School Lunches and After School Dinner
Catherine Fulvio joins Aine in studio to talk about feeding school kids.
Ginger Chicken Noodle Stir fry
A stirfry is always an easy way out for that quick midweek dinner. Add as many vegetables as you can get the children to eat! The ginger gives a good warmth and energy.
2 tsp five spice powder
1 tsp honey
2cm fresh ginger, grated
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
3 medium chicken fillets, thinly sliced
4 medium egg noodle nests
1 medium red chilli, thinly sliced diagonally or lengths
8 baby corn, sliced into lengths
4 spring onions, sliced into lengths
1 pak choi, roughly chopped
100g beans, sliced lengthways
1 tbsp soy sauce
1½ to 2 tsp rapeseed oil
1 lime, sliced into wedges, for garnishing
- Combine the five spice powder, honey, ginger and soy sauce together in a bowl. Pour the marinade over the sliced chicken and leave for 5 minutes.
- In the meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packaging. Drain and run under cold water and set aside.
- Heat the sesame oil in a large wok over a high heat, add the chicken and stir fry for about 4 to 5 minutes, tossing around the wok until cooked. Remove from the wok and set aside. Add a little more oil to the wok, heating over a medium heat.
- Add the red chilli and corn and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the spring onions and pak choi, stir fry for 1 minute before adding the beans and stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes. Return the chicken into the wok and heat for about 1 minute. Add the noodles and check the seasoning, add a dash of soy sauce and squeeze of lime if required. Serve with a few lime wedges.
Tip: Add handfuls of spinach as it is a good source of vitamin C.
Chicken Florentine Bake
150g shell pasta
150g cooked chicken, shredded
1 onion, finely chopped
75g baby spinach
100g frozen peas
100g white cheddar, grated
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp chopped parsley
Olive oil, extra virgin for frying
Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the pasta according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Preheat the oven to 180C / Gas 6.
- Sauté the onion in a little olive oil until softened and set aside.
- Melt the butter and flour together and cook for 2 minutes.
- Gradually stir in the milk and allow to thicken.
- Add the mustard, salt and pepper.
- First mix the pasta with the sauce
- Sprinkle the spinach leaves over the base of the oven proof dish and drizzle with olive oil.
- Spoon over the onion and peas. Add the chicken.
- Pour over the pasta
- Sprinkle over the cheddar cheese and a little parsley.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown.
Midweek Sausage, Chickpea and Thyme Casserole
Warm and comforting just ready for the autumn!
4 good quality pork and chive sausages
1 leek, sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
400ml vegetable stock
½ butternut squash, peeled and diced small
120g cooked chickpeas
½ tsp chopped rosemary
4 small sprigs thyme
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 tbsp chopped parsley (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4.
Heat the oil in a medium casserole over a medium heat. Add the sausages and sauté for about 10 minutes or until cooked, turning from time to time. Remove from the casserole and set aside. Slice the sausages diagonally.
Add the leek to the casserole and cook for 4 to 5 minutes before adding the garlic, tomatoes, stock, butternut squash, chickpeas, rosemary and thyme and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Return the sausages into the casserole. Stir well and cover.
Place in the oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, stirring from time to time.
Sprinkle over the parsley before serving.
Tip: Use diced chicken instead of the sausage and sauté the chicken until golden.
Butternut Squash and Beef Casserole
500g beef, diced and excess fat removed
1 tbsp flour, seasoned
3 red onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
650ml beef stock
3 tbsp tomato puree
½ medium butternut, diced
1 red pepper, roughly chopped
1 yellow pepper, roughly chopped
2 sprigs thyme
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 180C / Gas 4.
2. Toss the beef into the flour (use a zip loc bag – shake the beef until coated with seasoned flour). Shake off the excess flour.
3. Heat the oil in a casserole over a medium heat and add the beef in batches, brown and spoon into a separate bowl.
4. Add a little more oil. Add the onions, garlic and sauté until the onions are soft. This will take about 6 – 7 minutes.
5. Add the tomato puree and cook for 3 minutes before adding the beef stock.
6. Add the thyme, peppers, diced butternut squash and return the beef to the casserole. Pour over the balsamic vinegar.
7. Place into the oven for 30 – 35 minutes, stirring from time to time.
8. Check the seasoning before serving.
Banana, Apricot and Hazelnut Loaf
Makes 1 x 900g loaf tin
Get the children to help you make the loaf and it keeps very well.
375g plain flour
1 tsp bread soda
3 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
180g caster sugar
4 medium ripe bananas, mashed
3 tbsp finely chopped apricots
100ml buttermilk (you may need less)
2 tbsp whole hazelnuts, for decorating
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/gas 4. Line a 900g loaf tin with parchment.
- Sift the flour and bread soda into a large bowl. Add the chopped hazelnuts.
- In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in colour.
- Add the eggs to the creamed butter, one at a time, whisking after each addition.
- Add the bananas, apricots and the buttermilk.
- Carefully, fold in the flour mix, adding a little milk if the consistency is too thick.
- Pour the mixture into the tin, sprinkle the hazelnuts on the top top, transfer to the oven and bake for about 1 hour or until golden and well risen. Insert a clean skewer into the cake to check that it is cooked, and when it comes out clear, take the loaf from the oven. Cool before removing from the tin.
Tip: Use this mixture to make small muffins as well.
- Wholegrain Cereals & milk, add in diced blueberries, mango, stewed apple, grapes etc, sweeten with honey if needed.
- soak porridge night before. Someone told me they leave it to cook overnight in the slow cooker… it’s a thought, I haven’t done it though
- Yogurt with fruit compote – e.g. bag of frozen summer fruits, stewed with a little sugar, sprinkle muesli or granola over – layer in glass, looks great
- Cheese on brown toast or cheese and tomato on brown toast sliced
- Low sugar cereal with milk and blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
- Scrambled egg on toast (much quicker than you think) )