I’m dedicating more time to making homemade meals to eat during the week. There, I said it. Now I need to hold myself to it. It’s a win-win for both me and my 3-year-old son. I love to cook, and he loves to eat (and I’m trying to encourage him to join me in the cooking part too). But because of his early bedtime, it’s sometimes too much of a challenge to make dinner every night. So I’m trying a new tactic: carving out time on Sunday devoted purely to making, baking and eating with my little guy.
Here are three recipes I can’t wait to make this weekend.
These Banana-Strawberry Muffins will be a hit with my son. The first food he ever tried was a mashed up banana, and he’s been infatuated with them since. They take less than an hour to make (ironically enough, what seems to be the equivalent of his attention span).
DEEP-DISH PEPPERONI PIZZA DIPPERS
In my house, you can’t go wrong with a four-ingredient dinner, and you can’t go wrong with pizza. These Deep-Dish Pepperoni Pizza Dippers are so easy the kids can jump in and help make them. I can’t guarantee you won’t have to deal with splatters of sauce, but I can vouch for a dinner that’ll please the whole fam.
Every few weeks I’ll pack a special lunchbox treat, and I know one of these Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints would be a huge hit. The idea of baking them with him on Sunday and saving them to eat throughout the next week resonates well with the little life lessons I’m always attempting to teach. In this case, it’s patience (in the form of chocolate).
How do you involve your kids in the kitchen? Let me know in the comments section below.