If you’re at home looking for ways to keep the kids entertained it’s the perfect time to spark a love for food, healthy eating and cooking by getting them involved in the kitchen with you. We think inspiring children to take pleasure from cooking and eating well is of paramount importance and could be the start of a lifelong love affair with the kitchen, helping them live long and healthy lives as they grow older.
You will need to decide for yourself which tasks are suitable for your little one but there’s always something little hands can do, and it’s a great way of keeping them out of mischief while you prepare dinner! We’ve pulled together some of our favourite ProCook recipes that are great for any chefs in the making.
Rainbow Pitta Pizzas
A great way to encourage little ones to eat the rainbow, these colourful pittas are not only fun to make but include a great mix of vegetables and even if your children are too young to chop the ingredients, they can get stuck in laying out the stripes of colour and spreading the tomato base. We used cherry tomatoes, orange pepper, sweetcorn, green pepper and red onion for our rainbow but you can swap these out to whatever veggies you have in the house.
What you’ll need to make Rainbow Pitta Pizzas
We love these cute bunny cupcakes and we’re sure there will be lots of giggles had by kids both big and small when tasked with making bunny bottoms! If you would prefer less icing on top of your cupcakes then let your creative juices go wild – perhaps a flat bunny face is more your style or maybe a simple pair of rabbit ears? Whatever you decide to opt for, decorating cupcakes is always good fun and is great for children of all ages.
What you’ll need to make Bunny Cupcakes
Tennis Ball Shortbread
A simple recipe that can let your little one’s imagination run wild, our circular shortbread biscuits are the perfect canvas for a whole lot of fun and creativity but if you’re feeling more adventurous we’ve got a range of different cookie cutters and you can make all sorts of shapes and sizes – our Easter ones are perfect for bunnies, rabbits, chicks and eggs! We made ours look like tennis balls but these could just as easily be footballs, basketballs, smiling faces, animals… what will your little ones come up with?
What you’ll need to make Tennis Ball Shortbread
Chocolate Nest Cakes
Who doesn’t love the simple pleasures of a chocolate nest cake? You’ll need to keep children a safe distance from the pan as you melt your chocolate but mixing in the cereal, shaping into nests and topping with Mini Eggs is a job even the smallest of chefs can be involved in, just watch out for any stray Mini Eggs… we’re sure they won’t hang around for long!