Kids in the Kitchen

Recipes to Get Kids in the Kitchen

With most children now at home and it being difficult to get a hold of all the ingredients you may want, we have pulled together a collection of simple, family friendly recipes which parents and carers can use to engage, educate and inspire children at home. These recipes are ones where children can get involved with by grating cheese, peeling carrots, cracking and whisking eggs.

We are focusing on simple, nutritious ingredients which people are likely to have in their store cupboards. Most of the recipes below are easily adaptable and we would encourage you to get creative with the ingredients you have to hand.

Jane Devonshire MasterChef winner 2016, Ren Behan author of Wild Honey and Rye cookbook and travel and food writer Elizabeth from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diaries have kindly shared some of their fabulous recipes.

We hope you enjoy!

Spatchcock Chicken by Jane Devonshire

We’re delighted to share this recipe with you from our goodfriend Jane Devonshire. Its quick and easy to prepare with just a few ingredients, you’ll have a meal fit for a king.

Turkey and Leek Meatballs with Tomato Tagliatelle by Ren Behan

This super simple recipe from Ren Behan is sure to be a family pleaser. It’s so easy to make using turkey mince which is very lean and great value for money.

Roast Lamb & Rosemary Pie by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diaries

This Roast Lamb & Rosemary Pie recipe from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diaries includes a homemade pastry recipe that was her Grandmother’s. The pastry is lovely and rich as it’s full of lard and a touch of brown sugar. Her mother used this pastry recipe to make meat pies out of left over roast beef.

Cheesy Fish Pie by Jane Devonshire

This Cheesy Fish Pie by Jane Devonshire is a simple yet delicious recipe. Easy to whip up with minimal ingredients and it’s gluten free too!

Asparagus, Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Pasta by Ren Behan

This pasta dish of asparagus, smoked salmon and cream cheese is very quick to make with just a few ingredients it’s sure to become a family favourite.

Very Simple Soda Bread by Paris House

This recipe by Phil Fanning from Paris House for soda bread is so wonderfully delicious as well as being easy to make with minimal ingredients.

Pear & Plum Banana Bread by Ren Behan

This is the perfect recipe to get the kids involved and help towards their five a day. Quick and easy to make it can be rustled up in no time and provides a wonderful healthy snack.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Oatmeal Bars by Ren Behan

If you love Salted Caramel and Chocolate these Oatmeal Bars are for you! You can be sure if there are any little ones around they will enjoy getting chocolaty for this recipe.

Rhubarb Crumble with Oats & Malted Milk Custard by Ren Behan

You will love this recipe by Ren Behan for Rhubarb Oat Crumble. She’s created a healthy dessert or even a warming breakfast. We hope you enjoy and thank you for sharing your recipe with us Ren!

Warm New Potato, Asparagus and Halloumi Salad by Ren Behan

This warm vegetarian salad is quick and easy and perfect for Spring. If you don’t have asparagus courgettes work just as well or try it with any seasonal vegetables, you have to hand.

Fresh Tomato Pasta

This dish is a regular in our house since my father-in-law made it for my husband and me a few years ago. It’s based on a recipe from the Silver Spoon Pasta cookbook and very simply delicious!

Cheats Mexican Chilli by Jane Devonshire

You can’t beat a great chilli and this is my relatively quick mid-week version, using tins of kidney beans in chilli sauce to make it easy and speedier.

My Mum’s Chicken Soup by Jane Devonshire

Simple, delicious and economical. This chicken soup recipe has been passed down the generations in Jane Devonshire’s family and it’s exactly as her Mum and Nanny made it.

Simple One-Pan Roast Chicken by Jane Devonshire

Another simple yet delicious coeliac friendly one-pan recipe from Jane Devonshire. This recipe is very adaptable so use the food you have available and feel free to change the ingredients up as you please.

One Pot Chicken with Tomato, Bacon and Mushrooms by Jane Devonshire

We all love a one pot meal and this one by Jane Devonshire is fabulously gluten free. This recipe is a midweek favourite in her household as it’s very easy, tasty, great for freezing and economical too!

Chorizo Pasta

The recipe is so quick and easy to make, it is packed with the good stuff and is perfect for making the night before. Then 10 minutes to heat up and voila!

Shepherd’s Pie

This Shepherd’s Pie is a version of the traditional Irish dish except we’ve used leeks in replace of onions for a bit of a twist. One portion fits perfectly in our 10cm Mini Cast Iron Casserole.

One Pot Vegetarian Chilli

This Vegetarian Chilli is an easy, one pot recipe that is full of flavour, low in fat and packed with protein. Serve it with rice, a jacket potato, or sweet potato wedges along with a slice of lime, sliced chilli’s and chopped fresh coriander. Alternatively, in warmer weather, serve simply with a salad.