TikTok has introduced us to a plethora of viral dance videos and a range of products we never knew we needed, but one of our favorite things about browsing the social media site is browsing through all the amazing recipes.
The site has something for everyone – from novice cooks to seasoned pros – and we’ve come across a range of recipes perfect for inspiring kids to practice their cooking skills. As an added bonus, they might give you some new ideas for school lunches and other meals. Here are just a few TikTok famous recipes that your kids are sure to love.
Baked Feta Pasta Dish
Finnish food blogger Jenni Häyrinen created this dish in 2019, but earlier this year it exploded in popularity on TikTok (Lizzo even gave the dish her own vegan twist). It’s fairly simple, which makes it great for kids, and only requires a large block of feta cheese, veggies, and pasta. That’s it!
If you have a picky eater, the pasta and cheese will definitely help make them want to try it. Most TikTok chefs have added tomatoes, but you can use any other seasonal vegetable and turn it into a nutrition lesson for young kids (much like Padma Lakshmi did with her latest book, Tomatoes for Neela). One of our TODAY Food writers tried the dish and called it “Heavenly, salty, cheesy goodness.”
Baked oats and baked strawberries with goat cheese
A few months ago, TV personality Elena Besser joined TODAY to demonstrate several TikTok-famous recipes, including a baked oat recipe that tastes like pie. You’d be hard pressed to find a kid who doesn’t love cake, so this one definitely caught our attention. Better called it “the ideal breakfast or snack,” and emphasized how easy it is to prepare (you just mix all the ingredients together), making it ideal for budding chefs.
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Better also put her own spin on the recipe for baked feta pasta and showed us how to whip up baked strawberries and goat cheese (it’s great for spreading on toasted bread). The one-pan recipe is easy, requires minimal cleanup, and the cooking expert said it’s “great for entertaining.” It’s a great no-fuss recipe for kids, and they might even be inspired to serve you breakfast in bed once they master it.
Sometimes the simplest meals are the most satisfying, and breakfast to dinner is always one of our goals when we’re pressed for time. Lots of kids love crispy bacon, and back in April, TikToker Abby Durlewanger (aka @houseofketo) shared a fun way to make breakfast protein that totally blew our minds.
Using the keto food blogger’s “twisted bacon” technique, you can put an entire packet of bacon on a baking sheet and it’s insanely easy to recreate. All you have to do is turn each bacon rasher (you can make them fluffy or tight), pop them in the oven for about 40 minutes, and get ready to say “Yum!” The one-step recipe couldn’t be easier and since it doesn’t require any expert technique, kids can join in and have loads of fun.
We like anything that makes the cooking process easier, and when an ingenious tortilla hack suddenly made the rounds on TikTok earlier this year, we pricked up our ears. Here’s how it works: Cut a slit in a tortilla, then cover all four quarters with a different ingredient. Next, take the edge with the slit in it and fold it in four quarters. This unique technique ensures you get an even distribution of layers throughout the wrap!
Using multiple ingredients gives kids a chance to play with fun flavor combinations and figure out what works best for them, and they’ll have a blast folding up the tortilla and seeing how it transforms when you put it on the grill lay.
College student Jeremy Scheck’s most popular TikTok video shows his recipe for crispy potatoes and is great for older kids who are already a little familiar with cooking. You can have fun with it and use whatever spices you have on hand, making impromptu cooking sessions easier and not requiring a lot of work.
If younger kids want to join in, after the water boils, they can jump in and experiment with different spices!
Looking for a recipe that combines two of your kids’ favorite food groups? These pasta chips are cheesy, garlicky, and insanely delicious. Emily Chan, who goes by the name @bostonfoodgram on TikTok, is the food blogger behind the viral recipe and described it as “super quick” and “easy” when speaking to TODAY Food earlier this year.
Another plus? It’s made with very few ingredients – just pasta, cheese, olive oil, and garlic and onion power, making it easier for kids to make. Consider it another excuse to break out your air fryer!