Natasha Corrett is a chef and food writer who transformed her life through healthy eating. She is the author of four bestselling cookbooks, former founder of ‘Honestly Healthy’ and current founder of the family foodie community www.mumsknowbest.com.
Today, Natasha is on a mission to help families create healthy meals that are quick, easy, adaptable and accessible.
Natasha, who is mother to a toddler boy Rudy, knows exactly how hard it is to find the time to ensure that the family all eats well. ‘Family time, in my opinion, is the most nourishing yet exhausting experience you can have. It challenges you and completes you all in the same breath’. Natasha’s new book, Family Kitchen allows mealtimes to be enjoyable rather than stressful, comprising of a collection of 100 family-friendly dishes, making it a go-to cookbook in any household!
Here Natasha shares her easy and delicious leftover porridge bars recipe which are perfect for breakfast on the run or to pop into packed lunches.
Over to Natasha…
There is nothing worse than leftover porridge. I hate the waste, but no matter what happens, there is always some! I therefore, came up with a little solution of making granola bars, which we all love. You can keep 2–3 days’ worth of old porridge in a container in the fridge before making these to ensure you have enough.
MAKES 8 BARS | PREP 5 MINUTES | COOK 15 MINUTES
- 100g dates
- 60ml (¼ cup) warm water
- 150g leftover porridge
- 60g rolled jumbo oats
- 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp chia or flax seeds
- Preheat the oven to 180°C Fan. Line a 20cm loaf tin with baking paper.
- Put the dates and warm water into a blender and pulse until they make a coarse purée.
- Add to the rest of the ingredients and mix together.
- Spoon into the lined loaf tin and spread so that it is 1cm thick.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then take out and leave to cool. Cut into squares or bar shapes. The bars can be kept in an airtight Tupperware for 3 days.
About the Book:
Within it, you will find:
38 recipes under 15 minutes 24 recipes under 30 minutes 31 Tray bake & one pot
18 Fish and meat
20 Flexi recipes
30 Weaning friendly
38 Freezer friendly/batch cook 20 Bakes and snacks
This book is for everyone at every stage of family life. From the moment you fall pregnant until your children fly the nest, there are recipes to support your morning sickness to hospital food, lactation recipes to promote milk production, first and second stage weaning dishes, lunchbox fillers, fussy eating hidden veg recipes, after school and sports snacks, brain food for exams, sweet treats with no sugar, date night to dinner party recipes and plenty of hearty family crowdpleasers.
With a section written by Laura Bond, a BANT registered nutritional therapist DipION for families, Family Kitchen teaches you how to support and supplement your family.
Scattered across the book are nutritional nuggets on the recipes to help guide you, to help you better understand what specific ingredients can do for your health, what extra nutrients you might need to include in your family meals.
You can buy Family Kitchen here.