Easy New Year’s Resolution: Cook with Your Kids

Did you make New Year’s resolutions this year?  Some of the most popular resolutions each year include eating healthier, getting in shape and learning something new, but if you’re a mom, there’s one other resolution that should be on your list: cooking with your children!

Bringing kids into the kitchen with you is one of the best things you do for their eating habits and overall wellness.  If you have picky eaters, having them help prepare food will expose them to different types of foods and flavors and will also allow them to see what exactly is going into their meals.  Plus, kids will typically be much more open to eating the meals they help make since they’ll take pride in their work.

Even if your child isn’t a picky eater, teaching cooking skills early can be an excellent way to boost kids’ confidence in their overall capabilities and can help them become more comfortable in the kitchen.  Children don’t have to master complex recipes to feel good about cooking; there are plenty of easy and quick meals for dinner that are perfect for smaller hands to help out with.

Plus, cooking with your kids is the perfect excuse for bonding time!  Mixing ingredients at the kitchen counter together encourages easy conversation much more than watching a movie or playing a video game.  Cooking together can make preparing dinner a time of day that you and your child will actually look forward to.

This easy recipe for cheeseburger macaroni is a great recipe for kids just starting out in the kitchen.  Have them mix the ingredients together, tear up the buns and sprinkle with cheese to feel like they really contributed to dinnertime.  And this cheeseburger macaroni is one that kids are sure to gobble up fast, as well as moms!  Enjoy!

Recipe-cheeseburger roni

Cheeseburger-roni from Chef Boyardee®

Prep Time: 25 min

Total Time: 25 min

Serves: 6


  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 2 15 oz cans Chef Boyardee® Beefaroni® Pasta
  • 1 14.5 oz can Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • ¼ cup Hunt’s® Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill pickle (or dill pickle relish)
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 hamburger bun with sesame seeds, torn into small pieces


Preheat your broiler.  Spray a 10-inch oven-safe skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.  Add beefaroni, drained tomatoes, ketchup, pickle and mustard to skillet.  Heat for 5 minutes or until hot, stirring occasionally.

Top with cheese.  Lightly spray the torn up bun pieces with cooking spray and place on top of the cheese.  Place the skillet under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, until bun pieces are browned and crisp.

Tip: Place filling on hamburger buns for “cheeseburger joes” instead!

Author Bio:  This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of Chef Boyardee®.  For more recipes that are perfect for cooking with kids, visit www.chefboyardee.com.

    • http://www.dallassinglemom.com Dallas Single Mom

      Thank you! Yes. Cooking and sharing in the kitchen is an enriching experience. Great for quality of life.