To be fair teenagers cop a bad rap.
Ask anyone to describe a teenager and they’re likely to come up with sulky, moody and uncooperative. You literally need a degree in negotiation when dealing with these aliens.
However, there are also plenty of positives that come to mind when I think of teenagers…curious, independent and creative to name a few – and as parents, teachers and friends tapping into what interests them will get you far.
You may think you have no influence over your teenager – and you’re sort of right. But you can help them navigate these tumultuous years with a healthy self-image and a head start in lifelong healthy eating.
How? By teaching them to cook. Motivating your teen to cook might be a bit tricky to start with, especially boys. But once they get going they will rather enjoy it. Try explaining to them that knowing how to cook will make them independent quicker since independence is so appealing to most teens. So put on some music, theirs, not yours and get cooking.
See below for 10 recipes you must teach your teenagers to cook!
1. Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese
A classic dish which anyone can make including your teenager. Your teen can also make it their own dish by adding whatever they like or they can stick to the traditional method. Click here for ingredients and method.
2. Shepherd’s Pie
It’s true what they say…it’s an oldie but a goodie. Great first dish to learn, very simple and packed with healthy vegetables. Click here for ingredients and method.
3. Tuna Melt
I haven’t met a kid, teenager or adult who doesn’t like tuna and lazy teenagers will love this dish. It’s a meal without that much effort. Click here for ingredients and method.
4. Fasta Pasta
The word ‘fasta’ should ring a bell with your teenager. Fast to make and even quicker to scoff down. It’s also very cheap to buy and could feed a whole gang of their friends too. Click here for ingredients and method.
5. Macaroni Cheese
This dish is the ultimate in comfort food. Getting your teenager to learn this dish will set them up for life. Not only a scrummy dish, but it says good old fashion family values wrapped up in cheese. Click here for ingredients and method.