When teenagers arrive in the kitchen, they are looking to make simple dishes and not always healthy meals. Usually, the first things that come to their mind are easy sandwiches and instant noodles. But there are actually many healthy and tasty recipes they can prepare by themselves.
These simple recipes are perfect for older kids who stay at home alone, for college students who have little time to cook but still need a healthy diet and for kids whose parents need a break!
1. Baked potato omelet
This soft and tasty baked potato omelet is not only very easy for your teens to prepare, but also will avoid the mess of having to turn the omelet in a pan.
All you need is half a kilo of peeled potatoes, six eggs, 50gr breadcrumbs, white cheese cut into small cubes, grated parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and oregano.
There’s no need to cook the potatoes first. Simply cut them into small cubes, so that they will cook in the oven together with the eggs. Beat the eggs in a bowl and add all the ingredients. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
2. Meatballs with salad
To prepare homemade meatballs, add about 400gr of minced beef or pork in a bowl, an egg, bread crumbs, grated parmesan cheese, and chopped parsley. Season with salt, pepper and turmeric, and mix all the ingredients well until you have a homogeneous mixture. Shape the mixture into small balls and bake them in the oven or pan-fry. You can serve it with fresh salad or steamed vegetables.
3. Pasta with salmon and cherry tomatoes
A dish not only simple to prepare, but one that could serve as a first course for true gourmets.
To prepare it you will need pasta, salmon, cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, thyme, and basil.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and add the pasta that will have to cook al dente. In the meantime, cut the salmon and the tomatoes into pieces. Heat a drizzle of oil, a clove of garlic and salt in a pan. Add the salmon in pieces, the cherry tomatoes, salt and thyme, stirring with a wooden spoon.
Once the pasta is cooked, add it to the pan with a couple of spoons of the cooking water and mix well. Finish with a bit of basil. Serve immediately and enjoy your meal!
These recipes are easy, and quick to prepare. Preparing a meal in the kitchen also represents a moment of personal growth for teenagers. Please make sure they can find all the ingredients in the kitchen!
It’s a good idea to run a trial session first with your teens, so that they know it will be easy to prepare healthy and delicious food on their own. Tip for parents: do share this article with your teens and do give them praise for their cooking skills!
If you’re looking for meals for vegetarian kids, have a look at our article here.