For most cooking with kids might conjure up an image of chaos and food that is, at best, okay. It doesn’t have to be that way! No matter what your skill level is, there’s sure to be a recipe or two out there which would be great easy cooking with your kids or grandkids.
In this article, we’re going to be talking about a couple of one-pot meals which, in my opinion, are the easiest to cook with kids. You can simply do your chopping and throw everything in bit by bit. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some easy dinners for kids!
Chili (con carne, or sin carne!)
Chili is a classic one-pot meal. There are a pretty low number of steps to it, which means that it won’t be too complex for a child to handle.
At the harder end of the scale (in terms of skill) there is the peeling and dicing of onion and garlic. While this isn’t too difficult a skill if you’ve been cooking for many years, it can be tricky on your first attempt. Younger kids might need very close supervision for this one.
At the end of the scale that’s closer to easy dinner for kids, there are a number of simple tasks involved in the meal. For example, opening a tin of sweetcorn and a tin of black beans and then draining and rinsing them is a simple task that could be done by an older kid. While there’s a slight chance of cutting your fingers, a particularly sensible child could do that with only a little supervision.
This is such a classic meal, is there anyone out there who doesn’t like it? It’s one of my all-time favorites, and it’s really easy to make.
One-pot macaroni and cheese recipes typically call for a mixture of milk and water (though you can opt for just milk), so perhaps that maths could be a tricky step for some kids. Once that’s done though, the easy steps make the meal a delight to cook.
Simply leaving the pasta in the pot with water and milk will allow it to cook and become perfectly succulent. Simply allow one child to do the stirring, while either you or another child does the grating, and you’ll be all set in no time! To help unleash some creativity, you could offer your little helpers some choices in what cheeses they want to put in the dish. Personally, I’d recommend a cheddar and mozzarella blend, but, of course, it’s up to you!
There are so many easy meals for kids to cook out there, especially one-pot meals like these ones that we’ve collected here. Whatever you might decide to cook with your kids, have fun, and good luck! Cooking together is a wonderful experience with your kids, so make sure to enjoy every second.