Are you worried that your child may get hurt in the kitchen? Will they accidentally set the barbecue on fire? Or just how much of a mess will they make? Not fond of the idea that food could be wasted? While some parents may find the idea of cooking with their children or letting their children take over the whole task of cooking daunting, with a few tips and age appropriate tasks, this can become an enjoyable and delicious activity for the whole family.

And summer is the perfect time to “get cooking” with your child(ren) and let them try out new skills.  Divide up the meal preparation, letting them make a salad or side dish.  For older children, teach them how to “fire up the BBQ” and get grilling.  See what cool, refreshing summer dessert they can create.

Kraft Canada has divided their cooking tips by age appropriate skills:
Children 6 yrs & under
Children 7-9 yrs
Children 10-12 yrs
Children over 12 yrs

Here are some real-life tested recipes plus articles and tips on cooking with your kids
Parents – Cooking with Kids

Food Network – Cooking with Kids

Easy recipes for kids to make

Kid Chefs

 

Sometimes you just can’t decide what type of cookie to make. Or maybe that’s just me. I love peanut butter cookies…and oatmeal cookies…and chocolate chip cookies…

Do you have Peanut butter? Check.

Chocolate Chips? Check.

Oats? Check.

For times that you just can’t decide which cookie to make – make these!

This recipe combines the BEST of the best – chocolate chips, oatmeal, AND peanut butter – into one fantabulous cookie!!

Soft and tender from the peanut butter, a slight toasted flavour from the oats and just the right amount of sweetness from the chocolate chips.  Go preheat your oven to 350 degrees now and get started!!

Ingredients

½ cup butter

½ cup white sugar

½ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup peanut butter

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

½ cup rolled oats

1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips

 

Directions

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla and egg until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter just until moistened. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. The cookies will not look “done” when you pull them out of the oven, but they will continue to cook on the hot baking sheets out of the oven. If they are slightly brown, the edges look just set and they are puffy in the middle, they are ready to come out!

Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Enjoy!!

Cinco de Mayo isn’t an official major event in Canada, but that doesn’t stop people from celebrating the Mexican holiday on May 5th. This big fiesta has become very popular all over the world and has spread to many countries as a way to celebrate Mexican culture. Many local pubs and restaurants, especially Mexican and Latin American ones, typically go all out with their promotions.

However, since mid-March, most public events have been cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Restaurants are either closed or offer only take-out and delivery. Bars and night clubs are closed, and festivals and events have been either cancelled or postponed.

We’ve waited years for Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday to collide, so not even a pandemic will stop festivities from happening, at least not on the food end – but it seems people will have to just celebrate and drink their Corona beers and tequila at home this year (but of course only in moderation)!

Here are some of our go-to websites for everything Cinco de Mayo liquids and solids!

If you are a fan of all kinds of Mexican food and drinks, then this site is for you. From guacamole to margaritas. Salsa to iconic Mexican desserts, you will find endless recipes to cook up something special for this Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Are tacos your jam? This site has not one dozen, not two dozen, but nearly three dozen different taco recipes!

33 Taco Recipes We Love

Not a fan of tacos? Try one of these 48 recipes for amazing Mexican dishes that are sure to be a mainstay at every Cinco de Mayo celebration.

48 Recipes for Mexican Foods That Aren’t Tacos

For some, part of the May 5th celebration includes Cinco de Mayo cocktails. As this next website says, “if your go-to liquor is tequila, you’re in luck”! Margaritas, mimosas, and other tasty tequila treats are just a click away!

24 Tequila Cocktails To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

No! It isn’t just any salsa! It’s Pico de Gallo! If you have always wanted to know how to make it, the time has come. Learn how to make a famous Mexican garnish made of tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lime juice. A must for any taco or tostada.

How to Make the Best Pico de Gallo

There is no wrong way to make ‘Guac’! But here are a few additional recipes made by others that you might want to add to your guacamole repertoire.

Guacamole Recipes

Is it a donut? Is it a funnel cake? What is a Churro!! Well, a churro is the best of both worlds. A fried-dough pastry coated in a cinnamon sugar mixture and served with chocolate, caramel or whipped cream or just eaten plain will be sure to win over your sweet tooth during Cinco de Mayo celebrations!

Churros

Looking for something that you can make for Cinco de Mayo that doesn’t have carne (meat), pollo (chicken) or pescado (fish), but still want a delicious taco? Try out these roasted cauliflower tacos.

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Do you love tacos, but are looking for something a little simpler to make this Cinco de Mayo? Check out this next site for a quick and taco-inspired rice skillet.

One Pan Taco Skillet

And last, but definitely not least, is the Mole Sauce! Mole is a traditional marinade and sauce used in Mexican cuisine. This Mexican delight usually contains a fruit, chili pepper, nut and various spices such as black pepper, cinnamon, and cumin.

Holy Mole Sauce

P.S. We just had to throw one more Mole Sauce in there for good measure!

Authentic Mole Poblano

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Cooking at home has likely changed a great deal in the last few months. It may be a sanctuary for some and a chore for others, but in an era of lockdowns, we will all sometimes be frustrated by not having this or that ingredient on hand – and no longer being able to just pop out to get it. While getting your hands on everyday staples is not always as quick and easy as it used to be, you can still use your favourite, tried and true recipes, just by making a few clever substitutions.  Here are a few tips on how to best substitute in, and swap out key ingredients while still creating delicious meals.

The Perfect Substitutes for 20 Common Ingredients

On lockdown and feeling the urge to bake, but missing something apparently vital? Cake has taken on a new significance now that most of us are stuck at home all day, every day. We’re comfort-eating and baking like there’s no tomorrow. But what do you do when you’re craving cake, but can’t find eggs, and the flour shelves are empty at your local grocery store?  Here are some recipes and ideas from great bakers, past and present, to get you through every ingredient shortfall.

23 Cake Recipes For When You’re Missing an Ingredient

Nothing signals the start of “everything good season” like the opening of Canada’s Wonderland. But since we don’t know when that will be, the park has gifted us with the recipe for its iconic funnel cakes so we can make them at home!

That crispy, yet chewy, light-as-air funnel cake, covered in a dusting of powdered sugar, smothered in that sweet, sweet strawberry sauce and topped with a magical swirly mountain of soft-serve vanilla ice cream. Mmmmm….

Baking has blown up, not just in Canada, but around the world as a fun quarantine activity to do at home – with sales of essential ingredients like flour and yeast in high demand.

Canada’s Wonderland Funnel Cake Recipe

 

Do you have a young budding chef in your family?  Are they always asking to help you with the preparation of meals?  Or is baking more their passion.  Help fuel their passion for cooking and baking with age appropriate tasks or recipes.  Kraft Canada offers a wide array of recipes divided by age appropriate skill level for convince.  So browse through them today and see what delicious meal or snack your child can make for you today!

Recipe Ideas for kids 6 yrs and under

Recipe Ideas for kids 7-9yrs

Recipe Ideas for kids 10-12yrs

Recipe Ideas for kids 12 yrs and older

Although many of us have more time on our hands for cooking right now, that doesn’t mean everyone is making a five-course meal every day.  Of course, we’d like what we’re making to be nourishing, as staying healthy is more important than ever.  We have gathered together a few great sites to make it easier to find easy and delicious recipes to choose from for your daily meals.

Tasty

The official home of all things Tasty, the world’s largest food network. Search, watch, and cook every single Tasty recipe and video ever – all in one place!

https://tasty.co/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFp8uSYCjXOMnkUyb3CQ3Q

 

All Recipes

Find and share everyday cooking inspiration on All Recipes. Discover recipes, cooks, videos, and how-tos based on the food you love and the friends you follow!

https://www.allrecipes.com/

 

Kraft Canada

Stop by Kraft Canada and get great recipes that the entire family can enjoy that are easy to make and even easier to love.

http://www.kraftcanada.com/recipes

 

Make Good

From desserts to dinners to on-the-go meals, Make Good has recipes that your family will love and will make them say Yummm.

https://www.makegood.ca/recipes#scrolltop

 

The Food Network

Need a recipe? Get dinner on the table with Food Network’s best recipes, videos, cooking tips and meal ideas from top chefs, shows and experts.

https://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/

 

Taste of Home

Browse Taste of Home recipes by course, cooking style, cuisine, ingredient, holiday and more categories to find a new family-favorite recipe.

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/

 

Delish

For home cooks who are hungry for something good. Find thousands of tested recipes, menus, cooking shortcuts, dinner ideas, family meals, and more.

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/

 

Have a budding chef or baker in the house.  Maybe your child is looking to learn a new skill.  Let them take this time to explore in the kitchen and discover what is involved with the different mealtimes at home.  Have them help with the grocery list and learn about budgets as they look through the weekly flyers.  Let them choose part of a meal to make or let them make a meal.  This helps build a strong foundation for healthy habits and nutritional skills that will be carried with them throughout their lives.  Have special family traditional recipes, plan a video cooking party with family members and learn that special technique that has been handed down generation to generation.

Kraft Canada offers additional tips and ideas to help get your kids interested and active in the kitchen

Kraft Canada

The Canadian Food Guide is a good reference point with tips for healthy eating for the family

Canada Food Guide: Tips for Healthy Eating