Easy Family Recipes

Inspired by our travels we try and introduce flavours from around the world to our kids.  All our recipes are family friendly and easy peasy.  This means that if you’re a busy parent, and if you’re a parent thats clearly a given, you can have a tasty family meal with very little effort.

Maybe your kids are fussy like ours? But we have found that when our kids help out, they are more likely to try out new flavours and tastes.  So where possible we get them to help out on the recipes too.  We’ve put some pointers for cooking with kids in the majority of our recipes. Enjoy!


Scrummy Yummy Blackberry Crumble

The beauty of a blackberry crumble is that it is so easy to make and yet tastes delicious.  As blackberries are so juicy it works particularly well as a crumble rather than as a pie as the pastry can get soggy in a pie but the crumble stays nice and well, crumbly.  This is a great recipe to do with the kids as they can pretty much do it all.

Blackberry Crumble Recipe - 6

Beef Cawl

What can be better on a winters day than a hearty bowl of Cawl?!  Cawl (which rhymes with owl) is basically a chunky broth soup packed with meat and vegetables and is commonly thought of as one of the national dishes of Wales.  This Cawl is made with beef brisket, which is cooked until it melts in the mouth!  This really is simple traditional cooking, ensuring comfort food at its best!

Beef Cawl

Summer Chicken One Pot with Welsh Cider

Inspired by a recent culinary trip across South Wales, in which we got to dig for our own Pembrokeshire Earlies, this dish uses locally sourced Welsh produce.  Welsh leeks, Pembrokeshire potatoes and Welsh Hallets cider.  I even got to use fresh sage from our (welsh) herb garden.  Its a really easy one pot dish that saves on the washing up and is fab for a family dinner.

Summer Chicken One Pot with Welsh Cider


Hearty Corned Beef Soup

There’s something about the Welsh, we seem to have a love of corned beef, whether in pies, pasties or even soup.  I have to admit I do love this recipe.  My Dad used to make it for us when we were little and now I make it for my little ones.  They love it too.

Corned Beef Soup


Rustic Potato and Leek Soup with Bacon

Potato and Leek soup has to be up there with one of my all time favourite soups.  This recipe for leek and potato and leek soup topped with bacon is definitely a family favourite in our house. I have to admit, we are a family that love soups.  Chunky or smooth, there’s nothing better than dipping a big chunk of crusty bread into a delicious bowl of heartwarming soup.

Rustic Leek and Potato Soup with Bacon and Croutons Recipe


Wild Blackberry Jam

Have you been blackberry picking?  If so, this is a great way to use up some of those juicy blackberries.  Of course you can use shop bought too.

Blackberry Jam 2


Best Ever Veggie Soup Recipe

Easy peasy best ever summer vegetable soup recipe. Keep those hunger pangs at bay by having a bowl of this to hand.  This is my go to snack when on slimming world.  The bonus is that the kids love it too.



Barbecue Sea Bass

What can be better on a sunny day than a barbecue?!  But don’t just stick to boring meat, try this barbecued Sea Bass recipe instead.  It’s so easy to do and healthy too.


Aubergine Bake

Perfect for a mid-week family meal.  Super easy and packed with vegetables making it a great option to get more goodness into kiddies.  As it’s cooked in the oven it means you can get on with other stuff while it’s cooking. Perfect for busy parents.

Recipe Aubergine Bake


Tortilla Wrap Pizza

These tortilla wrap pizzas make an easy peasy light lunch or snack and they are seriously yummy.  This recipe makes four, but it’s just as easy to make one as it is to double the recipe.

Recipe Tortilla Pizza

Bumper Sausage and Bean Casserole

My youngest son loves sausages, he’d have them every day if he could!  This is recipe with smoked paprika is fast becoming a firm family favourite.  It serves 8 but can be easily halved if you have less mouths to feed.

Recipe Sausage Casserole

Welsh Rarebit

A Welsh classic!  Essentially a much tastier version of cheese on toast which is ideal for lunch or a quick snack.  It’s one of the few vegetarian dishes my husband will eat without moaning about the lack of meat!

Recipe Welsh Rarebit


Prawn and Chorizo Piri Piri

This is so easy to make and makes a very tasty starter for when you are entertaining!  It is my go to starter dish for easy entertaining.It is pretty spicy – way too spicy for my little ones, so if the kids are  eating with us I make them a less spicy version, which I have also shared here.

Recipe Prawn Piri Piri

Chilli Con Carne with Chorizo

This is so easy to make as you just let the slow cooker do the work!  It’s ideal for a fuss free supper with friends.  It does pack a bit of a punch, so if making for a family dinner then you may want to swap the hot chilli powder for mild depending on the tolerance levels of your little ones.

Recipe Chilli Con Carne

Corned Beef and Sweet Potato Rissoles

Corned beed rissoles are pretty common in Wales, I remember as a little girl calling for fish and chips after a day at the beach, and my cousin would always order a rissole and chips and would then pick out the onions!  I didn’t like them as a child, and it wasn’t until I tried one the other day in The Market Place in Cowbridge, that I realised what I had been missing.

Recipe Corned Beef Rissoles

Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Soups are so easy to make and they’re a great way to get veg and goodness into little ones. I make a batch of this and then I have a warming snack for the boys to come home to after school before dinner is ready, or to warm them up after rugby training.  It can be whipped together in no time and it requires minimal effort and is so much tastier than shop bought.

red pepper and tomato soup

Super Speedy Tomato Pasta Sauce

This is my go to sauce if the boys have friends over, or if I’m looking for something to feed them super quick before rushing out to one of their clubs. I either just serve it as it is with some penne pasta, or I grill some sausages or some bacon and add slices of that on top. It’s so quick the sauce can be cooked in the time it takes to boil the pasta.

Tomato Pasta Sauce

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Chilli

This is a mild vegetarian chilli, which my little ones really enjoy.  It’s a budget friendly dish which is easy to rustle up using ingredients from the store cupboard.  Packed with vegetables and full of goodness and so easy to make it’s perfect for a midweek meal.  It’s a mild chilli, but full of flavour, so that adults and children can enjoy together without having to make separate versions.

Vegetarian Chilli

Mild Curried Parsnip Soup

One of my children is completely anti spice but is a lover of parsnips, so in an attempt to inject a little more spice into our lives and introduce him to more exotic flavours I came up with this mild curry parsnip soup.

I had it ready and waiting for them to come home to after rugby training and it was lapped up, with the bread used to mop up and clean the bowls.  For the adults, if you like some more spice just sprinkle on some dry chilli flakes to give it a bit of a kick.

Curry Parsnip Soup

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

As the nights start to draw in, and the days get noticeably colder, what could be better than a warming beef stew.

The joy of this recipe is also that it is fuss free, you bung everything into the slow cooker and let it do the work.  It’s ideal for putting on in the morning ready to come back to after a day of adventure or from coming home after a long day at work.


My Nan’s Welsh Cakes

Growing up in Wales, I have had more than my fair share of welsh cakes and I’m pretty sure that my Nan used to make the best Welsh Cakes in the world! Now I use her recipe to make them with my little ones as they love getting involved in the mixing of the dough, rolling it out and cutting the shapes with a cookie cutter.  As they cook so quickly they get a speedy reward for their efforts, which as they are impatient, is a bonus.

Welsh Cakes

Spaghetti Bolognese

A firm family favourite in our house and made with Welsh Beef Mince!  This is my classic recipe, but I often change it depending on what we have.  By adding more veg, it makes it healthier and it also bulks it out to make it go further.

Spaghetti Bolegnese

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