Back to School Recipe Ideas

Back to schoolThat’s it, the summer holidays are over and it’s back to school for the children (and back to work for the rest of us). With the normal weekly routine about to resume, we bet you’re racking your brain to come up with easy back to school recipe ideas for evening meals as well as what to put in the kids’ lunchbox.

But don’t panic, we can help.  At Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher we know first-hand what it’s like to struggle with healthy but tasty food for the family so, we’d like to share with you some of favourite 30-minute back to school supper recipes from the Food Network Website and some lunchbox ideas of our own.  This means you won’t be slaving over a hot oven for hours after a long hard day at work.  And don’t forget, you can order all of our meat products online, directly from the comfort of your sofa, at our online shop

30-Minute Back to School Recipe Ideas

Back to schoolOur first recipe is Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Plums with Creamy Goat’s Cheese Sauce.  For this recipe, you will need our boneless fillet of pork joint which is an easy carving, lean joint suitable for the smaller family. Prep time: 10 minutes; cooking time: 15 minutes.

Forget takeaways, use leftover rice and leftover roast chicken to make this delicious and nutritious fried rice dish. (Alternatively you can also cook fresh rice and use our hand diced chicken breasts pieces which are succulent, tender and full of flavour. Prep time: 10 minutes; cooking time: 5 minutes (simply double the quantities for a family of four).

Sticking with chicken, spice up your weekday evening meal with this chicken fajita traybake with Mexican beans.  We recommend using our skinless chicken fillets which are succulent, tender and full of flavour from Farm Assured chickens.  Prep time: 10 minutes; cooking time: 15 minutes.

While the weather remains warm, you can’t beat a tasty salad.  For a change, check out this Greek meatball salad which you can serve with any type of flatbread.  You can of course buy ready made meatballs but we recommend using our very own lean mince beef to make your own (by following this simple recipe).  It may add a bit to the preparation time but will be well  worth it in terms of taste and flavour.  Prep time: 15 minutes; cooking time: 5 minutes (excluding time to make meatballs).

And finally, it wouldn’t be a weekday treat without a pasta dish and we love this cheesy gnocchi casserole with ham and peas.  You can use ham from any ham joint or you can buy cooked deli ham from our Swansea market stall or our online shop

School Lunch Box Ideas

Back to schoolChildren need plenty of starchy foods to fill them up and give them energy whilst at school.

Nutritious meals packed with fibre, protein, carbohydrate and vitamins will also help your children’s growing bones and give them a healthy dose of brain power for an afternoon of lessons and after school activities.

These suggestions along with fruit and/or vegetables should form the main part of your child’s lunch.

Sandwiches and wraps

You don’t have to use plain old sliced bread every day, you can mix bread up with wraps or pitta bread which are easier to digest and generally healthier. When it comes to fillings it’s best to mix things up so, here are some of our own recommendations for introducing meat products to your children’s lunch box:

  • Wafer thin cooked meats from a deli
  • Cubed chicken or turkey breast with tomato and lettuce
  • Ham and cheese
  • Roast chicken & hummus
  • Leftover cold meats (chicken, turkey, beef sausages, etc) with salad
  • Chicken and mashed avocado/
  • Cold BLT.

All of these meat products (cooked or uncooked) can be purchased from our online shops or our stalls at Swansea Market.                                    



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