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Four easy recipes to make with children at home

The days of lockdown at home may be a good time for you and your little ones to release your inner chefs. Cooking is an entertaining task that is both educational and fun, especially when it's time to taste your dishes. Here are four easy and delicious recipes to make with children that will win you over.

Children have an abundance of energy, and spending so much time at home could be quite boring for them. That's why it's important during these weeks to keep in mind different activities that they can enjoy and that will distract them at home.

They will love experimenting in the kitchen with different textures and flavours. You can also use this time to emphasise how important it is to wash your hands and maintain good general hygiene, especially for tasks involving the handling of food. The best part is that while you spend time with family learning new things, you will also achieve the task of preparing food. Have you cake and eat it!

Here you'll find two savoury recipes and two simple sweet recipes. The first ones are ideal for lunch or dinner, and the others for breakfast or a snack. Although we have suggested some ingredients, many of them can definitely be adapted with whatever you have at home. Shall we get started?

1. Vegetable quiche

Ingredients (serves four people):

  • 1 sheet of shortcrust pastry
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 g mushrooms
  • 1 onion
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 small courgette
  • 1 carrot
  • 200 ml cooking cream
  • 100 g grated cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Oregano
  • Salt

 

 

Method:

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

  2. Take a round pan and grease it with a little butter. A task that the children will enjoy!

  3. Place the shortcrust pastry sheet into the pan, and push down the edges to fit.

  4. Bake the pastry for 15 minutes at 180ºC until cooked, and set aside.

    It's time to prepare the filling. To do this, the first step will be to wash, peel and dice all the vegetables, except for the onion, which should be julienned, and the leeks, which should be cut into circles.
  5. Also wash all mushrooms and cut them into slices. Of course, if children are going to be cutting, they must be supervised by an adult. We recommend the SMÅBIT knife and peeler, specially designed for children above 8 years of age.
  6. Next, add approximately one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to a frying pan on medium heat. Add the vegetables and stir for 15 minutes. Carefully let the children stir the vegetables. Don't forget to add a dash of salt and pepper.
  7. Now it's time to beat the eggs in a bowl, mix them with the cream and add oregano to taste, another step that children are sure to love.
  8. Once this is done, add the vegetables to the bowl with the egg mixture and stir.
  9. Pour all the mixture into the crust and add grated cheese on top.
  10. Bake it for about 25 or 30 minutes at 180ºC until it is golden brown.
  11. Finally, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and enjoy!

2. Stuffed potatoes or sweet potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large potato or sweet potato per person
  • 1 egg per person
  • York ham in strips (you can also use bacon, turkey breast, chicken, etc.)
  • Grated cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Oregano
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. With your children's help, wash and dry the potatoes or sweet potatoes.
  3. Bake them for about 40 minutes and leave them to cool.
  4. Once cooled, cut the top of the potato or sweet potato and remove some of the inside until you have a thin layer of potato or sweet potato left. You can use the leftovers to make mashed potatoes.
  5. Pour a little olive oil on the potato and add salt and pepper.
  6. Fill each potato with grated cheese, strips of ham and break an egg inside.
  7. Sprinkle oregano on top, a little more cheese and bake for about 20 minutes, until the egg is done.
  8. Delicious!

3. Oatmeal pancakes

Ingredients (serves four people):

  • 75 g wholegrain oat flour (can be replaced with wheat flour)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • Cinnamon (to taste)
  • Fruit to decorate
  • Dark chocolate to melt

Method:

  1. Let the children of the house mash the banana with a fork.
  2. Beat the eggs in a bowl.
  3. Add the flour, banana and cinnamon.
  4. Mix well and, if necessary, mix in a blender so that the batter is not lumpy.
  5. Heat a non-stick pan on a medium heat. You could grease it with a drop of extra virgin olive oil or butter, but if the pan is non-stick, the batter shouldn't stick.
  6. Once hot, pour a small amount of the batter into the pan and wait for bubbles to pop up before you flip it over (this is the best bit!)
  7. Allow the other side to cook and repeat the process with the rest of the batter.
  8. Melt the chocolate using a bain-marie and serve with the pancakes and fruit to taste (strawberries, apple, banana, blueberries, etc.). Children can peel and chop them with a knife or peeler that is suitable for them. The only thing left is to taste them!

Orange sponge cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 orange (zest and juice)
  • 110 g flour
  • 80 g softened butter (at room temperature)
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Grate the orange peel and let the children squeeze out the juice.
  3. In a bowl, mix the sugar with the zest and butter.
  4. Add the eggs and continue mixing.
  5. Next, add the flour and yeast.
  6. Grease a cake tin with a little extra virgin olive oil or butter.
  7. Pour the batter into it and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes. You can check if it's done by inserting a knife and checking if it comes out clean.
  8. Enjoy a delicious snack.

We are delighted to see our customers use our products creatively. Why not try being creative too? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, and so voiding IKEA product warranties and your right of return.