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Summer family recipes

Our selection of kid-friendly summer essentials. Feed the whole family with barbecue staples, one-pan traybakes, light salads and fruity desserts.

7 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Need a speedy, DIY family meal? Try these mackerel pancakes. Using sweet ingredients with stronger-flavoured fish such as mackerel helps tempt children to try them

20 mins
Easy
34 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This vegetarian burger recipe can be frozen, letting you get ahead on busy days. It's craftily packed with spinach - one of the trickier veg to get into kids!

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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283 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

The whole family will love this new, budget chicken dish. Any leftovers freeze well and make a handy lunch

50 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
32 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Sloppy joes are a simple, American staple the whole family can get stuck into. Add a dash of spicy chipotle or smoky barbecue sauce to the minced beef filling for some zing.

35 mins
Easy
25 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Two classics combined, meatloaf flavoured with sage and feta plus pasta and tomato sauce - guaranteed to please

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Sure to be a family favourite, serve up these simple beef steak wraps with avocado, soured cream and tomato sauces, and let everyone mix and match

40 mins
Easy
4 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Soft, creamy avocado and zesty chicken make the perfect pairing for a family supper - a great recipe for using up avocados that refuse to ripen!

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
40 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Switch up your classic family lasagne with pesto, broccoli, mascarpone and chunks of sausage in a dish that's rich in calcium, folate, fibre and vitamin C

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
23 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Fill crisp taco shells with flaked fish fillets, salsa and a garlicky yogurt sauce for a family-friendly weeknight dinner

35 mins
Easy
211 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A budget rice dish flavoured with rosemary, basil and sweet cherry tomatoes. An ideal midweek supper

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
20 ratings 3.4 out of 5 star rating

Serve this blueberry and orange traybake pancake at the end of a family dinner for a crowd-pleasing dessert. Swap the blueberries for raspberries, if you like

35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours

20 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
7 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Update a classic school-dinner recipe by using caramel sauce instead of pink custard to serve alongside chocolate squares. Kids (and big kids) will love it

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
32 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

This healthy, vegan pasta dish is ready in under 20 minutes. It's low calorie and provides 3 of your 5-a-day along with fibre, vitamin C and iron.

19 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
8 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Use any sausages you like for this family-friendly sausage, sweet potato and sweetcorn bake. Or make it veggie with veggie sausages and vegetarian Italian-style hard cheese

55 mins
Easy
9 ratings 3.1 out of 5 star rating

Spice up your sausage rolls with the flavours of harissa, herbs and spices. They're perfect picnic food for summer and a winner when you're feeding a crowd

45 mins
Easy
84 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Try this light, creamy raspberry cake for a sweet summer treat

1 hr and 5 mins
More effort
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Create this retro jelly and custard trifle using cheat’s ingredients. It’s a completely make-ahead dessert, so ideal for a stress-free get together 

30 mins
Easy
6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Pile up burgers with cheese, guacamole, chipotle, salsa and nachos for a fiery and zingy twist on a cheeseburger. The nachos give added crunch

25 mins
Easy
7 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Try this fresh and fruity orange and passion fruit cake with creamy mascarpone topping - a lovely dessert for a weekend family meal

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
75 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This breezy dish is perfect for the grill or barbecue - and it's low-calorie too

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
26 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Make mackerel part of your weekly menu with this Asian inspired dish that's perfect for barbecues

23 mins
Easy
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Make this simple dairy-free vegan slaw that's perfect for barbecues and summer picnics. Put it together in minutes and shake with our mustardy dressing

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Cool down on hot summer days with these refreshing watermelon and kiwi lollies. Great for the family to enjoy, they're low-calorie and full of vitamin C

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
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