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    I'm looking for any meal ideas or recipes that could be prepared by a child. DS wants to get more involved in the kitchen. The cooking will be supervised, but we would like DS to be able to do the majority of prep himself, so anything that involves a lot of chopping or cutting would be out. Microwave meals would be a bonus, because he would feel like he cooked the meal 100% by himself.

    So far the ideas are:
    pita pizzas
    pancakes (cooked on an electric griddle)
    microwaved rice casserole (rice, broth, frozen vegetables and canned tuna topped with shredded cheese)
    baked potatoes topped with salsa, cheese, sour cream

    As you can see, the ideas are lacking DS is really enthusiastic about his 'cook day' it's so cute to see, and I want to encourage him as much as possible. Thanks in advance for any ideas.

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    Anything in the crock pot is do-able for a kiddo. How about vegetable soup, or a roast and potatoes and carrots? They could actually start this before school, and smell it when they come home - knock out some tube-type biscuits and have a pretty impressive meal.
    Good for you for teaching him this important skill.

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    How old is your DS?

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    DS is 7. Today's kitchen adventure was chicken salad. DS washed the lettuce, warmed some leftover chicken fingers in the microwave, and we each got a helping of salad with warm chicken, parmesan sprinkles, dressing and croutons. He was so proud of his cooking and insisted we all eat with napkins on our laps as he said 'like gentlemen and ladies do'

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    On an electric skillet, he could also make eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, etc for a full 'breakfast for dinner'.

    English muffin pizzas

    Cheese quesadillas (microwave)

    Does the electric griddle get hot enough to make grilled cheeses or hot ham and cheese sandwiches?

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    ~On of the first meals I remember making, completely on my own, was meatloaf, boxed macaroni and cheese and frozen veggies. I was about 7.
    Sandwich making is fun, and especially tasty when warm from the griddle.
    Lasagna is pretty easy and fun. Baked ziti is even easier!
    Crock pot stuff would be awesome for a child. I love making rotisserie chicken in my crock. My 6yo DD has helped me with that before. The recipe is here on FV.
    A 7yo could probably make biscuits from a mix and fast sausage gravy(canned soup and cooked crumbles).
    How about french toast?~

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    I think it is great you want to encourage your child.

    He can heat up spaghetti sauce in the microwave and carefully put the noodles in the pot of water and stir. Just tell him that you need to drain the noodles since the pot is to heavy. He can easily make a salad by tearing up lettuce and cutting up a tomato. If he wants to make garlic bread you can either by the frozen kind or let him mix some butter or olive oil with some salt pepper and garlic powder and spead on bread. Then put in oven. Tell him you will remove the bread to be on the safe side.

    Pudding is something easy that he can make from a box mix.

    I would second the crockpot idea. Just by having him follow the recipe by measuring, opening jars/cans, and placing everything in the crockpot.

    Muffins are easy to make if you use the ones in the can.

    Nachos is something easy to make for dinner. If you have chilli or even a can of chilli, placed over chips, sprinkled with some shredded cheese. Then microwave plate to warm everything. Then top with some salsa and sour cream. You can also use refried beans instead of chilli.

    Let us know how your son does.

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