Okay, so maybe they’re not a master chef, but why not suggest that your teenager tests their skills with a little bit of home cooking? It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – here are some easy recipes to get you started. They’re more likely to enjoy this if you make them responsible for the whole meal, so let them choose the recipe, buy the ingredients and make the dishes without hovering over them too much.
If they’re a picky eater, this may help them explore new foods and flavours. If they don’t like eating together as a family, this could encourage them to be more sociable – so make sure you’re complimentary about their cooking!
You could even turn it into a competition, each family member taking turns to cook and the others scoring the results. Not only is this a great opportunity for your teen to learn a few new tricks, it also means they can get the dinner started while you get that last little bit of work done.