Cooking with kids is the best. It’s one of my favourite things to do with my children. My mother NEVER let me help her with the cooking. She had absolutely no patience whatsoever. Some of my most vivid childhood memories are of me talking to her back while she stirred, kneaded, sliced and chopped.
Cooking with my children is my way of giving them a better childhood than I had. I have to confess that I’m not the most patient mum and the first few times we cooked together I needed a lie down afterwards (I totally understand mum frantically ushering us out of the kitchen), but we’re in a groove now. We all have our special jobs. I control the electrical devices as well as anything sharp and the stove. The kids pour, roll, tip, mix and lick bowls…the perfect partnership.
It does leave quite a mess. Sometimes their aim is a little off and food ends up on the floor. 5 second rule, right?
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by EasiYo Yoghurt Maker and Yoghurt Mix Sachets. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
Cooking with kids isn’t just about playtime or bonding, although both are important. The best benefit of cooking with your children is that they are more likely to eat the foods if they have been involved in the cooking process. My 5-year-old Giovanni is the fussiest child on the face of the earth but the sure fire way to ensure he will try a new food is for him to help me cook it.
These are the recipes we make almost every week. My secret plan is that by the time they are 12 they can cook them without my help, and serve them to me, and then clean up. Yes, one can dream….
Here’s what I love to make when I’m cooking with kids.
Healthy chicken nuggets
400 grams chicken breast
1 cup plain yoghurt
2 cups bread crumbs
½ tablespoon chicken stock powder
Olive oil spray
Cut the chicken breast into nugget-sized pieces.
Combine the bread crumbs and chicken stock.
Set the kids up on the dining table or large kitchen bench with the yoghurt in one bowl and the crumb mix in another bowl.
Let the kids coat each piece in yoghurt, then in the bread crumbs, placing them on a baking tray.
Once they are covered from head to toe in yoghurt and bread crumbs (the children AND the chicken), spray with oil spray on top and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until medium-brown.
Munch, munch, munch away.
Optional extra: Serve with a little pile of grated carrot and some cucumber slices. These are the two raw vegies my kids will always eat without fail and it looks so delicious on the plate.