No matter how often we feed them, kids seem to be hungry all. the. time. Sometimes it’s fine for them to reach into the pantry or fruit bowl and grab a quick snack, but sometimes, the occasion calls for something more. But what happens if no adults are able to assist? That’s why we’ve put together a quick starter list of ideas for No-Cook Recipes for Kids.
Although we love to see kids getting comfortable with the stove at The Kitchen Crew, we also know that adult supervision is key. No one wants any mishaps to occur.
That’s where this list comes in. We tried to choose things that kids can cut on their own, don’t require step-by-step precise instructions, and obviously don’t need to be cooked on a stovetop or in an oven.
These are all the rage right now and it’s easy to see why. Usually, they are made with oatmeal and some type of nut butter, but you could also substitute sunflower seed butter if there is an allergy. Add in some extras like chocolate chips, dried cranberries, etc. Roll them up and set them in the fridge for a bit to set. And once the kids make a batch, they can snack on them for days.
Not Your Basic Turkey Wrap
Jazz up an old-fashioned wrap sandwich by adding an unexpected ingredient. Typically, a sandwich like this might include a tortilla, mustard or mayo, turkey and a slice of cheese. But what if instead of mustard or mayo, the kids mashed up an avocado? Or they could pull double duty and use a bit of cream cheese as their spread. Or maybe, there’s some leftover pesto from last night’s dinner that would be perfect. And turkey works perfectly fine as the protein, but if there happened to be some prosciutto or salami on hand, that might take it up a notch. And don’t stop there! Look for other things in your pantry or fridge that the kids could also add in both, for texture and flavor. Think pickles, olives, kimchi, cranberries, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds. The flavor combinations are endless.
Mozzarella slices are the perfect base for this quick little snack. Top them with a slice of sweet peach and a couple drops of balsamic vinegar whisked with a little honey. Finish of the entire thing with a little basil. It may be easier for kids to tear it, but that’s perfectly fine. These could also be served on a little crostini.
If you haven’t tried zucchini pasta yet, you’re missing out. It’s super healthy, tasty, and so much fun for the kids to make. All you need is a little handheld spiralizer like this Vegetti. Add in olives, grape tomatoes and a little feta for a Mediterranean twist. Finish it simply with a little olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
Into a mason jar, add oatmeal, yogurt and milk. That’s the base. Then the kids can have some fun and experiment with flavors they like. Maybe chocolate chips and banana. Maybe blueberries and cashew butter. Or maybe even shredded carrots, golden raisins and pecans. And because these oats have to sit overnight to come together, the kids will practice their patience too.
We hope it’s clear after reading these no-cook recipes for kids that it’s completely possible for them to be in the kitchen on their own and make something delicious.
What no-cook recipes have your kids tried?