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It’s always fun to spend time with your kids. It’s even more so if you manage to teach them an essential skill while doing so.
Cooking is a skill that most of us need to master at some point or the other in our lives because of several reasons. The primary one being that you need to survive off it.
Each of us at some point in our lives will have to live alone. Cooking will then become a survival necessity.
It is therefore a great idea to introduce your kids to the world of cooking from a young age so that they gain interest in it before they’re pushed off the deep end.
To begin with, here are a few easy lunch recipes that you can try out with your kids to interest them in the culinary arts. ❤
1. Mexican Beans And Rice
This colorful dish is pretty much the perfect way for you to introduce your little one to cooking. The recipe is very simple and straightforward needing only the most basic ingredients.
Rice is one of the most popular things to eat therefore teaching your child handy rice recipes will definitely help them out.
Just follow the steps in the recipe and you will find yourself and your child with a beautiful dish worthy of a Michelin star or two.
2. Honey Bread
Baking is one of the most fun activities one can partake in within the kitchen.
Most of us are sure to have beautiful memories of us baking with our parents or grandparents in our kitchen so don’t hesitate in making some beautiful ones with your children too.
Take out your measuring cups, your flour, milk, honey and call upon your children to help you. Put on your aprons, follow the recipe and go make some memories while making Honey Bread.
Oh and your children might end up calling themselves Masterchefs once the beautiful bread is baked.😎
3. Pepperoni Cheese Pizza Bombs
Everyone loves pizza and that’s a fact. So, the next time you want to have some fun with your kids, all you essentially need to do is search up this recipe to make some delicious pizza bombs with ease.
Just be ready with the most basic ingredients which range from dough, cheese to pasta sauce and some pepperoni of course.
Have your herbs on the ready and voila! You have with you some delicious pepperoni cheese pizza bombs.
4. Barbecue Chicken Tostadas
Barbecue Chicken Tostadas is not as tough as it sounds. All you need are the most easy to find ingredients such as some chicken, tostada shells and some barbecue sauce.
Just round up your kids, look up this easy recipe and you’ll find yourself with the most mouth watering lunch in a total of 20 minutes.
Of course, you can also garnish it in any way that suits your taste.
5. Arepas With Pulled Poblano Chicken
Arepas With Pulled Poblano Chicken is slightly complicated and might need some heavy over viewing on your part as your kids try their hands at it. For the Arepas to be made, you need to perfect the dough and then cook them thoroughly for 8-10 minutes.
The chicken is easier to make, as you’ll find in the recipe itself. Once it’s all cooked, add the chicken to the Arepas and you’ll have one tasty lunch awaiting you and your kids.
6. Pressure Cooker Mac And Cheese
What could possibly be better than beginning your child’s foray into the culinary arts with the ever favorite mac and cheese?
Just get your trusty instant pot out and allow your kids to include all the necessary ingredients in it with ease. Then, allow it to cook for a minimum amount of time and you will have with you everyone’s favorite dish in the world.
7. One Pot Spaghetti And Meatballs
Kids have an obsession with spaghetti and rightfully so.
So, this time around, let them into the kitchen so they can get an exclusive behind the scenes into how exactly their favorite dish is prepared.
First things first, get your kids to combine the meatball ingredients and roll them into the perfect balls. Second, get your passata, thyme and other spices to which you’ll have to add the pasta.
20 minutes of cooking and you’ll have the beautiful spaghetti and meatballs ready.
8. Oven Baked Chicken Tacos
We don’t know if you love Tacos or not, but with this easy bake recipe, you and your little ones will surely grow an obsession with it.
All you and your kids have to do is keep the taco shells on the ready, get some chicken, cheese alongside tomatos and salsa.
You can make your tacos in accordance to your taste and then proceed to load them up in your oven. Once done you can garnish it with your favorites!
9. Honey Garlic Chicken And Vegetables
Fun Fact: Chicken, veggies and potatoes cook together in 30 minutes in a single pan. It is using this wonderful fact that you can create the most yummy dish along with your kids.
The trick to making Honey Garlic Chicken and Vegetables lies in the marination. Once you’ve perfected the marination, your dish is bound to be absolutely perfect.
Go ahead and give this recipe a read. With a cook time of only 30 minutes, you’ll find that soon this dish will become a family favorite (for cooking and eating).
10. Salad In A Jar
This is a recipe for when you need to force some veggies in your pickily eating kids.
The one common enemy that every kid has is undoubtedly veggies. And it is essential for every parent to somehow trick their kids into eating them.
So, here’s one way in which you can entice them: by salads in mason jars!
They can pick the vegetables themselves and layer them in accordance to their wants. You can even add meat if you like.
You’ll find that your kids will be more prone to eating veggies when it’s in a fancy jar. Try it!
11. Shrimp Stir Fry
Can you believe this shrimp stir fry takes only 20 minutes? YES, it’s that quick.
Moreover, given that it has shrimps alongside broccoli in it, it is sure to make for the perfect balance your kids’ diet needs.
Just call your kids to the kitchen, help them put on their aprons and you’ll have a wonderful dish ready in just 20 minutes.
12. Turkey Broccoli Cheddar Panini
If you want to give a new twist to your sandwich, this is the way to go about it. Moreover, this super easy recipe is something your kid will be able to help you with easily.
You have the necessary veggies, the meat, the cheese. What more could you possibly need? If you want a new and easy to make sandwich for lunch, look no further.
13. Grilled Ham, Cheese, Pickle And Potato Sandwich
Sometimes we just need to go back to the classics, so this recipe is for those days when you need an easy dish to make for lunch and satisfy your appetite.
Get your bread out, slice up your ham, get your pickle and take out your potato chips. Call on your kid so you can slowly help them garner interest in the culinary arts. Once you’ve grilled it, you’ll have your favorite lunch ready in a jiffy.
14. Spring Roll
How many times have we been to our favorite Chinese restaurant to just enjoy the divine spring rolls they make?
Well, you don’t have to miss it anymore because here’s an easy recipe that will help you make the perfect spring roll at home with your kids.
15. Sausage Rice Skillet
This wonderful recipe is one that requires minimum amount of time and especially so with the help of your little ones.
Just call them into the kitchen and set them into prepping the vegetables and sausage. Saute them with ease!
Then proceed to follow the steps given in the recipe to find yourself with some delicious lunch.
16. Cheesy Quiche
Everybody loves to indulge in quiches when they are out and about. However, we have a recipe for quiches that you can make in your kitchen with ease.
It’s easy to make, your kids will definitely love to help you with it and the end product is one that’ll leave you wanting more.
What more could you possibly want? Try it out today.
17. Chicken And Sweetcorn Ramen
Eating the same thing everyday can get boring, so this recipe is bound to bring something different into your life.
Here’s an easy recipe for the ramen lovers reading this to recreate some beautiful chicken and sweetcorn ramen for you and your kids.
Get your kids’ apron ready and follow the recipe to find yourselves with some delicious ramen for lunch.
18. Beef Tacos
Sometimes it’s the simple things that truly wins our heart, and such is the case with beef tacos as well.
Yes, just the idea of it gets us salivating, doesn’t it? So, get your ingredients ready and follow along with this easy recipe that your kids will definitely be able to help you with effortlessly.
With a prep time of 15 minutes and a cook time of 7 minutes, this is definitely a dish that you can create with ease anytime.
19. Instant Pot Salmon
Instant Pot is always a magic word and so is salmon. Mix the two and you’ll have with yourself absolute perfection.
The recipe legitimately takes around 10 minutes of your time. All you have to do is add your salmon into your instant pot with the garnishing of your taste and set it for 5 minutes.
Follow the instructions in the recipe above to find yourself with a delicious dish that your kids will easily be able to help you with.
20. Sticky Lemon And Sesame Rice
Every once in a while, we need to try out something refreshingly new. If indeed, you wish to create something different but easy with your kids helping you out, this recipe is a must try.
With the most basic of ingredients and a cook time of around 35 minutes, this dish is something you definitely need to try out.
Now that you have a list of easy lunch recipe ideas that your kids can cook with you, let us know which one are you going to try out first. We bet you’re spoiled for choice. 😛