Hello, Nannies! Welcome to Meal Prep Mondays, where we'll transform your Mondays into a fun and nutritious cooking experience for you and the kids you care for. Forget the kitchen stress – we're here to make meal prep easy and enjoyable.
Our plan for meal prep Mondays:
Every Monday, we'll introduce a kid-friendly meal prep project. It's an excellent way to introduce children to the joys of cooking and share quality time with them in the kitchen.
Week 1: Let's Make healthy Mini Pizzas
Mini pizza crusts (store-bought or homemade)
Homemade Pizza Sauce (recipe below)
Toppings (cheese, pepperoni, olives, bell peppers, and more)
Aprons, chef hats, and enthusiasm
Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe:
Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a saucepan.
Add chopped red onion, red pepper, courgette, carrot, mushrooms, and crushed garlic.
Sauté for about 5 minutes over medium heat.
Stir in chopped tomatoes, water (or low-salt veggie stock), and tomato puree.
Bring it to a boil, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Blend until smooth with a hand blender.
Set up a pizza-making station with all the ingredients within reach.
Dress the children in aprons and chef hats to make it extra special.
Let each child create their own mini pizza, spreading sauce, cheese, and choosing their favourite toppings.
Preheat the oven and bake the pizzas according to the crust instructions.
While they're baking, chat with the kids about the ingredients and where they come from, making it a mini food lesson.
if age appropriate, ask the children to make menus or place names - great to practice writing.
Sit and enjoy your homemade creations together.
Why cooking together is Fantastic:
Children get to have fun and be part of the cooking process.
It's a hands-on learning experience about different food groups and cooking basics.
It makes mealtime an enjoyable and interactive event.
Children are given choice as they get to choose their toppings.
You can freeze any extra for future meals.
Meal Prep Monday is sure to be a hit with the little ones. Get ready for some enjoyable moments, smiles, and a delicious meal that the kids will be proud to have helped create.
Join us again next Monday for more meal prep ideas. Stay tuned for more "Meal Prep Monday" adventures. Until then, happy cooking!