My favorite recipes to make with kids
Posted by Mirela Mendoza on
Spending time with your children in the kitchen is a wonderful and enriching activity. Personally, I’m not one of those people who enjoy spending hours in the kitchen or elaborating complex recipes, so I have always looked for practical and healthy solutions for my family. That’s why I love being able to prepare something with my children, I believe it’s a great way to help them become more independent and responsible while becoming interested in the food they eat.
Knowing what some food contains, how to prepare it, and what ingredients combine best stimulates creativity and helps them make healthy decisions at mealtime. Knowing that they can make something delicious and healthy themselves is a good way to encourage a balanced diet. It also allows them to try new foods and get excited about the idea of creating something different. When children successfully complete a recipe or prepare something simple for the whole family, they feel pride and confidence. As they cook more and discover new skills, their level of independence and self-esteem increases.
Today I share some simple recipes that you can prepare with children, and everyone at home will love them. They are super practical and a balanced snack option. Remember that it is important that they have the support and supervision of an adult, especially when using a knife or lighting the kitchen.
Here are my favorite recipes to make with my children!
1/4 Watermelon sliced into triangles
Vanilla or Greek Yogurt
Chopped Fruit - Mango, Peaches, Blueberries, Kiwi or Strawberries.
Line a tray with baking paper.
Cut the watermelon into triangular wedges.
Insert Pop Sticks and place on the lined tray.
Put a spoonful of yogurt over the watermelon.
Sprinkle with chopped fruit.
Freeze for 1 hour or until firm.
1 medium apple
1 tbsp organic crunchy peanut butter
¼ tsp of ground cinnamon
Cut the apple in quarters and remove the seeds (I use an apple slicer).
Spread the slices with the peanut butter.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Banana and Mango Smoothie
1 medium mango
500ml orange juice
4 ice cubes
Cut the mango down either side of the flat stone, then peel and cut the flesh into chunks.
Peel and chop the banana.
Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender, then process until smooth and thick.
Veggies with Hummus
400g can of chickpeas in water, drained
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra
1 Lemon's juice
Chopped veggies: Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Bell Peppers.
Put everything but the coriander into a food processor, until you get a fairly smooth mix. Scrape down the sides of the processor if you need to.
Season the hummus with a pinch of salt and pepper if you want to.
Add the coriander and pulse until roughly chopped.
Spoon into a serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil.
Serve as a dip for chopped veggies!
Brownies (12 und)
1 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 cup Powder Cocoa
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp of baking powder
A pinch of salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Heat oven to 350°F.
Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
Place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave at medium for a minute or until melted.
Stir in sugar and vanilla.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with spoon after each addition. Add cocoa; beat until well blended.
Add flour, baking powder, and salt; beat well.
Stir in nuts, if you wish to add them.
Pour batter into the prepared pan.
Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of the pan.
Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
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