Easy Recipes & Ideas

Building memories and important life skills is easy when cooking becomes a family event. Get your kids in the kitchen and cook up some fun with tasty meal ideas and activities for every skill level.

Starting out can be as simple as inviting your children into the kitchen while you cook or bake. Then, enlist their help with a simple task like washing vegetables or grating cheese.

Beginner-level tasks

Think about which of the following tasks your children are capable of:

  • Washing produce
  • Mixing
  • Measuring
  • Skewering
  • Toasting
  • Grating
  • Peeling
  • Simple cutting
Weekend Breakfast

Weekend Breakfast

Weekends are a great time for making breakfast as a family. Create timeless traditions and great memories the whole family will cherish.

How to get started

  • Decide on the breakfast menu as a family. Choosing family favourites means no one will mind waking up early to cook.
  • Get the recipe(s) for the foods you want to make and decide how each family member will be involved.

Pile on the fun

  • Mix it up – breakfast doesn’t have to include traditional morning foods all of the time. Try any of your family’s favourites for breakfast, such as pizza, burritos or sushi.
  • Have a picnic in bed – take your meal to the largest bedroom and let the whole family enjoy breakfast in bed.
  • Make it opposite day – have breakfast for dinner and enjoy your favourite morning foods in the evening. Don’t forget the pyjamas!
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Smorgasboard Night

Smorgasboard Night

There’s nothing more fun than a Smorgasboard Night where everyone can assemble ingredients to create their own unique combinations. Just pick a family favourite and have fun!

How to get started

  • Assemble all the ingredients and ask the kids to help prepare all of the toppings – grating cheese, peeling and chopping vegetables, slicing meats etc.
  • When all the toppings are ready, display them on the table and let everyone dress their pizza, taco, fajita, pasta etc. See each recipe for full instructions.

Pile on the fun

  • Choose a theme – incorporating music, clothing or artwork into your evening can add a dose of extra fun. For example, give your taco night a Mexican theme!
  • Try different meal ideas – pizza, tacos, pasta, stir-fry, sushi, and hot sandwiches all make for a great Smorsgasboard Night.
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Dinner-and-a-Movie Night

Dinner-and-a-Movie Night

Family movie night is the perfect excuse to get everyone together in the kitchen. Pick a food-related movie and cook up the film’s featured dish before or after sitting down to enjoy the show.

How to get started

  • Select a few food-related movie options and discuss meal ideas you’d like to try.
  • Prepare the meal your family has chosen together. Let all family members participate.
  • Enjoy your dinner and movie!

Pile on the fun

  • Vote on a movie – it’s more fun when everyone gets a say. Need ideas? Watch Ratatouille® and come up with your own version of this versatile stew, or Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs™ and make pasta with a creamy sauce and meatballs buried at the bottom.
  • Dress up – make hats or costumes like those featured in the movie and dress up like your favourite characters.
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