Want your kids to participate in the kitchen a lot more? Introduce them to the many wonders they can do with a microwave. Indeed, a microwave is for speedy cooking, so it’s just right that there are easy recipes your children can create and recreate by themselves. Here are 20 microwave recipes to start with:
1. Pizza in a mug
Bring out a ramekin, stuff some store-bought pizza dough at the bottom, add your pizza sauce, and top with all your toppings (bell pepper, pepperoni, onions, bacon, and cheeses).
2. Chocolate lava cake
The cool thing about microwavable mini cakes is that you need tablespoons-worth of ingredients. Get your flour, sugar, cocoa, milk, egg, oil, and choco chips ready, cook it in the microwave for just 3 minutes, and top it off with your go-to vanilla ice cream.
3. Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug
With this method, kids don’t need to boil a pot of water, which is quite dangerous for young kids. Just combine the macaroni, water or milk, cheese, and other ingredients in a mug and wait for the microwave to do its magic.
4. Choco chip cookies
This will be the start of your kids’ love for “baking” cookies. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a choco-chip flavor all the time. They can explore with oatmeal, m&ms, peanut butter, and even berries and nuts.
You need flour tortillas, a cup of shredded cheese, and 2 minutes of your time to prepare and cook this gooey cheesy quesadilla recipe.
6. French toast
Got a busy morning on school days? Once your kids learn how to make a French toast in a mug, they’ll never have to wait for you to prepare breakfast anymore. This takes only 5 minutes to prepare and cook, but the taste is just as authentic as fried French toast.
7. Stuffed “baked” potatoes
No more waiting for the baked potatoes to get cooking. You can now stuff your potatoes any way you like (I love ours with 3 kinds of cheese, bell peppers, and bacon), then cook it in the microwave for less than 10 minutes.
8. Egg omelets and frittatas
Your kids won’t be afraid to make egg dishes anymore, especially if they master how to cook yummy frittatas and omelets in the microwave.
Banana, blueberry, choco-chip, or other flavored muffins can be microwaved in under 5 minutes. Kids can do this recipe in a mug or ramekin.
10. Microwave Risotto
Is your kid feeling fancy? Let them try a risotto recipe with ham, peas, and cheese. I’m sure your kid will be beaming with pride once they pull it off.
11. Mini meatloaf
This is a great way to introduce your kid to adult cooking. Just combine ground meat, oats, ketchup, milk, herbs, spices, onion soup mix, and mix in a mug. Let it cook, and voila! Your kid has just cooked meatloaf from your microwave.
12. Chicken fajitas
Craving for Mexican food? If you have corn tortillas, taco seasoning, and shredded cheese at home, you’re good to go. Add chicken fillet, bell peppers, onions and cook in the microwave for under 10 minutes.
13. Healthy chips
Use sweet potato or apples, dry them out in the microwave, and enjoy crispy healthy chips.
14. Burrito in a Mug
Another fancy microwave mug recipe. This burrito-inspired recipe takes just a minute to cook and under 5 minutes to prep.
15. Brownie, blondie, and fudge
These gooey desserts are perfect beginner-friendly microwavable desserts for young kids. You can find all sorts of flavors, from strawberry fudge to your classic brownie.
16. Microwave nachos
Canned beans, canned peas, and store-bought nachos, all prepared in a microwave-safe plate, then topped with cheese and salsa. It’s a favorite afternoon snack that kids can make themselves.
Ideal for midnight snacks and desserts, you don’t need much kitchen experience or ingredients to make your own s’mores from scratch. Just melt any chocolate and marshmallow sandwiched by graham crackers, and your kids will turn this recipe into their go-to dessert.
18. Blueberry cheesecake
Let kids make their own cheesecake if they’re craving one. It needs just ¼ of a recipe but tastes as delicious as the original. Use canned or fresh blueberries to top it off.
19. Easy Jelly Donut
You’ll be making donuts from scratch with butter, flour, eggs, sugar, milk, baking powder, cinnamon, and strawberry jam (or other jam you have in the fridge), so buckle up! This is a keeper recipe, mainly since it cooks for just 2 minutes
20. Microwave Caramel Custard
Take a mug or ramekin, sprinkle sugar, and let it run in the microwave to melt. Once the sugar has crystalized, combine some eggs, sugar, and milk into the container and cook. Turn it over for a more dramatic presentation.
With every new dish they’re able to make by themselves, the better skilled they’ll be when it comes to tasting food, adding textures and flavors, using kitchen tools, and so on. Eventually, they’ll be able to incorporate other kitchen appliances into their list of expertise.