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Cooking with kids: crockpot meatloaf and potatoes

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In this fast-paced world in which we live, surely it must be faster and easier to prepare meals by yourself than with little tykes around your ankles? Why, then, would anyone even consider slowing down the process by inviting school-age children to join in?

The best answer would be that lessons learned while helping parents in the kitchen can benefit children both at home and in the classroom. A prime example is that cooking can help a child foster responsibility.

When cooking, children begin by learning how to follow directions – an all-important skill which will be much needed throughout life. Additionally, they should be taught to clean up after themselves every time a cooking project is over.

Children will also learn how to safely handle kitchen equipment, an essential task when learning how to cook. Kids will need safety reminders and assistance with following the steps of the recipe, but they will also learn the necessity of cleaning up spills as they occur as well as to put things back where they belong when the children are through with them.

Let your children begin honing these skills as they help you prepare this delicious recipe for crockpot meatloaf and potatoes.


  • 2 ½ pounds of beef (or ground turkey , if you prefer)
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup smashed cornflakes (or bread crumbs, but I prefer corn flakes)
  • 1 envelope of Lipton onion soup mix
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • salt, pepper, paprika, garlic salt, Italian seasoning to taste.


  1. Mix the ingredients well and form a “loaf” in the bottom of your crock pot.
  2. Wash 5-6 potatoes, prick them with a knife or fork, and wrap them in foil.
  3. Place potatoes around meatloaf.
  4. Cook for 8-10 hours on low.


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