A delicious, fast meal: fish with chorizo and pesto

This easy to make dinner is bursting with flavour thanks to the chorizo and home-made pesto

Pork yaki udon

Udon noodles have fantastic texture and work well with pork mince and soy sauce

Pork Yaki Udon.
Pork Yaki Udon

Lilly Higgins’ pollo pizzaiola with pasta

Lily Higgins: This hassle-free and delicious family dish ticks a lot of boxes

A traditional quiche Lorraine is made with cream, cheese and ham.

Lilly Higgins: Feel free to buy ready-made pastry but using real butter makes a big difference if making your own

Quiche Lorraine
Quiche Lorraine

Spring greens minestrone with barley soup

To make it more palatable for children blend the soup until it is creamy and smooth

Baked tomato risotto

This is one of my favourite one-pot dinners and takes less that half an hour to make

Garlic bread spaghetti with green salad.

Wild garlic-flavoured breadcrumbs can add an extra dimension to classic pasta dishes

Tzatziki is a great way to use up cucumbers and flatbreads are surprisingly easy to make

Throw all the main ingredients into one big mixing bowl to prepare this simple dish

Simple shakshuka: easy to make and delicious

Dish can be made in minutes using some pantry staples such as tinned tomatoes and spices

Simple shakshuka
Simple shakshuka

The perfect bean burger

If you are missing some ingredients, you may still be able to improvise with what you have

Buttermilk fried chicken with honey mustard slaw

Buttermilk chicken is pure comfort food – ideal for a relaxed family dinner

Slow roasted salmon with cauliflower puree

There is a patriotic twist to this family dinner, mixing green, white and orange hues

Lilly Higgins’s sloppy Joes

Children will love this fun-to-eat food. Just don’t forget the napkins

Sloppy Joes

The secret to the great taste is paprika and a dash of Worcestershire sauce

Lilly Higgins: A tasty mix of a traditional spinach pie with cheese-laced chicken pie

Greek chicken pie

Flatbread pizza with hummus, and a simple Margherita with Irish mozzarella

Homemade pizza

Lilly Higgins’s tuna fishcakes

Lilly Higgins: This dish is a simple way to introduce more fish into your family’s meals

Tuna fishcakes

Love it! Steak and mushroom pie with mash and greens

Lilly Higgins: Store-bought pastry takes the effort out of this delicious dinner

Steak and mushroom pie – served with mash and some greens

Store-bought pastry takes the effort out of this delicious dinner

Vegetable lasagna: nutritious and hearty

In a rush? Use frozen diced Mediterranean vegetables and a jar of good quality tomato sauce

Filling, nutritious and easy to make

Chicken schnitzel with chopped salad and lemon

Pick up some panko breadcrumbs for a brilliantly versatile and crispy schnitzel that kids will love

I always have a few jars of stock frozen, either vegetable or chicken

Lilly Higgins: My key ingredient for a good soup such as this ramen is the stock base

Tofu ramen

Lilly Higgins: Rainbow vegetable pilau rice is a great way to inject some colour into mealtimes

Spaghetti Bolognese:  Cooking the pasta in the sauce makes it soften up more and soaks up the rich tomato sauce.

I have a few tricks to keep my kids eating at the table

Fish finger pitas with green beans, peas and broad beans, gherkins and Marie Rose sauce

Serve the meaty fish soldiers with Marie Rose sauce, tangy gherkins and green beans

Lamb and lentil bobotie

I came across this dish as a child in South Africa. It’s like the Afrikaans’ twist on shepherd’s pie

Lamb and lentil bobotie

Tomato and basil tortellini soup

There is something very appealing about having everything you need in one bowl

Cornbread topped beef chilli

An old favourite given a makeover with herbs, spices and a cornbread crust

Extremely versatile: Portuguese fish stew

Mussels or prawns can be added for a more indulgent version of this Portuguese fish stew

Portuguese fish stew

Mussels or prawns can be added for a more indulgent dish

Rosemary butterbean mash and tasty steak.

Why not try this potato alternative that comes together in minutes while the steaks cook?

One-pot paprika chicken

With some side plates of olives and feta, your kids can pick what they like to eat

Delicious: chicken stir fried noodles

Ditch the takeaway and make this stir-fried noodle dish in five easy steps

Stir fried noodles

Chicken soup with herb dumplings 

Make stock and have the best of broth worlds

Cannellini bean salad.
Cannellini bean salad

Goan Fish Curry takes  15 minutes to make

This quick and easy dinner is light and summery

Goan fish curry

’Nduja eggs with curly kale

Add heat to seafood, burgers or eggs, as here, with Italian pork salumi ’nduja

Pear, apple and blackberry pop tarts: delicious for breakfast. 

Children will love this healthy spin on the sugar-laden breakfast pop tart, created with the help of my six-year-old son


Let the sunshine in with this Tuscan treat of ripe plump tomatoes and bread


Irish seafood paella

Prawns and mussels are the stars of this easy one-pot camping supper

Mushrooms and marjoram with spaghetti and garlic crumbs.

Buttery garlic breadcrumbs turn this humble dish into something memorable

The zing of summer: kale, grapefruit and  mint salad

Grapefruit, kale and mint salad makes the most of the season’s abundant greens

Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi: fragrant, filling dish bursting with vegetables and warming spices.

Fresh herbs and spices transforms the humble potato and cauliflower

Pork larb.

Larb salad.

Larb: is a traditional Lao and Thai dish – perfect light, bright summer fare 

This hummus works so well on warm flat breads with minced lamb

Butternut hummus

Chicken, tarragon and butter bean stew

The holy trinity of chicken, tarragon and garlic is ideal for sadly chilly weather

Sliced chicken or pork with half a boiled egg is my favourite variation

Pineapple salsa: perfect for barbecues

This zesty salsa is sure to be the star of the buffet table at any summer barbecue

Pineapple salsa

Mix slightly underripe apricots with ripe nectarines for this delicious dessert

Stone fruit tart

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