7 Fun Recipes To Make With Kids

Loretta Jane

When you involve children in the cooking, it can sometimes take a lot longer than if you were to do everything yourself. It may be tempting to keep the kids out of the kitchen while you prepare a meal. While doing so may save some time, you are ultimately losing out on an opportunity to spend quality time with your children and form memories that both you and they can treasure for a lifetime. You are also depriving your children of an opportunity to learn how to handle themselves in the kitchen.

Cooking doesn't have to be a chore. Involving your kids can make it more interesting, especially with recipes that are fun for them to make and eat. Here are a few ideas.

There's something about raw cookie dough that is just as appealing, if not more so, than the finished baked product. Cookie dough is often forbidden fruit because of the risk of pathogens from raw eggs. However, there are no eggs in this recipe, meaning that you and your kids can indulge in safety. It may be possible to make a dessert item like this more healthy by adding a scoop of Gundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake or a similar supplement, but that's ultimately up to you.

2. Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

One advantage of making your own nacho cheese is that you can season it to your family's taste, making it as mild or as spicy as you want. Nacho cheese is easier to make than you might realize. All it requires is five natural ingredients: cheddar, milk, butter, flour, and cayenne pepper. It only takes 10 minutes to complete.

3. Pancake Poppers

Pancakes are the ultimate breakfast treat, but making them with your kids can be challenging because of the difficulty of flipping them. Pancake poppers eliminate this problem. Instead of making them in a pan, you pour the batter into a muffin tin. Your kids can help with this step, and after baking you have adorable little individual pancakes with no flipping required. You can then dip them in the syrup of your choice. Be sure to grease the muffin tin first so they don't stick. That can be almost as bad as improper flipping.

4. Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

Fruit is more fun to eat when you have something to dip it in. However, the fruit dips that you buy from the store are short on nutrition. This fruit dip is made with healthy ingredients such as peanut butter and yogurt, sweetened with honey. Not only is it delicious but it also offers nutrients such as protein and healthy cultures.

5. Ground Beef Macaroni and Tomato Soup

Macaroni and cheese is a quick go-to staple in many families, but after a while it can seem kind of lackluster. Here is a variation that you can have fun making with your kids. At 35 minutes total prep time, it doesn't take much longer to make than traditional mac and cheese, and it offers more nutrients thanks to the tomatoes and ground beef.

6. Donut Apples

When you remove the core from an apple and slice it, the slices resemble donuts. You can lean into this by decorating the slices to make donut apples. Your kids can exercise their creativity in decorating them and then have fun eating them.

7. Chicken Parm Sliders

Frozen chicken nuggets are easy to make and fun for kids to eat, but there is not much they can do during the preparation. You can change that by making chicken parm sliders. This dainty finger food is fun to make and eat and brings a touch of class to your kitchen.

Before too long you may have to beg your children to help you in the kitchen. If you involve them now, they may be more likely to want to relive those memories in the future. It is a good way to keep spending time with your kids when their lives and yours start to get too busy.