Printable Cooking Scavenger Hunt

cooking scavenger hunt printable card

Have some fun in your kitchen with our Cooking Scavenger Hunt Challenge!

Check out Meant2Prevent’s printable Cooking Scavenger Hunt for a fun, month-long challenge! Work together with your family to complete all of the items on the list. If you are creative, you can probably even cross off a couple at a time!

Get ideas to help you complete your card below.

Share your Cooking Scavenger Hunt card on social media and tag @Meant2Prevent, or let us know what other fun kitchen activities your family is doing!

Read below for details on each Scavenger Hunt item!

1. Cook something with a green vegetable

What’s your favourite green vegetable? Choose one or two vegetables from the list and add them to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Green Veggies to Try:

  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Zucchini
  • Asparagus
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Green Peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Green Peas
  • Okra
  • Green Beans
  • Sugar Snap Peas or Snow Peas

Try these recipes using green veggies from Meant2Prevent Kitchen!

2. Use beans or lentils in your meal or snack

Beans and lentils are a great source of protein and fibre, and they can be added to many dishes! Try adding them to soups, salads, nachos, pasta sauce, or even your dessert (black bean brownies anyone?).

Try these beans and lentil varieties!

  • Chickpeas
  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Romano Beans
  • Brown, Red, or Green Lentils

We love these recipes that include beans or lentils from Meant2Prevent Kitchen!

3. Try a fruit you haven’t tried before (or haven’t had in a while!)

Fruits are not only a sweet and tasty snack, but they contain fibre, vitamins and minerals! Think about a fruit that you haven’t tried before, or haven’t had in a while, and add it to your next grocery list. Some options are below!

Have you tried these fruits?

  • Black Raspberries
  • Plantains
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Papaya
  • Lychee
  • Star Fruit
  • Guava
  • Passion Fruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate
  • Persimmon
  • Pomelo
  • Gooseberries

You can snack on your fruit, or add them to a recipe! We love these ones from the Meant2Prevent Kitchen:

4. Add fruit to a dessert

Fruit goes great with dessert! Whether you add it on top or bake it in, we love adding fruit for a healthy boost.

Try these Ideas:

  • Add fruit on top of ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Serve fresh berries with your dessert on the side
  • Dip fresh fruit in chocolate for a sweet treat
  • Bake a pie or crumble with your favourite fruit

We love these fruit-filled treats!

5. Bake something with whole wheat flour or a whole grain

Whole wheat flour or whole grains add fibre to your baked goods, and can add a delicious nutty flavour! Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to make something using whole grains! Pick a favourite recipe and swap some whole wheat or whole grain flour in for half of the white flour, or pick a recipe that uses whole grains!

Try these whole-grains

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Rolled oats or oat flour
  • Quinoa
  • Flaxseed
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Spelt flour
  • Wheat bran or bran cereal

We love these delicious recipes using whole wheat flour or whole grains from Meant2Prevent Kitchen!

7. Add vegetables to your smoothie

Adding vegetables to a smoothie is a great way to add some extra nutrition. Whether vegetables aren’t your fave, or you love them every way, it’s a great way to add some extra nutrition to your day. The bonus is you can’t even taste them when mixed all together in your smoothie!

Try blending in these veggies!

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Beets
  • Cauliflower

Meant2Prevent has delicious smoothie recipes and a printable guide to build a better smoothie!

8. Try a new kitchen utensil you haven’t used before, or use one in a new way!

Experimenting with new kitchen tools or utensils can be a great way to learn helpful skills, and it’s fun to try new things! If you are a kitchen-pro, try to think of a unique way to use your tools – we love making zucchini or carrot “noodles” with a vegetable peeler!

Have you used these kitchen tools?

  • Can Opener
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Electric Mixer
  • Blender
  • Food Processor
  • Spiralizer
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Melon Baller
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Potato Masher

8. Try a new herb or spice

Cooking with spices and herbs adds flavour to any dish. Try a new herb or spice and take your recipe to the next level! A little bit can go a long way with many spices, so try just a bit and see if you like it!  

We love seasoning roasted potatoes with cumin and paprika, or adding some ground cardamon and ginger to muffins for a delicious flavour!

Have you tried these herbs and spices?

  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chilli Powder
  • Coriander Seed
  • Cardamon
  • Ground Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Garam Masala
  • Cinnamon
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Herb de Province
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Fennel seed

9. Make a balanced plate

Image of step by step build a healthy plate

Do you know how to make a balanced plate? Don’t forget a healthy drink to stay hydrated!

Aim for:

  • 50% vegetables and fruits (1/2 your plate)
  • 25% whole grains or starches (1/4 of your plate)
  • 25% protein foods (1/4 of your plate) 

Following this guide can help your family to eat healthy and get a good balance of nutrients to keep our bodies running the best they can!

To learn more, get our downloadable balanced plate template and build your own balanced meal.

10. Make a no-bake dessert

This challenge involves making a dessert WITHOUT turning on your oven! No-bake desserts can be ready in a flash and are just as tasty!

Try some of our favourite No-Bake desserts from Meant2Prevent Kitchen!

11. Add protein to your breakfast

It’s easy to grab for cereal when you’re in a hurry, but adding protein to your breakfast is a great idea to give your body extra energy and keep you feeling full and satisfied all morning! Choose a protein source from the options below or pick one of your own favourites!

Learn more about what foods contain protein: Spotlight on Protein

Give these protein foods a try!

  • Eggs
  • Greek Yogurt or Skyr Yogurt
  • Regular Yogurt
  • Tofu
  • Beans or lentils
  • Fish (Smoked Salmon)
  • Other Meats (Chicken, pork, beef)
  • Hemp Hearts

Here are some of our favourite protein-rich breakfasts!

12. Eat with your family

Enjoying a meal with family (or friends!) is a wonderful way to connect and make your mealtime more enjoyable.

Did you know that family meals can improve your quality of life and the overall health of your entire family? Try to sit down together as often as you can!

If you want some fun conversation starters, try these!

  • “What’s the funniest or strangest thing that happened to you today?”
  • “If you could experience a situation from any book or movie, what would it be?” (Explain WHY you chose what you did) example – Visiting Narnia
  • “What is your most unusual talent? Demonstrate it!”
  • “What’s one thing you hope to do next year?”
  • “If you could create a brand new holiday for the world, what would it be?”