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August 12, 2013

Cooking games for kids

Cooking games for kids Cooking games for kids

Last updated: November 14, 2013

Julie Fitzgerald

Author: Julie Fitzgerald

Category: Diet & nutrition

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Get your kids the kitchen with these quick and easy recipes and cooking games.
Cooking games for kids

Do your kids come home from school only to spend the rest of their day in front of the playstation or TV? Or do they expect their dinner to appear as if by magic every teatime?
Well, why not get them into the kitchen instead and have some fun with these cooking games? Not only will it get them away from the computer, but it will also teach them basic cookery skills and help them look after themselves.

Kitchen safety for kids

Never let them cook on their own, make sure there is a grown-up with them at all times

Wash their hands before starting to cook and tie back long hair.They may even enjoy using a paper chefs hat if you can get your hands on one.

Don't let them use sharp knives, leave the chopping the adults

Lift hot foods from the cooker or oven

Place chopping boards on a damp dishcloth or tea towel to prevent slipping

Never let them put their hands in their mouth after touching raw meat

Never walk with a knife pointing out in your hand; always carry it down at your side- they will learn from you, so good habits are important

Be careful not to reach over the cooker or touch hot food just out of the oven

Pizza faces

You will need:

  • 2 round mini pittas
  • 4 tbs of tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 ball of frozen spinach, thawed and with the water squeezed out
  • 2 black olives
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 4oz of low fat cheese – mind the fingers when you grate this.
  • 4 slices of green pepper
  • 4 button mushrooms

Instructions

Cut the pittas in half to give you 4 circles.
Cover each pitta with a big spoonful of tomato pasta sauce and cheese.
Now give the pizza a face. Use half an olive for the nose, half a cherry tomato for each eye, slice of green pepper for the big smile, half a button mushroom for each ear and spinach across the top for hair.
Pop these under the grill and cook until cheese has melted.

Be careful! When you take them out, remember to leave them for a couple of minutes before eating so you don’t burn your mouth.
Now compare the faces and award a prize for the best.

Nutritional information:

Serves 4: 124 calories : 4g of fat : 10g carbs per face.

Healthy Chicken nuggets

You will need:

  • 2 chicken fillets
  • 1 egg
  • Enough breadcrumbs to fill a small bowl
  • Cooking spray
  • Sandwich bag

Instructions

Set the oven to 180oC (350oF) or gas mark 4.
and to cut the chicken into strips or nugget shapes.
Let the kids spray a baking tray with the spray oil and put the breadcrumbs into a small plastic bag. They'll have fun cracking the egg into a small bowl –Don't worry about the shell they can lift out any little pieces with a spoon.

Dip the chicken pieces, one at a time, into the egg and turn them over to make sure all the chicken is coated. Then put the eggy chicken into the bag and, holding the bag tightly closed, shake it about to cover the chicken with breadcrumbs. Lift these out and put them onto the baking tray.

Pop the tray into the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Eat them with a dip like ketchup or BBQ sauce.
Do a blindfold test and see who's nuggets are the tastiest.

Nutritional information:

Serves 2 : 210 calories : 8g of fat : 6g carbs per serving.

Healthy chips

You will need:

  • 2 large potatoes
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

Set the oven to 180oC (350oF) or gas mark 4.
Let the kids wash the potatoes under cold water and but you should cut them into 6 or 8 pieces. Back over to the kids- let them spread these on a baking tray and spray with oil. Pop the tray into the oven for about 30 minutes. Have these with your chicken nuggets and vegetables like peas or sweetcorn.

Nutritional information:

Serves 2 : 175 calories : 5g of fat : 30g carbs per serving.

If you have your own cooking games or recipes we'd love to see them so please share them with us and other members.