Letting kids help make their dinner is a great way to convince them to try things they otherwise wouldn’t. And who knows, you might even be able to sneak an extra portion of veg past them…
We’ve compiled some of our favourite weeknight winner dinners that are fun to make and super tasty. Get the kids involved in the kitchen and watch their proud faces gobble down all their creations, even the greens.
Easy peasy fishcakes
These fishcakes are both super fun and super tasty. Crushing up the cornflakes for the coating and shaping the patties are both brilliant jobs for little hands, and made even easier if you’ve got biscuit cutters you can use. Don’t feel obliged to stick to just fish shapes — hearts, squares, stars and any other shape cutter you’ve got would work, too.
Chicken & sweet potato boats
Sweet potato mash, BBQ chicken and sweetcorn all wrapped up in a crispy potato skin. This might look like indulgent, but one serving actually packs an impressive 3 of your 5-a-day! Plus calling them boats definitely adds to the fun factor. Get the kids to help mix the cooked ingredients together and stuff the filling back into the boats. Dinners ahoy!
Green pea falafels
These tasty patties are flavoured with fresh herbs and mild spices, and coloured with beautiful green peas. Put the flatbreads, tahini yogurt, salad and falafels on the table and let everyone assemble their own for an element of fun.
Spinach & ricotta pancake cannelloni
Who doesn’t love pancakes? Swap pasta for pancakes in this classic Italian dish for a delicious twist that will have everyone going back for seconds.
There are plenty of jobs here for the kids to get involved with, from whisking the batter to filling the (cooled) pancakes and layering up the baking dish. Just make sure any hot jobs, like cooking the pancakes and putting the bake into the oven, are done by a grown-up.
turkey meatballs with red pepper sauce
Pasta and courgetti come to life in this flavour-packed sauce loaded up with fresh, sweet red peppers and tomatoes. Spiralising the courgettes is a great job to delegate to one of your little helpers — they'll love watching the courgette 'noodles' come out the other side.