I may be a cook, but I am also a dad, and one of my favorite pastimes with my children is cooking. There are plenty of Middle Eastern recipes that are quick and easy to make, and more importantly, kid-friendly! Preparing meals together is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have with your children. It teaches them not only life skills, but how to cooperate and have fun at the same time! I hope that you can find as much enjoyment in cooking with your children as I do with my own.
This sweet treat is a great way to give children a hands-on approach to cooking. Some stove-top cooking is required, so I do that before I call my kids into the kitchen. Then we all join together at our table and shape and roll our dates. This gives us the perfect time to talk without concentrating on something difficult.
What child doesn’t love cookies, right? These are very easy to make and once the ingredients are mixed and the dough is rolled, children will have fun cutting shapes in the dough with cookie cutters
This is a recipe where we can get really creative. I enjoy piling my counter top with bowls of pizza toppings and let my kids create a meal unique to them. Great for birthday parties and play dates!
This recipe is a hit with kids of all ages. The fun is in rolling the filling inside the leaves. Be patient though, it may take little hands to roll grape leaves!
For this I prepare my falafel in advance. When done, I call in my kids and create a Middle Eastern alternative to fast food
There can be no better way to get children to eat their vegetables in my book. With some assistance, children can create a chicken and vegetable kebab that suits their individual taste. Flat end skewers are better for smaller children to avoid injury.
A new twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly! Kids can choose their favorite jelly and create a unique PB&J Pita! Try them heated for an even tastier treat!
Like every parent, I try to get my kids to eat fruit as much as possible. Children can help adding fruit to the bowl and mixing the fruit together. Best of all, it tastes so much better when you and your children make it together.
Though kids really won’t participate in the preparation (let them knead the dough - they will love it), snacking on pita chips is a great way to socialize with your family. The perfect snack for family game night alongside a variety of dips!
Hummus is the perfect healthy dip that goes with everything! Try it with veggies, chips, and crackers. Kids love it and will love making it even more.