4 Simple Cooking Challenges Kids & Families Can Complete At Home

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Get ideas for easy, family-friendly recipes that use simple ingredients to take everyday meals from ordinary to extraordinary and find educational activities parents can use to help supplement at-home learning.

Veggie Egg Pops

1. Teach kids a simple cooking skill, like making the perfect scrambled or hard-boiled eggs. Anyone can cook, and now is a great time for the kids to get into the kitchen. Use this recipe to learn how to scramble an egg on the stove. For an easy breakfast kids can whip up themselves, try a Microwave Coffee Cup Scramble. It cooks in only 2 minutes and will fuel your kids’ bodies and brains for a day of school at home. Challenge kids to master making Easy-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs, just in time for Easter. They can use them to make Egg Pops for easy, healthy snacking by simply inserting a carrot or celery stick, or a pretzel rod, into a hard-boiled egg.

Surprising Egg Meatloaf

2. Get creative with weekday meal-planning by making small changes to weekday dinners to make them more exciting. Get flexible with how you think about using eggs for family meals and try out Folded Egg & Chorizo Tacos, filled with eggs, beef and potatoes. Everything is better when you put an egg on it, including Dee’s Sloppy Joes with Eggs, a delicious and high-protein twist to a weekday favorite. Kids will crack up when they find an EGG hidden inside this Surprising Egg Meatloaf.

3. Prep easy breakfasts ahead and keep in the fridge or freeze so everyone can have a healthy breakfast (or lunch or dinner!) on their own time. With parents working from home or on different rotating work schedules and kids involved in e-learning, families are hungry at different times. Prepping simple, freezer-friendly recipes like Protein-Packed Pancakes or Make-Ahead Toaster French Toast can ease stress. Use cheese, veggies and proteins in the fridge to make a quiche or frittata, using this Basic Cheese Quiche or Broccoli Cheese Frittata recipe as a guide. Make an extra to freeze for later!

4. Bake a homemade dessert together as a family to help cut stress and add a little sweetness to life. Making this Impossible Cake featuring a store=bought fudge cake mix and topped caramel sauce is actually very possible—it’s part experiment, part delicious dessert. Pretend you’re on a tropical vacation with a 5-ingredient Key Lime Angel Pie. When life gives you lemons, make Mini Lemon Meringue Pies. Everyone will be on cloud 9 when you make a light and airy Angel Food Cake—it’s easier than you think!

Want more ideas for family-friendly and kid-approved recipes? Head over to our full recipe collection for some inspiration.

Visit our Kids Connection page for resources for parents and teachers, including a kids activity booklet with games and puzzles, a link to interactive educator resources and virtual farm tours. Meet North Carolina egg farmers and learn more about how local farmers are continuing to help produce safe, healthy eggs by watching these short videos.

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