Easy Dinner Ideas for Kids to Make

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Let’s get the kids in the kitchen to help make an easy dinner everyone will love! From gathering to measuring out ingredients; cleaning and peeling vegetables to adding toppings, there are plenty of tasks kids can do to help with dinner preparation. They’ll be immensely proud of what they’ve achieved and might even develop a whole new appreciation for your nightly cooking efforts. Try out some of these receipts with your kids. 

1)    Veggie Pikelets Recipe
These scrumptious pikelets are packed full of healthy vegetables that your kids won't even notice. Whip them up for a tasty and nutritious snack.

•    2 cups self-raising flour
•    6 eggs
•    4-5 cups of mix vegetables, finely chopped or grated
•    1/2 - 1 cup grated cheese
•    drop of milk
•    olive oil
•    sour cream, to serve

Mix flour, eggs, veggies and cheese together in a large bowl. Add seasoning, then add enough milk to the mixture until it is slightly runny.
Heat a frying pan with a small amount of olive oil and drop a tablespoon of the mixture into the pan, patting into a neat circle.
Cook on a medium heat until golden on each side.
Serve with sour cream. 

2)    Ham and pineapple pizza muffins
Got English muffins and left over ham on hand? Kids are going to lose their minds over this hands-on pizza idea.

•    3 English muffins, split
•    6 tbsp pizza sauce
•    4 slices ham, diced
•    1 tin crushed pineapple, drained well
•    3 cups of pizza cheese

Toast the muffins in the toaster and spread 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce on each.
Scatter ham and pineapple on the pizza sauce.
Top with pizza cheese.
Place under the oven or grill until the cheese is melted and serve.

3)    Microwave jacket potatoes
Kids, just add fillings and pop it in the microwave 

•    1 large potato, scrubbed clean

Toppings of your choice such as:
•    Sour cream and chives
•    Baked beans and butter
•    Bacon 
•    Salsa
•    Garlic and parmesan

Prick the potato all over with a large fork.
Place inside a paper bag and cook in the microwave on high for 5 minutes.
Turn bag over and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Remove from the microwave oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
Cut a large cross on the face of the potato and squeeze the base upwards.
Add toppings of your choice.

4)     Tasty homemade tacos
 Have the kids put their own tacos together and it’s almost, sort of, like them cooking or at least, serving themselves.

•    1 ½  pounds of beef mince
•    1 teaspoon cumin
•    1 teaspoon mild paprika
•    1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
•    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
•    1 cup passata
•    2 cups shredded lettuce
•    2 tomatoes, chopped
•    1 cup tasty or cheddar cheese, grated
•    1 avocado, peeled, stone removed and chopped
•    Hard and/or soft tacos shells
•    Salsa, to serve

Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat a large non-stick frypan over high heat. Add mince and cook until browned. Break up large pieces with a spoon. Add cumin, paprika, oregano leaves and salt and pepper. Mix well to combine, then add passata.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add some water if the mixture becomes too thick. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
Heat taco shells in the oven for 5 minutes (wrap soft shells in aluminium foil).
Place warm shells on a serving platter, offer all the toppings in small bowls and let the kids choose what they want in their taco.