These are cheap quick and tasty, plus they help give your kids omega three found in oily fish, fibre and vitamins!
Potato and leek cakes, flavoured with tasty cheese and fresh herbs, make a satisfying vegetarian meal served with big baked tomatoes and accompanied by a simple leaf salad. Use a floury, main-crop potato, such as King Edward, Desirée or Maris Piper, and mature Cheddar or another hard grating cheese with plenty of flavour.
26th January is Australia Day. These bonza, mate! cheesy pastry pinwheels with Vegemite make a fair dinkum pre-dinner snack.
Tomatoes – used here on muffin pizzas – contribute the heart-healthy phytochemical lycopene.
There are many versions of Welsh rarebit (or rabbit). The one here is richly flavoured with mature Cheddar cheese and thickened with breadcrumbs to add texture, and is spooned over thinly sliced red onions before being grilled until golden and bubbling. A spinach, apple and celery salad is the perfect partner.
These are a delectable alternative to sausage rolls. Make large lamb rolls for packed lunches, or mini rolls for a crowd-pleasing party nibble.
A fantastic snack that both kids and adults will love. These pizza sticks are quick and easy to make and are perfect for dinner parties or birthdays. They are similar to Chinese spring rolls, but with a pizza filling.
This pizza is quick and easy to make. Pitta bread is topped with sauce, ham, pineapple and Cheddar cheese, then baked. Enjoy as is or cut into smaller pieces for a starter. Feel free to use your favourite toppings.
Makes crunchy aubergine crisps, perfect for a tasty snack or party nibbles.
Savoury aubergine with a hint of spice. Serve as a starter, side, or use to top toasties with lots of melted cheese. I recommend grilling these rounds rather than frying, but they are delicious either way!
Tender chicken with a touch of sweet pineapple barbecued on skewers - great for kids at a barbecue party.
Once they have been put together you can either fry them or steam them; both ways are delicious.
Sweet leeks, aromatic basil and savoury Parma ham combine with mozzarella cheese to make a sophisticated pizza-style topping for wholemeal muffins. For a crisp and refreshing contrast, serve with a simple salad of watercress sprigs and coarsely grated carrot tossed with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
Champ is an Irish dish of mashed potatoes and leeks, and here the tomato dressing adds colour as well as vitamins. Potatoes, in this dish unpeeled, contain their best source of fibre and nutrients in and just under the skin.
This recipe is one of many I have developed to utilise the bounty of aubergines my garden has produced this year. The kids will even love aubergines made this way!
Make a batch of these moreish nachos, loaded with tomato salsa and grated cheese, to get everyone munching. They're fun to make and ready to eat in minutes.
Wraps are a quick way to roll tasty fillings into a fun-to-eat package. Take a wrap and cut it across into pieces, and you get a bite-sized pinwheel sandwich that is equally at home in a lunchbox as it is on a buffet table.
Crisp lettuce leaves make a crunchy and refreshing wrapper for the fruity chicken mixture.
This French onion dip recipe is an easy dip for parties and BBQ's. An Australian favourite! Literally two ingredients come together for a very moreish dip, which you can serve with crudites, crackers or crisps.
These little morsels are so easy to make - serve warm or at room temperature for nibbles at a drinks party or eat with salad and some warm bread for quick lunch. Here I have used ham, cheese, sweetcorn and spring onion but there are endless possibilities with different fillings. You will need a non-stick mini muffin tray.