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Cooking with grandchildren

Created by Charlotte in Age: At School, Age: Baby & Toddler, Age: Pre-school, Feeding & Sleeping, Recipes



Children love to cook and cooking with your grandchildren is a terrific way of bonding. Spending this time with them is a wonderful way of teaching your grandchildren invaluable skills such a communication, counting and measuring.

 

Be prepared for mess and repeating simple instructions frequently, but the end will result in proud, happy children, willing to try new foods.

 

When planning recipes to cook with your grandchildren it is important to think about what sorts of foods you want to give them. While it is tempting to stick with sweet treats, it is just as easy to keep them excited with healthier options that are fun to make.

 

Healthy ingredients to use in your recipes include:

  • Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, using brightly coloured vegetables to make fun shapes or faces in food can make them all the more appealing. Try making fruit skewers or different filled wraps and dips.
  • Different types of protein such as lean meat or cheese(it may be easier and safer to use pre-cooked meat).
  • Complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain muffins made into pizzas, or wholegrain pasta mixed with a delicious sauce are fantastic sources of slow burning energy.

 

Ingredients that should be used in moderation (so as not to encourage children developing a taste for fast food and sugary treats) include:

  • Too much salt. Try using other flavours such as herbs or garlic to enhance foods.
  • Too much sugar, while by all means cooking sweet treats at home are far better for you than bought goodies, try not to let it substitute a whole meal.

 

Here’s a simple, fun recipe idea – you can find more of these in our recipe book section:

 

Mini Pizzas

 

Makes 2 mini pizzas

 

Its easy to make your own ‘healthy fast food’ like this mini pizza. Let your grandchild choose his own favourite toppings….and he may like to decorate it with a face…

 

Ingredients:

Half a small red onion, chopped (25g)

2 tsp olive oil

1 tbsp tomato puree

2 tsp sundried tomato paste

1 tbsp later

2 English muffins

2 tbsp Sweetcorn

2 slices of ham

25g Mozzarella or grated Cheddar

 

Suggested Toppings (enough for 2 pizzas):

  • mushrooms, sliced and sautéed in 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 ring pineapple, diced
  • stoned black olives, thinly sliced
  • baby courgette, thinly sliced and sautéed in 1 tsp olive oil
  • sunblush tomatoes, diced
  • 1 rasher cooked bacon, crumbled
  • Strips of sweet pepper

 

Method:

1. Heat the olive oil and sauté the onion for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the tomato puree, sun dried tomato paste and water and season to taste with salt and pepper.

2. Split the muffins and toast. Preheat the grill to high and spread the tomato sauce over the muffins. Sprinkle over the ham and sweetcorn and cover with the grated cheese.

3. Preheat the grill to high. Cook the pizzas for 4 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and golden. Decorate with your favourite toppings. Allow to cool slightly before serving.


by Annabel Karmel


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