Tempt fussy eaters with these Easy Lasagna Cups. They also just happen to be the perfect size to pack into school lunchboxes.
There is nothing more irritating than taking the time to cook dinner, only to have a child turn up their nose at the meal placed in front of them. Even more irritating is if the child has previously eaten the same meal without fuss. Sometimes though, presenting the meal in a different form is enough to trick the little
blighters darlings into eating. Lasagna Cups are a great example of this; conventional lasagna in a convenient child sized serve.
Children are more likely to eat a meal if they have had a hand in its preparation, which is the core principle behind The Real Food for Kids Cookbook by Eloise Emmett. Meals don’t need to be complicated, however they should be nutritious, and this new cookbook is crammed full of easy recipes likely to tempt even the fussiest eaters. There are no long ingredient lists, and many opportunities for the kids to get their hands dirty. The absence of complicated ingredients, combined with simple to follow instructions, means it is easy to get the kids involved.
I have not been great about letting The Princess into the kitchen over the years, primarily as the thought of the mess makes me feel faint. Despite this, she seems to have absorbed the ability to cook by osmosis, and is able to rustle up simple meals on her own. Although she doesn’t seem to have had the same osmotic potential when it comes to cleaning up.
Which brings me to the real advantage of teaching kids to cook. Freedom. Whilst not normally a word associated with children, hear me out. I have not packed a school lunchbox since The Princess was nine years old. I buy sandwich fillings, and she puts her lunch together every day. She can rustle up a toasted sandwich if she is hungry, makes herself a tray of roasted potato chips as a snack, and has recently given up on me filling the cookie jar and has started baking her own cookies. None of this would be possible if she couldn’t cook. Cooking is a life skill that all children need, and the sooner the kids can cook, the better our lives will be. Selfish maybe, but so very true.
So if you are faced with a fussy child, try changing up the way the meal is presented, and get them involved in the meal preparation. Lasagna cups, one of the many easy meal ideas in Eloise’s new book, are a great place to start. This recipe will make many lasagna cups, however the leftovers are perfect for lunchboxes. Just close your eyes to the mess.
*I received an advance copy of The Real Food for Kids Cook Book in accordance with my Disclosure Policy. All opinions expressed remain my own.
The Real Food for Kids Cook Book ($29) is available from Eloise’s website from the 16th October 2015. Pre-paid orders received before the launch will receive free postage within Australia, and a handy 4 pack of gift cards (retailing at $12).