Family is waiting for meal they cooked together to finish in the oven

We hope that in these uncertain times the world is facing, you and your families are stay safe together at home. The one silver lining of the situation is that we are all having the chance to spend extra time with our children and loved ones.

This means cooking lots of meals with hungry kids at your side trying to sneak a peak into the pots and pans to see what’s going to be for dinner. Why not take this opportunity of spending quality time at home with the kids to bring them in as your helpers at dinner time? It is a great activity to help you make dinner for the family and everyone have a little bit of fun while you’re at it!

Now, if your children are young you may not be able to rely on them for a whole lot of chopping or cooking. But not to worry! We went into the Randall Beans library of recipes and selected some of the most simple and fun recipes we have.

Each of these recipes uses simple ingredients, requires very little prep, and has many roles that children can easily take part in with minimal baking or cooking that mom or dad can safely take care of.

Stay safe and have fun cooking at home with the family with these recipes!

Black Bean Chicken Quesadilla 

Quesadillas are just as much fun to make as they are to eat! Plus, this recipe uses plenty of hearty Randall Beans black beans for extra protein, texture, and taste. Get out all the ingredients you’ll need and then put the kids in charge of preparing their very own quesadilla. Young kids will get a kick out of layering up their own meal and then you can safely cook the quesadilla yourself for them to eat.

Greek Tuna Salad with Garbanzo Beans

Tuna salad is a delicious and healthy recipe made all the better with the addition of Randall Beans garbanzo beans. What’s also great about this recipe is that after a little bit of chopping and dicing on your part, you can give the kids the chance to finish it off and mix it all together! No baking or cooking is required, so just get all the ingredients ready in a bowl and let them have fun mixing. You can use that time getting toast or bread together to serve it with.

Taco Pizza Cups

Are they tacos? Are they pizza? Are they something in between? Whatever you want to call them, they are a fun and delicious snack you and your children will love and have a great time making! Get the oven preheated while you prepare the meat and beans, and then once it is all ready your kids can take the tortillas and start creating the fun, bite-sized, pizza tacos. After only a little bit of time in the oven, these make a great lunch or snack for kids to enjoy during the day. 

No-Bake Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge Bean Brownies

After all these meals and snacks, how about something sweet that is easy to make that everyone will love? Everybody loves brownies, but all the sugar, flour, and carbs they aren’t exactly the healthiest. This recipe for bean brownies makes dessert time a bit heathier but substituting eggs, flour, and sugar with beans as the batter, making it rich with protein. And with no baking required, this is a recipe that your kids may be able to do from start to finish, helping them learn baking skills and have fun at the same time.

With all the cooking you’ll be doing from home, you’ll probably be having plenty of leftovers on hand. Keep leftover night exciting with the help of Randall Beans and our Second Helpings cookbook, full of great recipes for repurposing leftovers.

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