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Healthy family friendly recipes

Simple and delicious recipes for the whole family – with a pinch of fun!

Here are 8 tasty recipes for your family to try. Each one makes enough for at least 4 adults, so enjoy any leftovers the next day or pop in the freezer for a quick meal another time. All the recipes are plant based with vegan options, but if you like you can easily add meat or fish.

Modify Me

Each recipe gives handy hints on how to adapt it for young children who are just starting on solid food and easy changes for your tastes and ingredients.

Foodie Facts

The recipes also include fun facts about the ingredients and their benefits!

These recipes are designed for you to cook together as a family. The best bits for children to help with are shown in blue, and little hands can always help with measuring ingredients and washing up!

Recipes – May half term

  • Creamy Summer Pasta
    This is a quick and delicious recipe showcasing the best of summer veg with light and simple flavours.
  • Mexican Bean Burritos
    The filling for these burritos is a great alternative to a meat chilli that makes for a tasty and warming dish.
  • Fruity Pancakes
    Who doesn’t love pancakes? These ones are egg-free, easy to make and a great activity for little ones to get involved with.
  • Tasty Tomato and Courgette Risotto
    A delicious recipe using classic Italian flavours, perfect for any time of the year.
  • Pitta Pizzas
    A quick and easy dish great for lunch or dinner that is fun to make too! Experiment with lots of different toppings – whatever you have in the house will do fine!
  • Dhal Curry and Flatbreads
    A warming and satisfying dish with lots of uses! It also freezes well so you can have it ready to go for those busy evenings.
  • Hearty Veg-Packed Pie
    This delicious take on a shepherd’s pie gives 5 different sources of vegetables in one sitting!
  • Veggie Bolognese Pasta
    This bonus Bolognese is a tasty veg packed sauce which is easy to make and uses up leftover ingredients from other recipes.

Recipes – Easter holidays

  • Banana bake
    A naturally sweet teatime or lunchbox snack which is a great way of using up overripe bananas.
  • Rainbow Pittas
    These pittas are a quick, easy, and delicious light meal. Try chopping up veggies that are lots of different colours to see if you can ‘eat the rainbow’!
  • Sweetcorn Fritters with Mango Salsa
    These make a tasty dish for lunch. The mango salsa goes nicely but if you can’t get fresh mango then tinned or frozen works too!
  • Sweet Potato Curry
    This is a mildly spiced and tasty dish – you can adapt the spice to suit your taste.
  • Veggie Cheeseburger with Skin-on Chips
    These burgers are a great alternative to meaty versions and use store cupboard ingredients
  • Super Cheesy Macaroni
    A family favourite and a great way to use up some greens! You can pretty much include anything you have – fresh, frozen, and tinned all work well.
  • Mediterranean Pasta
    This pasta dish is super simple and doesn’t require too much effort.
  • Comforting Casserole
    This easy casserole makes for some delicious comfort food!

Safety tips for cooking with children

  • Children should always be supervised by an adult when in the kitchen.
  • Wash hands before cooking and after touching raw meat.
  • Have a chat about safety from the start – decide what must be done by an adult and what the children’s tasks can be.
  • Keep children away from appliances.
  • Never hold a child while cooking or taking things out of the microwave.
  • Turn pot handles in to avoid little hands reaching up and have the pots on the back burners when possible.
  • Warburtons have produced some simple tips on how to teach cooking techniques to young children.

If you are concerned that a child is being abused please call

0345 155 1071

or email mashsecure@devon.gov.uk.

Professionals should complete the MASH contact form.

If it’s an emergency call 999


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