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

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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 fun and easy food to make that goes 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.

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. CASSEROLES & BAKES

Casseroles and bakes make for perfect recipes to prepare with kids because they offer a great blend of simplicity and creativity in the kitchen, what’s more, is that once they’re in the oven the work is done! These fun food options for kids involve layering ingredients like vegetables and cheese and lets them be hands-on in the kitchen. Casseroles and bakes are also pretty forgiving recipes that lets kids be creative with flavors and textures, making them perfect for introducing kids to cooking.

3. ZUCCHINI PESTO PIZZA ROLLS

Who doesn’t love pizza? These whimsical pizza rolls are a fun food to make with kids 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 and 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. PEANUT CHICKEN CURRY

Turn your kid’s favorite peanut butter into a filling, delicious meal with this peanut chicken curry dish. It's the ultimate kid-friendly recipe. Its straightforward steps and delightful flavor are a great introduction to teaching kids how to properly measure ingredients, stir and mix ingredients together, and learn about texture. They can add the chicken and colorful veggies, making their own colorful masterpiece.

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 Fun Foods To Make 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. Stop by one of our many wholesale grocery locations near you. Don’t have time to stop in? No problem! You can quickly have your family's groceries delivered straight to you with our third-party delivery services.


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