Cooking With Kids - 6 Easy & Healthy Recipes

6 Kid-Friendly Recipes For Cooking With Children

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If you have kids who love cooking you can probably empathise with Beverley Glock's dilemma.

It was a request from her daughter for a cooking party for her 5th Birthday Party that set Beverley Glock on the road to forming Splat Cooking, a Buckinghamshire-based business providing cooking parties and funky cooking equipment.

Her daughter loved cooking and baking and wanted to make her own lunch with her friends on her birthday. Unable to find someone outside London to come and run the party, Beverley decided to do it herself.

The party was a great success, far less messy than anticipated and all 12 children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. And so Splat was born……….

Splat will come to your venue and run the party for you, bringing all the ingredients and utensils.They also offer kits so that you can run the party yourself. The kit includes a How to run a cooking party and stay sane guide with step-by-step instructions from sending out the invitations, recruiting helpers, organising the children to running the party and packing the party bags.

Beverley Glock
Beverley Glock

Beverley's business has moved from strength to strength; as well as running Splat Cooking Parties she also teaches adult cooking courses at the Beverley Glock Cookery School, has appeared on TV, written for many publications including The Times and is the author of 500 Superfood Dishes and 500 Baby & Toddler Dishes.

Here are some of Beverley's recipes from Splat Cooking - 6 recipes that are perfect for cooking with the kids, so wether you want to encourage your children to get into cooking or are looking for recipes to share with your cooking mad kids, lets get cooking!



Cheat's Pizza

Ingredients: for Each 2 x Pizza Bases

You will need.... Knife, Baking Tray, Dessert Spoon, Wire Rack, An Adult

How to make Cheats Pizza.... WASH YOUR HANDS

  1. GET AN ADULT to turn the oven onto 220oc/425oF/Gas Mark 8 and put a shelf onto the top runner. (Aga Roasting oven - shelf on top set of runners.)
  2. GET AN ADULT to slice the muffin into two or leave the pitta bread whole.
  3. Using the spoon, spread the tomato mix onto the cut side of each half roll oronto one side of the Pitta Bread.
  4. Add the topping of your choice e.g.. slices of ham and mushrooms, slices of onion,tomato and pepperoni sausage or whatever you prefer.
  5. Sprinkle grated cheese over the top.
  6. Place the Cheats Pizzas on a baking tray.
  7. GET AN ADULT to place the tray into the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes untilthe cheese has melted.
  8. GET AN ADULT to take the Pizzas out of the oven and lift them onto the wire rack to cool slightly before you eat them all up. You can cut the Pitta into slices and leave any of the cheat's Pizzas until cold, place them into the fridge and put into lunch boxes.

Sweet Potato Crisps

These are very delicious so you'll have trouble keeping the grown ups from eating them, they also count as one portion of the 5 portions of fruit and veg you should have every day unlike normal potatoes. Much healthier than normal potato crisps.
Ingredients: for 2 Lunchbox Servings

You will need.... Potato Peeler, Baking Tray, Wire Rack, An Adult

How to make Sweet Potato Crisps.... WASH YOUR HANDS

  1. GET AN ADULT to turn the oven onto 220oc/425oF/Gas Mark 8 and put a shelf onto the top runner. (Aga Roasting oven - shelf on top set of runners.)
  2. Wash the Sweet Potato and GET AN ADULT to help or supervise while you peel it. Once peeled, discard the skin and continue the peel the sweet potato lengthways until you've used up all of the potato, this will give you lots of ribbons of sweet potato.
  3. Oil the Baking tray with olive oil and place the ribbons of potato on the baking tray, sprinkle with a little salt and GET AN ADULT to put the baking tray into the oven and put the timer on for 10 minutes.
  4. GET AN ADULT to check on the ribbons and turn them over, once they start to go gold brown at the edges they are cooked. GET AN ADULT to remove them from the oven and tip them onto kitchen roll to cool. They won't be totally crisp but are tasty. Once cooled you can pack them into your lunch box, They will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.


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Flapjacks

Ingredients: for 12 Flapjacks

You will need....... Weighing Scales, Medium Mixing bowl, Medium Saucepan, Wooden Spoon, Tablespoon, 15 cm square Cake Tin, Wire Rack, An Adult.

How to make Flapjacks... WASH YOUR HANDS

  1. GET AN ADULT to turn the oven onto 180oc/350oF/Gas Mark 4 and put a shelf onto the centre runner. (Aga Roasting oven - shelf on oven floor)
  2. Grease the cake tin using a little of the butter.
  3. Weigh out the butter and place this in the saucepan, measure the sugar and golden syrup and put these into the saucepan with the butter. GET AN ADULT to place the saucepan on a low heat on the hob until the mixture has melted. Make sure the adult stirs this occasionally and does NOT let it boil.
  4. Weigh out the Porridge Oats and raisins and place these into the mixing bowl. Add the pinch of salt.
  5. GET AN ADULT to remove the butter mixture from the heat and pour this into the bowl with the oats. Using the wooden spoon, stir all the ingredients together until it is well mixed in.
  6. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and press down gently with the back of the wooden spoon to even it out.
  7. GET AN ADULT to put the cake tin in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the mixture is golden brown.
  8. GET AN ADULT to remove the tin from the oven and leave to cool for 15 minutes. Cut into squares but leave in the tin until completely cold before removing.

6 Kid-Friendly Recipes For Cooking With Children

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

These muffins are really yummy and ever so slightly healthy, thanks to the addition of the bananas. Now you know what to do with those bananas that are too ripe for anyone to eat!! They are really easy and quick to make too.

Ingredients: for 12 Muffins

You will need....... Weighing Scales, Medium Mixing bowl, Wooden Spoon, Two Teaspoons, Sieve, Measuring Jug, Small Bowl, Small Plate, Fork, Cake or muffin cases, Bun Tray, Wire Rack, An Adult.

How to make Chocolate Banana Muffins... WASH YOUR HANDS

  1. GET AN ADULT to turn the oven onto 200oc/400oF/Gas Mark 6 and put ashelf onto the centre runner. (Aga Roasting oven - shelf on oven floor)
  2. Weigh out the flour and using the sieve, sift the flour into the mixing bowl along with the baking powder. Weigh out the sugar and chocolate chips and put them into the mixing bowl. Measure the milk and oil and put them into the mixing bowl. Break the egg into the small bowl (to make sure that you can scoop out any eggshell if you need to) and then pour the egg into the mixing bowl.
  3. Peel the bananas and mash them with a fork - if they try and escape ask an adult to help you catch them and keep them still. Bananas can be very slippery!
  4. Put these in the mixing bowl too. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon. It won't look like normal cake mixture, it will look very lumpy and a bit odd, it's meant to look like this, DO NOT try and beat the lumps out.
  5. Put 12 cake cases into the bun tray.
  6. Using two teaspoons, divide the mixture evenly between the 12 cake cases.
  7. GET AN ADULT to put the bun tray into the centre of the oven. Bake for 15- 20 minutes until they pale golden brown.
  8. GET AN ADULT to take the buns out of the oven and lift them onto the wire rack to cool. These are lovely eaten warm out of the oven or they will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container.



Bread Swirls

Ingredients: for 12 Bread Swirls

You will need....... Weighing Scales, 2 x Medium Mixing bowls, Small bowl, Wooden Spoon, Teaspoon, Measuring Jug, 2 x Baking Trays, Fork, Clean Damp Cloth or cling film, Wire Rack, Knife, An Adult.

How to make Bread Swirls... WASH YOUR HANDS

  1. Weigh out the flour and place into the mixing bowl, add the salt, yeast and sugar. Add the olive oil.
  2. Measure out 400 ml warm water, NOT HOT, make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the water. Stir together using your fingers.
  3. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky, you may to add a little more warm water if it is too dry, or a little more flour if too sticky. Bring it together to form a ball and transfer this to a clean floured surface.
  4. NOW FOR THE HARD WORK - the dough needs to be smooth and stretchy, at the moment it will feel lumpy and tight and now you have to start 'kneading'. Push your hands into the dough using the 'heel' of your hands (this is the smooth part between your thumbs and wrist) and then gather it back into a ball, turn it a little and keep repeating for around 5-10 minutes until it feels smooth and stretchy.
  5. Split the dough into 12 pieces, stretch each roll into a sausage shape and flatten it, then spread the tomato paste or pesto along the flattened part and roll up into a swirl. Place each roll onto a baking tray, cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes to rise. GET AN ADULT to turn the oven on to Gas Mark 7/220oc/Aga Roasting Oven.
  6. Once the rolls have risen GET AN ADULT to place the baking trays in the top of the oven for 10-15 minutes. Leave them to cool and eat.

Hummus

This is a Middle Eastern dip which is very healthy and great to dip in vegetable sticks and warm Bread Swirls. Ingredients for 4 people.

To serve: Warm Bread Swirls, Breadsticks, Carrot Sticks, Red, orange and yellow pepper sticks, Cucumber Sticks, Celery Sticks.

You will need....... Sieve, Small Bowl, Chopping Board, Garlic Crusher, Tablespoon, Sharp Knife, Liquidiser or Blender, An Adult

How to make Hummus... WASH YOUR HANDS

  1. GET AN ADULT to open the can of chickpeas, drain them in the sieve and place into the bowl of the blender or liquidiser.
  2. GET AN ADULT to slice the lemons or limes in half and give them to you so you can squeeze them into the small bowl, remove any pips and pour the juice into the bowl of the blender or liquidiser also.
  3. GET AN ADULT to supervise whilst you put the lid on and blend until the mixture forms a smooth puree. Crush the Garlic and place this in the bowl too along with a tablespoon of oil and yoghurt, blend again and add the rest of the oil and yoghurt and a pinch of salt and pinch of pepper gradually until it is all blended.
  4. Spoon into the small bowl and serve with the vegetable sticks and warm bread swirls.

All Recipes ┬ęSPLAT Cooking Parties Ltd 2005

Cooking With Kids - 6 Easy & Healthy Recipes





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