03 Aug 5 Easy Recipes for Kids to Make them the Next Gordon Ramsay
“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”
– Elsa Schiaparelli
One of the things that master chefs like Gordon Ramsay are known for is their confidence and these 5 easy recipes for kids are sure to make your child’s chest puff up.
While a lot of parents agonize over how to build confidence in kids, much of it comes down to practice. By being successful in cooking super simple dishes, your child becomes more sure of himself.
Don’t Overcomplicate Things
The trick to getting your kid interested in cooking and keep him interested is to start things off as simple as possible.
This means as few steps as possible while getting the best results possible.
You never want to overwhelm him by having him do too many things. This will only end up discouraging him because he will think that it’s too much work.
The goal is to encourage him while cooking.
You can move on to more complicated recipes once he gets better and becomes more invested.
- Use ready-made ingredients.
- Less work and fewer steps.
- Taste first, appearance second.
- Experiment a little.
- Have fun!
1. Fruity Instant Oatmeal
Quite possibly the easiest dish that your child can prepare short of cereals and a PB&J sandwich, a bowl of fruity instant oatmeal can be healthy AND delicious!
- Instant oatmeal
- Sliced fruits (strawberries, banana, mango, avocado, etc.)
- Hot water/milk
- Have your child scoop enough instant oatmeal into a bowl for him to eat. Keep in mind that the fruits will add to the volume.
- Pour enough hot water or milk into the bowl to completely cover the instant oatmeal. Make sure that your child does not spill any onto himself.
- Mix carefully, taking care to leave no lumps of the oatmeal that are still dry.
- Leave the oatmeal to cool for five minutes.
- While waiting for the oatmeal to cool, prepare the fruits by either slicing them or unpacking them.
- Once the oatmeal is no longer hot, add the sliced fruits. You can either mix them or eat as is.
2. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
A staple in many western households, the grilled cheese sandwich is as easy as it is delicious. All it takes is sliced bread, tasty cheese, and imagination.
- 2 pcs of Sliced Bread
- Grated cheddar cheese
- Spread the grated cheese on the 2 pcs of sliced bread and lightly press them together. Do not squish them flat.
- Heat a non-stick pan and have your child take just enough butter to coat the surface evenly.
- Once the butter has melted, place the sandwich on the pan and wait for it to brown.
- After the first side been toasted, flip the sandwich to do the same to the other side. Lower the heat.
- Wait for the cheese to melt.
- Once the cheese has melted, take the sandwich out of the pan and onto a plate. Let the sandwich cool for two minutes before letting your child eat it.
Good ol’ pancakes. Easy to mix, cook, and eat. What else is there to say?
- Pancake mix
- 1 pc egg
- Pancake syrup
- In a mixing bowl, pour the pancake mix, the egg, and the milk. Mix together until there are no lumps left.
- Heat a non-stick pan using the lowest heat.
- Using a ladle, pour enough pancake batter to cover the surface.
- Wait until the bubbles on sides of the pancake have popped and begin to dry.
- Using a plastic spatula, flip the pancake and cook until brown.
- Once the batter is used up, stack the pancakes and place a piece of butter on top.
- Drizzle with pancake syrup and enjoy.
Same with pancakes, waffles have always been a favorite food item for kids. The fact that it is incredibly easy to make just adds to its charm.
- Waffle mix
- 1 pc Egg
- Warm Milk
- Stick of Butter
- Maple Syrup or Chocolate Syrup
- Melt the stick of butter in the warm milk.
- Pour the waffle mix in a bowl. Add the egg and milk mixture. Stir until all lumps are gone.
- Prepare the waffle maker and wait to heat up. Brush with a bit of butter on top and bottom surfaces.
- Using a ladle, pour waffle mix and close the lid.
- The waffle is cooked once golden in color and no longer sticks.
- Stack all cooked waffles and drizzle with maple syrup or chocolate syrup.
5. Scrambled Egg
A decent scrambled egg needs nothing more than the egg and some seasoning. However, your child is going to need more than that. And so he will get it.
- Salt & Pepper
- Grated Cheese
- Bacon bits
- Crack the eggs over a bowl and stir gently just enough to break the yolk. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Place a non-stick pan on the stove over low heat.
- Pour the egg mixture in the pan and stir constantly in a figure 8 motion using a silicone spatula.
- Once the mixture begins to solidify, turn off the heat.
- Add the grated cheese and the bacon bits. Continue to stir until fully cooked.
- Scrape the scrambled egg into a plate and enjoy.
How Cooking Success Builds Confidence
Not everyone knows how to cook and the root of that inability can often come down to lack of confidence.
Being afraid of failing to prepare even a simple dish can have a massive impact on a person’s mind.
By allowing your child to develop cooking skills, he will have one more thing that he knows he can do well.
This can then have a tremendous effect on every aspect of his life. Who doesn’t like food? More importantly, who doesn’t love having someone cook for them?
Friends, family, and even strangers can be impressed by a child who actually knows how to prepare even simple dishes.
Even if your child only knows how to do the simple recipes provided here, it would be enough to boost his confidence significantly.