Kids in the Kitchen Part 1 – Dinner

Okay, so it’s Part 1 – maybe I should start with breakfast, right? But I discovered these great dinners that kids of all (well, most) ages can make by themselves, so I thought, hey, why not start there? This is a great way to get the kids to live the Gourmet Dad life… give them freedom in the kitchen! All recipes in this series are no-oven-required – which means minimal supervision from mom or dad and the opportunity for the kids to really take on a challenge. I know when my kids feel I’m ready and willing for them to take over on a project, it boosts their confidence. True, the kitchen may be a mess when they’re finished, but the good feeling they’ll gain is well worth it – well, unless they manage to get everything on the ceiling, too! They’ve done an awesome job cooking for Tori and me before.

Peanut Noodles with Chicken




Place the noodles in a large bowl and cover with hot tap water. Let soak until soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain in a large strainer.

While the noodles are soaking, shred the chicken meat, discarding the skin and bones. Use a vegetable peeler to make long strips of carrot and cucumber.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, and 6 tablespoons water until smooth.

Divide the noodles, chicken, carrot, and cucumber among 4 bowls. Drizzle with the dressing. Enjoy!

Pinto Bean and Cheese Tacos




Combine the beans and ½ cup of the salsa. Microwave on high until hot, 1 to 2 minutes.

Tear the greens into bite-size pieces.

Divide the bean mixture among the taco shells and top with the lettuce, cheese, and remaining ¼ cup of salsa.

Shrimp, Artichoke, Olive Salad




Place the shrimp in a colander or large strainer and run under cold water until thawed. Let drain.

Tear the greens into bite-size pieces. Divide the lettuce, shrimp, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and olives among 4 bowls.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and chili sauce until smooth. Drizzle over the salad.

What no-oven-required meals do you let your kids help with?




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  • Jun Alapag

    So good the veggies are.

  • missjen325

    if i dont have pinto beans can i use chickpeas for the taco

  • Dean McDermott

    Absolutely! This is a great meal for cleaning out the pantry – whatever you have on hand works!

  • Dean McDermott

    I agree!