Top 7 Picks For Kids To Cook

Hello folks, your favorite t-shirt and kitchen geek is bringing you another top 7 list.

This going to be filled to the top with ideas that you can cook with your kids at home during these tough times. We all know that being stuck at home can lead to being bored, so I found some ways to pass the time while also help teach your children how to create beautiful meals for the family.

I won’t be going into recipes so much as I will be suggesting certain things to cook. This isn’t going to be baking cookies but you can create some of your favorite meals with my picks.

#7: Dough

Yes, making dough.

Now this is a real fun project to do with the kids. If they love pizza, burgers, pasta, breads, even cookies you must know how to make dough. Not only will they get a great workout but they might wind up making their favorite dinner. Check out some of the items below to help get your kids into making dough.

#6: Batters

Pancakes, waffles, crepes Oh My!

Making pancakes is the most iconic staple to batter recipes, but you can use it for so much more. You can use it to batter fish, pork, chicken, even veggies. Your children will love cooking up some of their favorite snacks and meals from practicing with making different batters. Check out the list of items below to help with showing how to make some delicious batter-based meals.

#5: Eggs

Eggs can be consumed in so many ways, they can be boiled, fried, scrambled, etc.

Poached eggs are amazing in my opinion, it give you a sense of accomplishment when you have a perfectly cooked poached eggs. Plus, there are so many hacks on cooking an egg. Check out the links below to help you and your kids with cooking eggs.

#4: Soups

This isn’t a can soup article, I am talking about making a hearty soup that will warm you up and make you smile.

Making soups can take a few minutes to hours, but all the time you spend on making making this bowl full of joy is definitely worth it. My son loves to make chili, it is something that I love doing with him. Take a look at the links below to get started making soups with your kids.

#3: Ground Beef/Chicken/Pork

I know that kids love their cheese-burgers, but have they ever wanted to make their own meatballs for subs with marina. Maybe make the meat for their favorite taco inspired dish. They can create meatloaves, Swedish meatballs, and sliders.

Ground meats are so versatile when it come to meals, there plenty of recipes to find that will keep kids engaged with cooking. Take a look at the links below.

#2: Pastas And Rice

So many kids love pasta and rice dishes, from mac and cheese to fried rice. The sky is the limit to these carbs.

You can cook them in different liquids and achieve such delicious meals, but this is why I save the best for last. So check out the links below to get your kids some inspiration to cooking with pasta and rice.

#1: Sauces

Here is why I say this is the number one pick.

Sauces ties everything together, you will always need to make a sauce for any dinner. Spaghetti, pizza, Alfredo, and sauces for hamburgers. Teaching your children how to make sauces will keep them coming back to create more dishes.

I would recommend getting them started on making the 5 mother sauces. From there they will be able to expand to making their dishes. Look at the links below for more ideas.

Final Thoughts

It doesn’t matter what you want to teach them with food, even if you never tried the recipe yourself it is always fun to learn together. So have fun creating together, you will always have that lovely memory of cooking.

Top 7 Skills To Learn

So you might wonder why a food blogger is posting about skills to learn. The simple answer is that we all have to worry about markets. Back in 2007 America (and many other countries) was hit in the Great Recession. That market crashed badly and many people lost their retirement, homes, jobs, etc.

I remember this time because I was greatly affected by it. I just graduated my apprenticeship to become a Sheetmetal Worker/Journeyman, I had steady work and was finally getting ahead in life. As fate would have it I shortly went on unemployment and was put on the books in the union for being available to hire but I stayed on the books over 2 years.

I was very lucky to have a marketable trade that I was able to put to work and eventually found employment quickly, but I also learned that I was still vulnerable. All I could think was “What if…?”.

So I got in school and learned a new trade, but I did my research first. I discovered that there was a specific industries that were still hiring and expanding while others were laying off. I saw that jobs in Information Technology were still in-demand. I got into school and learned anything I could about computers.

So here is my top 7 skills I think others should give a try to learn.

#7 Learn A Second Language

This is a very good thing to get into and practice on a daily basis. Our world is filled with many different cultures and languages. Many of these countries have wide array of industries that you could be a part of. Crossing that language barrier is more essential today with the growing popularity of remote work and freelancing. According to Degree Council some of the most marketable languages to learn are:

  • Spanish
  • Arabic, Farsi or Urdu
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Japanese

Be sure to check out these courses online:

#6 Marketing

Marketing is something that can be very useful for anybody. Right now we are going through a time where we make a lot sales online. Places like eBay, RedBubble, YouTube, and many more all have a platform for someone to advertise. Companies and hobbyists all need a way to stay competitive online with marketing. Even understanding the principles can be useful when posting an item you are selling on eBay.

If you are running a blog for yourself or others its a necessity to know how to bring in followers and to create content that is marketable. Check out the classes on this skill below.

#5 LEAN

LEAN Manufacturing or Management is a methodology that’s soul focus is to reduce waste. Things that would consume time or resources is part of running a business, but companies spend a lot of money to have their business function well. LEAN helps with identifying value streams and what could be potential waste, ways to understand what the problems are, and create a way to implement changes to the current state of operations.

Even knowing some of the fundamentals of this system helps more than you know. Check out these classes to learn about this skill and get certified.

#4CompTIA

I have a couple of these certifications and the knowledge you gain about computers from CompTIA will last for a very long time. These certifications are entry-level and can be put on a resume for future employment. Having a couple of certifications helps employers see you as having that extra little something that you can bring to the table for their company.

#3 HTML

I am now going into a world where not everybody wants to learn. Hyper Text Markup Language or HTML, is a very well know code. We use it everyday for checking scores of our favorite teams to searching for jobs. This programming language is always changing and is being pushed to many of its limits.

Just knowing how to read it will help you with security of your own computer and devices that connect to the internet. You would be able to find things in search engines better knowing what part of the website you are looking for.

#2 Excel

This is one skill I think everyone should have. When I changed from being a mechanic to an analyst I learned quickly the wonderful world of spreadsheets. I think this skill can be applicable to any job, from being a cook to a CEO you will someway, somehow use excel spreadsheets for data collection.

Just having a basic knowledge of the program will make you that much more valuable to any team. I can’t stress this enough that in your job you have been collecting data and entering it into a data sheet for someone to interrupt, so why not learn how they do it.

#1 Program Language

Finally, my favorite, learn a programming language.

I am not saying you are going to automatically change your career and make big money, I’m just saying that this is a very valuable skill to acquire. If you know how a programming language works you can translate it into almost anything. When I was working on creating prototypes as a sheetmetal mechanic I would use the methodologies of object-oriented programming (OOP) for building mock-ups and creating functionality, it helped me explain better how the prototypes work and my customers would be able to follow with better clarity.

I highly recommend learning python as your first programming language.

Final Words

If you are looking to always improve your position at work or just want to try something new then this post is for you. Please look through the links to the courses that I have provided, maybe you can find the one that suits you best. If you have the time to learn a new skill you should capitalize on that. We can always earn more money but we can never earn back time.