Cooking together with family can be fun and exciting, most importantly messy!! I love the times we cook together as a family as it allows the children a chance to get in on the action and I get to let my hair down and not stress over the mess!!
Over the years we have cooked everything from tacos to mini lasagna cups and our favorite pizza together. Each time ends in laughter, giant messes, and many memories!!!
This is a great little activity I try to do with the kids at least once a month, I let them create the menu for the evening and we make whatever they want!!
Go on and give it a try! I promise your children will enjoy every moment!!!Bonus points–my children get very excited to help ‘clean’ up their messes afterward. They are usually fighting over who gets to load the dishwasher at the end of the night!
Since pizza is one of our favorite family meals we are often making pizza together. We do everything from scratch and it’s a real treat for the kids. One of my favorite homemade dough recipes comes from Martha Stewart:
UNDER 30 MINUTES
Quick Basic Pizza Dough
This dough is a cinch — give it time to rise and a couple of kneads and it’s done! You can store it in an oiled bowl, covered with plastic, in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours.
PREP: 10 MINS TOTAL TIME: 10 MINS YIELD: MAKES 2 POUNDS
2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
Domino Pure Cane Granulated Sugar
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1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for bowl and brushing
Pompeian Olive Oil Regular
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2 teaspoons coarse salt
4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface
Pour 1 1/2 cups warm water into a large bowl; sprinkle with yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
Whisk sugar, oil, and salt into yeast mixture. Add flour and stir until sticky dough forms. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl and brush top with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until dough has doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead 1 or 2 times before using.
To freeze, you can wrap the dough in plastic and freeze it in a resealable freezer bag for up to 3 months. If you plan to use it in a recipe that calls for half a batch, divide it before freezing.
Do you and your children cook together? What are your favorite family meals and do you allow your children to help? Share in the comments below. Bonus points if you have an awesome homemade pizza recipe to share!