The Importance Of Cooking With Your Children

 

I am in no way trying to say my children’s diets are perfect, nor am I going to profess to be the greatest cook in the world but I am a huge advocate of cooking & baking with your kids. Charley may only be 2 years old but she is a dab hand at pouring ingredients into a bowl and her whisking skills would put Gordon Ramsey to shame. With Harry now 5 years old I can teach him the basics of healthy V treat ( we don’t call it bad ) food. We have a diet full of fruit and vegetables but I also do not cut out all the ‘treat’ food. I believe in the saying everything in moderation. Since we have moved into our lovely new house and I had my beautiful new worktop space fitted by Worktop Express , cooking with the kids has become a regular occurrence. We have stuck to very simple dishes like homemade pasta sauces, full of vegetables and brimming with lovely vitamins. We bake wonky cupcakes ( must keep trying ) that even though they are a ‘treat’ food gives Harry & Charley the chance to be creative and design their own toppings. The simplest and most fun dish that we make time & time again is Pitta Pizzas. A fraction of the calories of a standard pizza and takes less than 10 minutes to make. So have a go !! Toppings can be changed to your kid’s taste but I a sure you once you have done this, your Mummy & Me cooking adventures will be well underway.

Pitta Pizza Recipe

What you will need (per person )

  • 1Wholewheat Pitta Bread
  • 1Tablespoon of Tomato Purée
  • 1 Handful of Grated cheese (mozzarella is good too )
  • Any other topping you like. We added ham today but my personal favourite is tuna & sweetcorn.

How to make – 

  • Put all ingredients in separate bowls (This will make it easier for little hands)
  • Put pitta’s in the toaster for 1 minute and then put to one side to cool slightly. Toasting helps stop a soggy base and no one likes a soggy base !!
  • Once cooled dollop a tablespoon of tomato purée onto each pitta and spread all the way to the edges.
  • Now get the kids to decorate them with the desired topping. They tend to turn into Pablo Picasso at this point so let them get on with it and enjoy a brew/wine 😜
  • Now just sprinkle a handful of cheese over the top and pop under a grill until the cheese has melted ( approx 3-5 mins )
  • Then remove, let cool slightly and cut into pieces.

This recipe works for anyone looking for a low-calorie treat, fussy eater children, weaning baby’s (10mths+), basically anyone who loves a pizza.

Stick an old blanket down, get the kid’s teddy bears out and you have an instant teddy bears picnic that will keep them quiet for at least 1/2 hour. The Joy !!!

I hope this has inspired you to start cooking with your kids. If you have any simple recipes you enjoy making with your children then comment with a link to the recipe below.

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This post was in collaboration with Worktop Express but all my thoughts & opinions are my own .

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