At Just Add Cooking, bringing families together to cook is a major part of our mission. By increasing the number of meals families make at home, and making it easy and fun for them to cook from scratch by providing ingredients and recipes, we endeavor to get kids cooking, learning where their food comes from and developing healthier habits. Our friend Holly Pierce of The Soul Chef is back with a kid-friendly recipe round-up! Today is Part 1 of 2 and features some sweet treats–check back next week for some savory recipes!
Knowing how to cook is one of the most basic and important skills a child can learn. In addition to building their creative, problem-solving, organizational and attention skills, being in the kitchen teaches them how to approach a new situation, how to access and apply their creative resources, what steps to take if they make a mistake and how to work together with a group or another individual. It can help build confidence, instill a sense of joy and pride and at the very least, get them to eat their vegetables!
Being in the kitchen with kids is a terrific experience; one I highly recommend to anyone. Kids of all ages can find something to do in the kitchen from the very basics of helping mom stir a batter to making a grilled cheese sandwich to cooking a whole meal for the family. Start by giving them some basic and fundamental guidelines, setting ground rules and outlining safety procedures then work with them to create dishes and meals that cultivate and challenge their skills. Provide lots of encouragement and constructive direction along the way. And don’t forget to have a laugh or two while you’re at it.
This summer, spend some time in the kitchen with your favorite kid and create wonderful memories while you’re cooking up some delicious fun! These recipes are a great start.
Yogurt and Fresh Berry Parfaits
1 pint fresh berries, rinsed and patted dry
2 cups plain yogurt
1 ½ cups granola
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
In a small bowl, combine yogurt with maple syrup.
Using 4 dessert cups, parfait glasses or ramekins, layer berries, yogurt and granola into each.
German Apple Pancakes
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pinch salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup white sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large tart apple – peeled, cored and sliced
In a large bowl, blend eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Gradually mix in milk, stirring constantly. Add vanilla, melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Let batter stand for 30 minutes or overnight.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Melt butter in a 10 inch oven proof skillet, brushing butter up on the sides of the pan. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over the butter. Line the pan with apple slices. Sprinkle remaining sugar over apples. Place pan over medium-high heat until the mixture bubbles, then gently pour the batter mixture over the apples.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 10 minutes. Slide pancake onto serving platter and cut into wedges.
Check back next week for more kid-friendly recipes from Chef Holly!
Looking for some extra fun and family-friendly meals in your Just Add Cooking box? Just Add Cooking meals are totally customizable – you can always leave out any ingredients or choose from seven recipes to find the ones that your kids will like. Plus, look for the spicy pepper next to recipes that indicates they might be a bit too hot for little palates.