As your child grows up, you should start introducing certain responsibilities to help shape them for adulthood. One such responsibility could include cooking their own food.
While this doesn’t mean your teen has to cook every single meal, helping out from time to time not only helps you but their development, too.
Therefore, it is time to pass on the spatula to someone else in the family, more specifically, your teenager.
I don’t know about you but having to come up with various breakfasts, lunches, dinners, appetizers, and desserts over the years can become exhausting.
This is where we come in to help. In this guide, we have provided you with 25 simple recipes that your teenager can cook themselves.
After all, cooking is an important life skill for everyone to learn, not only for the sake of their personal development but for their future families, too.
In addition, it should provide you, as parents, with the reassurance that your teenager won’t starve when they eventually move out or go to college.
Plus, you don’t want your future daughter- or son-in-law mad at you for producing an incompetent teenager in the kitchen!
With this in mind, to help your teenagers get enthusiastic about using the spatula in the kitchen, then you’re in the right place. We have rounded up a range of different recipes that your teenager can easily cook on their own.
You never know – they may even have fun in the process! Let’s get straight into some easy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and appetizers that any teen can whip up.
While the simplest method to make pancakes is with a pancake mix, nothing beats the homemade version, and these homemade pancakes are the easiest ones to make with only essential ingredients.
The best part? They can customize their pancakes however they like. For instance, top them off with a couple of banana slices, blueberries, or even chocolate chips!
For a delicious breakfast treat, do not forget the whipped cream and plenty of maple syrup.
Breakfast is one of the best responsibilities to start with. Not only is it the most important meal of the day, but tends to be the quickest, too.
This corned beef hash omelet bears no exception to this statement. Not only is it quick and simple to make, but is incredibly healthy too (not that your teen will notice!).
Here, you can choose whatever fillings you like, however, this hearty, yet delicious, recipe only features the main ingredients of corned beef hash and eggs.
Making this recipe is super simple, even a beginner can do it – or, in this case, a teenager!
Wholesome ingredients and bright hues make these extremely bright cups the perfect choice for your teen’s breakfast.
If you’re looking for a way to help incorporate more fruits into your diet, then these breakfast banana splits are the perfect way to do so.
Here, plenty of fruits, granola, and yogurt are combined for a deliciously healthy breakfast.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can modify the ingredients to your teenager’s tastes – there is no excuse for them not to like them!
If your teenager has something to look forward to making in the morning, then skipping breakfast will never be an option ever again.
These bacon egg cups are ideal for a quick and simple breakfast, however, will provide you with all the energy required to get you through the day, too.
Thanks to the smoky bacon flavors, the cheesiness of parmesan, and the creamy egg, breakfast is sure to become your teen’s favorite meal.
If you’re looking for a quick and simple pasta salad recipe, then you’re going to love this one featuring tons of fresh veggies, parmesan, and zesty dressing.
Here, the recipe uses a zesty Italian salad dreading, that makes this salad super simple to whip up.
All you have to do is boil the pasta, chop the veggies, and then toss them all together.
This is the perfect recipe for teens, not only is it delicious but incredibly healthy, too.
6. Hummus Toast
This is the ideal recipe for your teenager to incorporate more nutrition into their diet, great for those who prefer lighter lunches, breakfasts, or dinners.
There are countless ways you can customize hummus toast to your tastes.
Whether you’re changing the bread, type of hummus, or toppings to suit your sweet or savory cravings.
Among teenagers, pasta salads are one of the most popular recipes. This is chiefly due to their convenience when it comes to a quick lunch or snack.
Therefore, your teenager is sure to gobble up this 20-minute easy BLT pasta salad. It is easy, quick, and utterly delicious.
Loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon, this recipe contains simple yet effective ingredients that make for a pleasure to eat.
It is then topped off with a zesty Italian dressing that adds an addictive creaminess to the recipe.
With this recipe, you’ll be making perfect, juicy, and delicious air-fried chicken parmesan in no time!
In under 20 minutes, you’ll have a hearty lunch that will keep you full until dinner time. Plus, it is much easier to cook in an oven, too!
Your teenager will be producing restaurant-quality chicken that is best served with salad or pasta for a whole meal.
Featuring turkey meat sauce and whole wheat pasta, this one-pot spaghetti is an easy go-to pasta dish that is quick to make and tastes delicious.
This recipe can be easily made on the stove, however, if you’re looking for a quick meal then using an Instant Pot is the way to go.
With a few ingredients and 15 minutes of your time, you’ll have this recipe whipped up in no time. Plus, the meat sauce and pasta can be prepared in one pot – making for the most convenience!
Planning on having friends over? Then your teenager can whip up these backed nachos in minutes.
Not only are these nachos easy to make but they are also simple to serve, too. The perfect treat for your teenager’s movie night.
All you have to do is spread a baking tray with crunchy tortilla chips, sprinkle some refried beans and olives all over, and bake for a few minutes – it is that simple!
This recipe is a hit among teenagers. No longer do they have to nag you to make Mac and Cheese when they can make it themselves!
They are sure to love this creamy, delicious comfort food that combines the iconic flavors of broccoli and cheese.
It is easy to make and delicious. Plus, it is a good way to encourage them to eat their veggies, too!
Here, sausages are combined with broccoli, bell peppers, and sweet potatoes all in one pan to be cooked to perfection.
This 20-minute meal is healthy, low-carb, and contains plenty of flavors – making it the perfect dinner option.
In this recipe, all the ingredients come together effortlessly and quickly for a delicious 15-minute chicken and veggie stir-fry.
The only preparation required here is the chopping of the vegetables and chicken. Although don’t worry, this can be done in advance, too!
The result is an easy, healthy, and utterly delicious dinner.
With only one pot, you can make this flavor-packed ramen noodle recipe.
Any teen is sure to love this economical and delicious beef mince recipe. These Asian beef ramen noodles featured a sweet and savory four-ingredient sauce, caramelized beef, and, of course, noodles.
Once in a while, even teenagers need some comfort foods in their stomachs, and this easy broccoli cheese soup is something they can make from scratch.
In less than 30 minutes, they’ll be rewarded with something that is incredibly comforting – containing chunks of tender broccoli and cheddar cheese for creamy deliciousness.
If you’re looking to make the most out of all your leftovers, then giving your teen this recipe is the perfect way to do so. It is quick, easy, and tastes amazing.
You can never go wrong with egg-fried rice. The beauty of it is that you can add whatever vegetables and ingredients you desire. Just mix it with eggs and rice, and you’ll have a flavorful meal in no time.
You can never have too much cheese, this recipe is a testament to this fact. Here, soft bread is loaded with cheese to create something that is soft on the inside but crunchy on the outside.
This is the ultimate comfort food that is simple to prepare and incredibly delicious.
These pepperoni pizza sliders taste so delicious, you’ll be surprised at how easy they are to make!
It only takes a few minutes to assemble the sliders together and bake them. The result is a cheesy, flavorful, hot, and incredibly delicious creation.
With only a handful of ingredients, this easy winter fruit salad not only looks impressive on the dinner table but tastes delicious and wonderfully healthy all at the same time.
Plus, you’re getting more fruits into your teenager’s diet, too! What more could you ask for?!
Netflix and chill are never complete without a big bowl of chips accompanied by a deliciously creamy dip.
With only five minutes of their time and six ingredients, your teen will have this cheddar ranch dip whipped up in no time.
The instructions couldn’t be any more straightforward, simply toss the ingredients together and stir.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? These no-bake Nutella cheesecakes are sure to satisfy all your teenager’s cravings.
They are light and fluffy thanks to the Nutella top and feature a delicious Oreo cookie crust for the ultimate treat.
Have no dessert prepared? Then your teenager can prepare this all by themselves. Plus, it
makes for the perfect serve-yourself snack.
In the hot, summer months, this dessert makes for a wonderful treat – it is refreshing and naturally gluten-free, and they are sure to enjoy it!
For this recipe, all you need is your favorite mug and a few pantry-staple ingredients.
With very little effort, you’ll be rewarded with something that tastes delicious with every single bite.
These delicious, personalized cakes are a delicious, quick treat. Made with a microwave, you can eat them hot and straight after cooking. Top with ice cream for a decadent treat.
You can never go wrong with ice cream! Trust us, your teenagers will be gobbling up this recipe in no time.
Here, your teen can even make their own ice cream with their choice of mix-ins.
Don’t worry about having ice cream making, this recipe can be made at home without one!
The best thing about quesadillas is that you can modify them exactly to your liking. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-lover, add whatever ingredients you like for a quick, yet delicious snack.
One day, your child is going to need to cook for themselves. Whether this is because they are going camping, attending college, or simply moving out of the nest, before long, they will need to fend for themselves.
Therefore, provide them with all the necessary cooking skills with these recipes suitable for teenagers!
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