Easy Meals Your Teen Can Make
Are you hungry but don’t feel like cooking? Let your teen do it! It will teach them responsibility, organization, give them a sense of accomplishment, and even give them a confidence boost. Chances are your family is super busy and when teens have jobs around the house it benefits everyone in the home.
The first time you have your teen make a meal you should help them make something small. Plan and set up a simple meal together like eggs and pancakes for breakfast or mac n’ cheese with veggies for dinner. You could have your teen start the meal and you could finish it, or you could both work together to prepare everything. Teamwork!
As your teen gains confidence in his or her cooking abilities they can choose 1-2 meals per week to cook for the family. When you feel they’re good to go step back and allow your teen to take over the whole meal prep process.
A Quick Word of Caution
While your teen is learning to cook you may encounter a meal that is not edible. Have a plan B, a back up meal ready to go. Your teen is going to be unhappy that they messed up, but assure them that we all make mistakes and if you have a cooking mishap story it is a good time to share it.
Easy Meals For Teens
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- Salmon (Can substitute for white fish)
- Pasta in meat sauce: Make pasta as directed on box, Brown ground meat, Pour jar of sauce over meat, cook on medium for 10 minutes. Serve meat sauce over pasta.
- Sloppy Joes
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Chicken Fingers
- Grilled cheese
- Mac n’Cheese and veggies of your choice