When you first have your teen make dinner, you should start slow. Having your teen begin making the meal and you finish it is the most popular way I’ve known for parent to get their teens to cook and like it. Or you could both work together through the process, just be sure to hand the real responsibility of the meal over to your teen in order to get the full positive results.
As time goes by, allow your teen to take over the entire meal preparation process. A word of caution, do not expect your teen to do this every night. While you may need the help to start the meal more often, being responsible for the meal once or twice a week is antiquate for teaching responsibility to your teen.
Easy Dinner Recipes: Main Course Ideas
Meatloaf is easy enough for teens to make and a great family meal. One teen girl who I taught how to make meatloaf used many different variations on basic meatloaf over the years. None where ever so bad that we couldn’t eat it.
Meatloaf for Dinner Recipes
Chicken for Dinner Recipes
Spaghetti for Dinner Recipes
Hot Dogs for Dinner RecipesKids Recipes: Pizza Index.
Easy Dinner Recipes: Side Dish Ideas
Salads are a non-cook healthy recipe for a dinner side dish. Just chop all of the fixings and toss in a bowl. Your teen can do this. Frozen vegetables can be made in a microwave. This is the perfect side dish for the kitchen-challenged teen.
Salads for Dinner Recipes
One Final Note About Actually Eating Dinner
Teaching your teen to cook may result in a dinner that is not edible. Have a back up meal planned. While your teen isn’t going to be happy that he messed up making dinner no matter what, you still have to deal with everyone being hungry. My weekly dinner plan goes like this: Wednesday, a teen cooks; Thursday, we have a meal that does not need cooking, like hoagies or club sandwiches. If Wednesday’s meal gets ruined, I pulled out Thursday’s meal. Then we try again next week.