Before your teen heads off for some independence, whether it be flatting, or higher education, or if you simply want them to learn a few new dishes to make at home, ensure they are armed with at least a small repertoire of easy dinners that they can make themselves.
Some of these recipes are a little bit more of a challenge but can also be great for teaching tweens and younger kids with some supervision.
The great thing about a stir fry is it can not only be tailored to your own personal tastes, but it can also be made with basically whatever is in the fridge! That’s great for budget-conscious shoppers.
- Stir-fried pork with green pepper
- Beef chow mein
- Fast hoisin chicken stir fry
- Emergency vegetable stir fry
Eggs are amazingly versatile and nutritious so jump on the omelette bandwagon for a quick and tasty meal. Serve with a green salad for a healthy dinner.
Tortillas, burritos, fajitas, wraps – whatever you want to call them – are an easy way to use up bits and pieces left over from other meals. Grab a wrap, pop in some capsicum strips, a couple of tomato quarters, a handful of salad leaves, grated cheese and your favourite spicy sauce or salsa and you’re done.
Skip the Maccas and create your own brilliant burger. Serve with some crispy homemade wedges.
Simple baked potatoes topped with cheese and beans is a great set and forget dish that’s great as a warming meal in winter.
- Stuffed baked potatoes with corn and bacon
- Baked potato with mince
- Stuffed jacket potatoes
- Easy Mexican baked potatoes
Speaking of winter warmers, nothing beats a curry. Rice is the perfect accompaniment – whether you cook it from scratch or grab a ready-made bag.
Simple pasta dishes
Actually, you would be hard-pressed to find a difficult pasta dish.
The one recipe you can’t do without
There is one recipe that you can use over and over again, creating a multitude of different dishes – bolognaise. If you can make a bolognaise sauce then you can also:
- Serve it over a baked potato
- Add it to cooked pasta, spaghetti or rice
- Spread it on a pizza base, top with cheese and bake
- Top it with mashed potato for a cottage pie
- Wrap it in pastry and bake for a tasty pie
- Use it in tacos or tortillas
- Pile it on top of nachos, add sour cream, cheese, and spring onion
- Stuff capsicums
- Add some red kidney beans, cayene pepper, and BBQ sauce and serve as chilli
- Serve it on toast
What is your child’s favourite dinner to cook either by themselves or with some help?
Written by Julie Scanlon
Julie is Editor for Kidspot NZ and our MVP. Her hobbies include laughing uncontrollably at her own jokes, annoying her family by asking questions about movie plots, and never taking anything too seriously. She speaks a little Spanish and a lot of Yorkshire.
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