While so many parents are working from home and trying to juggle their work schedules with having their kids at home, it can be challenging to feed their kids healthy homemade meals. But why not take this time to get your kids involved in cooking? Teaching your kids how to cook from a young age is not only a great way to teach them healthy eating habits and where their food comes from, it teaches them important cooking skills that they can use later in life.
Make it fun and interactive! You are your kid’s best teacher so help them build a positive and healthy relationship with food. You’ll also be creating some great family memories.
And don’t forget to teach them about proper food handling and washing their hands for at least 20 seconds before, during, and after touching foods.
Here are some healthy kid-friendly recipes to inspire your kid’s inner chef!
Fajitas are an easy to prepare family favourite. Have your kids slice up the vegetables with a kid friendly plastic knife while you cook the chicken.
Once all the ingredients are prepared, set them out and let the kids build their own fajitas.
Here’s another family classic favourite, quesadillas! They are perfect for lunch or dinner and a great way to use leftovers.
Place some healthy ingredients out and have your kids assemble their own quesadillas before you cook them. Here are some delicious quesadilla recipes to get you started:
Chicken Fingers & Nuggets
While buying chicken fingers and nuggets out of the freezer section at the grocery store is the easy option, teaching your kids how to make healthier versions at home can be a lot of fun!
Have them stir the dried ingredients together and then let them do the dredging. And again, make sure that they wash their hands before, throughout and after preparation.
- Crispy Chicken & Zucchini Cornmeal Cheese Fingers
- Kid-Friendly Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets & Sweet Potato Fries
- Baked Chicken Nuggets
Chicken Eats with Homemade Dough
Making homemade bread seems to be what people are doing these days. Teaching your kids how to read measurements is a great way to teach them math. Get them to double up the measurements to make two batches of dough and really put their math skills to the test! They can also help with stirring the ingredients together.
If your kids like chili, lucky you because this recipe uses only eight simple ingredients which makes it ideal for introducing your kids to cooking healthy meals.
Make a double batch and freeze some to make delicious meals when you are in a pinch!
What can you do with leftover chili?
- Sloppy Joes - serve some warm and topped with cheese on a bun
- Stir some into your favourite mac & cheese
- Top your Nachos
- Make some Burritos
- Scoop some on a baked potato or baked sweet potato and top with cheese
- Use some as your taco filling
Here’s a few more chili recipes the whole family is sure to love:
- Stacked Tortilla Bake with Chicken Chili
- Chicken Chili
- Killer Black Bean Chili
- Cowboy Chicken Chili Casserole