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Cook These 6 Nutritious, Easy & Affordable Meals with Your Kids


January 20, 2021

Cooking with kids is a great family bonding activity! What’s more? Spending time in the kitchen will help little ones develop fine motor skills, learn about nutrition, and broaden their palate. It’s also an exciting way to teach math and science skills. Our wholesale bulk food store shares recipes for nutritious and affordable meals parents can make with their little ones.

Looking for Fun Dinner Ideas for Kids the Whole Family Will Adore?

Looking for kid-friendly recipes that go beyond PB&J? These six simple meals are excellent additions to any family’s cooking repertoire. Plan your shopping trip to one of our bulk food stores to find all of the ingredients for these easy meals kids can help cook!

1. Baked Gnocchi with Veggies

This no-muss, no-fuss gnocchi dish has minimal prep and uses one sheet pan. Toss pre-packaged gnocchi and your favorite wholesale produce with herbs and olive oil, then bake for a meal that comes together in under 30 minutes. The kiddos can toss everything together, spread on the baking sheet, and grate the cheese. Depending on their age, they can also help chop up herbs and vegetables.

2. Tex-Mex Turkey Chili

Hearty and healthy turkey chili gets even simpler by using a slow cooker to do all the work. While you are browning the meat, have your kids open the canned beans and tomatoes and pour them into the crockpot. For a mini-math lesson, bust out the kids cooking utensils and measuring spoons, and let the little ones portion out all the spices. Combine the components in the cooker, turn it on, and enjoy some family time until dinner is ready.

3. Zucchini Pesto Pizza Rolls

Who doesn’t love pizza? These whimsical pizza rolls are fun to make and let you sneak in some veggies. Make a large batch and store extra portions in the freezer. Using pre-made dough and pesto from your wholesale food supply store will make this recipe even more effortless! Kids can roll out the dough, layer on the pesto and zucchini. Roll it all up, pop it in the oven, and voila! Your family just created a pizza masterpiece!

4. Crispy Chicken Fingers

Parents know that kids can’t get enough of chicken strips! Now your youngsters can help make their own. Get your kids in the kitchen and let them embrace their creative side and help develop some kid-approved dipping sauces. They can also help coat the chicken in flour and breadcrumbs.

5. Hawaiian Style Pork Lettuce Wraps

Pull out the Instant Pot for this delicious, low-carb meal. No stove-top cooking is involved, which makes this an easy recipe your kids can do mostly on their own! They can measure out the spice mixture, season the pork, and place the meat in the pot. They can also make the lettuce cups and scoop the filling inside. It’s a playful way to get them in the kitchen and teach them the art of portioning and presentation. Don’t be afraid to try different wholesale meats or seafood for this recipe.

6. Spaghetti Squash “Noodles”

Make vegetables more enticing for your kids with these cool noodles made out of squash! Parents, you’ll have to cut the spaghetti squash and roast it. Once cooked, the kids shred the meaty inside to make 100% gluten-free and nutritious “noodles.” Finish with your favorite tomato sauce, pesto, or alfredo.

Other Exceptional Cooking Ideas Using Wholesale Bulk Groceries

In addition to those tasty recipes, there are other ways to get your kids involved in cooking:

  • Preserving and canning: Stretch your wholesale grocery budget and teach your kids how to preserve ingredients for future use. Jams, jellies, and pickles are a few things you can make with your little ones!
  • Modify your child’s favorite recipe: With a little tweaking, and some input from your young foodie, you can easily add adult-friendly ingredients for enhanced flavors. 
  • Showcase specialty ingredients: Introduce exciting items to simple dishes and expand your family’s palates. For example, elevate standard pizza with some specialty wholesale dairy, like burrata in place of mozzarella. 

Stock Up On Wholesale Bulk Groceries for Family Meals

Make lasting memories while making meals with your family! We have all the kitchen needs for you and your budding chef, from high-quality, affordable wholesale produce and meats to cooking utensils and baking essentials. Take a look at our frozen bulk foods that can save your family money or stop by one of our many locations near you. Don’t have time to stop in? No problem! You can quickly get your order delivered. Our team of customer service professionals is here for you. Contact us today and get cooking!


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