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Teach Kids to Cook with 5 Family-Fun Recipes

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These recipes are fun for the whole family.

These recipes are fun for the whole family.

Fun Recipes for Kids to Make

If you are interested in teaching your kids how to cook, I suggest starting off with family fun recipes that they will enjoy making. I have learned with my own children that they are more likely to try out new foods if they have a hand in making them. Make it a weekly family tradition and create some healthy dishes the whole family will love.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab the kids and try out these five family fun recipes that my boys really enjoyed creating in our kitchen!

Recipes for Kids to Make

  • Strawberry Lemonade Slush
  • Peanut Butter and Banana Wraps
  • Pepperoni and Pineapple Mini Pizzas
  • Cinnamon Nachos
  • Wagon Wheel Biscuits

How to Make a Strawberry Lemonade Slush

If you love a real fruit lemonberry slush from Sonic, let your kids try out this homemade strawberry lemonade slush recipe. This family fun recipe teaches your children how to measure out ingredients and provides a good introduction on how to use a blender.

Serve in fun glasses and garnish with fresh strawberries. This slush is the perfect treat for those hot summer days. Here is a list of ingredients and step by step instructions for how to make this refreshing slush recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sweetened lemonade mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 3 cups of ice
  • Fresh strawberries for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pour lemonade mix, water, ice, and 1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries into blender.
  2. Cover and blend on high for 10 seconds.
  3. Open and stir with spoon.
  4. Cover and blend until smooth.
  5. Serve in festive glasses and add fresh strawberry garnish if so desired.
  6. Store any leftover slush in an air tight container in freezer.

Nutritional Value—Sonic Lemonberry Slush vs. Homemade Slush

The nutritional values from Sonic are based on a 14 oz slush and can be obtained from their website. The homemade slush's information was obtained from a similar recipe on www.yummly.com.
Any nutritional values not shown in the table are zero.

Nutritional ValueSonic Lemonberry SlushHomemade Slush

Calories

190

17

Sodium

30 mg

11 mg

Carbohydrates

51 g

5 g

Vitamin C

15%

54%

Calcium

0%

1%

How to Make a Peanut Butter and Banana Wrap

Another great recipe to teach your kids how to cook is the quick and easy peanut butter and banana wrap. Now you usually don't want your children to use a knife, but in this recipe they will learn the concepts of spreading and cutting with a safe to use butter knife.

Be sure to go over how to hold the knife and why it is so important to keep their fingers out of the way while they are cutting. Here is a list of what food you will need and how to make this delicious wrap:

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Peanut butter
  • Bananas
  • Honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place the flour tortillas on a paper towel and warm in the microwave for 20 seconds.
  2. Spread peanut butter on each tortilla with a butter knife.
  3. Slice bananas and line down the center of the tortilla.
  4. Pour honey over the sliced bananas if desired.
  5. Wrap both sides for easy handling while eating.

How to Make a Mini Pizza

This next kid-friendly recipe is one that my boys really enjoy making. Personalized mini pizzas made from canned biscuits are super easy to make and your kids will love the chance to use a rolling pin to spread out the dough. They will also enjoy choosing their own toppings so be sure to set out a few healthy options.

For this batch of mini pizzas, I wanted my boys to try out pineapples as a pizza topping. Here is the recipe for our mini pepperoni and pineapple pizzas:

Ingredients:

  • Canned biscuits
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Diced pineapples
  • Flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to temperature stated on biscuit can.
  2. Spread biscuits out with rolling pin. Use flour as needed to prevent dough from sticking to rolling pin. Once done, the biscuit will look like a large pancake.
  3. Add a spoon full of pizza sauce and spread over biscuit. (I did not have pizza sauce in the pantry so I substituted Ragu spaghetti sauce with mushrooms and nobody could taste the difference.)
  4. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of pizza sauce.
  5. Add pepperoni and pineapple toppings (or any other desired toppings) on top of cheese.
  6. Bake in oven according to time on biscuit can. Pizzas will be ready once the cheese is fully melted.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

To make the cinnamon sugar mixture, mix together 2 tablespoons of sugar and a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Store any leftovers in a small, air tight container with lid. If stored properly, this mixture will be good for 6 months.

How to Make Cinnamon Nachos

Another family fun recipe my kids love is a snack they have named cinnamon nachos. This delicious snack was inspired by our love of the Mexican dessert sopapilla. For this recipe, we used a triangle and star shaped cookie cutter to cut fun shapes out of the tortillas.

Serve this tasty snack with fresh fruit and either a scoop of ice cream or vanilla yogurt. These nachos are also quite delicious dipped in honey. Either way, you can't go wrong with this one! Below is a list of ingredients and directions for how to make our cinnamon nachos:

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Cinnamon sugar mixture
  • Cooking spray
  • Fresh fruit, ice cream, yogurt, or honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Warm tortillas in microwave for 20 seconds.
  3. Cut fun shapes using cookie cutters.
  4. Lay on baking pan and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  5. Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar mixture.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes or until crisp.
  7. Serve with fresh fruit, ice cream, yogurt, or honey if desired.

Cinnamon Fun Facts Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which part of a cinnamon tree does this spice come from?
    • Leaves
    • Bark
    • Roots
    • All of the above
  2. What is cinnamon believed to improve?
    • Energy levels
    • Vitality
    • Circulation
    • All of the above
  3. Ancient Egyptians used cinnamon as an embalming agent.
    • True
    • False
  4. How many calories does 2 teaspoons of cinnamon contain?
    • 8 calories
    • 10 calories
    • 12 calories
    • 14 calories
  5. Large amounts of cinnamon are safe for women that are pregnant.
    • True
    • False

Answer Key

  1. Bark
  2. All of the above
  3. True
  4. 12 calories
  5. False

How to Make Wagon Wheel Biscuits

Wagon wheel biscuits are another fun recipe for children to make. These biscuits are great for breakfast or perfect for an after school snack. Again, the kids will get to test out their skills with the rolling pin and will also learn how to carefully sprinkle a cinnamon sugar mixture.

For this recipe, you will need a small triangle cookie cutter or knife to cut out the spokes of the wagon wheels. We also used a star cookie cutter to cut out sheriff badges with the leftover biscuit dough. Here is a list of ingredients and directions to make this delicious recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Canned biscuits
  • Cinnamon sugar mixture
  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter
  • Hershey kisses (optional)
  • Flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to temperature on biscuit can.
  2. Spread out the biscuits with rolling pin to large pancake size. Use flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  3. Use small triangle cookie cutter (or knife) to cut out the spokes of the wheel.
  4. Remove the triangles and bake separately or combine all triangles and cut out other fun shaped biscuits.
  5. Brush on melted butter to top of biscuits.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  7. Bake in oven according to directions on package or until they are golden brown.
  8. If desired, add a Hershey kiss to center of wheel and enjoy!

Family Fun Recipe Poll

Teaching Kids to Cook

As you can see, my boys really enjoyed creating these 5 family fun recipes. Even though both of my boys are very picky eaters, they tried out new foods because they had a hand in making them. Teaching your kids how to cook is a great way to spend some quality family time while creating yummy new dishes that the whole family will love!

I hope you have found some fun recipes that your kids will enjoy making. Do you have any other yummy dishes that your children have created? Are you going to make one of the five family fun recipes above? Feel free to share your ideas and comments in the section below. Hope your kids enjoy the recipes!

Comments

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on October 27, 2014:

Thank you all for the wonderful comments! Life is so busy with 3 kids now that I almost missed this one getting HOTD. Appreciate you all stopping by and taking the time to comment!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on October 26, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD!

Nice and simple recipes that will be sure to pique children's interests.

Great Job!

Keisha Hunter from Kingston, Jamaica on October 26, 2014:

Absolutely lovely hub! Congrats on HOD

Shamim Rajabali from Texas on October 26, 2014:

Cooking with children early on will instill good and health eating habits. Very informative article. Thanks.

Amanda Littlejohn on October 26, 2014:

Just popped back to say congrats on a well-deserved HotD!

Bless you - and happy cooking! :)

Emily Tack from USA on October 26, 2014:

I used to cook a lot with my children, and made all sorts of weird shapes and combinations. As a result, they can all cook - even the six boys! It was an easy way to put healthy ingredients into their food, too.

Recently, I have been showing some of the grandchildren how to make food that is delicious, and they always enjoy taking a hand in its preparation. Looks like yours are having a good time!

Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on October 26, 2014:

The cover photo got my attention. I love this. I can see the non alcoholic frozen yummy going over so well at kid's parties especially for teens and tweens. Heck, it looks so good I want to try it myself. And, the wagon wheel biscuits are adorable!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 26, 2014:

Thanks for sharing these fun recipes. I can see the many social benefits resulting from sharing them as a family project. Good job!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 26, 2014:

This brought back so many memories. I used to cook with my two little boys and we made wonderful memories together. We even had the BH&G kids' cookbook (though a much earlier edition). Thanks for sharing and making me smile today, and congratulations on well-deserved Hub of the Day honors today!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 26, 2014:

I knew it! Congrats!

Sheila Craan from Florida on October 26, 2014:

I Love strawberries and my little angel loves them too. Strawberries helps to boost short term memory!

mySuccess8 on October 26, 2014:

These are really fun recipes which kids will enjoy, while giving them the opportunity to be creative and to nurture their interest in homemade healthy foods as they grow up. The introductory video is fun to watch too. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

Amanda Littlejohn on October 20, 2014:

Great recipes and a really neat video!

It is so important that we teach out kids how to cook - especially the boys - so this is just great for that in every way.

Love this. Thank you. :)

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on April 01, 2012:

Thanks so much Cara! It is already so hot here in TN that my boys were out on the slip-n-slide today. Seems funny when April has just begun :) When it does warm up your way, I hope they enjoy the slushes! Appreciate you stopping by!

cardelean from Michigan on March 31, 2012:

Fun! My son's response was 'that was really cool!' I think that we will be trying that slush when it warms up a bit. Thanks for sharing that great video with those cute kiddos!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 27, 2012:

Thanks so much theclevercat! Strawberries are our favorite too! Luckily my in-laws grow lots of strawberries so we are always stocked up. The calorie count was quite a shocker. I seriously got to ask someone at Sonic exactly what they put in their "real fruit" slushes. Appreciate you stopping by and for the votes!

Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on March 27, 2012:

Oh is this totally FUN or what? Frozen strawberries are a staple in my house and I try to never run out, especially in the summer. (I love my smoothies!) But I never thought of strawberry lemonade slush. I'm going to have to try this. 17 calories versus 190? What a no-brainer.

You got my up vote, useful, and funny too. Cute video!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 26, 2012:

Thanks so much ChaplinSpeaks! I have to admit we are Sonic happy hour junkies but I was surprised to see the big difference in nutritional values. The calories are so much higher and the vitamin C so much lower that it really makes me wonder what they put in those slushes. Appreciate you stopping by!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 26, 2012:

Thanks so much Shesabutterfly! They are all so delicious - you can't go wrong with any of them! Appreciate you stopping by, for the votes, and for sharing!

Sarah Johnson from Charleston, South Carolina on March 26, 2012:

Awesome Hub!! I like how you compared the homemade slushy to Sonic's drink. And I thought I was getting such a great deal during Sonic's 2-4pm half price drink deal!

Cholee Clay from Wisconsin on March 25, 2012:

Awesome hub! These are some great kid friendly recipes. We make mini pizza's on bagels, biscuits and spinach sound like good additions for our pizzas. Those cinnamon nachos look delicious will definitely be trying those. Voted up and shared!:)

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 25, 2012:

Thanks so much Angela! Both of my boys love strawberries so I knew that one would be a big hit with them. Happy you found some ideas you liked :) Appreciate you stopping by and for the votes!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 25, 2012:

Hi Pannonica! I like the idea of having a special day to bake. I am sure those are memories your daughter will come to treasure as she grows up. Since my oldest started kindergarten, our baking time has become whenever we have the time too. Appreciate you stopping by and for your sweet comments!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 25, 2012:

Aww thanks inlove! I think they are cuties pies too - of course I may be just a little biased :) Appreciate you stopping by!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 25, 2012:

You are too sweet daisyflowrs! I use to work at an Italian restaurant in college and found out that spinach is soooo good on pizza. May have to secretly slip some in next time :) Appreciate you stopping by and for your kind comments!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 25, 2012:

Thanks Teresa! One of my favorites is the cinnamon nachos especially with honey poured all over them - so yummy! Appreciate you stopping by!

Angela Kane from Las Vegas, Nevada on March 25, 2012:

Very good article and information. I like strawberries and slushes so this will the recipe I am going to try first. All the ideas are excellent. Voted up and useful.

Pannonica on March 25, 2012:

Hi alissa thanks for these great ideas. Before my daughter started school we used to have a baking day every friday, both of us enjoyed that time so much. Nowadays baking has to be fitted in whenever! These are great to hold back for the easter holidays. I agree with previous comments definitely hub of the day.

inlove on March 25, 2012:

Great hub!!! Such handsome chefs!!!

daisyflowrs from Richmond, VA on March 25, 2012:

Super Hub! Super mom! My son is going to love this!!!! Can't wait!!!! Oh, I know a great way to get spinach in those pizzas without the kiddies knowing;)Hub of the Day??? No, hub of the week!!!

Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on March 25, 2012:

Awesome hub. Your two chefs are adorable and make excellent spokes persons for these recipes. Love the cinnamon tortillas. Will definitely be making these!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 25, 2012:

Hi Natashalh! Good for your dad getting you started in the kitchen at a young age. As you pointed out, it totally helps when you go out on your own. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the votes!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 25, 2012:

Thanks cclitgirl! Yes mam all these recipes are kid tested and kid approved :) Oh and mom and dad really enjoyed them too! Appreciate you stopping by and for sharing!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 25, 2012:

Thanks so much Rebecca for your sweet comments! The boys were excited to make their video debut! :) Appreciate you stopping by!

Natasha from Hawaii on March 25, 2012:

When I was a kid, my dad got me a couple of kind-friendly cookbooks. He would also get me little cooking gadgets, like a small whisk, measuring cups, a dicer, etc. I'm really appreciative now because I can cook and I know so many post-college people my age who have never cooked for themselves and only ever eat boiled eggs or easy mac because it's all they can make! Voted up and useful.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 25, 2012:

Mmm...cinnamon nachos, strawberry lemonade slush, Yum! I may not be a kid, but I can still appreciate these yummy recipes. Kids everywhere are going to go crazy! :) Voted up and shared.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 24, 2012:

A truly awesome Hub. People will really enjoy this great Hub. This should be a Hub Of the Day.Having your kids participate is such a good model to show others!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 24, 2012:

Oh no sorry we missed your lunch break! :) My boys would have been happy to make you something yummy. Appreciate you stopping by!

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on March 24, 2012:

Awesome. Looks tasty. I have my lunch break in about 20 minutes. Are you open for business :)