Kids love to get their hands into everything. So why not cash in on that innate tendency by letting them get involved with cooking?
Children of all ages can be involved in the cooking process with a bit of adult supervision. If you're still unsure how to get your kids into the kitchen, here are five easy recipes to get their feet wet:
These Ricotta-Spinach Dumplings are an easy introduction to cooking. Kids can get involved by scooping, shaping, and coating the dumplings before boiling. Sprinkling on the herb garnish right before serving is also a fun way for little hands to help out.
Start them young by getting smaller children to assist in whipping up the dipping sauce for Panko-Crusted Chicken Drumsticks. Older children can make the chicken's marinade and help with dredging the drumsticks.
Kids can assist in chopping the grilled pineapple and sprinkling on toppings. To make it even more fun, make individual sized Grilled Ham and Pineapple Pizzas and let everyone decorate their own.
Young children will enjoy shaking together the vinaigrette for Citrus Salad with Balsamic Honey and Pistachios while older kids can assist in peeling and grating the jicama.
And don't forget to involve kids in their favorite part of the meal, dessert! This Quick Berry Frozen Yogurt is chock full of fruit and only takes five minutes to make so it's perfect for impatient little mouths.