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6 easy dinner recipes your kids will love

by Malou Herkes

published on 10 March 2020

Stuck in a rut midweek? Want to shake up the family dinner routine? Nadiya, Jamie and Annabel have got you covered. From traybakes to one-pan suppers, we've picked our favourite kid-friendly dinners that are quick to prep and won't leave you with mountains of washing up either. 

easy dinner recipes for kids annabel karmel squash pea risotto

Squash, Pea and Sage Risotto from Annabel's Family Cookbook by Annabel Karmel

Oozy, creamy, comforting risotto with bright squash and sweet peas, all ready in under 30 minutes. 

Order a copy of Annabel's Family Cookbook here

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Crumbed Pesto Fish, Spuds and Greens from Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver

A family favourite chez Jamie Oliver, this oven fish dish with a homemade pesto crumb, roasted vine tomatoes and simple potatoes is simple to throw together and packed with fresh, summery flavours.

Order a copy of Jamie's Everyday Super Food here.

easy dinner recipes for kids hoop fish bake time to eat nadiya hussain

Hoop Fish Bake from Time To Eat by Nadiya Hussain

“This is something I used to cook for my kids when they were much younger”, says Nadiya who likes to bulk out the clasic kid-friendly storecupboard staple, spaghetti hoops, with plenty of white fish, broccoli and tomato in this traybake dinner. 

Order a copy of Time To Eat here

easy dinner recipes for kids baked eggs eat well for less family feasts

Tomato and Spinach Baked Eggs from Eat Well for Less: Family Feasts on a Budget by Jo Scarratt-Jones

A protein-rich, meat-free dinner, this cheap and cheerful one-pan recipe works for both breakfast or dinner. Serve it up with lots of bread to mop up the juices. 

Order a copy of Eat Well For Less: Family Feasts on a Budget here

easy dinner recipes for kids nadiya hussain tandoori chicken time to eat

‘Tandoori’ Oven Chicken with Burnt Butter Rice from Time To Eat by Nadiya Hussain

Traybake chicken, roasted with a spiced tandoori yoghurt and served with up buttery, rich rice, this is midweek heaven. Nadiya even shows how to make a tandoori spice mix to store for quick flavour any night of the week.

From the book

Nadiya Hussain

easy dinner recipes for kids crispy gnocchi with ricotta the green roasting tin rukmini iyer

Crispy Gnocchi with Roasted Peppers and Ricotta from The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer

Throw gnocchi, red peppers, chilli, rosemary and ricotta all in one tray and what do you get? This popular one-pan dinner that requires minimal washing up afterwards. Bonus!

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