homemade popcorn
This is my daughter’s favourite thing to make with me! I’ve already blogged about how we make it so check out the recipe here.
5 minute recipes for kids #2: fruit kebabs
What kid doesn’t like cute things like fruit kebabs or skewers? Just make sure they’re old enough that they won’t stab themselves (or each other) with the (wooden) skewers – and you’re set! Cut pieces of fruit into chunks, and set out an assortment of berries if you have them, and let the kids thread them onto the skewers. You can also add in pieces of raw vegetable such as chunks of celery, or sugar snap peas, for example. Dates and other dried fruits are also good. You can also make up little dipping dishes with dips – plain yoghurt is super easy, or runny nut butter, or, if you’re feeling indulgent then melt some chocolate and let them dip their fruit into it. Kid heaven!
5 minute recipes for kids #3: what’s-in-the-fridge salad
If the tummy’s grumbling, then why not throw together a salad from what’s in the fridge. We often have cold cooked pasta from the night before, for instance, so we add some mayonaise or other dressing, a can of mixed beans or whatever we’ve got, some chopped herbs from the garden, and some pieces of leftover vegies or shredded salad greens if you have them in the fridge or the garden. (Try dandelion or nasturtium leaves if you don’t have any lettuce!) Some of my friends use quinoa a lot and that’s even easier (and healthier, really) than pasta, so if you’ve got it, then throw it in… If you have cold roast chicken that can be shredded in, too, or a can of tuna crumbled into the salad is also good if you want a meat of some sort in there. Then some freshly ground pepper and everyone helps themselves to a bowlful – delicious and FAST.
5 minute recipes for kids #4: banana green smoothie
If you haven’t tried green smoothies before, this may convert you. If your kids haven’t tried it before, tell them you are going to make a banana-flavoured slime drink – or something else goopy or gross or funny which will appeal to their deliciously visceral sense of humour. Take 1-2 bananas, 2-3 sticks of celery, and a bunch of other green leafy things – carrot tops, beetroot leaves, Chinese greens like bok choi, lettuce, or whatever you happen to have. As with previous recipe, if you don’t have any greens in the fridge then try dandelion leaves or nasturtium leaves. The kids will be intrigued in any case! Now throw the peeled banana/s, and all the washed greens in the blender with 1/2 – 1 cup water, and blend on high speed until it all goes really smooth. Pour into glasses and drink – with funky straws if you have them! You will be surprised – it tastes a lot more of banana than it does of greens. Remind your kids about the slime 😉 and you may have just found a way to get greens into them without protests! YES!! (Well it works with mine.)
5 minute recipes for kids #5: dips and dippers
Grab some plain yoghurt from your fridge and put it in a dish for an instant healthy dip. Or, blend 1 peeled garlic clove, 1/2 lemon’s worth of lemon juice, 1 can of chickpeas, 1 tsp of cumin and 1/2 tsp of salt, and a generous slug of olive oil, in a food processor until pureed. Yum, hommous. Now slice up a few carrot and celery sticks, and maybe put a few crackers out, and let the kids for it. Good way to get raw vegetables into them. Great way to steal a few minutes working on the laptop, too. 😉