It’s always hard to figure out what to make for dinner, especially when you need to satisfy little ones, make sure they don’t get into too much trouble while you cook and come up with something healthy all at the same time. The best solution is to have your kids help you with the cooking process. This way, you’ll keep your child busy, teach him valuable skills and get him excited about eating healthy foods because he made the meal himself. These simple and healthy — not to mention quick! — recipes are perfect for allowing the kids to get in on the action.
Tacos are fun recipes for kids to prepare, and they’re a cinch to make. When you switch the meat in tacos for beans, you get rid of a lot of fat and cholesterol, and replace it with health-boosting fiber, vitamins and minerals. Plus, you make your recipe easier. Simply open a can of pinto or black beans, which you can heat in the microwave or stove. Then, shred some lettuce, dice tomatoes and grate some cheese. Depending on your child’s age, she can help with washing produce and preparing the ingredients. Regardless of age, your kids will be able to put together the meal at the end by adding some of each ingredient to a soft tortilla or hard taco shell. In the time it takes you to manage your hair with the Ion Style Multi-Benefit Styling Creme, you’ll have dinner prepared.
Homemade Pita Pizzas
What kid doesn’t love pizza? Make your own pizza at home with a healthier version that kids can help with. Start with a whole-grain pita as the pizza “crust.” Prepare some toppings or have your kids help with the prep if they’re old enough. Toppings could include grated mozzarella cheese, pineapple, ham or chicken, and/or various vegetables such as broccoli, onions, peppers or mushrooms. Your kids will enjoy spreading their favorite toppings across the top, especially because everyone can make their own to prevent fighting over preferences. Once everyone’s pizza is prepared, put them on a baking sheet in a 425-degree Fahrenheit oven or toaster oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese melts and they are browned to the desired amount.
Lasagna is a prime dish for kids to make, and using vegetables and whole wheat noodles makes it healthier. Have your kids layer lasagna noodles, spaghetti sauce, vegetables of their choosing and a mixture of ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and egg that they spread across the noodles. For the vegetables, try your kids’ favorite choices of broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, peppers and more. After the kids take care of the prep, you just need to bake the dish in a 400-degree Fahrenheit oven and stand back for about 40 minutes to an hour until the ingredients are soft, the cheese is melted and it’s browned on top.
Kids are great at stirring, so put them to work with this recipe by having them beat the eggs with some milk and salt and pepper. To add more health value to the dish, add some tomatoes, grated potatoes and ham. Or try another medley your kids will love, such as broccoli and onion. Spread the egg mix and toppings in a pan until the egg is bubbling, then you or your kids can use a spatula to turn half over the other half and let it cook a little longer. Feel free to serve the omelet with whole grain toast, fruit or Greek yogurt.
Instead of keeping your kids occupied and out of the way while you cook, use these fun recipes for kids to spend quality time together. They’ll long remember cooking tips and times with you in the kitchen. We hope you and your kids have fun!