Cooking with your children teaches them new skills and helps them to explore new tastes. Better still, making something delicious with your children does not have to be complex. The Italians love to take just a few fresh ingredients – only 3 or 4 – and make a delicious dish. Don’t overcrowd it, let the flavours speak for themselves.
Here are some ideas to get you started. Be as creative as you want to be, and explore some new flavours!
Bright, colourful and packed with flavour
75g long grain rice
Your choice of chopped or whole vegetables: cherry tomatoes, cooked peas, sweetcorn, peppers, red onion or avocado etc.
2 tablespoons of parsley, cress or watercress
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Top tip: encourage children to try new vegetables with the Get Set to Eat Fresh colour challenge. Who can create the most colourful rainbow rice salad?
A great salad, sandwich or baked potato filler
Cooked chicken breast
2 tablespoons of yoghurt (or mayonnaise)
½ teaspoon of curry paste or powder (adjust to taste)
Your choice of: dried apricots, sultanas, or flaked almonds
Top tip: kitchen scissors are great for children to use instead of a knife for cutting apricots, spring onions, peppers, or herbs.