March Break is right around the corner and for many of us the kids are home and looking for something to do. For our family, all the after school activities are on hiatus too, so that means our evenings are a bit more relaxed and perfect for getting the kids into the kitchen.
If you’re looking for a couple of easy kid-friendly recipes they can really "help" make, here’s a list of the recipes my kids and I will be cooking this March Break.
I promise, the hardest part is opening up the salsa jar.
You can even prep this one in the morning, head out for some March Break fun then pop in the oven when you get home.
Perfect for a quick lunch.
Fancy enough to invite another family over for dinner but easy enough for your kids to say they cooked it themselves.
Make some for dinner and some for the freezer for another day.
For the days you're spending outside and need something warm and comforting when you come home.
If you're dreaming of warm sunny weather, but opted to spend March Break at home in the cold, this dinner is for you.
An entire dinner cooked in a little bundle means less clean-up!
Because breakfast for dinner is perfect over March Break.
Of course, what's a made-by-kids-meal without a made-by-kids-dessert too? Here are some of my favourite desserts to make with the kids.
Yes it is possible to make dessert in the slow cooker.
By far one of my kids' favourite desserts.
So easy, it's hard to even call this baking.
Two of my favourite desserts combined into one then baked in the oven.
It's like a craft and baking all in one!
It's chocolate and it's pie... nothing more needs to be said except YUM!
Happy March Break everyone! Hope you have lots of fun cooking with your kids.
Meatloaf is one of those home cooked comfort foods that often come from recipes passed down for generations. My favourite (and easiest!) meatloaf recipe is pretty basic so when we decided to invite another family over for dinner and meatloaf was the agreed-upon main course, I wanted to come up with something that was still basic enough the kids would eat it but interesting enough to put on the dinner table for guests. Clearly adding bacon and cheese to create this Bacon Cheddar Meatloaf recipe was the way to go!
Simply chop your cheese, onions and cook your bacon.
Add all your ingredients into a large bowl and mix with your hands until combined.
Put into a loaf pan.
Top with ketchup.
Bake and serve with mashed potatoes.
6 slices bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces.
¼ cup onion, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese (sharp or medium), cut into small cubes or grated
1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef
¾ cups plain bread crumbs
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp ketchup, plus a little extra for spreading on top
Pepper to taste
Add all of your ingredients to a large bowl and mix with hands until combined.
Press into standard loaf pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Spread a couple of extra squirts of ketchup on top.
Bake in pre-heated 375F oven for 55-60 minutes.
Remove from oven, let sit 10 minutes, slice and serve.
Note about the bacon from my daughter: You can cook the bacon to the desired crispness, but my 11 year-old daughter insists that crispy bacon is the best for this recipe.
Looking for other super easy but guest worthy dinner options? Try my Chicken Parmesan Casserole, Slow Cooker Vodka Cream Sauce for pasta, Foil Pack Salmon or this super easy Lasagna.