Despite a testing few weeks, we’ve made it to the Easter holidays – which means that the School of Mum and Dad at my house is well and truly closed! While this break is much needed by both the pupils and the trying-our-best stand-in teachers, the days are already starting to feel a little long without our usual school-day routine. So, to break up the day and keep boredom at bay, I’ll be taking the classroom to the kitchen for some life-skill lessons at Mum’s Cookery School!
If you fancy donning your head-chef hat and directing a willing helper or two (or more), I’ve pulled together some of my family’s favourite recipes to make and eat, including a quick and easy recipe for two-step, no-chocolate chocolate sauce (find the recipe at the bottom of this post).
Make something delicious – and some happy family memories – with some messy but tasty foodie fun this Easter…
Easy recipes to cook with the kids
‘Nuggs and chips’ are at the top of my 10 year old’s teatime wish list, and he loves helping with this recipe almost as much as he loves eating it. All the whizzing in the food processor (under Mum’s watchful eye), dipping in egg and rolling in breadcrumbs make this a hands-on family fave.
Squeezing out the meat from sausages and packing it around hard-boiled eggs is a messy job but someone’s got to do it – and that someone in my house is a teenager on a games console break! If you’re planning a picnic in the garden this Easter, these make a perfect pick-up-and-eat treat.
I’ve bookmarked this dish as a must for my Halloween party table (fancy a slice of wiggly worm pie?), but it’s really fun to make at any time of year – and a great way to sneak some hidden veggies into your little monsters. Let your helper mix the spiralised vegetables with spaghetti, and prepare for amazement when you pull a crazy-looking ‘cake’ out of the oven!
If you’ve found yourself with a bit more time for breakfast lately, a plate of pancakes is a great way to start the day. You’ll find this fantastically fruity breakfast stack à la @Alex_2020_sw – plus some great low Syn and Free topping ideas – on our Pancake Day post.
Who says gingerbread men are just for Christmas? SW’s Nic made this interesting-looking batch with her two children – and, if I squint, the bottom one looks almost like an Easter bunny! Slimming World members will find our easy, slimming-friendly gingerbread recipe on the member website and app.
Banoffee and custard pots
Playing with gelatine is fascinating fun for kids (and adults, too!). And with the flavours of toffee, banana and caramel popcorn in a custardy pot, this one-Syn superstar is the perfect after-dinner pud for all ages. Slimming World members will find the recipe on the member website and app.
Fruit skewers with chocolate dipping sauce
These delicious fruity dippers are a doddle to put together and make a healthy treat for everyone. Get the kids threading their favourite fruits (carefully!) on to mini skewers or toothpicks – we’ve used strawberries, grapes and blueberries but pretty much all fresh fruit works well – and whisking up the ingredients for this simple chocolate sauce (recipe below):
Slimming World chocolate sauce
This two-step chocolate sauce is super quick and easy – and the best bit is that there’s no actual chocolate required! Most of the ingredients can be found at the back of my baking cupboard, which makes it a winner when I fancy something sweet and slimming-friendly. Here’s how you make it:
Ready in 15 mins
3.5 Syns per serving
What you need:
2 level tsp cocoa powder
1 level tbsp light instant hot-chocolate powder
1 level tsp cornflour
200ml almond milk, plain and unsweetened (you can also use cow’s milk if you prefer – using skimmed takes the recipe to 4 Syns per serving)
What you do:
1. Mix the cocoa powder, hot chocolate powder and cornflour with a splash of the almond milk to make a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in the rest of the almond milk, then transfer to a small saucepan.
2. Warm the chocolate sauce over a very low heat, stirring continuously, until steaming and thickened but not boiling. Divide the sauce between 2 small serving bowls and serve with the fruit skewers for dunking.
Meet the member – Ross Hebden
Dad-of-three Ross lost more than 5st with Slimming World and loves passing his healthy cooking and eating habits on to his kids. Read Ross’s story – and watch his inspiring video here
We’d love to see what you and your mini masterchefs get up to in the kitchen this Easter. Send your snaps to the blog or share on social using #theSlimmingWorldblog!