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FREE FAMILY RECIPE's

Everything Cake

Ingredients:

  • 85g butter, melted (or coconut oil for dairy free option)
  • 1 small banana (100g)
  • 3 medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup rapadura sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk (dairy or alternative)
  • 50g finely grated apple (about ½ apple)
  • 80g finely grated zucchini, liquid squeezed out (1 small zucchini)
  • 60g finely grated carrot (1 small carrot)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 1 ½ cups white spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170C fan forced.
  2. Blitz together melted butter, banana, dates and sugar.
  3. Add eggs and milk and mix to combine.
  4. Add grated apple and vegetables – mix through.
  5. Add all dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  6. Pour into lined 20cm square cake tin and bake for approx. 40 minutes or until cooked through.

This was baked in a square tin to make cutting into lunchbox-sized portions easier. Cut cake can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer and added straight to lunchboxes for it to thaw in time for recess or lunch.

This would also taste delicious topped with a cream cheese icing with some grated lime or lemon zest on top if you wanted to make it a little more fancy.

Recipe by: Katherine McCoy - freshfastfrugal.com

Corn & Couscous Salad

A colourful salad that kids love full of different textures and busting with flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole corn cobs, husks removed
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 long green chilli, chopped (skip this for kids)
  • 2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup coriander roughly chopped (you can replace this with mint or use 1/2 cup of each)
  • 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds, plus extra to garnish
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Dressing

  • Juice and Zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a frying pan or grill on a medium/high heat. Place the corn into the pan and cook for 10 minutes, turning occasionally until blistered and charred on the outside. Allow the corn to cool slightly before slicing the kernels from the cob.
  2. Place the couscous, ground cumin and oil into a large flat bowl or tray. Using clean hands rub the oil into the couscous to coat the outside of the grains. Mix through the boiling water until absorbed, then cover and set aside to steam for 8-10 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork once ready.
  3. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
  4. Mix the corn kernels, chilli, spinach, tomatoes, almonds, parsley, coriander (or mint) and pomegranate seeds into the couscous. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Place the salad into a serving bowl and garnish with coriander sprigs, pomegranate and extra almonds.

NOTE: If you don't like or have couscous you could easily use brown rice or quinoa instead.

Recipe by: Kerry Corp @kerry_thegroundedchic

Spring Chicken & Vegetable Tray bake

Tray bakes can be as simple as taking a few simple fresh ingredients, adding a few herbs or spices and placing in a hot oven. A short time later, you have a simple, delish and nutrish meal with little to clean up! One tray, one dish- my kind of cooking!

Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes


Ingredients
 6 chicken thighs or pieces
 150 ml chicken Stock
 6 sprig of spring onions, sliced
 1 medium head of broccoli, chopped
 1 cup of fresh or frozen peas
 1 bunch fresh asparagus
 6-8 small new potatoes any potatoes would be fine, but you may need to use less and quartered.
 1 small lemon, quartered
 1 small handful of fresh oregano & or thyme
 1 tbsp. olive oil
 Salt and pepper, to season

Instructions
1. Preheat your oven to 180C (fan forced). In a hot pan on the stove, add your oil, heat and your chicken pieces to lightly brown. Place into oven tray.
2. Add your potatoes and fresh herbs and pour in your chicken stock. Place in hot oven for 30 minutes.
3. Prepare your beautiful spring vegetables. Cut into pieces and set aside. Also quarter your lemon.
4. Remove the tray from oven after 30 minutes and place your lemon, asparagus, broccoli and spring onions into tray. Mix well and place back into hot oven for a further 15 minutes.
5. Remove tray again from oven and toss through your peas, returning to the oven for a further 5 minutes. Then serve.

Recipe by: Kerry Corp @kerry_thegroundedchic