Showing posts with label Kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kids. Show all posts

Easy Dinner Idea - SPAM and Baked Bean Hash - Plus a GIVEAWAY

A can of SPAM® is such a useful food thing to have in the store cupboard, that little (or large) tin means you'll never be stuck for a quick and easy dinner.

SPAM® is so easy to cook; slice it, dice it, fry it, grill it the choice is yours.  Of course you can even serve SPAM® straight from the can as it's already cooked, just add egg and chips for a super fast dinner everyone will love.

But it's not all SPAM® and chips! There are so many options for fast and tasty meals.  Why not try my SPAM® and Baked Bean Hash for a easy, cheap, quick and filling dinner that the whole family will enjoy; especially the kids.

SPAM Hash with Beans

This recipe can easily be adapted for the whole family; just double the ingredients accordingly.

Top Tip!
You might want to buy the bigger 415g tin of beans, use half and keep half as they are cheaper to buy. The same goes for the SPAM as it is also available in a larger tin.  Just be sure to store correctly in the fridge and not in the tin.  They will both keep for a couple of days.  Read over the page for the recipe and a giveaway!

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How to Make a Giant Crumpet Pizza Cat

Yes you read right, this post is about how to make a GIANT Crumpet Pizza Cat!  Warburtons are challenging consumers to get inventive with their Giant Crumpets in Dr Bunsen’s recipe challenge.

All you have to do is share your favourite Giant Crumpet recipe with him and his faithful assistant Beaker for a chance to WIN a Giant Crumpets Hamper, including a £200 shopping voucher or one of hundred runners up £50 vouchers that Warburtons are giving away!


This is not only a great way to get kids cooking but you could be a winner too!

Here's how to make my Giant Crumpet Pizza CAT:

Using kitchen scissors, cut your 'cat shape' out of the crumpet by removing a little bit to make the ears.

Spread the crumpet with pizza sauce (available in any good supermarket) then top with grated cheese.

Make the two cheeks, a mouth and two triangles for the ears, out of a slice of pepperoni.

The eyes are made from green olives and the nose is a black olive cut in half.

The whiskers are thin slices of red bell pepper and the eye lashes are thin slices of onion - simples!

Toast under a hot grill for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbling.


So are you ready to take on Dr Bunsen’s recipe challenge?
All you have to do it make your own Giant Crumpet topping recipe and enter; find all the details over on the Warburtons FaceBook Page.
 
In order for your entry to be valid please be sure to check out the terms and conditions.
 
Twitter @Warburtons #GiantCrumpets
Good Luck Everyone!

Disclosure; I received supermarket vouchers to cover my time and ingredients.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta

I love my freezer as I know that if I'm stuck for time there's always something in there enabling me to rustle up a quick dinner after a busy day.  With a little cheating by using frozen ready prepared veggies and a couple of store cupboard ingredients, my Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta can be on the table in just under 30 minutes.  But more importantly, it's super tasty too.

Super Quick Meatballs

I have to admit I never used to venture into Iceland until they moved it to a more convenient location within our town center; and to be honest I still only popped in now and then.  When I was asked to create a recipe for their #PowerofFrozen campaign I had a proper good look and I hadn't realised what an absolutely fantastic range of frozen foods they now stock.

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The Best Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bar Recipe

My breakfast bars are just the thing to stop craving sweets and chocolate.  Okay they do contain chocolate but really not very much; just enough to do the trick.  Great for kids lunch boxes since you can cut them even smaller in order to make 36 mini bites.  These are also far nicer and cheaper than shop bought bars too since you know what's gone into them and they don't contain nasty sounding ingredients such as emulsifier (eeeeek)!
    
Low in salt compared to shop bought and packed full of good things; oats, almonds, walnuts and pine nuts and dates and can be made in next to no time.  That said you do have to chill them in the fridge for about 4 hours which is a bit of a nuisance; but it has to be done in order for them to set. 

Breakfast bars with chocolate

The recipe can be adapted to suit you.  Just as long as you use the same amount (100g) of nuts they can be whatever nuts take your fancy!  Same goes with the dates, if you don't like them just replace them with raisins, chopped goji berries or I dunno, apricots!

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Spooky Halloween Chocolate Cakes

Kids will love these Halloween Spooks made in a silicone cake mould from Premier Housewares.
The mould is microwave safe, dishwasher safe and of course can be used in the oven up to 230 degrees; it can also go in the freezer too.


The eyes and mouths didn't show up to well in my finished cakes, but I'm not one to be beaten so I used a micro marshmallow cut into three pieces; just cut one piece slightly bigger than the other two to make the mouth.  Stick them on with a tiny bit of marmalade and the jobs a gooden.  Anyway, kids will love to decorate their own spooks!
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SPAMTASTIC™ Halloween Bat and Pumpkin Sandwiches and SPAM Spooks

I'm pleased to share with you these Spooky Treats from SPAM that kids will love to help make!    

Whether you’re planning a party or having a cosy night in watching horror films, iconic meat SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham offers friends and family a tastier Hammier Horror savoury treat.

Quick and easy to make, these specially created spooky SPAM® creations are guaranteed to put a smile on the scariest guest’s face.  Treat the assorted scary monsters and super freaks to Spooky SPAM® Sandwiches and keep the vampires away with Garlic SPAM® Spooks.

SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is made with a minimum of 90% shoulder pork and ham and is available in an easy to open, re-sealable 200g tub (RRP £1.79), 200g can (RRP £1.79) and 340g can (RRP £1.99).   The 200g and 340g cans are available at all major supermarkets and the easy to open plastic tub is available from Tesco’s and ASDA.
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Cheesy Crock-Pot Potatoes and Beans

Crock-Pots or slow cookers have become really popular again, lets face it they are quite a marvelous invention.  They offer a very cheap way of cooking and dinner can be ready to eat as soon as you get home from work - no mess no fuss.  Now whenever you think of a meal cooked in a slow cooker you tend to think it's all stews and casseroles.  But you can actually cook certain foods wrapped in foil which of course means even less washing up as the crock-pot is as clean at the end as it was before any cooking began!

Cheesy Beany Potatoes in foil

Perfect for bonfire night or great for students these cheesy beany potatoes may not look amazing but let me tell you if you this was good!  Prepared in just five minutes then left to cook all day long while you're working or maybe you just have something else to do other than stand over a cooker. 
Lets face it baked beans are really good for you too, high in fibre and virtually fat-free which is probably just as well since these potatoes are loaded with cheese!

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Coconut Chocolate Bars - Easy to Make Recipe

The nice people over at Dr. Oetker recently sent me a bundle of their baking goodies.  Bars of milk, white and dark chocolate, chocolates chips, sprinkles, egg white powder, baking powder and more.  

They asked me to try out one their recipes for these Coconut Chocolate Bars. 

Coconut Chocolate Bars


These coconut bars were something of an achievement for me as I'm so useless when it comes to baking but the recipe was very easy to follow and it worked.  Okay, mine might not look as fancy as they could have but they certainly tasted good - Paul the husband ate all of them bar one, which was declared mine!
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Noodlemania - Easy and Fun Pasta Recipes for Kids

For any parent with kids that are fussy eaters, I imagine actually getting them to eat can be a nightmare.
Since pasta seems to be loved by most kids and comes in a humongous range of shapes and sizes, with the help of 'Noodlemania' those nightmare feeding times could be over. 


 This book contains fifty fun looking recipes that kids will love to help make and more importantly, eat!
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Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Food and Cook-Along Too

Hungry?  The recipe book by 'Innocent' is full of lovely looking recipes that are not only quick, but easy too. This book shows you how to make delicious healthy food at home and get the kids involved in the kitchen at the same time.  

We don't have any children but if we did I'd be sure to get them in that kitchen, and get cooking as early as possible!! 


I personally think too many parents (of course not all) feed their kids junk food.  With most, I believe it's just a case of simply not knowing how to cook in the first place.  Your whole family will benefit health-wise from you learning to cook a few basic recipes and cooking yourself is far, far cheaper than buying ready meals. 
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Toblerone Snowballs

At the time of writing it's a little bit early for Christmas stuff, but I made these the other week - they were the result of an experiment that went wrong.  Toblerone Snowballs, Truffles, Sweets? Call them what you will but here they are!


I discovered that when you add runny honey to melted Toblerone it immediately goes like stiff sticky goo, but fear not - this is how my Toblerone snowballs are made.
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Aunt Doreen's Corned Beef and Baked Bean Pie

When I was a kid I was a VERY fussy eater, a bit strange seeing as I can now eat for England.  Always hungry am I and I'll now eat 'almost' anything going!
My mate Jacky's mum Doreen used to make corned beef and baked bean pie and I would eat that - I loved it.  
 So, when I went I sometimes stayed over night and me and Jacky would chat all night long - we hardly slept at all!
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