Fun family recipes

Bring the whole together in the kitchen to cook up some tasty treats

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so what better way to spend family fun month than getting the whole family to together to make tasty treats?

Getting the little ones involved with cooking with can be no easy feat but our fun family recipes are a sure way to get them to enjoy food whilst working on their culinary expertise.

Healthy Pizza

Pizza is the ultimate go-to meal for kids, and an all-round family favourite. This is also great for the family to make together and fussy eaters can add any toppings they like.

Ingredients: 200g wholemeal flour, 1tsp instant yeast, 2tsp rapeseed oil, tomato puree and toppings of your choice

Heat your oven to 220°C/200°C fan gas 7. Simply create a dough by mixing flour, yeast, salt, oil and a little warm water and get the little ones involved by helping with kneading it for 5-10 minutes. Using an oiled knife, cut the dough into halves (or quarters) then sprinkle flour on the counter and help the kids to roll the dough out into any shape they want. Spread out tomato puree then add any toppings you like. Cook for 15-20 minutes.

Make it more fun by letting the kids create faces and characters with the toppings. A sprinkle of rocket helps to up the healthy factor too.

Squashed Avocado Fajitas

Fajitas are another family favourite and a great sharing food. This recipe is ideal for making with the little ones as they can really get involved in making every part.

Ingredients: 2 garlic gloves, 150g plain yogurt, a pinch of paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander and oregano, 200g chicken mini breast fillets, 2 tomatoes, 1 red onion, 1 avocado and wholemeal tortillas

Create a marinade for the chicken by stirring the garlic into yoghurt and adding the herbs and spices then place the coated chicken on your hob in a griddle pan, turning until cooked. Get the kids involved by making their own salsa, mixing chopped tomatoes, onion, coriander and lime. Work together as a family to create your own wraps with the chicken, salsa and of course, smashed avocado.

Lemon Cupcakes

You can’t cook with the little ones without making dessert, and lemon cupcakes are a quick and easy way to make an after-dinner treat.

Ingredients: 140g unsalted softened butter, 100g caster sugar, ½ lemon zest, 2 large eggs and 140g self-raising flour. For the icing sugar: 85g softened butter, 175g icing sugar, ½ lemon zest and juice and sprinkles or other decorations

Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan gas 4. For these you will need to beat the softened butter and sugar in a bowl with a wooden spoon until soft, then add the zest of half a lemon. Slowly stir in beaten eggs and fold in self raising flour. Once the mixture is smooth, divide it into 12 cupcake cases and bake for 20 mins.

Whilst the cupcakes are baking, you can make the butter cream icing. Beat the butter until it’s soft then gradually beat in icing sugar, juice of half a lemon. Place in the fridge until the cupcakes are baked and have cooled down, then decorate with the icing, sprinkles and sweets.

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate brownies are a classic family treat. Serve these up with fresh fruit and ice cream for extra tastiness.

Ingredients:

100g butter, 175g caster sugar, 75g light brown sugar, 125g chocolate, 1tbsp golden syrup, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 100g plain flour, ½ tsp baking powder and 2tbsp cocoa powder

Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan gas 4. Gently melt butter, caster sugar, brown sugar, chocolate and golden syrup in a pan on a low heat until smooth. Then, break the eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork until light and frothy, then slowly add vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and the chocolate mixture, mixing until smooth. Place in the oven for 20 mins and enjoy.

Category: Kitchen