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10 Simple Healthy Spring Recipes to Teach Kids Cooking

leek pesto

I was really pleased that a lot of people enjoyed my first article about simple recipes that are great for teaching kids cooking. This whole idea was brought about by the New York Times article about a boy who often cooks dinner for his family. Teaching kids the pleasure of cooking a simple meal from scratch is not to be underestimated. Gaining confidence in the kitchen can help children learn more about the food cycle, thus teaching them to care about where their food comes from, and teaches them some early life skills about feeding themselves. Also, healthy recipes such as the ones below, can help show children the importance of good eating habits and how preparing vegetables from scratch will help keep their growing bodies healthy and strong. Here are simple recipes for teaching kids cooking that are great for spring!


  • Caprese Omelet 1 of 10
    Caprese Omelet
    Never underestimate the importance of kids learning how to make a basic omelet. This caprese version features fresh spring tomatoes and some tasty mozzarella.
    Make a caprese omelet
  • Eggplant Burgers with Tzatziki 2 of 10
    Eggplant Burgers with Tzatziki
    This is a great recipe for children because it teaches the basics of breading without being overly complicated. It also makes a very healthy vegetarian main course and the simple tzatziki recipe can be used for a variety of dishes.
    Make eggplant burgers with tzatziki
  • Gluten Free Quinoa Buttermilk Pancakes 3 of 10
    Gluten Free Quinoa Buttermilk Pancakes
    This healthy breakfast favorite is a great way to teach kids to cook with nutritious grains in unusual ways.
    Make gluten free quinoa buttermilk pancakes
  • Simple Grilled Shrimp 4 of 10
    Simple Grilled Shrimp
    This simple healthy shrimp recipe is a great place to start when introducing kids to grilling techniques. It is forgiving enough that it can be grilled for a few seconds too long and still taste great.
    Make simple grilled shrimp
  • Spring Leek Pesto 5 of 10
    Spring Leek Pesto
    This no-cook pesto is very healthy and versatile in the kitchen. This recipe will teach kids how to make a simple sauce in the food processor. Then they can toss it with pasta, use it as a marinade, or even a sandwich spread.
    Make spring leek pesto
  • Pizza on the Grill 6 of 10
    Pizza on the Grill
    Knowing how to make healthy homemade pizza can guarantee a lifetime of great meals. By teaching your kids to grill it they can learn both a great grilling technique and how to through a fun outdoor pizza party for friends.
    Make pizza on the grill
  • Leg of Lamb in the Slow Cooker 7 of 10
    Leg of Lamb in the Slow Cooker
    Introduce kids to the slow cooker with this simple dish that can be served for Easter dinner. They'll learn the benefits of using herbs to add flavor and how to properly braise meat.
    Make leg of lamb in the slow cooker
  • Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Aioli 8 of 10
    Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Aioli
    Asparagus is perhaps one of the most popular spring vegetables and this simple technique for roasting it never, ever fails. Learning how to make aioli is useful, too, since it can be used in so many dishes.
    Make roasted asparagus with lemon aioli
  • Spring Pea Risotto 9 of 10
    Spring Pea Risotto
    A simple pea risotto recipe is a great way to teach kids about fresh peas and how to make this simple grain-based dish. Once they've mastered this recipe they'll be able to make nearly any risotto variation!
    Make spring pea risotto
  • Spring Pea Soup with Mint 10 of 10
    Spring Pea Soup with Mint
    A classic spring pea soup is a wonderful, healthy recipes for kids to learn. They'll be introduced to a new way to cook with vegetables and how to use spring herbs for flavoring food.
    Make spring pea soup with mint

Photo: Kathy Patalsky

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