It’s easy to get kids involed on the kitchen if you know how. Here are the secrets to get kids to cook as well as to cook for kids. Over 50 of Sam’s favorite kid-friendly recipes. Everything from finger foods to main courses to the always-popular (and always BIG!) desserts. Includes sections on cooking safety, equipment needed, and definitions of cooking terms.

Table of Contents

  • Hints for Parents
  • Food Safety
  • Kitchen Safety
  • The ABCs of Cutting
  • Before You Cook
  • When You Are Ready to Cook
  • How to Measure
  • More Cooking Tips



  • Fruit Smoothie
  • Cinnamon Toast
  • Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal
  • Make-Believe Cornbread
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • Steamed Breakfast Cake
  • Banana-Pineapple Muffins
  • Cheese Omelet
  • French Toast
  • Puffy Oven Pancake


  • Microwave Tomato Soup
  • Vegetable Saimin
  • Basic Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Triple-Decker Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Tuna Salad Sandwich
  • E-Z Cheese Dogs
  • Sloppy Dogs with Beans


  • Hamburger Beef Stew
  • Chicken Lu‘au Based on My Mother’s Favorite Recipe
  • Saucy Meatballs
  • Cooking Pasta
  • Chicken Vegetable Stir-Fry
  • Chunky Chili Con Carne
  • Sweet and Sour Ground Pork
  • Baked Cheeseburgers


  • Sam Choy’s Creamy Oriental Dressing
  • Tropical Fruit Salad
  • Carrot Raisin Salad
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Somen Noodle Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Basic White or Brown Rice (Rice-Cooker Method)
  • Basic White or Brown Rice (Stove-Top Method)
  • Basic White or Brown Rice (Microwave Method)
  • Fried Rice
  • Oven-Baked French Fries
  • Steamed Vegetables

Snacks & Sweets

  • Homemade Hurricane Popcorn
  • Boiled Fresh Peanuts
  • Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Corn Flake Coconut Macaroons
  • Sam’s Killer Candy Brownies
  • Pineapple Macadamia Nut Bread
  • Coconut Bread Pudding
  • Too Cool Fruit Dessert
  • Haupia Squares
  • Mango Cobbler
  • Roasted Apple Bananas
  • Banana-Melon Split with Creamy Honey-Lime Sauce
  • The “Big Banana” Split
  • Li Hing Mui Ice Cakes
  • Kid’s Can Cook Edible Fishbowl

Author: Sam Choy