Valentine’s Day Meals to suit all the family!

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Going out for a nice meal isn’t this valentine’s day an option or maybe you don’t usually do anything. So, why not plan something to do at home and have something to look forward to? We have great recipe ideas, so you do not have cook twice for you and your young family. Read on to find out more about sit down meal idea or perhaps a carpet picnic. Why not light a few scented candles and ignite the senses, this goes without saying be careful with little ones around candles.

Sit down meal option – but if this doesn’t tickle your fancy click here for more ideas or a Vegan/Veggie option.

Slow Cooked Lamb Casserole

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 8 hours Yields: 4/5


  • 800g diced lamb steak (for stewing)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 400g vegetable soup
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 10 shallots, peeled and sliced in half
  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced into 1” cubes
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and diced into 1” cubes
  • 70g frozen peas (enough to fill a small mug)
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour or gravy granules (to thicken if desired)


  1. Simply add all ingredients except peas and cornflour or gravy granules into your slow cooker, stir well and cover
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours
  3. After 8 hours, stir through peas and cornflour or gravy granules (if desired) to thicken for 5 minutes
  4. Serve once cooled with rice, mashed potato, or boiled new potatoes

Carpet Picnic ideas

Mini Burgers

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Makes: 20 mini burgers Suitable for freezing


  • 75g / 3oz fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 100g / 4oz peeled and grated carrot
  • 50g / 2oz peeled, cored and grated apple
  • 250g / 9oz lean minced beef
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 25g / 1oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • Canapé-style mini burger rolls (optional)
  • Carrot sticks, halved cherry tomatoes and tomato ketchup, to serve


  1. Place the breadcrumbs in the bowl of a food processor with the onion, carrot, apple, minced beef, garlic, thyme and Parmesan and blitz until finely chopped.
  2. Transfer the burger mixture to a bowl and use your hands to shape it into 20 mini burgers.
  3. Preheat the grill to high.
  4. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly grease the foil.
  5. Place the burgers on the baking sheet and place under the grill for 5 minutes. Turn over and grill for a further 3–5 minutes until lightly golden and cooked through.
  6. Serve in mini burger rolls, if you wish, with carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes and ketchup.


Goats Cheese, Kale and Yellow Pepper Muffins

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 25 mins Yields: 12


  • 2 medium eggs, whisked
  • 150ml Greek yoghurt
  • 75ml vegetable oil
  • 50g mild cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup (56g) goats cheese
  • 1 cup (100g) kale, chopped finely
  • 1 yellow pepper, de-seeded and diced
  • 2 cups (250g) self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 12-hole muffin tray with cases
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until combined
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the muffin cases (sprinkle with extra cheese if desired)
  4. Bake your muffins in the oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and a knife comes out clean from the centre to show that they are cooked through
  5. Serve once cooled.


Veggie Balls

Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Makes: 15 veggie balls Suitable for freezing


  • 1 large white potato (about 440 g/15 oz)
  • 40g / 1½oz dried or Panko breadcrumbs
  • 50g / 2oz carrot, grated
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 50g / 2oz brown mushrooms, chopped
  • 40g / 1½oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet chilli sauce
  • 1–2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil


  1. Prick the potato and bake it in the microwave for 7–10 minutes until soft. Leave to cool, then cut it in half and scoop out the flesh – you will need 250 g/9 oz potato.
  2. Put the cool potato and remaining ingredients (except the flour and the oil) in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until chopped. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, season lightly with salt and pepper (if using) and shape it into 15 equal-sized balls.
  3. Place the flour in a bowl and lightly coat the balls in flour. Transfer them to plate and chill for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot. Fry the balls for about 2 minutes until golden all over and heated through. Serve with cucumber sticks and halved cherry tomatoes, or a mayonnaise dip with sweet chilli sauce.

If none of the above to tickling your taste buds, then have a look at Annabel Karmel website for more ideas.

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