In search of quick, easy, healthy meal ideas? These Natasha Corrett recipes from new cookbook Family Kitchen are fast family feasts that everyone will love.
This a showstopper – everyone I make it for says that it is melt-in-the-mouth delicious. The spices are not too strong for kids but add incredible flavour and a twist to normal lamb. It’s also fuss-free as it’s a one-pot dish that takes hardly any prep. To turn this into a Sunday roast, don’t add the couscous at the end, swap the potatoes for celeriac and serve with roasted potatoes. You can even prepare it the night before to pop in the oven when you’re ready.
This can also be a Yorkshire pudding recipe – just take the sausages out. You can use either gluten-free or normal wheat flour as it works well with both, or make into a veggie toad-in-the-hole. Serve with mashed potato and greens on the side as a simple but tasty supper. The key is timing – if you get this right, it’s really easy to make.
This is a very versatile recipe – there are so many variations you can do with this one for everyone to enjoy. I tend to use just one roll of pastry and make the rest of the filling into a supper for me and my husband Simon by adding an extra handful of spinach, some baby tomatoes and prawns then heating through. If you want to use all the filling for pasties, either buy two rolls of pastry to make ten pasties and freeze some or halve the lentil mixture. These can also be plant-based if you leave out the cheese and use some grated courgette instead plus vegan pastry.
One-pot wonders are my absolute favourite since having my son Rudy, two. Chuck everything in and wait for the goods. Minimal effort, maximum gains. You can use this recipe for chicken as well – simply adjust the timings. Serve with a salad, quinoa or rice.
Living in the country we don’t have any Thai restaurants and I miss this dish. I thought it would be difficult to make, but it’s not. If you have a fussy eater at home, you can always scoop out some veg and noodles before adding this sauce and instead use either a simple teriyaki or tomato pasta sauce.
I cook a frittata pretty much once a week as they are quick to make, last four days in the fridge and are packed with so much protein for energy. You can add any vegetables to it you like.
This is a brilliant warming, filling, family-friendly meal. I use chicken thighs as they are cheaper and tastier than breasts, but you can use them if you prefer or substitute the chicken for chickpeas. If you have little ones, just chop the veg so that it’s bitesize and when you serve, cut up or shred the chicken pieces.
These taste like a pizza and are insanely good. They are packed with protein so are great for energy levels and freeze well, so you can make them in advance and keep them in the freezer. They will only take 10 minutes to defrost in an oven.
There’s nothing more homely than a carrot cake. You can swap half the carrot for courgette if you want to add some more greens into your life. And leave off the cream cheese for a simple loaf rather than a cake.
I first wrote a sweet potato brownie recipe eight years ago for my first book. Since then everyone has created a version, so I thought it was about time to update my old one. We bake this at home all the time as we are chocoholics!
Our recipes are from Family Kitchen: Simple Healthy Meals for Everyone by Natasha Corrett, which will be published by Mums Know Best on 13 August, price £25, and is available from Amazon and Waterstones.