Most families, when school holidays are approaching, break out into a sweat at the thought of trying to keep their kids’ busy for weeks at a time.
If you have unlimited financial resources, you probably don’t experience the same anxiety as a big family holiday could easily be arranged, but for average families the idea of entertaining kids can be a daunting prospect.
While we don’t have a solution for the entire vacation, we can give you a few recipes which can be made with your kids, therefore keeping you both busy for at least a few hours.
Cooking with your kids is both rewarding and enjoyable. Have fun!
French Bread Pizzas
- 4 small baguettes, hotdog rolls or crusty sandwich rolls
- Jar of readymade tomato pasta sauce
- Grated mozzarella cheese
- Toppings of your choosing such as caramelised onions, ham, pepperoni, cooked mushrooms, bacon, pineapple, bell peppers, olives etc.
- Cut the rolls in half and lay each half, crust side down, on a baking tray
- Top each half with the readymade tomato pasta sauce
- Top with grated mozzarella cheese
- Allow kids to add the toppings of their choice to their own rolls
- Bake at 190°C on the lowest oven rack for 8-10 minutes
- Move to the top rack and grill for 2-3 minutes until the bread is crisp and the cheese is melted
- Cut into slices so it will cool quicker so the little ones don’t burn their mouths
Pappardelle with Corn and Leeks
This recipe is so quick and easy that you could even enjoy online betting NZ at the same time!
- 350g fresh pappardelle
- 2 small leeks
- 1 ½ cups corn
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Olive oil
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup cream cheese
- Salt and pepper
- Slice the leeks and ask your child to separate the rings with their fingers
- Ask your child to peel the garlic for you before you chop it
- Start boiling water for the pasta and add salt to taste
- Sautee the leeks, corn, and garlic in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat
- Your child can help stir the vegetables with supervision
- Cook for 7-8 minutes so that the leeks wilt and start caramelising
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Add ¼ cup of water to the pan to de-glaze it and stir until all the moisture has evaporated
- Cook the pasta according to the instructions and drain
- Place the cooked pasta and vegetables in a large bowl
- Add the cream cheese and ask your child to mix it all up
- Add parmesan and ask your child to stir it in
- Serve immediately
No-Bake Oreo Bars
- 470 grams Oreo cookies
- ¼ cup butter
- 4 cups marshmallows
- Place Oreos in a food processor and allow your child to push the button for blitz until ground
- Melt the butter and the marshmallows in a large microwave safe bowl until puffed – if child is old enough allow them to do this step with supervision
- Working quickly, add the ground Oreos to the marshmallow and butter mixture
- Ask your child to stir rapidly until everything is well incorporated
- Transfer mixture to a 20x20cm baking tin, level, and allow to set for 10 minutes
- Cut into squares and serve immediately.