So you’ve decided to take the whole family away on holiday. But instead of the risky hotel food that you can’t guarantee your kids will like, you’ve decided to go self-catering. Sure, it might seem like extra work (and it undoubtedly is), but just think of how easy the rest of your holiday will be if you have total control over what’s served to your little ‘uns. You can cook food you know they’ll like, ensure it’s varied and nutritious and even save yourself valuable holiday funds. But what meals suit being cooked outside the comfort of your own kitchen – with limited utensils and ingredients? With the help of the wonderful Annabel Karmel website, here are a few of our top suggestions for the best holiday meals for kids…
Pizza in a Flash
Cooking a pizza from scratch is a great speedy meal for children and it’s perfect as an introduction to their own culinary life. They can prepare the toppings before you put in the oven – et voila! It keeps them occupied and saves you work at the same time… Use a tortilla wrap for the base for a crispy, crunchy base that’s quick and delicious. Use ketchup, olive oil and diced tomatoes to make a basic tomato sauce and sprinkle grated cheese over before letting your little sous chef finish the toppings (sweetcorn, olives, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers – anything that’s deceptively healthy will do).
Fry some sliced chicken breasts lightly in oil (or grill them if you prefer) and add to some shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes, ground pepper and mayonnaise. Wrap it all up in some flour tortillas and you’ve got yourself a mega-quick hand-held snack that can be eaten in transit. Make things a bit more exciting by adding honey to the chicken (unless your kids are fussy).
One pot cookery is always the easiest route in the kitchen. A fishy rice dish might take some convincing when it hits your nippers’ plates, but if they’re willing to try it, paella can make for a great, healthy and surprisingly simple meal. First fry onion, garlic, paprika, pepper and rinsed coriander and long grain rice in some oil. Pour in chopped tomatoes, stock and tomato puree. Boil for 15 minutes until the stock’s absorbed and the rice is soft. Stir in pre-cooked chicken, prawns and peas until cooked. It’s as simple as that. Ole!
Raisin Bran Muffins
Here’s a healthy breakfast option. They take around half an hour to prepare and cook, so it may be worth making them in the evening (they’ll keep for up to five days in the fridge, so don’t worry). Soak some bran flake cereal in milk until soft. Then sift some salt, ginger, cinnamon, sugar, raisins and flour. Beat in an egg and mix it all in with the soggy cereal. Spoon the gloppy brown mixture into some buttered muffin cases and whack them in a hot oven for twenty minutes. They might not sound like much, but they’re extremely tasty. Your nippers’ll think they’re eating cakes when they’re basically eating bran cereal… Perfect!
For more information and specifics cooking times and amounts and things, please head to Annabel Karmel’s website! Do you have any great recipes you think we should add to the list? Please leave your comments below!Author's Google+ Page