If you’ve watched any of our live kitchen play dates, you know that my time in the kitchen with the kids is anything but polished. We make a mess, the kids fight, and sometimes they end up not liking what we make.
That’s okay, though, because in the end they’re learning to cook.
Sometimes, cooking feels like a bit of lost art – but it’s absolutely something I want my kids to know and be comfortable with when they strike out on their own. Sometimes, that looks like a really fun dessert… and sometimes it’s just learning how to dress up your ramen.
Do you call these muddy buddies? Puppy chow? Something else?
Around here, we just call them delicious! But, for real, everyone in the family loves them. And I love that this small batch version is the perfect size to whip up for movie night or family game night .
This is also a recipe that’s great for the kids to tackle! Bigger kids will be able to do nearly all of this solo – but there are things that even the littlest kids can help with!
Despite being great eaters and willing to try almost anything, my kids will still always pick pizza – which means we end up infusing pizza flavors into many different forms in our kitchen!
These pizza waffles first entered into our regular rotation when we were redoing the kitchen in our first home and needed meals that didn’t require the oven. Many years and two kids later, they’re still a favorite.
My kids’ current favorite meal? Breakfast. And one of their most requested items – of course – is pancakes. I love that this version is easy enough for them to help with!
These pancakes mix up in the blender and then are baked in a sheet pan – which makes them super quick, and super easy – and, as a bonus, the whole family can sit down to warm pancakes at the same time!
One of the most requested lunches in our house? Grilled cheese. I always try to encourage the kids to help out when I’m making simple meals – but throwing some sliced cheese on bread just wasn’t holding their interest. How do you make grilled cheese more fun? Make it colorful, of course!
This rainbow version – dubbed Unicorn Grilled Cheese in our house, because of course unicorns have rainbow manes – only takes a few extra minutes to make but the extra fun helps keep the kids engaged!
The kids’ nap schedules have been wonky lately, so I’ve been getting some solo time with Julie while big brother naps – which means she’s been getting some kitchen projects of her own. Our favorite has become blender muffins.
The idea behind blender muffins is that you just dump all the ingredients in to mix, then pour into the muffin pan. It’s super quick and easy and only takes about five minutes – which is about her attention span.
The payoff is a great, healthy snack or an easy breakfast!