Get your kids in the kitchen — it sounds like a bad idea, but with a little guidance, you and your little ones will be making delicious and hearty meals together in no time. You might be nervous to have your children around a bunch of knives, and they may slow down your cooking process, but it will be well worth it to have them in the kitchen.
We’re not telling you to make roast chicken with them, but truffles, fruit salads, and macaroni and cheese are among the recipes that are perfect for you and your kids to dive into together. Cooking with your kids is a great way to bond, so that’s why we made it the theme for this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme).
We asked The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network members to share their best recipes for cooking alongside kids, and the results will make you want to cook with your children a few times a week. Show your little ones how to make decadent and simple no-bake desserts like Rice Krispies treats or truffles, or simple dinner sides like macaroni and cheese. From dinner to dessert, there’s a recipe for every kid. Here are this week’s highlights.
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats
Stephanie of the Cozy Cook blog gave us a perfect no-bake recipe to make with your kids in the kitchen. The No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats have a decadent and creamy peanut butter topping, which gives the dish a nice contrast to the crunch of the cereal.
One-Pot Macaroni and Cheese
When cooking with kids in the kitchen, there’s often a misconception that you should go for dessert rather than a main dish. Sherri of Watch Learn Eat blog was one of the few Culinary Content members who gave us a savory recipe. Macaroni and cheese — and not from the box. The best part about having your kids in the kitchen is that they can do the “heavy lifting” — grating the cheese.
Smoked Pulled Pork Wontons
You had me at pork shoulder. Mary Cressler of the blog Vindulge uses pork shoulder, perfectly smoked and finely pulled, to make these Smoked Pulled Pork Wontons. Just sit your kids at the table and have them fill the wontons. The best part is that you can teach them the importance of creating a new dish out of leftovers, which is why Mary Cressler is the winner of this week’s SWAT.
Beautiful and Light Healthy Fruit Salad
Picky Eater Blog
This is a delicious fruit salad drizzled with a light honey-orange sauce, which makes it completely irresistible, so much so that it tastes like dessert. So simple to make, and you can use any fruits you’d like: apples, pears, berries, grapes, and melons, to name a few. You kids can wash the fruit for you and drizzle the dressing on top when you’re ready. It’s a great way to show them the importance of fruits and vegetables.
Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
A Dash of Megnut
Some parents get a little nervous when baking with their kids in the kitchen because there are so many ingredients and measurements to keep track of. So many white powders — what if your kids confuse the salt for sugar? Uh-oh. Here’s a simple peanut butter chocolate chunk cookie that tastes delicious and only has five simple ingredients.