Kids in the Kitchen Day is coming up on September 13th, so get ready to celebrate it with meals that will appeal to little one’s tastes and cooking skills.
All of these recipes contain five ingredients or fewer, and they’re a cinch to put together so young chefs can create them with just a bit of help from you — or none at all. By both cooking and eating together, you’ll turn mealtime into a true family affair.
Ham & Cheese Lasagna
This no-boil lasagna is basically a decadent ham and cheese sandwich that kids will have fun assembling and love eating. Using lavash wraps instead of lasagna noodles makes it a recipe that little ones can put together all on their own from start to finish.
- 5 pieces of lavash bread
- 3/4 pound ham
- 1 block cheese (I used gruyere)
- 1/2 cup peas
- Tear the lavash bread lengthwise into three or four strips each (they tear apart very easily this way).
- Place a layer of lavash strips in the bottom of a 9×12 baking dish.
- Top with a layer of ham, grated cheese (kids can just grate the amount needed as they go), and a sprinkling of peas.
- Make 3 more layers of lavash, ham, cheese, and peas, then top with a final layer of lavash strips and grated cheese.
- You can eat the lasagna as is, or bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. This will warm up the lower layers and create a crispy layer on top. If you’d rather the lasagna was soft throughout, you can cover it with a layer of foil and bake for 20 minutes.
Macaroni & Cheese
Source: Sweetest Kitchen
What’s more comforting and kid-friendly than mac and cheese? Not only do you need just three ingredients for this version, but you can make it using only one pot on the stove.
Source: Mr. Food Test Kitchen
The dough of this delicious dish is just water and pancake mix. Kids will love dropping it into the bottom of the pan, then adding pizza toppings and watching it puff up in the oven.
Source: Graceful Little Honey Bee
Kids get a kick out of devouring this messy meal, and they’ll also enjoy making it. All they have to do is mix cooked ground beef with ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce.
Cinnamon Swirl Bread French Toast
Source: The Comfort of Cooking
Using tasty cinnamon swirl bread to make this French toast means the dipping mixture is super simple: It’s just milk, butter, vanilla, and eggs. Kids can dunk the bread before you help them cook it on the stovetop.
Ham & Pineapple Skewers
Source: She Wears Many Hats
You only need two ingredients to make these yummy kabobs. Simply have your little chefs stick pineapple chunks and slices of ham pieces onto skewers, then lightly grill them to add a smoky flavor.
These tasty tacos are filled with chicken that’s warmed in the slow cooker with salsa, hot sauce, and garlic. Kids can shred the chicken when it’s done cooking, then place it in corn tortillas with sour cream and cheese.
Pumpkin Butter Pecan Gingersnap Rolls
Source: Spoon University
This dessert sounds decadent, but it’s so easy to make. Just roll out store-bought dough, cover with pumpkin butter, and sprinkle with pecans and crushed gingersnap cookies. Roll up, bake, slice, and serve.
Chicken & Veggie Nuggets
Source: Cheeky Kitchen
These healthy nuggets are a combination of ground chicken and veggies. Young ones can roll out the mixture and cut it into star shapes. After they’re baked in the oven, these nuggets are the perfect lunch or snack.
Source: Kirbie’s Cravings
Just hazelnut spread, eggs, and flour will get you these fudgy, delicious brownies. It takes about five minutes to make the batter and 15 minutes to bake it, so you’ll have brownies in no time.
Source: Laura Fuentes
Quiche is a perfect quick breakfast or lunchbox treat. For this simple version, mix eggs, milk, salsa, and cheese, then pour into greased muffin tins and bake in the oven.
Hot Dog Crescents
This inventive take on the childhood favorite is easy to make and perfect for snacking. Simply fill Crescent rolls with hot dogs and cheese, then bake into gooey deliciousness.
Source: Be a Fun Mum
Yes, it’s true. You only need two ingredients to make these fluffy delicious scones: Self-rising flour and thickened cream! Help kids work the batter into a dough, cut, and bake.
Peanut Butter-Banana Quesadilla
Source: Budget Bytes
Yes, you can have a quesadilla for dessert — if you fill it with peanut butter, banana, and chocolate chips. All kids have to do is spread the ingredients onto a tortilla, then you can help them cook it in a skillet until golden brown on both sides.
Depending on your little one’s age, you’ll probably need to do the initial potato slicing. Then place slabs of butter between each slice, sprinkle with salt, cover in your favorite cheese, and bake. Add any other toppings you choose, from green onions to bacon.
It’s time for the whole family to get creative in the kitchen. Gather your little chefs and start honing their culinary skills. With just a few ingredients, these recipes are all about simple assembling (think mixing, layering, and rolling). Kids will love partaking in the creation (and consumption) of their favorite foods!