I keep repeating myself, all the time, everytime I post a recipe – that theres a lot of cooking me and 3 year old Zoey do together. Now we are not talking about making curry or dal, but cooking chores that the kiddo can actually do. And aptly so, Mommygyan is a parenting blog, I had to share these recipes.
A lot of these recipes are desserts, and can make great Diwali sweets, kids would love to make.
Have you seen MasterChef Australia Junior? Arent those kids awesome. Before you ask me , let me assure you I am not raising a chef. But cooking is a great bonding time that my 3 year old enjoys to the core . Besides its a great exercise for fine motor skills, and co ordination
Sure it gets messy, but whisking the eggs, playing with the dough, pouring water in the food processor, making her own pizza, making her own sandwich, filling up cupcakes, making cookie batter, and theres lot more she does, enjoys it thorougly!
I can go on, about what we do at home, but let me cut short and give away some tips on how you could involve kids in the kitchen, trust me, they love to cook!
1 . Easy Peasy Marie Biscuit Truffles
I am inspired by Little Food Junction. And this is my take on easy, really easy truffles.
This recipe just needs 4 ingredients
marie biscuit 1 packet or less
dessicated coconut 1/2 cup
cocoa powder 1/3 cup
Crush marie biscuit and place in mixing bowl
Add cocoa and coconut, stir together then add condensed milk
Mix the mass, help the kid if the mass gets difficult to manage
Ask kids to roll into balls.
Refrigerate for 30 mins. Your easy truffles are ready
Here I used the recipe minus the coconut. And I used gems for nose, chocos for ears. Sprinkler for eyes
2. Easy Mini pizza for kids
We do this all the time , the kid volunteers to assemble the pizzas
You would need
Whole wheat readymade mini pizza bases. I personally love the ones available at Nature’s Basket.The best so far!
Premade pizza sauce (Recipe coming up soon)
Preheat the oven at 220 deg Celcius
Ask kids to assemble the pizzas.
Smear your regular pizza/cookie sheet with a little olive oil
Arrange the mini pizzas on pizza pan
Bake at 220 deg C for 8-10 mins
3. Easy Peasy chocolate chip cookies
This is the go- to cookie recipe if I am making with my daughter.
You will need
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups flour (maida)
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 180 deg C .
In a mixing bowl mix butter sugar and vanilla extract, till well incorporated
Add egg. Mix
Add the dry ingredients.
Spoon onto cookie sheet, with distance between them since they flatten as they bake.
Bake for 8-10 mins at 180 deg C, cool on wire rack.
Store in airtight container once completely cooled.
4. Worlds Easiest Chocolate cake recipe
Okay, I dont remember the source, must be some old book. But I remember hunting for the easiest chocolate cake recipe that Zoey (age 3) could make with very little assistance !
Here it goes
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup caster sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
125g butter, melted
½ cup milk
Throw all of this in a large bowl, and use an electric mixer to mix. Mix until everything is well incorporated. You could even use a food processor.
Preheat the oven at 180 deg C.
Pour batter in 8 ” prepared pan and bake for around 40 mins.
Dust cooled with powdered sugar if u wish!
Can it get easier than this??
5. Very easy Chicken Meatballs
Never happened to click a picture of these while making! Sorry!
Kids can make these easy meatballs, and you could fry these for them and the rest of the family!
1 kg minced chicken
1 cup breadcrumbs
salt to taste.
Pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic
4 tbsp vegetable oil
For older kids you could add a spoonful of chilly sauce for some mild zing
Make meatballs of these.
Deep fry in oil for 2-4 mins
6. Very easy baked fish fingers
You would need
1 egg , beaten
1/4 cup flour (maida)
3/4 cup bread crumbs
juice of1/2 lemon(optional)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp olive oil
400g skinless white fish , sliced into strips
salt to taste.
marinate the fish with oregano and lemon juice, and salt for 10 mins
Dip the strips in flour.Dip in egg. Coat with breadcrumbs
Bake these, drizzling a tbsp of olive oil at 8-10 mins , turning halfway the other side.