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Father’s Day Foods the Kids Can Make

It’s Father’s Day and it’s the perfect time to treat Dad like a king! That includes pampering him all day long and letting him do all the things he enjoys, like watching his favorite channel on TV or sitting in his lawn chair and reading a book. It’s also the ideal time to cook him a great meal, and there’s no reason the kids can’t pitch in to help. Many kids enjoy cooking and there are certainly enough easy foods children can create that Dad will love. And whether you choose to serve Dad breakfast in bed, a hearty lunch, or a big dinner, you can be sure that he’ll always remember your kindness, even if it isn’t the fanciest meal he’s ever had.

Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even on Father’s Day! It’s also one of the easiest meals for kids to help prepare. Even the littlest ones can get in on the act.
Breakfast foods come in all shapes and sizes. Some dads don’t normally eat much for their morning meal and may be content with a bowl of cereal and a cup of juice and/or coffee. If, however, Dad is open to something a bit more elaborate, the possibilities are endless. Scrambled eggs are a good start and easy for young cooks to make. French toast or pancakes are also ideal. The kids can dip the toast or mix the pancake batter, and if no older children are present, Mom can do the cooking. Creative young chefs can top the toast and pancakes with any number of items, including fruit, nuts, or even chocolate chips and whipped cream. Muffins are also a good bet and can be made the night before and warmed up in the oven or microwave.

If you want to tackle breakfast in bed, let the youngest children set up the tray, which can include a plate and cup (use paper if necessary), silverware, napkin, and perhaps the morning paper or other reading material.

Lunch

The midday meal is an easy one for kids to make as it often involves cold food rather than hot ingredients, so even the smallest kids can help with preparation.
Does Dad have a favorite sandwich? If so, make sure you have all the ingredients and serve it to him for lunch. Top off the meal with chips or perhaps an easy-to-make macaroni salad and maybe a cold bottle of his favorite beer.

If he prefers a hot lunch, make him a pizza! Buy pre-made pizza dough in a package (like Boboli®) or in a can (like Pillsbury®) and top it with pizza sauce (either homemade or from a jar), shredded mozzarella cheese, and Dad’s favorite toppings. This is a fun project for the kids and can be put together in a jiffy. Serve it with a cold soft drink or beer.

Dinner

Dad deserves a delicious dinner for his special day! What you and the kids prepare, however, will largely depend on his tastes. If he’s a steak and potatoes kind of guy, give him steak and potatoes. While Mom needs to be in charge of the grill for safety reasons, the kids can certainly help by mixing up some mashed potatoes and making a salad.

Or how about fried chicken? Let the kids do the dredging and breading while Mom does the frying. Bake up some cornbread to go with it (cornbread mixes are easy to find and just involve mixing with water and egg) and/or make corn-on-the-cob as a side dish. (You can teach the kids how to shuck the corn.)

And don’t forget dessert! Mini desserts are ideal and something the kids enjoy making, like chocolate cupcakes, cookies, or small tarts or turnovers. Or how about homemade ice cream the kids can churn themselves, topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry? Delicious!