Cooking with children is a fun and enjoyable activity; children learn the basics of cooking and adults have an opportunity to teach and bond with the children. When you involve your children in the cooking process, they are more aware of how food is cooked and are more likely to grow up into healthy eaters.
This season, engage your children with cooking activities to dispel the boredom and get them off the television with these fun and easy, no-fire recipes. Watch your child’s face light up with confidence as they create their own delicious snacks. Read on for some no-fire cooking ideas to try with your child.
Learning to cook is an important skill to have and introducing children to cooking is a great way to set them up to become healthy eaters. Familiarising your child to the kitchen and the wonders that lie in helps them develop their sense of taste and grow into more adventurous eaters. Kids who are exposed to cooking at a young age have a healthy relationship with food as adults.
Kickstart your kid’s kitchen adventures with safe and delicious no-fire recipes:
Pinwheel sandwiches are fun and whimsical sandwiches that are easy to make. You child will love making these sandwiches and eating them too. Pinwheel sandwiches can be personalised with your child’s favourite spread and stuffing.
Make a pinwheel sandwich by flattening out several pieces of bread. Spread your child’s favourite bread spread – jam, butter, cheese, peanut butter, mustard – the possibilities are endless. Place your child’s preferred stuffing in the centre – vegetables, turkey, ham – and roll the bread to make a tight roll. Cut the roll into small pinwheels and serve immediately.
The fruit parfait is a delicious and versatile dish; it can be eaten as a snack, an after-dinner dessert or even for breakfast. This elegant-looking dish is easy to make. Use low-fat yoghurt or Greek yoghurt to up the protein content of the dish.
Choose your child’s favourite fresh fruit – strawberries, blueberries, grapes, watermelon, etc. Take a glass jar and layer alternately with yoghurt and fruits until you reach the top. Garnish with granola or fruit compote and serve cold.
Introduce your child to the delicious world of Indian desserts with this easy-to-make instant coconut laddoo recipe. All it needs are three ingredients – desiccated coconut, sweetened condensed milk and cardamom powder. Your child will enjoy rolling out the laddoos as well as eating them after!
Mix together the condensed milk, coconut powder and cardamom powder in a large bowl. Divide the mixture into small portions and roll them into tight balls. Roll each laddoo in coconut powder and let them set for about 15 minutes before serving.
Bananas and chocolate – what’s not love? Banana pops are easy to make desserts that your child can make on their own and personalise it with their favourite toppings. Frozen banana pops are a healthier alternative to ice cream pops, and your child can go crazy adding their favourite toppings to this banana treat.
Peel the banana and cut into half. Insert popsicle sticks into the banana and coat the banana with chocolate spread. If you want to make it healthier, use yoghurt instead of chocolate spread. Roll the banana into your child’s favourite topping – granola, sprinkles, chocolate chips, cinnamon sugar, raisins, desiccated coconut – the choices are infinite. Freeze the banana pops and serve cold.
Help your child make these incredibly cute watermelon snacks when their friends come over for a play date. It is easy to make and simple to assemble; your child can have lots of fun experimenting with different toppings and garnishes.
Cut the watermelon into cubes or different shapes using a cookie cutter. Spread cream cheese or feta cheese on each cube and top it with a topping of your child’s choice – a berry, olive, a thin slice of cucumber, basil, etc. Insert a toothpick through the toppings into the watermelon. Serve cold.
Do you encourage your child to spend time in the kitchen with you? What is your favourite dish to make with your child? Share with our readers in the comments below.