It’s really important to teach children to cook, no matter how young they are. They don’t have to become the next Gordon Ramsey or Heston Blumenthal but learning to cook will give your children an important life skill and give you the chance to bond.
If you’ve got a couple of spare hours or are looking for something fun to do with the kids on a miserable afternoon, it’s worth getting the kids into the kitchen and start cooking.
Recipe of the week
Whether you’ve spent lots of time in the kitchen or prefer to cook straight from the freezer, this lasagne recipe will give you the ideal opportunity to get started. It’s really simple, but delicious, and serves up a true taste of Italy without having to do anything complicated or time-consuming.
1 sachet Schwartz Lasagne recipe mix
450g lean mince beef
400g chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato purée
6 lasagne sheets
300ml white sauce
The kids can have great fun making this delicious family dish. Firstly, you’ll preheat the oven to 180°C and brown the mince in a pan. While that’s cooking, mix the contents of the sachet with the water and add to the mince. Then throw in the tomatoes and purée. After five minutes of simmering, turn off the heat and get ready to layer your lasagne.
Your children will absolutely love this part; it’s the bit where you can get a bit messy! Layer the lasagne sheet and mince mixture in a casserole dish, top with white sauce (either homemade or from a jar) and some grated cheese – if getting your kids to help then use a child-friendly grater and keep an eye on little fingers.
Bake in the oven for around 30-40 minutes and serve; make sure you teach the kids the importance of being careful around the hob and oven.
Top tips to get kids cooking
Not all children like to cook, so it might take a little bit of persuasion to get your kids interested. If you’re struggling, here are some top tips to get them in the kitchen:
Introduce new ingredients – make sure you’re always keeping it fresh by using different ingredients, rather than the same ones over and over again.
Eat together – spend time together in the evenings by sitting down as a family to eat and enjoy the meals you have cooked together.
Get messy – cooking can be fun, so don’t be too strict about staying clean and tidy. Let the kids make a mess as long as they clean up afterwards.
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