Cooking with Kids-Healthy Egg and Veggie Breakfast Casserole
Cooking with kids is great fun and there are so many things kids can learn. Math, science, motor skills, cooperation, taking turns, and so many other things about cooking are beneficial to kids. In addition, kids are 80% more likely to try new foods if they helped prepare them. Click here to see more reasons why you should cook with kids!
Remember to be patient with cooking with kids. They will make mistakes, but it’s okay, that’s how they learn. I have been cooking for over 30 years and I still make mistakes. Make sure you get all the ingredients prepared and out before you invite the kids to the activity to prevent disaster when they get bored. This casserole is teeming with great nutrition for kid’s growing bodies. My kids love egg casserole and so do I. Yum yum.
“Popping” eggs as my kids call it, or one boy always said “hatching” them, is a great motor skill for kids to learn. It’s hard to crack an egg successfully and early learning helps develop great skills for later in life. This egg casserole had a lot of eggs, so it was a great opportunity for each child to get to try more than once. Some of them didn’t want to after the first smashed egg flew all over the table, but that’s okay too. They don’t have to do it if they don’t want to.
Dumping ingredients into bowls helps even one year olds learn to control their fine motor skills and helps them build their confidence.
This breakfast casserole has several servings of vegetables in it as well as nutritious eggs, cheese, and tortillas. All of the ingredients are dumped into a bowl and mixed, then poured into a casserole dish, so most of the steps can be done by the children without much assistance, which helps build their confidence levels in cooking.
Notice in this picture, you see my food mover. I used this tool to help scrape the whole eggs that fell on the table so they wouldn’t be wasted. Being prepared for the cooking disasters is 9/10 of the way to success with the kids.
This casserole tasted amazing! I recommend you get in the kitchen with our kids and make this or some other recipe as soon as you can.
- Dozen Eggs
- 2 C. Milk
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Minced veggies of your choice (we used broccoli and kale)
- 2 C. Shredded cheese of your choice (we used mozerella)
- 12 chopped corn tortillas
- Wash hands and have kids wash theirs.
- Mix eggs and milk and beat well.
- Add seasoning, veggies and cheese.
- Mix well.
- Bake at 350 for about one hour or until egg is set in the center.
- Breakfast meats such as cooked bacon, cooked sausage or ham could be added as well.