Having to make food every single night for a family can become a less than joyous task. Even if you love to cook, always being responsible for keeping everyone’s bellies full – especially if you have finicky eaters – can suck the fun out of a previously enjoyable passion. Here’s a simple solution: enlist the kids. Teaching kids to cook is not only a great way to bond and an important life lesson, it’s also the perfect way to pass the baton, so you’re not stuck cooking all the time! Start them young with simple tasks like putting salad in bowls and as they get older, give them more and more responsibilities. Once they hit the tween years, they should be able to handle the whole kit and caboodle! There are tons of easy, tasty meals your tween can make that don’t require a whole lot of expertise or fancy knife work. Here are some recipes that will have your tweenager cooking up a storm – which hopefully means more nights off for you!
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Admittedly, this is not a very adventurous meal list, but they’re great recipes for cooks who are just starting out. Also, beginner cooks are typically more comfortable making food that they’ve eaten a lot in their life so they have an understanding of what it should look and taste like. Having confidence in cooking is an essential life skill for supporting health and well-being. If your tweens can make you an awesome pan of zitti for dinner think of how much good food they’ll be able to make throughout their lives!
Have other recipes to add to the list? Let us know in the comments! Bon appetit!