Cooking with the whole family can be loads of fun. It’s a great way to keep everyone entertained, and feeding kids and their imaginations is super-easy with a few family favourites up your sleeve.
Jamie says: “Cooking has got to be up there as one of the most valuable skills we can teach our children. Getting the little ones excited about food, where it comes from and how to cook it, gives them a better chance of being healthier and happier in the long run.”
We’ve chosen some great Kitchen Buddies recipes to inspire you to get cooking with your kids – they will learn new skills and enjoy exploring new foods, while you’ll be rewarded with a delicious meal you’ve made together.
If your kids are new to cooking, homemade pizzas are a great place to start. With a super-easy base and a 10-minute tomato sauce, everyone will soon be choosing their favourite toppings.
These BBQ chicken lollipops are really simple and loads of fun to make. You can use any crunchy veg or fruit in the salsa, and serve with fluffy couscous to soak up all the juices.
Buddy’s version of this family classic is packed full of veg and makes a bumper batch, so is ideal for stashing in the freezer for a speedy midweek meal.
Watch Buddy share his simple technique for making the perfect scrambled eggs every time. Pile on top of hot toast and serve with a cup of tea.
Buddy’s BBQ burger recipe couldn’t be easier and is perfect for little hands. They will love squashing and shaping the patties, before stuffing the burgers with their favourite fillings. Yum!
Crunchy and colourful, Jools’ chopped salad is a clever way to get kids tucking into lots of veg – add any you like, toss through the simple dressing and dig in.
Buddy coats chicken in garlicky breadcrumbs and cooks until golden and crispy, then uses a herb brush to finish them off with a kiss of honey. Everyone will love getting extra messy making this family favourite!
Use a cup instead of weighing scales to make Buddy’s super-simple pancakes. Get the kids on mixing duty and let everyone choose their toppings – fruit and a drizzle of honey is Buddy’s choice.
For an easy introduction to the world of baking, you can’t beat this banana bread recipe. You only need a handful of ingredients and no fancy equipment, and it’s delicious sliced up as an afternoon treat.
For more inspiration for what to cook with little ones check out our kids cooking page here.