10 Meals Kids Should Know How to Cook (Before They Move Out)

Help your kids learn important life skills at home, like how to cook! Teach them to prepare these ten essential dishes all by themselves.

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We all know that kids need healthy food–it’s why we devote our efforts to putting fresh meals on the table for our families. And I get it: during a busy week, most of us are just trying to get that dinner on the table. It’s survival mode.

But in a blink of an eye, our kids will leave home, and then what? Will they know how to cook? They’ll be responsible for feeding themselves. At every. Single. Meal.

Before you panic at the thought (your toddler’s cracker jag will be over by then, I promise,) remember that just serving healthy food gives kids a head start on knowing what to eat when they’re on their own. So keep up the good work!

That said, it’s still important to teach kids–a little at a time–how to cook nourishing dinners from scratch.

When young ones learn basic cooking skills, they learn how to take care of their health, feel confident and capable in the kitchen, and create something special for the people they love. It’s simply one of THE most important life skills to have!

boy learning to slice veggies
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Here’s a list of dishes that give your kids a great foundation for cooking on their own. Some of these can be mastered by kids as young as 6–others require more skills and maturity.

Before we get to the list: no rush. If your kids are small and/or a dish seems too challenging, tackle that lesson in a few more years. And as always, use your best judgment when deciding which tasks are safe for your kids.

Kids should learn to make Omelets

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