During this challenging lockdown situation, many of us are working, trying to keep the kids on track (or at least out of trouble) and attempting to maintain some kind of routine. Where do we find time to cook on top of all this?
One potential solution is to get your kids more involved in the kitchen. It shares the workload and keeps them busy.
You might think I'm crazy. As you likely know, it can feel like extra work to have kids "help" in the kitchen. But with practice, they'll learn, and those extra minutes spent explaining and cleaning up will pay off over time.
Pro tip: Getting a few child-appropriate tools can be really helpful. If you’re dealing with preschoolers, these awesome nylon knives are sharp enough to cut veggies but safe enough for small hands (with supervision). Give them a chopping board and start with something simple like hard-boiled eggs or cucumbers. You’ll be surprised how much pride they take in their work!
1. Quick chicken delights
These loaded chicken tostadas with beans and guacamole are as easy as it gets. Your kids can help mash the avocado, grate the cheese and assemble all the layers. It's also a great recipe to use up leftover grilled chicken. Not to mention the fact that they're incredibly tasty as a quick lunch for the whole family.
2. Go Greek
These tasty pita pizzas are ready in minutes. They're made with healthy whole grain pitas and topped with hummus and chopped veggies. Ask the kids to help make the simple dressing, chop some of the veggies and assemble the "pizzas".
3. Garden veggie pasta salad
This colorful pasta salad is a real kid-pleaser. The recipe calls for a jar of store-bought dressing, but you can easily mix together a homemade dressing with your kids. (Learning how to make a simple French vinaigrette is a valuable life skill!) This delicious salad is packed with raw veggies that the kids can help chop, and they're far more likely to eat something when they've had a hand in making it.
4. Power pinwheels
Summer strawberries, fresh spinach and avocado might seem like a strange combination, but it works. It's also a great way to motivate your kids to eat raw spinach. This recipe doubles down on greens with a spinach wrap. The kids can help put it all together.
5. Better than sammies
Sure, your kid can probably make a sandwich but these sandwich kabobs are much more fun to make and eat. Get your kids to help you prep the components and let them assemble their own sandwich kabob. Use lots of colorful tomatoes and greens to encourage them to eat more veggies.