Keeping the kids entertained throughout the summer can be a challenge.
Every parent dreads the long summer holidays, trying to come up with creative ways to keep kids entertained and avoid any declarations of ‘I’m bored!’. Here at British Corner Shop, we think that cooking with kids is a great way to keep them entertained. Not only will it silence the whines of boredom, it’s also a fantastic way to help them eat well and improve their kitchen skills along the way too. So get your kids into the kitchen, don your aprons and try one of these two kid-friendly recipes.
Spaghetti and Meatballs -Serves 6
Mama Mia, what a dish! This is one where kids can really get stuck in and get their hands dirty. Plus, this a great recipe for sneaking in extra veg, keeping mum happy too!
For the meatballs:
375g Jon Thorners Mince Beef.
1 small onion, finely chopped.
1 carrot, finely grated.
50g Parmesan, finely grated plus extra for serving.
1 medium egg.
1 tbsp olive oil.
For the tomato sauce:
1 tbsp olive oil.
1 carrot, finely chopped.
3 garlic cloves, crushed.
2 x 400g tins of essential Waitrose Chopped Tomatoes.
1 tbsp essential Waitrose Tomato Puree.
1 tsp Silver Spoon Caster Sugar.
Cooked essential Waitrose spaghetti and grated Parmesan cheese.
- Into a large mixing bowl, add the mince and then squeeze all the sausage meat out of the sausage skins. This is a great job for the kids to do, and they’ll love getting their hands dirty. Add the remaining ingredients for the meatballs into the bowl, except the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Using your hands, combine the ingredients until completely mixed.
- Next job, which the kids can do to, is to roll out the meatball mixture into small balls and pop them on a plate. There should be plenty for 24 small meatballs, but make them larger if you prefer.
- While the kids are entertained rolling out the meatballs, mums and dads can start on the sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan with a lid, over a medium heat. Add the grated carrot and garlic, cooking for five minutes until softened. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar and oregano. Mix all together, then pop the lid on and turn down the heat so it simmers gently. Top tip – if your children don’t like veg, you can whizz up the sauce with a hand held blender until it’s smooth.
- Once the meatballs are ready, heat the olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Gently brown the meatballs (you may have to do this in batches), then add the meatballs to the sauce. Continue to simmer the sauce for 15 minutes, giving you time to cook the pasta.
- Drain the pasta once cooked, and add the meatballs, plus a sprinkling of grated Parmesan. Bellissimo!
‘DIY’ Pizzas – Serves 4
Using ready made pizza bases makes this meal super easy to make and one which kids can get involved with. They’ll love picking and mixing their favourite toppings. We’ve given some suggestions below but feel free to get creative.
2 x Napolina Pizza Bases.
1 x 400g tin of essential Waitrose Chopped Tomatoes.
For the toppings:
Jon Thorners Ham, torn into strips.
Mushrooms, washed and chopped into slices.
- Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius/200 fan/gas mark 7.
- To make the tomato sauce, put the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree into a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for ten minutes to boil off the liquid. Once cooked, you can sieve the sauce to get rid of any bits if you fancy.
- Spread a layer of tomato sauce over each base and then sprinkle with grated cheese.
- Add the toppings and then bake in the oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
Do you have any recipes or ideas for keeping the kids entertained this summer? We’d love to hear from you!