I will add a few of my favourite and go to meals for the children I look after and which prove to be a big hit. The meals I cook are a variety of recipes from Ella’s Kitchen, Deliciously Ella and family favourites.

Meal of the week – April 6th

  • 3 eggs
  • chopped ham
  • handful of peas
  • splash of milk

Mix 3 eggs into a bowl add the ham and peas and add some milk. Butter a cupcake holder and pour the mixture into the tray. Place in oven for 20 minutes or until eggs are cooked. Serve with sides of your choice.

Pasta and meatballs

Meal of the week – March 12th

  • pasta
  • meatballs
  • homemade tomato sauce
Mini mac and cheese
  • pasta
  • cheese sauce
  • extra cheese for the top

Boil pasta in a pot, follow the packet guidelines, set aside to one side once cooked. I made my cheese sauce, milk, flour and cheese in a pan. once done pour over pasta and place in ovenproof jars. Put grated cheese on top and cook in oven for 30 minutes.

Meal of the week – February 20th

Tomato and veggie risotto
  • Frozen peas 100g
  • 2 carrots
  • Chopped cabbage 50g
  • Half onion
  • Risotto 280g
  • Tinned tomatoes 400g
  • 750ml vegetable stock

Start by frying the onion until soft, add the peas, carrots and cabbage. Once all is soft add the risotto rice and stir together. Bit by bit add the stock and stir until all absorbed. Move ingredients into a ovenproof casserole dish and the tinned tomatoes. Place in oven at 180c for 40 minutes.

Meal of the week – February 13th

Meal of the week – November 19th

Leek, pea and potato soup

Meal of the week – November 7th

peanut butter chicken and noodles
  • 400g chicken stripes
  • 3 spring onions
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 75g mixed peppers
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 coconut milk/cream
  • 1 tsp of turmeric
  • 2 tsp of curry powder

Placed chicken stripes in frying pan and start to cook in another pan place the peas, peppers and spring onions and start to cook. After a few minutes add the spices to the veggie pan. Add peanut butter and coconut cream to pan and mix.

Once the chicken has started to cook place it in the veggie pan and mix well so it is completely covered. Let it simmer for 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

I served with whole wheat noodles, but you can eat with rice or cous cous.

Happy eating.

Meal of the week – November 7th

Broccoli Bites
  • 375g Broccoli
  • 150g Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 4 Spring onions chopped
  • 90g Bread Crumbs
  • 3 eggs

Recipe: Steam Broccoli for 4 minutes in pan and allow to cool. Once cooled place in food processor and blitz. Next place the broccoli in a large bowl. Add the bread crumbs and cheese, spring onion and egg and mix together.

Using your hands roll into balls or sausage shapes and place on baking tray. I can normally get 10 to 12 out of the mixture. Place in oven for 25 minutes and tada. yummy snacks.

This is great to add other veggies to vary it.

Meal of the week – October 14th

Pumpkin Risotto
  • 1 small pumpkin 400g chopped into cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 spring onions
  • 200g risotto rice
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1l vegetable stock

This was a easy meal to prepare and its very yummy.

Placed the chopped pumpkin on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil and place in oven for 30 minutes. I had it on 180c. While this is roasting start to make the risotto.

In a large pan add olive oil, then add chopped spring onion and crushed garlic. Once this has started to soften add the rice and the cumin. Stir well and mix for about a minute.

Add half a cup of stck to the pan and stir every now and then until it has disappeared into the rice. Continue to add stock and stir until you have used up all the stock. this will take a while.

After 20 or 30 minutes taste to see if the rice is cooked , if not add more stock. If it is cooked you can turn the rice off the heat. Finally stir in the pumpkin cubes and serve.

Happy Meal time

Meal of the week – October 3rd

Garlic breaded chicken and rice
  • chicken breast 240g
  • 2 slices of wholemeal bread (use food processor to blend)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper
  • mixed herbs
  • tablespoon of oil
  • basmati rice
  • tomatoes (optional)

This meal is a quick and easy meal to make and very tasty. You can eat this with any sides such as pasta or potatoes. I first placed the bread in the food processor with the garlic cloves and mixed herbs and whizzed until breadcrumbs, then I set aside.

Next I chopped the chicken into slices and placed into a bowl. Add the breadcrumbs into completely covered and add oil to frying pan. Once pan is hot put chicken and wait for it to start browning, at this point you can season with salt and pepper if you like. Once that is done I place the chicken in the oven to make sure its fully cooked.

This took around 30 minutes to prep and cook. Add your sides and enjoy.

Meal of the week – September 5th

orzo pasta with prawns
  • orzo pasta 225g
  • frozen peas 115g
  • cooked prawns 200g
  • 2 courgettes – grated or thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic gloves – finely chopped
  • cherry tomatoes – chopped
  • finely grated lemon and some juice

This meal is very simple to make 10 minute prep time and 12 minute cooking time. This was taken from Ella’s Kitchen Orange book.

Start by cooking the orzo pasta following the packet instructions, add the peas 3 minutes before the end of cooking time. Drain and leave to one side.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil to a frying pan, add the prawns, courgettes, garlic and tomatoes and cook for about 30/40 seconds, (make sure you stir). Add half the lemon rind and juice then add the pasta and peas and stir until all warmed through.

I have two children to look after one is 7 months (you can blend this recipe) and the other is 3, both of them enjoyed and it went down a treat.

Happy Meal Time