Make the Most of Your Family Cook Together
If you’re looking for ways to cut down on screen time and instead, spend some quality family time, then here’s our suggestion: get everyone to cook together!
It’s fun, it’s messy (hello, sensory play!), and gets everyone off the screens for a while.
And here’s the best part:
Family cookouts aren’t only a nice way to spend the afternoon.
Cooking with your family is most likely one of your favourite childhood memories, and now’s the perfect time to create some fond memories with your kids too.
Read on to find out how to make the most of your family cooking. We’ve also bundled a few ideas that may come in handy if you’re stuck for inspiration!
Make the most of your time together!
Before we get started, here are a few things to bear in mind:
- Cooking is an excellent way to involve some sensory play for the younger kids – and brush up on some math and reading skills for the older! Make sure everyone’s involved in a way that’s fun for them!
- If this is your first time cooking together, maybe try making snacks or dessert first before attempting more elaborate meals. Why? Well, patience is running low as mealtime is coming close so… tantrums look much worse in a messy kitchen.
- Add some colour! More fruits, more veggies, more of the good stuff! This is the perfect opportunity to remind both younger and older kids just how vital colourful plates are!
- With all of that in mind, let’s help you with a few kid-friendly meal ideas.
Making your own pizza dough out of scratch may be the biggest hump on the road if you’ve never done it before… but there are some easy-peasy pizza dough recipes that might wake up your inner Italian master chef.
Now, the best part about making your own pizza is that you can put any – and we mean, any! – toppings you’d like. Go as wild (or not) as you’d like!
Since you’ll very likely be using cheese (lots and lots of cheese!), this is an ideal opportunity to sneak in some veggies that are usually a no-go.
And hey, your family will be more inclined to actually eating them those veggies, since they’re the ones that arranged them.
A classic Kiwi recipe that’s ideal as a mid-morning snack, especially before hitting the playground. All that sugar has to burn off somewhere, after all.
You can use the same recipe your mum or nanna used. Or you can find some inspiration here and here. Let us know which one you’ve loved the most if you give it a go.
Yes, Lamingtons may get little fingers (and your kitchen) chocolate-y, coconut-y, and messy, to say the least… but it’d be a shame to miss out on all the fun because of the mess, wouldn’t it?
Fruit & Veggie Skewers
A fun way to make fruits and vegetables more appealing is to chop them up… and have them arranged on skewers.
You can use any fruits and vegetables you’d like. Though our best advice is to always have at least 2-3 pieces that you can be sure your kids will eat. That removes some of the pressure of eating vegetables and trying new foods!
If kids are too young to be using a knife on their own, provide chopped pieces before, and have them do the arranging.
Dip in hot chocolate, add some sprinkles on top and let cool before serving. It’s going to wake up the appetite of even the pickiest eaters!
The good thing about muffins is that… well, anything can be a muffin as long as you bake it in a muffin tray.
That leaves you with a plethora of both savoury and sweet options to try. For the savoury ones, we love the recipes here and here.
To satisfy a sweet tooth (or two), there are some healthy-ish versions that don’t have loads and loads of sugar. The Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins may sound a bit weird at first but give it a go!
It’s a win-win really: the experience of the muffin without the sugar load later on.
That’s it for today – we hope you make the most of your family get together.
What’s your favourite food to cook with your family?
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