As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your child is to teach them how to cook. Not only is cooking a valuable life skill, but it can also help them to develop a healthy relationship with food. If you’re looking for healthy dinner recipes that your kids can make themselves, here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Grilled chicken skewers
Cut some chicken breasts or thighs into bite-sized pieces, then have your child thread them onto skewers. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper before grilling for a few minutes on each side. Serve with a side of roasted vegetables or a salad.
2. Avocado toast
Toast some whole grain bread and have your child mash up some avocado with a fork. Spread the avocado onto the toast and top with sliced cherry tomatoes or a sprinkle of feta cheese.
3. Turkey lettuce wraps
Cook some ground turkey in a skillet with some garlic and ginger. Let your child wash and separate some lettuce leaves, then spoon the turkey mixture into the leaves. Top with some thinly sliced carrots and a drizzle of hoisin sauce.
4. Roasted salmon and veggies
Preheat the oven to 400F. Let your child toss together some chopped sweet potatoes, broccoli, and red onion with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange the veggies on a baking sheet and place a salmon fillet on top. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through.
5. Pasta with marinara sauce
Boil some whole grain pasta according to the package instructions. While the pasta cooks, let your child heat up a jar of marinara sauce in a saucepan. Serve the sauce over the pasta with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.
These are just a few examples of healthy dinner recipes that kids can make themselves. With a little guidance and supervision, your child can learn to prepare nutritious meals that they’ll be proud to serve to the family.