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School breaks mean more free time for kids, so they can also be the ideal opportunity to introduce new skills in the kitchen. When children get hands-on with their food, some pretty magical things can happen… (Pictured above: BBQ Chicken Quesadillas)

When my daughter (who’s 15 years old now) was in elementary school, she’d often have friends over for dinner. One of my favorite things to make for the kids was a Brussels sprouts recipe and more often than not, her friends would go home and request Brussels sprouts from their parents. No, this wasn’t some secret spell that I cast—it all went back to getting the kids involved in cooking.

The recipe requires cutting off the bottom of the core of each Brussels sprout and removing the leaves, which admittedly, is a pretty time-consuming process. With a couple of small helpers though, we’d have a heaping bowl of leaves in no time. Then, they’d pitch in by stirring as the leaves slowly caramelized in the skillet, sprinkling on spices, and squirting some lemon juice on top. Without question, they were always more than happy to eat their greens when dinner was served.

Here are some of our favorite recipes to help you get started with kid-friendly cooking sessions (or if the kids are a little older, recipes to let them cook for you!).

Kid-Friendly Classics

If you’ve got a picky eater on your hands, start by having them help out with recipes for food they already love.

Easy Baked Chicken Fingers

These are great for even the youngest chefs since there’s no messy (and potentially dangerous) frying involved. They’re made Shake ‘n Bake-style with a simple panko breading flavored with our tangy Pyramid Peak Lemon Pepper, the same seasoning that goes in the creamy dipping sauce.

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Make this recipe even simpler by using a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Kids can help shred the chicken before they mix it with Midwestern Sweet Barbecue Sauce. Then, let them build their own quesadilla by layering the meat and cheese before you help them heat it up in a skillet.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Skip the ice cream truck and cool off with this sweet treat from your own kitchen instead. All you need is a blender and our Classic or Canela (cinnamon) Hot Chocolate to whip up this icy cold version of an all-time favorite. Don’t forget the mini marshmallows!

 

Spice ‘n Easy Meals

Our Spice ‘n Easys were designed to make cooking quick and simple without sacrificing quality or flavor. They’re so easy, in fact, that kids of all ages can pitch in to create a multi-course meal for the whole family.

Red Bell Ranch

Sour cream is the only ingredient you need to mix up a flavorful batch of buttermilk ranch with this Spice ‘n Easy. Let the kids create veggie plates as a healthy and fun appetizer—creative veggie designs encouraged!

Rustic Red Sauce

Another one-ingredient recipe, your little Italian chef just needs to add this mix to canned tomatoes and pasta night will be on in no time...Or opt for make-your-own pizzas with a toppings bar for everyone to customize their pie.

Chocolate Orange Mug Cake

With this Spice ‘n Easy, kids get all the fun of baking with no long cooking time required. You’ll need flour, orange juice, sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs. Mix everything up, pour into two mugs, and microwave. Ding! Dessert is served.

 

Adventurous Flavors

Once your helper gets more confident in their skills, start adding some more elevated choices to the menu.

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus

Kids love bright colors and can’t get enough of dips - this recipe’s got both! Plus it’s healthy so you can feel good about letting them eat as much as they can handle. The best part is that hummus is the perfect base for experimenting with spices. We like a mixture of Park Hill Maple Pepper and Ground Cumin Seeds or Poultry Seasoning and Ground Coriander Seeds, but encourage your kids to taste different spice combinations and get creative.                                                                         

Korean Beef & Broccoli Bowl

This recipe is way simpler than it sounds and despite the use of Gochujang Korean Chili Sauce, has pretty mild heat so it’s totally family friendly. From mixing ingredients and stirring beef to chopping broccoli, there’s plenty of simple steps kids can help with. The results—a base of rice or any other grain you prefer, topped with flavorful ground beef—are sure to become a go-to weeknight meal. 

BBQ Pork & Pineapple Stir-Fry

This is a fun one because it combines two things that don’t normally go together - BBQ sauce and Asian stir-fry. Kids will have fun with the “crazy” concept and you'll be happy because they’ll be eating their veggies. Our Woody’s Sweet & Tangy Barbecue Sauce and Asian Style Sprinkle are the stars of this simple and sweet dish that comes together in about 15 minutes.

We’d love to see photos of the recipes you make at home with your kids. Share them on Instagram using #savoryspiceshop!


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