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5 Meals to Make With Kid Helpers

Are your kids venturing into the kitchen, asking questions, and showing interest? Easily make them a part of your family’s next meal by enlisting their help with these simple recipes. They can measure ingredients, stir the batter, and even set the timer. Teach them how to read a recipe and explain what you like about the dish you’re making as you work side-by-side. After all, kitchen time can be a time of adventure and creativity; a time to be together. So roll up your sleeves, don an apron, have them pick a recipe, and have some fun! (Remember to lick all the beaters!)

single dutch baby topped with berries

1. Basic Dutch Baby

Dutch babies are essentially an incredibly versatile pancake that can be made for breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Make them sweet or savory with just a few tweaks to the basic batter recipe. Are your kids fruit lovers? Use fruit as a topping with powdered sugar and syrup. Are your kids salty food fans? Sauté veggies, meat, and cheese first, then add the dutch baby batter on top for a twist that ends up almost like a puffy quiche.

pancakes cooking

2. Classic Pancakes

What’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dinner? Pancakes. Whether you make them as breakfast for supper or as a weekend treat on a sleepy Saturday morning, pancakes are a fun way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. This traditional recipe uses simple ingredients and very few steps, making it easy for kid helpers to follow and pitch in. Pro Tip: If the kids don't want fruit or nuts in their pancakes, add some chocolate chips for extra pizzazz.

Warm chocolate chuck skillet cookie in a Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

3. Warm Chocolate Chunk Cookie

There are only a few things in life better than a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies. This giant chocolate chunk skillet cookie is one of those things. It’s made to share—everyone can dig in at the same time. (Don’t forget to pile on the ice cream!) It’s also a lot of fun to make. Show your kid helpers how all the ingredients are mixed together in the hot skillet before you bake it in the oven.

Cheesy grilled cheese coming off of a skillet

4. Graduated Grilled Cheese

There’s nothing quite like melty cheese stuffed in between two slices of bread. It may not officially have an award as the all-time favorite food of kids, but it’s definitely up there on the list. Have your kid helpers butter the bread and show them how to flip the sandwich while keeping the filling in place. With this recipe, you can make a more savory grilled cheese for yourself and any adventurous kid who likes onions and mushrooms.


5. Skillet S’mores Dip

Can’t make it to your favorite campground this summer? Bring some of your favorite camping traditions indoors. Make up a fort in the living room, hang some twinkle lights to look like the stars, and mix up this Skillet S’mores Dip. With the same simple ingredients (plus butter), it can be ready in 15 minutes so the whole gang can enjoy the feeling that they’re eating a toasty treat in the great outdoors.

Pro Tip: Enhance their cooking experience with the help of props. Give each kid an apron, a designated mixing bowl, a special spatula, a stirring spoon. This will give them a fun sense of ownership each time they help out in the kitchen.