All my recipes are family friendly and easy peasy, meaning that busy parents can have a tasty family meal with very little effort. I have found that when my little ones help out in the kitchen, they are more likely to try out new flavours and tastes, so where possible I get them to help out on the recipes too. Enjoy!
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!
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, which is ideal for busy parents.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When I was little my Dad used to make this for me and my sister, before she turned vegetarian that is. We’d have it for Sunday tea or it would be ready and waiting for us when we came home from school, bubbling on the stove. It’s a warming stew with winter vegetables and chunky corned beef – what’s not to like?!
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 and as they cook so quickly they get a speedy reward for their efforts, which as they are impatient, is a bonus.
So, not exactly a Welsh classic, but a very 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 I have in the fridge. By adding more veg you’re also getting in some extra ‘healthy’ foods for the little ones, and it also bulks it out to make it go that bit further, which is helpful when you have very greedy growing boys. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.