Kids in the Kitchen
Getting your kids in the kitchen helping with meal preparation and cooking is a great for raising more adventurous eaters. By becoming more familiar with new foods in a fun no pressure to eat environment it can help increase their acceptance and willingness to try need foods. It is also fantastic for teaching your kids about healthy eating and for developing their fine motor skills.
If you are looking for some child friendly cooking inspiration I would recommend trying these recipes. I in particular love the pizzas for helping to increase vegetable exposure!
Pita Bread Pizza
- Wholemeal pita bread bases
- Tomato paste, salt reduced
- Fresh herbs (e.g. basil or oregano)
- Mozzarella cheese, grated
- Chicken, diced
- Capsicum, diced
- Mushrooms, diced
- Tomatoes, diced
- Preheat oven to 220˚. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Place the pita breads on the tray. Spread with tomato paste and sprinkle over fresh herbs.
- Lightly add some cheese then add the chicken, capsicum, mushrooms and tomatoes. Sprinkle with extra cheese over the top.
- Cook for 10 minutes, or until the topping is melted and the base is crisp.
Note: These pizzas can be made with a variety of different vegetables to suit your child’s preferences.
Banana and Date Muffins
- 2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 large bananas
- ⅓ cup oil
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup dates, chopped
- Preheat oven to 180˚ Line 20 small muffins tins with patty pans.
- Sift wholemeal self-raising flour and cinnamon into a large bowl. Add the brown sugar and stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl mash the bananas. Add the oil, milk and eggs. Whisk to combine.
- Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir briefly to combine. Add the dates and stir gently stir through. Be careful not to over mix otherwise muffins may come out tough.
- Spoon the mixture into the patty pans and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. When cooked the top of the muffin if lightly pressed should spring back into shape.
Yoghurt and fruit popsicles
- Yoghurt of your choice (ideally look for one low in added sugars)
- Fruit of your choice, diced
- Ice-cream moulds (If you don’t have moulds you can use mini plastic cups with paddle pop sticks
- Add some yoghurt to the bottom of the ice-cream moulds. Top with some fruit. Continue with this pattern until the ice-cream moulds are almost full. Add the ice-cream stick to the mould and freeze until frozen.
- To remove the ice-creams from the moulds run a hot cloth along the outside of the moulds or run the moulds under warm water for 10 seconds.