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Try at Home: Summer Recipes for Kids

Try at Home: Summer Recipes for Kids

Cooking with children is beneficial in many ways. They learn what ingredients are and strengthen their vocabulary. Measuring ingredients helps with hand-eye coordination and can strengthen hand development. Cooking with children can also be a way to introduce your child to new foods. Kids are more likely to try something they cooked themselves. There are all kinds of fun, easy recipes to try this summer with your children. The library has a wide variety of recipe books to explore.

Try some of these fun, easy recipes at home!


Summer Pasta

5 minutes prep, 12 minutes cook time, serves 4

Ingredients: 12oz penne pasta, 2tbsp olive oil, 51/2oz bacon, 1 chopped onion, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1lb cherry tomatoes, 1tsp sugar, pinch of red pepper flakes (optional), 10 basil leaves shredded

Step 1: boil pasta in salted water for 8-10 minutes

Step 2: heat oil in large frying pan, add onion, garlic, and bacon

Step 3: stir in tomatoes, sugar, red pepper flakes. Cook 5-6 minutes

Step 4: drain pasta, reserve a little of cooking water incase sauce is too thick. Add pasta and basil to the frying pan and mix with everything else.

Step 5: serve!

Chocolate Mug Brownies

2 minutes prep, 1minute cook time, serves 1

Ingredients: 2tbsp flour, 2tbsp brown sugar, 1tbsp cocoa powder, pinch of salt, 1tbsp oil, 2tbsp milk, 1tbsp chocolate chips

Step 1: mix dry ingredients in 7oz microwaveable mug

Step 2: Stir in oil and milk until there are no lumps, mix in chocolate chips

Step 3: microwave on high for 1 minute and cool for 30 seconds

Step 4: Serve!

Berry and Vanilla Smoothie

5 minute prep, serves 2 

Ingredients: 2 ½ ounces chopped strawberries, 2 ½ ounces raspberries, ¾ cup vanilla yogurt, ½ cup milk

Step 1: place all ingredients and few ice cubes in blender, process until smooth

Step 2: add a little more water, milk, or juice for the desired consistency

Step 3: pour and Serve!

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