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This Plus That Equals…. Cooking with Kids, the Cheats Way

This plus that equals…. cooking with kids, the cheats way.

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about how I get away mess free cooking with L in the kitchen. We all know getting kids into the kitchen is a great thing. Cooking, cleaning, learning. But sometimes we don’t have the time, or the will, to go for a full on baking session. Here are my favourite cheats.

Having fun baking
Having fun baking, but it doesn’t have to be like this

Angel Whip

It’s sweet. It’s quick. What’s not to love. Measure out the milk, pour in a pack of whip and let the kid loose with a whisk for a few minutes. It can be a bit messy but nothing too bad. Pour it into a few glasses, maybe add some fruit and pop in the fridge and it’s ready before you know it.

Pita Pizza

L loves making these and they are so quick. Grab a pita bread and pop some tomato paste on it.

Then let the kids pop the toppings on. Some grated cheese, a few veg, some ham maybe. Whatever you fancy. L likes sweetcorn and mushrooms. Grill it, then eat it.

Baking with toddlers
He loves anything where he can lick the bowl clean

Dough Kits

These are my ultimate mess free and quick kitchen cheats. You know the little tubes that you peel away the paper and they pop open. Dough exploding out. Well the dough exploding out is just the best thing ever as far as L is concerned.

The Pain Au Chocolate take about 20 seconds to prepare. Pop the chocolate sticks on and wrap. The cinnamon whirls probably take even less time, you just cut them up. L feels like a superstar getting to help with the cutting and then he gets pastries hot from the oven. Best yet I have literally no cleaning up afterwards. Winner.

Rocky Road

A bit messy but really easy and no baking required.

Pop digestive biscuits into a sandwich bag and present your child with a rolling pin and tell them to get bashing. This will make them very happy! Whilst they are bashing melt a bar of chocolate, I pop it all in a big bowl and melt it in the microwave.

Then you just stir in your ingredients, these depend largely on what is in the house. Crushed biscuits, mini marshmallows, raisins (to ease the guilt a bit), desiccated coconut, glace cherries, jelly beans, smarties are all good options.

Pour into a tray and leave in the fridge until set. The bowl/spoon cleaning afterwards is a lot of fun too.

Feeling Calm
Reasons I shouldn’t let him decorate!

Sandwich Shapes

This hardly even counts but it guarantees and eaten meal.

Simply make sandwiches as normal but then get out some cookie cutters and let your little one cut shapes into the bread. If L is being awkward about eating this is a sure fire way to get him to eat.

Star shaped sandwiches taste so much better than normal ones. Stars that he has cut for himself taste better yet!

I know the thought of cooking with kids can fill us all with dread, but it doesn’t have to. In fact it doesn’t really have to be cooking. L enjoys helping me do anything in the kitchen, from full on, flour everywhere baking, to just being allowed to stir something. It all counts in his eyes.

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21 thoughts on “This Plus That Equals…. Cooking with Kids, the Cheats Way”

  1. These are great ideas!! My mom used to do the pizza one with us, but we used English muffins. They were so delicious. When I ran a daycare we loved the dough in a can, the kids could all cut and place the dough and it was stree-free.

    Thank you for joining us on #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. On English Muffins you say? That sound awesome. I shall try it. Dough in a can is the easiest thing isn’t it, super easy and no stress at all. Completely cheating but I don’t care!!

  2. I love these ideas!!!!!!!!!! Going to give the rocky road a go after school today!!!!! Had a chuckle at the star shaped sandwiches tasting better than normal ones – that’s the general consensus in our house too haha! Really lovely ideas here and I especially like how they are minimal mess because you’re right, it’s really hard to get the time for a full-on baking session and all the cleaning up afterwards!! xx #Blogstravaganza

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