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.

Paddock Barbacoa Pork Shoulder

You are in for a real treat with this slow cooked pork-butt recipe. I love making tacos and burritos, this evident in my Instagram, but ever since making this mouth-watering shredded delight my whole world changed.

You can put this in tacos, burritos, barbecue sandwiches, nachos. I even made cubanos with it and they were amazing.

If you are a foodie like myself and you enjoy spicy meats with cold beer this is the slow cooker recipe you have been waiting for.

Paddock Barbacoa Pork Shoulder

  • Difficulty: easy
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All amounts and ingredients are subject to change do to your dietary needs and/or preference. Items listed are for an 8-quart crock-pot.


  • 2ea cans green chilies (mild, fire-roasted)
  • 2ea cans chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/8 cup chili powder
  • 1/8 cup cumin
  • 3 tbs onion powder
  • 3 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tbs chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp ground cloves


  1. Place a slow cooker liner into your crock-pot bowl for easy clean up.
  2. Remove pork shoulder from packaging in a clean sink and begin cutting the shoulder into workable portions and rinsing under cold water.
  3. Place portions on cutting board and cut into 2 – 3in chunks and put into crock-pot, make a layer just covering the bottom.
  4. Empty 1ea can of green chilies and chipotle peppers into the crock-pot. Optionally you can put in half of the seasoning (garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin). Add lime juice and broth and mix together just to coat the pieces.
  5. Finish filling the crock-pot with the chunks of pork and the remaining cans of chilies and peppers, then sprinkle the seasoning over the top, ***Caution*** Do not overfill the crock pot, fill it up about 2in below where the lid rests on the pot.
  6. Cover and place on high for approx 8hrs (This will depend on your crock-pot, some heat up faster than others). Check around the 6th hr to see if the meat can be easily shredded with a fork, if it isn’t cover and give it more time and check periodically.
  7. Once it is easy to shred with a fork, remove from the crock-pot, shred, and serve. Optionally you can shred the meat and return it to the crock-pot and let it soak up some of the juices for about 10mins. There will be pepper still in the meat, you can remove them if you want.

Here is a couple of links for the plates, cutting board, knives, pans, and kitchen utensils that I used in making this meal. Don’t forget to get your crock-pot.

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