Friends, read on for two simple ways to get the kids involved with Easter prep!
There comes a point in most children’s lives where they sincerely want to help out in the kitchen. (And let’s be honest: mini chefs are the best.) Whether it’s baking with mom or helping dad prepare breakfast in bed, the enthusiasm with which kids stretch their culinary expertise is downright precious.
So, what better time to let them shine than holidays? Involving kids in special occasion meal prep not only facilitates family bonding and expands picky palettes, it helps children hone a necessary life skill – cooking.
This Easter, try these two EGGcellent ways to let the kids take the reins!
Egg White Brunch Cups
Easy to prepare, handheld, almost zero mess, and customizable to kids’ tastes? Yes please! Brunch cups are an easy way to add to your Easter spread and amazingly, most kids can tackle 100% of the prep work. To make it simple for my little guys (and to reduce the inevitable expense of breaking and separating whole-shell eggs), I use Simply Egg Whites from Burnbrae Farms. They’re a good source of high-quality protein, come in a ready-to-go carton with no mess required… and no need to toss out the yokes!
As you’ve probably seen from many food-related posts on my site, there’s no real recipe to follow – in addition to having 10-12 slices of deli ham on hand, the kids can add whatever they like best, from chopped peppers and mushrooms to cheese and spinach. Here’s what to do.
Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray (or lightly grease with vegetable oil). Arrange the ham slices in the muffin pan as “cups” – they won’t be perfect, but don’t worry, they’ll be delicious. Little hands are best suited for the job!
Add your favourite omelette additions – we chose baby spinach and grape tomatoes – and then top with Simply Egg Whites. I’m quite sure Reid added a little too much (yes we ended up with some Frankenstein cups) so my advice would be to fill until about 3/4 way full.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with cheese, if desired.
Bake in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for 20 minutes, or until set. Et voila! Delicious, kid-friendly Egg White Brunch Cups that are the perfect addition to your Easter brunch!
Easter Egg Chicks
Looking for an adorable, edible Easter craft to help you break out of your shell? Are these Easter Egg Chicks not the absolute cutest? I’m obsessed!
Once again, they’re so easy to make if you have a few simple ingredients on hand:
– Carrots for the beak
– Chives for the grass and ears
– Black sesame seeds for the eyes
– Hard boiled eggs for the face!
Since Ryder and Reid are once again in charge of this addition to our Easter Brunch, I try to simplify the prep as much as possible, which includes using Burnbrae Farms EGGS2go! They’re hardboiled to perfection and peeled (so helpful for kids who may lack the dexterity to handle peeling) and I must admit, I love the aesthetics of perfectly cooked yolks!
There’s never been a better time to break out of your shell! Get the kids in the kitchen this spring and please do try these simple brunch dishes. Wishing you a Happy Easter!