Easy Dinners Your Teens Can Cook

Easy Dinners Your Teens Can Cook


easy dinners teens can makeTeenagers often seem to have a bottomless pit for a stomach, and this is never more apparent than when they are sequestered in the house for weeks on end – be it spring break, summer vacation, or an unexpected quarantine. This does not have to mean that mom and dad are solely responsible for cooking multiple meals a day. There are loads of simple meals teens can make all on their own.

Teens can learn valuable life skills by spending time in the kitchen. The experience they have gained through making easy, tasty meals for themselves and the family will make their transition to adulthood and living independently a little easier. 

Not only that, having another capable person in the home who can take a turn with the responsibilities of meal prep will take some of the stress off parents. Introducing your child to some simple meal ideas teens can make will be a win-win for everyone!

With our non-toxic skillets and pots, the great thing is they can use one pot on the stovetop, inside the oven, to serve at the table and even to store the leftovers in the refrigerator!

Tips for Getting Teens Started in the Kitchen

  • Gather a collection of simple recipes that your teen already enjoys. Choose recipes with only a few ingredients and quick preparation to start. 
  • Before letting them loose in the kitchen, remind them of basic kitchen safety rules. Stove and knife safety that might seem common sense to you can be lost on some teens. 
  • Make sure that they understand the functions of different utensils, cookware, and kitchen gadgets.
  • Involve them in weekly meal planning and grocery shopping. They might find themselves inspired by the things you are planning for the week or an ingredient on the shelves. 
  • Talk them through time management so that they learn how to make a full meal that is finished at the same time. 
  • Let them experiment a bit. They might have an idea for a twist on a staple that is a true game changer.

Meal Ideas Teens can Make

  • Salads – They are healthy, versatile, and allow them to use what is on hand. Here is an option:

Sweet Potato Kale Farro Salad

  • Casseroles and One Pot/Pan Meals – They can toss a few ingredients together for a nearly complete meal. 

Turkey Taco Soup

  • Breakfast dishes – Omelets, egg dishes, pancakes, and more are simple and great any time of day.

Easy Breakfast Frittata

  • Pasta dishes – Always affordable and delicious, whether they use jarred sauces or make their own.

Plant-Based Primavera

    about the author

    Holly Bergstrom

    Holly Bergstrom

    Holly Bergstrom is the Brand Engagement Manager at Xtrema Cookware, and she oversees the creative direction of the company! Holly is passionate about minimizing toxic exposure and living a healthy and vibrant life form the inside out. Holly enjoys cooking, educating, and creating healthy meals for her friends and family. She desires to help every home and kitchen relearn how to slow down, be present, and cook with intention and simplicity. You can follow Holly on @livefreeandveg.

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