With so many kid-friendly meals, food blogs and restaurants out there, alongside kids cooking programs like ‘Junior Masterchef,' ‘I Can Cook’ and ‘Rachel Ray’s Kids Cook Off’ we’re more eager to encourage children to develop an interest in food than ever before! Not only is cooking fun, fresh, and rewarding but it teaches kids about where their food comes from and how to make meals that’ll keep them fuller for longer.
If your kids have shown a little interest already then that’s great but what about those who seem a little more skittish? Don’t force young children into the kitchen as they’ll wander in when they’re ready, but for those who are why not throw one of these super easy, kid-friendly recipes their way?
Chocolate Honeycomb Fridge Cake
Not only is this a no-bake cake i.e. it doesn’t have to go in the oven but it also involves one of most children’s favorite things - chocolate! To make this delicious, easy and super sweet treat you’ll need some milk, or dark chocolate, salted butter, almonds, golden syrup and some honeycomb pieces. If your children like dried fruits such as apricots, raisins or even dried banana pieces you can add those in too. Simply melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl, you can either do this on the stove top or in the microwave until the chocolate mixture is smooth and shiny. Be careful not to overcook it as chocolate can burn leaving horrible, black chewy pieces.
Once fully melted break the shortbread pieces into another bowl and stir in your dried fruit, or if you fancy doing a rocky road inspired bake why not add some mini marshmallows? Pour into your chocolate mixture and mix thoroughly, before popping your mixture into a loose bottomed rectangular cake tin. Chill your no-bake cake for at least two hours before eating then slice into wedges and serve.
Southern Fried Chicken Wraps
You can either buy pre-spiced chicken strips or fry your own but either way these are a quick, easy snack that kids can fix themselves. Great for after school, or for lunch at the weekend although they will need a little help with cooking the chicken breast first. Before cooking, it’s very important that children are taught proper food hygiene and the dangers of raw meat so if they’re no older than twelve you shouldn’t let them cook unsupervised.
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Take your chicken breast and slice it into long strips using a fairly sharp knife to get through the meat. If you’re at all worried about knife safety, then you should visit http://www.cutitfine.com/carving-slicer-knife-reviews/ which gives you information about different knives along with kitchen safety tips. Once the chicken breast is thoroughly cooked transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm while you shred lettuce, cucumber, carrot, tomato and red onion before grabbing a warm tortilla out of the oven. Take your chicken strips and pile them and the salad onto your wrap, don’t overfill it or they won’t roll up properly, then spoon mayo, or sweet onion relish over the top before serving them like pancakes.