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6 things to cook with a toddler in 10 minutes

Recipe Ideas, FeaturesAnnabel Woolmer21 Comments

Short on time but toddler wants to do something? And they want to do it now!  Toddler has a short-attention span?  Toddler is starving and needs distracting/entertaining while getting food together?  Here are 6 ideas of quick and easy things they can have fun cooking in under 10 minutes.  

1.   Wraps

Mush some tinned (canned) tuna with some mayo using a fork or even hands.  Spoon it onto a wrap.  Sprinkle on some grated cheese.  Roll up the wrap.  Cut in half with a table knife.  You could do this with any filling.  

2.  Pitta Pockets

Tear up some ham.  Mix with grated cheese.  Stuff into a pitta.  Again do with any filling.  

3.   Rainbow Salad

Put out lots of different coloured ingredients like tinned (canned) sweetcorn, tomatoes, grapes, chopped carrot, blueberries, ham, mozzarella cheese, croutons - pretty much anything you've got in the fridge.  Get them to add whatever they want to a bowl of lettuce and mix.  Put your favourite dressing ingredients into a jam jar (I love olive oil with balsamic vinegar, mustard, honey & seasoning).  Then get them to shake, shake, shake!  

4.   Fruity Yoghurt Pots

Chop up some banana with a table knife and put in a bowl.  Add a few blueberries (or fruit of their choice).  Spoon on some yoghurt and mix.  Spoon into pots or cups.  Break up some digestive biscuits and sprinkle on top.  

5.   Cheat's Raspberry Cheesecake

Put a few digestive biscuits into a freezer bag.  Smash them with a rolling pin until crushed.  Put a layer of biscuit crumbs in the bottom of a pot or cup.  Put a couple of spoonfuls of raspberry yoghurt (or a different flavour for a different cheesecake) in a bowl.  Add a couple of spoonfuls of cream cheese and mix.  Add some whipped cream and lightly mix.  Spoon onto the biscuits.  Decorate with some fruit.   

6.   Fruit salad

Get them to chop fruits that are easy to cut with a table or child-safe knife or to break up with hands e.g.. banana, strawberries, kiwi, grapes & clementine.  Put the chopped fruit into a bowl.  Add a little cream and mix.  Spoon into a flat-bottomed ice cream cone and eat the lot.  

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