Simple Cooking Ideas for Beginners

By: Tully Rosenberg, 14 October 2021

A global crisis calls for some serious comfort food, and while you're spending all this time at home, you might as well make it delicious. Your culinary skills might not be up to scratch, but these recipes are so easy kids can make them, and most of them use ingredients you already have at home.

From classic family favourites to the latest viral trend these easy peasy recipes for newbies are some of the best simple cooking ideas for kids and beginners while you're stuck at home.

2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes are a Simple Cooking Idea for Beginners While You're Stuck At Home
Never waste overripe bananas again! 


These easy, ‘clean’ Banana Pancakes are a favourite. You only need two basic ingredients, but could also add a dash of cinnamon and cook in coconut oil instead of vegetable. 

Try this 2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes recipe.

Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Choc-Caramel Cake

Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Choc-Caramel Cake
A blissful union of chocolate and caramel.


You can make this impressive cake from scratch with only 5 ingredients. This decadent choc-caramel cake is a super sweet treat your kids will love to make and eat.

Try the Quick and easy 5-ingredient choc-caramel cake recipe.

3-Ingredient Shortbread

3-Ingredient Shortbread
Sweet, buttery shortbread goodness!


This simple shortbread recipe uses only 3 ingredients to create delicious buttery goodness. The perfect little biscuit for afternoon tea!

Try this 3-Ingredient Shortbread recipe.

3-Ingredient Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese
Whip this classic family favourite in no time.


This 3-ingredient Mac & Cheese is a winner! Whip up a family favourite with just a few staple ingredients.

Try this 3-Ingredient Mac & Cheese recipe.

3-Ingredient Artisan Bread

Artisan Bread
The smell of freshly baked bread can be yours at home.


Is there anything more satisfying than baking your own bread? This no-knead artisan bread is perfect for beginners. The recipe is easy - you only need one bowl and 3 simple ingredients. 

Try this 3 Ingredient Artisan Bread recipe.

Cheats Pizza

CHEAT’S PIZZA
These pizzas are so simple, so delicious and so fun to make!


You can count on Donna Hay for easy, nutritious recipes, and this cheats pizza uses a handful of simple fresh ingredients for gourmet results! 

Try this Cheats Pizza recipe. 

5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
Chocoholics will rejoice in the clever cocoa creation.


This 5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake puts the microwave to work for a quick and easy treat. Plus you make it in a mug so it's ready to serve! 

Try this 5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake recipe. 

Blueberry Bliss Balls

Blueberry Bliss Balls
Okay, something healthy to give the kids an energy boost!


Packed with natural sweetness and protein-boosting nuts, these Blueberry Bliss Balls are a fun, easy way to introduce kids to healthy treats. 

Try this Blueberry Bliss Balls recipe 

4-Ingredient Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes
Decadent sweet treats with only a handful of ingredients.


This foolproof cupcake recipe has a rich flavour that is not too sweet (thanks to the dark chocolate) and a velvety cream cheese icing that make these consistently delicious!

Try this 4-Ingredient Chocolate Cupcakes recipe.

3-Ingredient Easy Rice Bubble Bars

3 Ingredient Easy Rice Bubble Bars 
The kids will love these DIY lunchbox snacks at home.


These make the perfect lunch box treat while your schooling at home! This recipe is so easy and delicious, and the kids will love them. You can also decorate them with anything you like.

Try this 3-Ingredient Easy Rice Bubble Bars recipe.

Whipped Coffee

whipped coffee
They can whip it so you can drink it!


The kids can’t drink it, but they'll love whipping it up so you can indulge in this thick and frothy treat. It is all the rage thanks to a TikTok video gone viral and is fun and simple to make. Instant coffee, sugar and hot water is all you need for this little cup of delicious!

Try this Whipped Coffee recipe.

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