The best meals to cook with children, according to Greenwood Duo

Being a chef at a child care centre comes with quite the challenge: create delicious, nutritious and fresh meals for children under the age of five. Daily. And appeal to all kinds of taste buds, even the picky ones! 

Thankfully, our Greenwood chefs are very experienced when it comes to knowing exactly what children love to do – and one of those things is cooking with adults! Our Greenwood centres regularly involve the children in creating their own meals. 


Why cook with children 

  1. Children are more likely to eat what they have made, as it creates a sense of ownership. They get excited to see the final creations once cooked. 
  1. It’s a great way to spend time together as a family. Whats better than chatting and cooking together, learning more about different ingredients, flavours and cultures?  
  1. It’s a wonderful way to introduce them to healthy eating.  
  1. Cooking is a life skill that will give them confidence. Its also a great teacher for counting, fractions, using their fine motor skills and problemsolving. 

  The team at Greenwood Duo have shared their top recipes for getting children involved in the kitchen – bon appetit! 

Greenwood Duo’s top recipes  

Rainbow vegetable pizzas 

Children generally don’t love their vegetables, but they love their pizzas! You can get inventive with many different colours and vegetables, or get the older children suggesting toppings to match each colour.

Click here for the recipe. 



This is a favourite for the children to get involved with. Premake the rice and have a selection of different ingredients in bowls, allowing them to choose their own ingredients.  It’s a great fun way to introduce some Japanese food and the use of chopsticks! As the children get older, you can introduce them to wasabi and pickled ginger. 

Click here for the recipe.  


Apple and oat pikelets 

This is a fantastic base recipe that uses no egg or milk and is naturally sweetened with the apple or banana – perfect for those with allergies. Get the children to help by measuring and mixing. Being a base recipe, try adding half a cup of some frozen berries, or use the berry chia jam recipe I’ve included.

Click here for the recipe. 


Strawberry and mango icy blocks 

This is a great recipe to keep the family cool in the summer months, and it’s naturally sweetened.  Get the children involved by helping you chop the fruit and pouring into the moulds.  Guaranteed, they will be sitting by the freezer waiting for them! 

Click here for the recipe. 


If you’d like to hear more about the meals that children at Greenwood are lucky enough to enjoy, we’d love for you to come and see Greenwood Central Park Duo.  

Set to open in early 2020, tours are now available. Speak to our family specialists and book a Greenwood tour today by calling 1800 314 517.

Author: G8 Education

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