Cooking with children has multiple benefits for their development and is a great source of learning. It is good to put children in the kitchen from a young age , because cooking together is not only an activity that allows us to spend time and strengthen ties, but it also prepares them for practical life and encourages their autonomy. At home we have always cooked with our children from a very young age, and for a long time my oldest son, aged 11, has been able to prepare only various recipes and dishes for the whole family . Logically, we are always supervising to avoid accidents, but with due preparation, trust and a kitchen that is completely adapted to your needs and in which he has been developing for a long time, it is a great satisfaction for him to contribute in this way. Today I would like to share some of the first dishes that he began to prepare, in case it encourages you to start your children in the world of cooking. Of course, first it is important to teach them to be prudent and never lower their guard to avoid mishaps.
I start my cookbook for children with the assorted sandwiches. I’m not referring to the classic sandwich of sliced bread stuffed with cold cuts, but rather more elaborate, complete and healthy sandwiches, but above all delicious. Beyond the mixed ham and cheese sandwich – especially for beginners in the kitchen and very easy to prepare, especially if we make it in a sandwich maker – I recommend the avocado, cheese and turkey sandwich . Below I share the original recipe that inspired us, although we decided to substitute turkey bacon for turkey cold cuts, without further ado.
- Sliced loaf breadtwo
- Fresh tomato0.5
- Goat cheesetwo
- Sliced turkey or normal bacontwo
- Emmental cheese or another variety that melts well
- Dried oregano
- Extra virgin olive oil
How to make Ingredients
- Total time15 h 29 min
- Elaboration29 m
- Cooking15 h
Toast the bread in the toaster or on a griddle. Spread the two slices with the goat cheese and place the sliced natural tomato and turkey on top. Peel the avocado and cut it into half moons, and distribute the slices over the turkey. Finally we place the Emmental cheese or any other variety that we have chosen and that melts well, we close our sandwich and cook for a few minutes and over low heat on the grill until the cheese has melted. Easier, impossible!
- In Directo al Paladar you can find the original recipe.
Pasta salad is a very simple, tasty and complete dish that allows endless ingredients, depending on our tastes. Children can prepare it on their own with our supervision, although they will need the help of an adult to drain the pasta and avoid incidents with hot water . We like to include cherry tomatoes, arugula sprouts, corn kernels, olives or avocado, although it also combines very well with salmon, anchovies, tuna …
- In this link Direct to the Palate you can find a practical guide to make the best Pasta salads.
The French omelette is an essential basic and so easy to prepare that even the smallest children can begin to do it. It is true that rolling the egg has its trick and it does not always work out the first time, but once you have learned the technique it will be very easy. You can make it alone, or stuffed with ham, spinach or cheese, and the result will be spectacular.
Another recipe for beginners is homemade pizza with ready-made crust. For it to come out perfect, children must know in what order to add the ingredients, the right amount of tomato, oregano and mozzarella to add, and from there decide the rest of the ingredients according to their tastes. It is also important that they bear in mind that before starting to prepare the pizza they must turn on the oven so that it warms up, and once it is ready ask for the help of an adult to insert it in the oven and control the exact cooking time. .
- You can consult in this link 19 recipes of homemade pizzas to make with children.
Mini zucchini pizzas
A very basic recipe that we learned a long time ago from our colleagues at Vitónica is the mini zucchini pizzas, made from slices of zucchini, tomato in sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese balls. It is so easy to prepare that even the little ones can do it, especially if we decide to cook it later in the microwave instead of the oven.
- In Vitónica you can consult the complete recipe.
A recipe that we love at home and that is very simple to prepare is stuffed eggs. While the eggs are cooking, the children can prepare the stuffing based on bonito del Norte canned in olive oil, fried tomato and canonnaise. It is important to set a timer to know when the eggs are ready, and to ask for the help of an adult to remove them from the heat and remove them from the water . Then they will have to wait a little while for them to cool down to be able to peel them, or else soak them in cold water to speed up the cooling. Once peeled they will only have to open them in half, remove the yolk and fill them with the tuna mixture. The final step is to grate the yolk and decorate them.
- In Directo al Paladar you can see the complete recipe.
Sliced hake in the microwave
The microwave offers us many possibilities when it comes to cooking , and when it is the children who cook, doing it in this appliance is really simple. They just have to control the times of the recipe and always ask for the help of an adult to remove the containers from the interior, as they can burn a lot. The fish is one of the easiest foods to cook in the microwave, and in particular hake goes very rich. We just have to place the seasoned slices in a microwave-safe glass or Pyrex dish, add a splash of oil, four tablespoons of water, a few slices of natural tomato and cook for four minutes.
- In Directo al Paladar you have the complete recipe.
Salmon en papillote
Another very easy recipe for children to prepare, quickly and very healthy, is salmon en papillote made in the oven or in the microwave. To do it in the oven you need parchment paper or parchment paper, and if you are going to prepare it in the microwave you will need special containers for steam cooking. The recipe is as simple as putting the salmon slices or loins in the microwave container or in the oven packet, and add the vegetables that you like the most. If the children are going to prepare it, I recommend opting for the bags of assorted vegetables that they sell in supermarkets and that are already julienned. Then add salt and pepper, add a splash of oil and in a few minutes you will have your dish ready.
- Here the complete recipe
What kid doesn’t like pancakes? And if they can prepare them themselves, they will even taste better. The recipe is very simple: just mix oatmeal, baking powder, a pinch of salt, sugar, eggs and milk or vegetable drink . The trick is to grease the pan with a little butter and brown the pancakes over low heat, slowly and adding a small amount of batter each time, so that it is easier for them to turn them.
- In Vitónica you will find a recipe for oatmeal pancakes with blueberries that is delicious.
Oatmeal or porridge with milk
A classic breakfast, high in fiber, nutritious and very satisfying . It is also a perfect dish for a healthy snack . My son likes to make it with oatmeal drink , and then sprinkle with a little cinnamon and a few slices of banana. It is as simple to prepare as mixing rolled oats and a splash of milk in a microwave-safe container, and in just two minutes you will have breakfast ready.
And I finish my recipe suggestions with another delicious and kid-friendly breakfast : French toast. The ideal is to make it with thick sliced bread, so that it does not break when dipped in the mixture of eggs, milk and sugar. When the bread is well soaked it will be necessary to make the toasts on a griddle (or a large frying pan); first on one side and then on the other, but without becoming too brown.
- You can see the complete French toast recipe in this link Direct to the Paladar