How to Make a Good Meal for Your Family (for Kids)

So you, (the child) want to make a good meal for your family. Here are some basic steps that can help you! A meal can be a single course or two course or more, for example a main course and a dessert. A main meal can be a pot casserole or curry with rice roast and potatoes plus a vegetable or pasta dish. Whatever you choose to cook or prepare for your family, you might find these steps provide some general guidance.


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    Decide which meal you want to prepare and have a recipe for it. A hearty salad might mean not using the stove which could be safer for some kids. Make sure you have all the required equipment before picking a meal to prepare
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    Take one of your parent's cook books and find an easy recipe you would like to make. Make sure it isn't too difficult. You may need your parent's help. There are lots of recipes and how to articles on line. . You may also ask for permission.
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    Look in your kitchen, or even your garden, and see the ingredients you have. If you don't have the specific ingredients, ask your parents to make a quick stop to a grocery store or choose a different recipe. Or, if you are an older kid, go to the store with the book or craft a quick list. . Ingredients may come in different quantities. Just pick up the one that suits your meal plan.
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    Know the differences between Tsp and Tbsp. It can be huge when measuring out salt, pepper or any other spice. Use too much and the meal can be ruined. . In this case, "tsp" means teaspoon and "tbsp" means tablespoon. The main difference is the sizes of the two spoons. In some recipes especially online ones, tablespoon may be represented by a capital T and teaspoon by a lower case t.
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    Carefully follow all the directions for the meal. Before you even begin, read over all the ingredients and instructions to make sure you understand and that you don't make a meal-altering mistake. Remember, you count more than the meal, so if you feel uncomfortable touching a hot pot or the oven, don't be afraid to ask your mom or dad for help. Or, if you are an older kid, do searches on the internet for a better understanding of the meanings of things. Phrase it how you would say it. Chances are you are not the first with the same question.
    • If while making the dish you sense that the food is not looking like mentioned in the recipe book, consult with someone who knows about the situation or you may taste a little and either take it off the heat if the dish is cooked or leave it on for a little longer if it tastes raw.
    • One way to know whether the food is getting cooked is the smell. When the dish smells like it is cooked, mostly but not always, it is a sign of it being ready. You may still taste it before stopping cooking.
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    If you are not sure of how long the cooking is going to take, you may keep the ingredients like vegetables, spices, oil etc ready. Once the heat is on, the ingredients must be ready otherwise you may keep the power on till the ingredients are washed, peeled, chopped etc. Also, you do not want to burn those ingredients already on the heat source.
    • While preparing a dish which requires spices to be added in hot oil, make sure that the spices are not let to heat for too long. Letting it cook when it turns dark brown or black should be avoided as it signals it being burned. To avoid burning, you must add the next ingredient to it.
    • If after preparation you feel that there is excessive spice or salt to the dish, you may add a cleaned potato cut from the center to the dish. Potatoes are said to absorb excessive spices, chili or salt from the dish.
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    If you know to prepare a certain dish but you have skipped it for now, you may keep as an option. (Just in case something goes not as expected in what you are preparing).
    • Potatoes tastes good when cooked after boiling or when just fried till brown. It could work as a quick fix just in case you need to.
    • Make a simple dessert. Cut a few fruits and make fruit salad. It is healthy and the more the color to the fruit bowl, the more wholesome it will be. You may add some mint leaves for garnishing, or sprinkle some lemon juice or chocolate sauce as per what is available.
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    When you are done cooking, proudly serve your family the meal and ask them what they think. Most likely, they will love it and thank you for being so nice! Food always tastes better when its made by someone else.


  • If you are using the oven to cook, make sure you wear oven mitts so you don't burn yourself.
  • Don't choose a recipe with hard instructions or expensive ingredients! If you are a beginner, stick with something basic and gradually attempt harder things as you go.
  • Do not be afraid to try new things or seek out recipes that differ from the one you just tried and see what variations suit you best. Try it many different ways until the best one for your family is worked out.
  • Follow the recipe and don't change any ingredients. If a recipe calls for doubling, try it first the basic way, even if it makes less than you want. Doubling is a tricky thing and requires some adjustment. It should not be attempted by a novice.
  • Don't substitute ingredients. Instead, find a different recipe or search online for the same recipe, chances are you'll find a different version of the same recipe.
  • An apron can keep the flour and other spices from getting on your clothes.
  • Try to use the least sharp knife for cutting if you do not cook or cut very often.
  • Some start out with parental guidance. If it's your first time cooking or using a stove, it doesn't hurt to ask for help.
  • Always let the utensil stay on the gas till the water drops on it evaporates or wipe the dish before adding oil to it. Otherwise the oil scatters in the air.
  • Make the process fun for your kids and find recipes that look pretty or fun. You can also use fruits and vegetables to make edible art.
  • Sometimes, cold meals can be nicer than warm meals- bear that in mind.
  • There are lots of kids cookbooks out there. Use them! They usually have simpler, yummier recipes that kids can make. A good one is The Everything Kids' Cookbook.
  • A good tip to make your kids eat their vegetables and fruits are to hide them in some of their favorite foods, like add a little bit of strawberries into the cupcake mix. Find little ways to sneak in fruits and veggies!


  • Ask if anyone has any allergies before serving. You do not want to rush anyone to the emergency room for a dish you wanted to be a happy thing.
  • If you are using an oven always get an adult to help, even if you want it to be a surprise, you could burn yourself
  • You may get burned by the oven or cut by a knife, so be careful!
  • Try having parent or guardian help you.
  • You should ask your family if they like all of the ingredients in the recipe before making it. You don't want to end up with a meal nobody likes!
  • Make you have all the proper ingredients before you start!

Things You'll Need

    • Stove
  • Oven Mitts
  • All of the ingredients in the recipe you are making
  • Optional: Cookbook
  • Utensils
  • Parent or adult assistance (if needed)

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