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Junior Chef
Kids Cooking Lessons Plans
12-15 years old
Lesson 1

Part 1: Review Kitchen Safety and Microwave Use

To start today's Kids Cooking Lessons please review our kitchen safety page and review microwave use.

We are going to continue on with cooking in the kitchen, so, it is important to have this knowledge "under their belt" before we learn about oven safety.

Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum

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Part 2: Kids Cooking Lessons: Review Oven Safety

kids cooking on the stove and oven safety for kids cooking lessons

Please discuss and show your child the steps of Oven Safety.
  • Always use potholders.

  • Make sure small children are out of the way when taking a hot pan off the stove.

  • When removing a hot pan from the stove to the sink or table let everyone now you are moving by letting them know you are coming even if you have to yell "HOT PAN COMING THROUGH."

  • Pot handles should be facing inward so small hands cannot grab the handle.

  • Know how to use your stove, what is high, medium, low. How to turn the oven on, etc.

  • Keep stovetop and oven clean. Leftover grease and residue can start a grease fire.

  • In case of a grease fire never pour water on the fire. Cover the pan with a lid or close the oven door.

  • Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen but away from the stove. Learn how to use it.

  • Never leave anything on the stove unattended.

Part 3: Kids Cooking on the Stove

It is, for some kids, a long awaited moment for this kids cooking lessons on using the stove!

When they are ready and prepared with oven safety and knowledge on how to use the stove top and oven choose a recipe that requires oven or stove top cooking or use the recipe provided.

This recipe includes stove top cooking, frying in a pan and cooking in the oven.

rice stuffed peppers

Stuffed Peppers

6 peppers
1 onion
1 carrot
1 chicken bouillon cube
2 Cups rice
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup tomato sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a pan of water to boil and place peppers cut in half lengthwise or whole with tops cut off and seeds removed in the water. Boil several minutes. Drain and set aside.

Add 1-2 tablespoons oil to a saucepan. Grate 1 onion and 1 peeled carrot into oil. Sauté for 1 minute. Add 2 cups rice and 1 bouillon cube. Stir several minutes until rice turns glassy.

Stir in 2 cups of water. Turn to medium low and simmer with a lid on. Meanwhile, in separate bowl, add 1 lb. uncooked ground beef and 1/2 cup tomato sauce together. Add in rice and stir to combine. Stuff peppers or zucchini and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes- 1 hour.

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