Simple Cooking Ideas for Beginners While You're Stuck At Home

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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, try out these easy peasy cooking ideas for newbies.

Whipped Coffee

whipped coffee

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.

Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Choc-Caramel Cake

Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Choc-Caramel Cake

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

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

3-Ingredient Shortbread

3-Ingredient Shortbread

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

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

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


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

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

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 

2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

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.

4-Ingredient Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

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 

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.

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