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Fun Recipes & Little Chefs

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is a great time to talk about getting kids into the kitchen. In our latest blog post, we list 9 awesome kid-friendly recipes and a handful of young "celebrity chefs" that are busy mixing, baking, & cracking a few eggs.

As we've said before, getting kids to develop healthy habits begins with making it fun - and these ideas are sure not to disappoint.

These fun recipes get kids interested in not only eating food, but also in the preparation. Young chefs gets kids inspired to do their own cooking and experimentation in the kitchen. And, finally, there are plenty of life lessons provide some good talking points for parents to use when they are whipping up some goodies in the kitchen. We hope this article inspires you to get your little ones cooking and to use food prep as a way to instill healthy habits for your family. We also hope you'll share your cooking secrets with us and how you have gotten children involved in the kitchen!

"Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity."
~ Guy Fieri

6 Recipes Your Kids Will Love to Make

1. Yogurt Fettucine Alfredo

Stick with us - it's not as odd as it sounds! Pasta is such a simple dish to put together that any novic, kids included, can whip it up in the kitchen. This version of alfredo takes a healthy twist by incorporating yogurt. Check it out from Pop Sugar Moms.

2. Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese is a kid classic. But, it's also a fun recipe to make - especially when you get the slow cooker involved. While the mac & cheese cooks, you can make some chicken and steamed veggies to round out the meal. Get the full recipe from Culinary Cory.

3. Mexican Pizza Lasagna

Let's take three things we really love and mix them together! It's a combination that is sure to grab the interest of any young cook - and it's relatively simple to make. Check out the recipe from Peas & Crayons. 

4. Chicken Teriyaki & Egg Fried Rice

Skip the takeout and get into the kitchen for this asian-inspired meal. Chicken teriyaki is relatively easy to make, and the egg fried rice recipe is a fun one for the kids (who doesn't love cracking eggs??). Get the rice recipe from Pop Sugar Moms and chicken recipe from Cooking Classy.

5. Lasagna-Stuffed Shells

Who doesn't like getting messy in the kitchen? Wait, let's rephrase that: What KID doesn't like getting messy in the kitchen? Stuffed shells are the perfect opportunity to get their hands messy, have fun, and whip up a delicious meal. Get the full recipe from Living Like the Kings.

6. Chicken Pot Popovers

Not only is it fun to say, these mini pot pies are also fun to cook! Kids can crack eggs, mix batter, shred chicken, measure, pour, and bake. Get the full recipe from Food Network.

Kid Chefs Who are Sure to Inspire

kid chef white house

Usually it takes years of training and hard work before a chef earns the honor of cooking at the White House, but, as Barry Petersen reports, for one Colorado boy, Nicholas Hornbostel, it was just another day in the kitchen. Check out his story!

ellen kid chef

Kicha came all the way from India to share his delicious recipe with Ellen! Watch and learn!

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Scarlett Francis, the Los Angeles-based Global Kitchen Kid, shares a Cali-Korean inspired recipe - Check it out!

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