Spend less time in the kitchen this summer with our easy traybakes. Families will love these hearty portions and classic flavours. We've included colourful veggie options such as nachos and halloumi, plus fruity puddings packed full of seasonal produce like berries, citrus, passion fruit and mango.


Want more? Check out our quick midweek dinners that come together in under 30 minutes. Our guide takes a look at the best recipes for busy families during those sweltering summer months. And for the ultimate selection of seasonal, kid-friendly recipes, see our summer family collection.


1. Chicken, baguette & tomatoes with pesto

Tray of baguettes with chicken covered in pesto and vine tomatoes

Our chicken, baguette & tomatoes with pesto is an easy family dinner with minimal ingredients. Just layer baguette slices, chicken and your favourite chunky pesto in a pan with cherry tomatoes on the vine. After baking for 40 minutes, top with basil leaves or extra pesto.

For more chicken ideas, see our chicken traybake recipes. Or make that jar of pesto go a long way with our best pesto recipes (you could make your own pesto from scratch, too).

2. Halloumi traybake

Tray of halloumi with other roasted veg

Our halloumi traybake is a hearty vegetarian option for a summer evening. This colourful bake contains four of your 5-a-day, making it a nutritious dinner for the whole family. It comes packed with halloumi, cherry tomatoes, romanesco broccoli and chickpeas.

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For more veggie meals for the warmer months, see our summer vegetarian recipes. Or take to the garden with our best al fresco recipes.

3. One-pan nachos with black beans

Blue nachos in a white dish with avocado, cheese and rice on top

These one-pan nachos with black beans are perfect for a summer party. Kids will love assembling the massive tray with their favourite toppings. It's a gluten-free recipe that's full of black beans, salsa, avocado and melted cheddar.

For more entertaining ideas, see our summer dinner party and summer cocktail recipes.

4. Teriyaki salmon & green beans

Tray of salmon, green beans and lemon with a serving knife

Get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with our teriyaki salmon & green beans. If you're feeding a family, buy a whole piece of salmon and cut into adult- and child-sized portions. Our simple teriyaki sauce requires only four ingredients. Serve up with noodles or rice for an easy midweek meal.

For more speedy dinners, see our collection of quick summer recipes. Or check our our quick dessert recipes to make it a proper meal.

5. Sausage, sweet potato & sweetcorn bake

Tray of sausages, sweet potato and sweetcorn

Our easy sausage, sweet potato & sweetcorn bake takes only five minutes to prepare. This simple dish is perfect for lazy summer evenings. You can use any kind of sausages you like, or swap out for veggie sausages and vegetarian Italian-style hard cheese for a meal without the meat. Serve up with our barbecue sauce on the side.

Try serving with this epic summer salad or any recipe from our summer salad recipes.

6. Jerk chicken & pineapple traybake

Tray of jerk chicken with pineapple, red peppers and a side of rice with beans

Our jerk chicken & pineapple traybake is full of bold flavours such as jerk seasoning, zesty lime and fresh pineapple. This filling dish is served with rice and black beans, perfect for a hearty family dinner. For some leafy greens, serve with Little Gem lettuces.

For more Caribbean-inspired flavours, check out our jerk chicken recipes. It would taste even better if you made your own jerk seasoning...

7. One-pan seafood roast with smoky garlic butter

One pan of seafood with sweet corn and potatoes

Upgrade your Sunday roast with our one-pan seafood roast with smoky garlic butter. This bake is full of charred seafood including large prawns, squids and fresh mussels. Feel free to swap out the mussels with large clams, or mix the two. With corn on the cob and hasselback potatoes, this traybake is great for a family feast. Serve with crusty bread to mop up all the buttery juices.

For more seafood inspiration, see our fish recipes. In it for the prawns? Check out our best king prawn recipes, healthy prawn recipes and shrimp recipes.

8. Cajun chicken traybake with sweet potato wedges & chive dip

Cajun chicken in a bowl with sweet potatoes

Our cajun chicken traybake is jam-packed with flavour, and although sweet potatoes aren’t as crispy as regular potatoes, they count as one of your 5-a-day. This recipe also includes kefir which is excellent for helping beneficial gut bacteria.

For more recipes with a bold smoky flavour, try our cajun recipes. Or discover more ways with sweet potatoes.

9. Tempeh traybake

Tray of roast vegetables and tempeh with lemon wedges

Try our delicious tempeh traybake for an easy vegan dinner. Tempeh is a nutrient-rich plant protein made from fermented soya beans that's easier to digest. Pop all your veg onto a tray and bake for 10 minutes before adding your marinated tempeh and cooking for 30 minutes.

For more healthy plant-based dinners, take a look at our healthy vegan dinner recipes. We've got plenty more ways with tempeh, and you can learn about the health benefits of tempeh, too.

10. Chicken saltimbocca bake

Tray of chicken wrapped in ham with green beans and potatoes

Our wonderful chicken saltimbocca traybake is a special meal that’s super quick to prepare. It can be prepped and cooked in just an hour and is high in fibre. It’s sure to be a family favourite.

For more recipes for impressing guests, try our summer dinner party recipes and check out our feed-a-crowd recipes.


11. Orange & passion fruit traybake

Orange and passionfruit cake with mascarpone icing

This orange & passion fruit traybake makes for a great weekend family pudding. The zesty flavours of orange and passion fruit balance with the creamy mascarpone topping. Serving 12-16 people, this fruity traybake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

For more seasonal puddings, see our summer dessert recipes. Or experiment with one of our passion fruit recipes, including mango & passion fruit roulade and passion fruit & lemon self-saucing pudding.

12. Coconut & mango sponge

Sponge cake made of coconut and mango

Our highly rated coconut & mango sponge is a fruity traybake that will go down a treat at a party or bake sale. This thrifty sponge uses canned fruit and coconut-flavoured yogurt. The vibrant mango and coconut combination make this dessert a perfect summer treat.

For more baking ideas, see our summer cake collection.

13. Lemon & elderflower traybake

Lemon & elderflower traybake

Our lemon & elderflower traybake is a clever twist on the classic bakewell. It has a delicate floral flavour, making it ideal for serving at spring garden parties or bake sales.

Why not try our retro cake recipes if you’d rather the original? Or experiment with elderflower recipes, from strawberry and elderflower gateau to elderflower and cucumber G&Ts.

14. Raspberry ripple blondies

Blondies on a stand with raspberries and chocolate

Treat the family to our simple but gorgeous raspberry ripple blondies. With a serving capacity of 12-16, you would think these would last a while, but with their raspberry, white and dark chocolate filling, they’re incredibly moreish.

For more delicious variations on the classic blondie, browse our blondie recipes.

15. Broken biscuit squares

Square cake iced and decorated in broken biscuits

This beautiful broken biscuit traybake is a great way to use up your leftover biscuits sitting at the bottom of the tin. The indulgent buttery cake is topped with a sweet ganache and then coated in your broken biscuit favourites. A step up from your ordinary tea and biscuits, this will make a great afternoon treat.

For the perfect cup of tea to go with this delicious bake, why not try out some of our tea recipes? Or learn how to make the perfect iced coffee, dalgona coffee or cold brew coffee.

16. Chocolate crunch

Chocolate traybake with icing sugar on top

These indulgent chocolate crunch squares are perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea or by themselves. If you feel like you need a little sugar, they're a great pick-me-up.

For more teatime treats such as scones, cakes and patisserie, try our afternoon tea recipes. Or indulge in one of our best chocolate baking recipes.

17. Banana traybake with cream cheese frosting

Banana traybake with cream cheese frosting with three slices cut out

Our banana traybake with cream cheese frosting is a fantastic sweet dessert and great for using up over-ripe bananas. The rich icing offsets the banana perfectly.

Try more of our delicious banana desserts from classics such as banoffee pie to versatile fruit pancakes, ice creams and more with our banana dessert recipes.

18. Double choc & coconut traybake

A triple-layered chocolate traybake with melted chocolate and coconut chips on top

Pair creamy milk chocolate with coconut for a match made in heaven, then decorate with more coconut and a drizzle of white chocolate.

For more coconut dessert inspiration, see our coconut cake recipes. Or make a batch of irresistible fudgy coconut brownies (they have nearly 300 five-out-of-five reviews).

19. Coconut & jam macaroon traybake

Lunch boxes filled with coconut & jam macaroons

Our easy coconut & jam macaroon traybake takes only 15 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook. It’s perfect for picnics, because it’s easy to transport.

Try more of our desiccated coconut recipes, or give our classic coconut macaroon recipe a go.

20. Vegan chocolate party traybake

Vegan chocolate traybake cut into squares

The whole family will love our vegan chocolate party traybake. Made with plant milk and dairy-free chocolate, no one will be able to tell the difference.

From sticky toffee pudding, fruit sorbets, chocolate cakes, brownies and pancakes, our vegan dessert recipes have everything you could possibly need for plant-based treats.


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