Spend time with your child while preparing dinner! Cooking with your child teaches him this basic life skill and encourages him to be more open to trying new and unfamiliar food. It can also help cultivate healthy eating habits in children. Choose to cook at home today with any of these recipes rather than eating out! Here’s our list of simple and healthy recipes that you could do with your child.
1. Baked Spaghetti Squash
Encourage your child to eat their vegetables with this spaghetti squash! You only need some cheese and a squash to make this delicious dish.
Your child can help to make the squash into spaghetti by scraping it with a fork. He may even try some pieces of spaghetti squash while helping!
You can get the full recipe here.
2. Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies
Treat yourself and your child with these bite-sized pieces of heaven.
Without flour, this reduces mess and hence, less cleaning is needed later!
Just stir all the ingredients together and put them in the oven. It’s easy and less messy than regular chocolate chip cookies. These cookies are also a gluten-free option.
Here’s the full recipe.
3. Breakfast Toast Cups
Including preparation and cooking time, these hearty breakfast toast cups only take a total of 35 minutes. This breakfast has all the nutrients and energy your child needs to start his day. The recipe includes some spinach that you can sneak in. If you wish, these can also be made any time of the day as a snack and energy booster!
Your child can help by cutting the pieces of bread into circles with a round cookie cutter.
*Do be wary of the runny egg as it may spill onto your child’s clothes!
Get the full recipe here!
4. Chicken Macaroni Soup
A nice warm bowl of macaroni soup is the ultimate comfort food after a long day of work and school. Simply add whatever ingredients you want along with the macaroni into the pot – it’s up to you! Adding carrots and vegetables makes it a more balanced meal and adds more colour to the dish as well. You could also add any leftover rotisserie chicken from the night before if you have any.
This dish is simple and can be prepared in 20 minutes, great for those days when you are home late from work and want something fuss-free!
You can get the full recipe here.
5. Beef and Broccoli Fried Rice
Have any leftover rice from the night before? Follow this recipe to turn that rice into a new wholesome dish. If you do not have any leftover rice, you can cook the rice the night before and leave it in the fridge so that you can cook it the next day. This recipe is an alternative to the regular fried rice and will leave your child wanting seconds.
You could get your child to tear the broccoli into small florets. Alternatively, if you have a nylon knife at home, he could help by cutting the vegetables and meat into smaller pieces. For older children, they can also help with stirring the ingredients in the pan.
The full recipe can be found here.
6. Overnight Oats
Always in a rush in the morning? You can simply grab and go with this healthy breakfast!
Overnight oats do not require any cooking and hence, all you need to do is add all the ingredients into a jar/container. The base of oats, milk and chia seeds goes with a wide variety of toppings such as fruit, granola, chocolate chips and nuts. The ratio of milk to oats is usually 1:1 but you are free to add more or less milk according to your preference.
Your child can have the creative freedom to choose their toppings the night before and place them in the fridge to be ready the next day. It’s that easy!
Here is the full recipe for the base and possible combinations you can try out.
7. Bread in a Bag
Have a very energetic and restless child? You can keep him occupied by getting him to help you knead the dough in the bag. With all the ingredients in the bag, there is also less mess when kneading the dough, and hence, less to clean up!
Bake these mini loaves on the weekend and give them to your child as breakfast or snacks for school on the weekdays.
Find the full recipe here.
Cooking at home with your child is a healthier option for the whole family as you are able to control the amount of salt, oil and sugar added to your meal. This also allows your child to be more aware of the ingredients that go into his food, encouraging healthy eating habits. Cooking with your child at home can also become a family bonding activity with delicious food for everyone at the end!