From easy bakes and quick family meals to unicorn ice cream and store cupboard favourites, take a look at what other Mykidstime families have been enjoying this year, with our Top 20 Recipes of 2020!
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This was a year like no other, with so much time spent at home and trying to keep families healthy, safe and occupied.
Getting into the kitchen to try some new recipes, or rediscovering some old favourites, was how many of us spent our time (banana bread and sourdough, anyone?!) so it was no wonder that the Mykidstime Food & Recipes section saw so much traffic.
We’ve pulled the top 20 recipes of 2020 for you to see what everyone else has been cooking – who knows, it might inspire your meal planning for 2021!
Mykidstime Top 20 Recipes of 2020
Easy Cookie Recipes to Make With Kids
Baking cookies is not only a treat to eat, but a fun activity to do together. Even toddlers can get hands-on because most of these easy cookie recipes are quite forgiving. Then, as your child grows, they can take on more responsibility and make these with your supervision.
If you are a novice baker, don’t panic! Start with these easy cookie ideas and you’ll soon learn the basics.
Recipes include plenty of family favourites, including chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, cranberry and white chocolate, and cut-out sugar cookies.
Cheap Chickpea Recipes
Chickpeas are fabulous when you think about them. They are super healthy – these protein-packed legumes are high in fibre, folic acid, iron and zinc – and tins of chickpeas are also very cheap to buy (and even more economical if you have dried chickpeas).
If you’re looking for easy meals to make with this fantastic store cupboard ingredient, these cheap chickpea recipes are packed with flavour (and protein!) and popular with the whole family!
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These zingy and zesty lemon bars are a great traybake to serve at coffee mornings, bake sales or for a spot of weekend family baking – any excuse really! Kids love them, but they are grown up enough for adults too, making them the perfect bake.
Made with a shortbread-style base, a super easy lemon custard topping and icing sugar, these twice-baked lemon bars are simply delicious – and more than a little more-ish!
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Fun Ice Cream Cake Ideas
Who doesn’t love ice cream? And cake? Well put the two together and you have the best dessert EVER! Perfect for birthdays, parties or even just a Tuesday, these 40 fun ice cream cake ideas are entirely worth the calories.
These delicious frozen treats include classic kid-friendly favourites like Nutella, strawberry, chocolate chip, orange creamsicle, root beer float, funfetti and rainbow layers, as well as some grown up options such as tiramisu, cherry and ginger, and mango caramel. Yum!
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Tasty Toppings for Crackers
Cheese and crackers is a classic combo, but you can make snack times a whole lot more interesting by trying a variety of toppings for crackers.
These tasty flavour combinations are sure to make crackers a go-to snack, and a great alternative to bread and wraps – making them ideal for lunchboxes, after school snacks or just a twist on lunchtime!
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Easy Unicorn Cake Ideas
Unicorns are a still a major trend – do you have a unicorn-mad little one who would LOVE a majestic, magical cake?
If you have received a request for a unicorn cake, don’t panic! We have you covered with 17 easy unicorn cake ideas that you can make at home, from cupcakes to tiered cakes.
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Surprisingly Tasty Potato Recipes
No longer just mash, roast or baked – there is so much you can do with potatoes. With Mexican, Asian and Italian influences, these tasty potato recipes are bound to inspire you!
The great thing about potatoes is that not only are they healthy and nutritious, but they are super versatile and can form the basis of lots of different meal ideas for feeding hungry kids.
Recipes include gnocchi with tomato and basil, cheesy potato bites, and ham and cheese croquettes.
Healthy Party Food Ideas
Who said yummy has to be unhealthy? These delicious guilt-free and healthy party food ideas, both savoury and sweet, will make a real difference to your party table (even if that party table this year has been family celebrating at home!).
Not only do they look fantastic, they taste it too!
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Easy Communion Cakes
If your child is making their First Holy Communion this year, you will definitely be interested in our ideas for the party’s centrepiece – the cake. And if you’re making the cake yourself, you will also appreciate that these easy Communion cakes are completely achievable for even a beginner baker.
An easy, homemade communion cake is a great way to cut back on the costs of what can be a very expensive occasion – however, this may fill you with complete panic if you feel your cake decorating skills are lacking. Rest assured, we have compiled ideas for simple, easy communion cakes that are sure to wow your guests!
Quick and Easy Overnight Oats Recipes
Getting everyone up, dressed, fed, and out the door with your sanity intact on weekday mornings, can be a challenge. Why not make things simpler for yourself, and still ensure that everyone starts the day with a healthy breakfast?
These quick and easy overnight oats recipes are prepared the night before, then ready in minutes on busy mornings. A much healthier choice than most quick options, and so tasty that they’ll even be gobbled up by fussy eaters!
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
There is absolutely nothing that soothes the soul more than a bowl of chicken noodle soup, particularly when you are feeling a little under the weather or in need of a big hug! Is it really any wonder it was one of our top 20 recipes of 2020?
Making your own doesn’t need to be daunting, as you can see with this straightforward recipe.
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Homemade Soft White Rolls
These homemade soft white rolls take very little effort to make, and they are perfect for lunchboxes, burgers or to accompany dinner. Whip up a batch in no time with this tried-and-tested recipe!
Deirdre Madden’s Country Apple Cake
This recipe for a simple and classic Country Apple Cake is delicious. A scoop of ice cream, some cream or custard would no doubt be the perfect finishing touch!
Harry Potter Food Ideas
If you have a Harry Potter fan in the house, you’ll be familiar with some of the magical food the students enjoy at Hogwarts – from butterbeer in Hogsmeade to chocolate frogs on the Hogwarts Express.
If you want to create your own Hogwarts feast with butter beer, golden snitches, howlers, broomsticks and lots more, take a look at these AMAZING Harry Potter food ideas that will turn any party (or a Saturday…) into a truly magical event!
Lemon Drizzle Cake
There’s something so delightfully fresh and tasty about all lemony baked goods, and this delicious lemon drizzle cake is no different!
Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Cream
There is something so comforting about this pasta with bacon, peas and cream recipe – it’s a great speedy one to cook up when you’re short of time and hungry kids are clamouring.
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Buried Treasure Fish Pie
Try this “buried treasure” fish pie recipe for a real comfort meal – easy enough for midweek, but tasty enough for the weekend!
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Melt in the Mouth Chocolate Brownies
Is there anything better than warm, melt in the mouth chocolate brownies? When you make these brownies the most amazing smell fills the kitchen – they are seriously irresistible and the biggest problem you’ll have is just eating one!
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Easy Homemade Swiss Roll
This year, we rediscovered the delight that is a homemade Swiss roll! It’s easy to make, requires few ingredients and is perfect for a family dessert or unexpected visitors, as it is ready in under an hour.
Rainbow Desserts, Cakes and Treats
There’s something inherently fun about rainbows, and bringing that playfulness to food can be a great way to introduce new flavours and tastes to family meals.
From healthy to decadent to completely whimsical, these 28 fun rainbow desserts, cakes and treats will definitely brighten your day, and are a delicious way to add a pop of colour to any table!
Unicorn Ice Cream
Trust me when I say – your kids will think you are the COOLEST ever for making this multi-coloured unicorn ice cream with sprinkles and sparkle! Plus, bonus points for the fact that it’s an incredibly easy no-churn recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream maker.
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Have your say! Which of these top 20 recipes of 2020 was your favourite? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!