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10 Easy Recipes for Cooking with Your Toddler

September 28th, 2023

Cooking with your toddler can be a fun and educational experience for both you and your little one. Not only does it provide quality bonding time, but it also helps them develop vital life skills and a love for healthy eating. Here are 10 easy and healthy recipes that you can try with your toddler.

1. Fruit Kabobs  

Ingredients:

  • Assorted fruits (strawberries, grapes, melon)
  • Wooden skewers
  • Yogurt or honey for dipping  

Instructions:

  • Wash and cut fruit into bite-sized pieces. Toddlers can use plastic or blunt knives on soft fruit, like bananas and strawberries, while adults can use sharper knives on fruit that is more dense.
  • Help your toddler thread the fruit pieces onto the wooden skewers. You can even make colorful patterns to help them identify colors.
  • Serve with yogurt or honey for dipping.

This recipe is not only easy but also a great way to encourage your toddler to eat more fruits. The simple act of threading the fruit onto skewers can improve their motor skills.

2. Mini Pizzas  

Ingredients:

  • Mini pizza crusts or English muffins
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Assorted toppings (sliced olives, bell peppers, and pepperoni)  

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven as per the pizza crust package instructions.
  • Help your toddler spread pizza sauce on each crust.
  • Let your toddler sprinkle cheese and add their favorite toppings.
  • Place the mini pizzas on a baking sheet and bake until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

Making mini pizzas allows your toddler to express their creativity while learning basic cooking skills. Ensure that you handle any hot items and use oven mitts when placing the pizzas in the oven.

3. Peanut Butter and Banana Wraps  

Ingredients:

  • Tortillas or whole wheat wraps
  • Peanut butter (or almond butter for allergies)
  • Sliced bananas
  • Honey or agave  

Instructions:

  • Lay out a tortilla or wrap on a clean surface.
  • Spread peanut butter evenly over the surface.
  • Place sliced bananas on top.
  • Drizzle with honey or agave.
  • Roll up the tortilla, and then help your toddler cut it into bite-sized pieces.

This recipe is not only delicious but also a great opportunity for your toddler to practice spreading and rolling ingredients.

4. Veggie Quesadillas  

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Shredded cheese
  • Cooked and diced vegetables (bell peppers, broccoli, carrots)
  • Olive oil for cooking  

Instructions:

  • Heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Place a tortilla in the pan and sprinkle shredded cheese on one half.
  • Add diced vegetables on top of the cheese.
  • Fold the tortilla in half, pressing it gently with a spatula.
  • Cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown, then flip and cook the other side.
  • Help your toddler cut the quesadilla into wedges.

Veggie quesadillas are a great way to sneak in some vegetables, and your toddler can assist in the assembly and cutting processes.

5. Fruit Smoothies  

Ingredients:

  • Assorted fruits (banana, berries, mango)
  • Greek yogurt
  • Milk or a milk alternative
  • Honey or maple syrup for sweetness  

Instructions:

  • Help your toddler add their chosen fruits to a blender.
  • Add a spoonful of Greek yogurt and a splash of milk.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Taste and adjust sweetness with honey or maple syrup if needed.

Smoothies are a delicious and nutritious way to introduce different fruits into your toddler's diet. Make sure to supervise the blending process closely.

6. Ants on a Log  

Ingredients:

  • Celery sticks
  • Peanut butter (or almond butter for allergies)
  • Raisins  

Instructions:

  • Wash and cut the celery into small sticks.
  • Spread peanut butter inside the celery sticks.
  • Press raisins into the peanut butter.

Ants on a log is a classic kid-friendly snack that's easy to prepare and allows your toddler to assemble their own.

7. Mini Fruit Popsicles  

Ingredients:

  • Assorted fruits (watermelon, berries, kiwi)
  • Popsicle molds or ice cube trays
  • Fruit juice or yogurt  

Instructions:

  • Help your toddler cut the fruits into small pieces.
  • Fill popsicle molds or ice cube trays with the fruit pieces.
  • Add a small amount of fruit juice or yogurt.
  • Insert popsicle sticks or toothpicks.
  • Freeze until solid.

These mini popsicles are a healthier alternative to store-bought versions and are perfect for cooling down on a hot day.

8. Cheese and Cracker Stackers  

Ingredients:

  • Cheese slices
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Cherry tomatoes  

Instructions:

  • Cut cheese slices and cherry tomatoes into bite-sized pieces.
  • Show your toddler how to stack a piece of cheese, a cracker, and a tomato to create little stackers.

This recipe is a simple and great way to encourage your toddler to explore different flavors and textures.

9. Banana Oat Cookies  

Ingredients:

  • Ripe bananas
  • Rolled oats
  • Optional mix-ins (chocolate chips, raisins, chopped nuts)  

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Mash ripe bananas in a bowl.
  • Add rolled oats and any optional mix-ins.
  • Drop the mixture onto a baking sheet in spoonfuls.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned.

These cookies are a healthier alternative to traditional cookies and can be customized with your toddler's favorites.

10. Mini Fruit Pizzas  

Ingredients:

  • English muffins
  • Cream cheese or yogurt
  • Sliced fruits (strawberries, kiwi, banana)
  • A drizzle of honey or agave  

Instructions:

  • Toast the English muffins until they are lightly browned.
  • Spread a layer of cream cheese or yogurt on each muffin half.
  • Arrange sliced fruits on top and drizzle with honey or agave.
  • Help your toddler cut the mini fruit pizzas into wedges.

Mini fruit pizzas are a delightful and nutritious treat that your toddler can customize with their favorite fruits.

Remember to always supervise your toddler closely in the kitchen and handle any sharp objects or hot surfaces yourself. Cooking together with your child can be a fantastic bonding experience that promotes their love for food and teaches valuable life skills. And as their cooking skills progress, you can inspire them even further with their own personalized tableware!

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