Kids (9-12) Collection

Recipes to inspire a budding chef, including simple meals as well as snacks and treats, suitable for ages nine to twelve.

Breakfast burritos

This recipes makes a really filling breakfast, Tex-Mex style. Ask an adult to help you with the hob, as it gets quite hot!

Smoked salmon & scrambled eggs

This is one of the simplest everyday healthy and wholesome meals. Serve on seeded rye or sourdough bread. Make sure to ask an adult to help you when using the hob.

Perfect poached eggs

If you know how to make poached eggs perfectly, then you can make lots of perfect egg dishes for any number of people. Make sure you have everything to hand before you start to cook, as these eggs take very little time to prepare. Watch out for the boiling water, it can get quite hot so ask an adult for help if you need to!

Overnight oatmeal with banana

Breakfast couldn’t be easier – just assemble the ingredients the night before and it’s ready to eat in the morning. This raw oat recipe is served cold, which is super healthy because most of the nutrients are preserved. Ask an adult for help when using the microwave.

Ultimate hot chocolate

A delicious drink to enjoy on a cold, dark winter’s night. Be careful when using the hot pan when melting the chocolate, ask an adult to help you if you need to.

Peanut butter and jam smoothie

This all-American sandwich favourite transfers beautifully to a sweet smoothie that you can enjoy as a special lunch treat. Ask an adult for help using the blender if you need to.

Chocolate peanut butter after-school reviver

If you need a quick energy boost after a long day at school, this is the perfect recipe! You might need an adult to help you use the juicer and blender.

Country breakfast smoothie

Using stewed fruit is a novel approach to smoothie making, but this fruit adds a mellow flavour that you don’t get from fresh fruits. Ask an adult for help when using the blender.

Grilled caprese sandwiches

This sandwich is inspired by insalata Caprese, the colourful Italian salad consisting of mozzarella, ripe tomatoes and fresh basil. You might need an adult to help slice the mozzarella and avocado. If you're not confident using a frying pan, cook the sandwich in a sandwich toaster.

Fish fingers & super chips

This is a healthy take on classic comfort food. These will taste so much better than store-bought fish fingers as you made them yourself! The oven can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Potato wedges with crème fraîche & pesto dip

These are great for sharing with your family or friends - ask an adult to help you cut the potatoes into wedges and to use the oven.

Empanadas

Make these little savoury pies for your friends or serve as an appetiser. The hob can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Lamb koftas

Rolled in fresh parsley and mint, these delicious lamb kebabs can be grilled, cooked on a griddle or grilled outside on the barbecue. If you want to barbecue them, you will need an adult to do this for you.

Chicken fajitas

The ingredients can be prepared in advance, then covered and refrigerated in the marinade for up to 12 hours. Serve with warm tortillas and some tomato salsa or guacamole and sour cream. Be careful with the hot pan when frying the chicken and vegetables, ask an adult for help if you need to.

Sunshine pitta pockets

These sandwiches are great for Sunday brunch. The hob can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Pepperoni french bread pizza

This is one of those great meals that can be made from whatever you fancy so add whatever toppings you want and feel free to get creative! Panini makes a good substitute for the baguette if you prefer. The grill can get quite hot so ask an adult to help if you need to.

Spaghetti bolognese

The most important ingredient in this dish is time – it's even better if allowed to rest for at least 2 hours before being re-heated and served. While the sauce is cooked over a low, constant heat. Boil the water for the pasta, which can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you with this.

Spaghettini with pesto

Leftover pesto can be stored in the fridge for a few days. Simply spoon it into a jar and cover it with a thin layer of olive oil. It is great on potatoes, runner beans or stirred into tomato sauce or soup. The boiling water can get quite hot so ask an adult to help you.

Coconut chicken curry

You can often find this dish served at weddings or special occasions. Its wonderful flavour comes from blending spices with creamy of coconut milk. The hob can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Sweet & sour chicken with rice

This sweet and sour recipe is delicious. Serve with rice and vegetables — baby corn, green beans, mushrooms and courgettes all work well. The hob can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Egg fried rice with prawns

This is a quick and easy family dinner. The wok needs to be very hot so ask an adult for help if you need to.

Wholewheat pasta bake

Heavenly comfort food that’s good for you. The oven can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Ham & cheese strata

This rich, creamy dish is great as part of a holiday brunch buffet because it can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance. The oven can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you if you need to!

Oven-baked risotto

Risotto is cheap, tasty and filling. The only problem is that you usually have to stand over the pot, stirring the rice, for the whole cooking time – but not with this oven-baked version. The oven can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Classic macaroni cheese

Everyone’s number one comfort food. This is the classic recipe, complete with breadcrumbs and tomato slices. With so many possible variations, you’ll never be bored - make it spicy with a bit of chilly, use different cheeses or even add extra, add your favourite veg like peas or cauliflower or puréed squash. The sauce needs to be smooth but thick so you might want to ask an adult to help make this.

Brownies

Everyone loves brownies and everyone has a favourite recipe. This is rich, gooey and delicious. You might need a little adult help chopping the nuts and using the oven.

Rocky road biscuits

These will be a guaranteed hit with your friends. They can be served on their own or with scoops of your favourite ice cream. The hob can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Lemon drizzle cake

This cake is a classic and really simple to make. The intense lemony flavour comes from drenching the cake with lemon syrup while it’s still warm. The oven can get quite hot so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Banana cake

Soft, sticky banana cake is delicious and even better when it's topped with a rich cream cheese icing. It’s also a great way to use up very ripe bananas that you think are a bit too soft to eat. Ask an adult to help you line the tin and to use the oven.

Raisin–walnut quick bread

Quick breads are perfect for the lunchbox because they are best eaten the day after baking. This recipe uses ground flax seeds and walnuts, both of which are high in omega-3 fatty acids – so really healthy. The oven can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Chocolate ice cream

Homemade ice cream tastes much better than the store-bought kind. You don't need an ice cream maker. All you need is a freezer and a lazy day at home to keep churning. You'll also need an adult to help you use the gas hob and pour the hot milk.

Baked rice pudding

This recipe cooks very slowly in a low oven, so you can bake it while you get on with other things. The oven can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Raspberry frozen greek yoghurt

Sweet and tangy, this is a delicious dessert for the summer and goes really well with a drizzle of runny honey. Ask for some help using the ice cream maker if you need to.

Savoury cheese muffins

These are a delicious alternative to sandwiches and are quick, easy and fun to make. Ask for adult help when filling the muffin cases and using the oven, if you need to.

Strawberry & mint cordial

The combination of juicy red strawberries and a hint of mint make this a winner! Serve with plenty of ice. When boiling the mixture it gets quite hot so ask an adult for help if you need to.

Moist banana muffins

These are delicious eaten any time of the day and very easy to make. The oven gets quite hot so make sure you ask an adult to help you take things out!

Orange & polenta cake

Polenta makes a great base for a cake. Add oranges to the mixture and serve warm with ice cream and you have a delicious dessert. The cake tin needs to be greased and lined – if you're new to baking you might want to ask an adult to help you do this.

Ultimate spanish tortilla

A Spanish tortilla is a thick omelette made with potatoes and onions. The hob can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Tomato, mozzarella & basil pasta salad

This lovely fresh, summery, colourful dish is one of the most delicious ways of serving pasta. Use the freshest tomatoes and ask an adult to help you peel and chop them.

Leek & potato soup

Leek and potato is a classic flavour combination and this makes a lovely warming lunch or after-shool snack. The boiling water can get hot so ask an adult for help.

Cheese & sweetcorn bake

This recipe will become a new family favourite. It works well with both white and wholemeal breadcrumbs, which you can grate straight from the loaf – it doesn’t have to be super-fresh bread either!

Rustic chicken pasta salad

This is a great meal to take on a picnic with friends or to have for a lunch at school. The ingredients given are guidelines – you can mix and match to suit your tastes and the contents of your cupboard. Pasta doubles in quantity when cooked, so if a small mugful of cooked pasta in the salad isn’t enough for you, cook more. Ask for help when using hob and handling boiling water.

Wheat tortillas

Used for making everything from burritos to quesadillas and wraps, this is one recipe you’ll want to master. The hob can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Roasted tomatoes in olive oil

Once you’ve tasted these, you’ll never buy a can of tomatoes again. Use in pasta sauces or spread them onto pizza bases with mozzarella and fresh torn basil leaves. The oven can get quite hot, so ask an adult to help you when using it.

Mango and cardamom lassi

This lassi has an authentic Indian flavour as it combines the favourite fruit of the country with a traditional Indian spice. Ask for help with the blender, as it is quite sharp!

Banana milkshake

This has to be one of the simplest and best milkshake flavours. Ask an adult for help when using the blender.

Herb omelette with tomato

The classic French omelette couldn’t be simpler and it's a recipe that every budding chef should know how to prepare. The hob can get quite hot so ask an adult for help if you need to.

Cheat’s chicken satay

Serve this with rice or noodles and maybe some stir-fried greens such as pak choi. Ask an adult to help with the frying, and to check that the chicken is cooked through.

Tiffin

The perfect recipe for first-time bakers. Ask an adult to help you with the hob, as it gets quite hot!

Nectarine and raspberry juice

The sunny flavour of this juice is a perfect for days when the weather is anything but tropical. Ask an adult for help when using the juice extractor and hob.

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