For stir-frying, ingredients are cut into small and thin pieces so they cook very quickly. As a bonus, this cooking method is quite healthy; nutrients are preserved and very little oil is needed to cook the food. You can use any combination of meat and vegetables. You can use left over beef from roasts you may have cooked for your stir fry. Use noodles instead of rice for a nice change. Chop up all the ingredients before you go to work in the morning and place in the fridge, ready for when you come home. If you are busy and harassed buy some cooked rice at a Chinese take away on the way home from work. Experiment with a selection of ready made sauces from the supermarket.

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This recipe was sent to Kids News by Minie Sephton. Neither, she nor the kids, liked brussels sprouts but her husband loves them. She tried this recipe and says it wasn't bad at all, and now 3 out of 4 of them enjoy brussel sprouts.

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Bradleys Chicken by  Lea Kassner - A friend of mine gave me this recipe - it's her son favourite dish - not sure what it is called so we call it Bradleys Chicken ! My family love it, and it's so easy!"    

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Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, are easy for a parent and child to prepare together. In this simple, comfort-food classic, ready-made pasta sauce shortens the prep time.

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Microwave Chicken 

This is an easy way to make a delicious chicken breast in the microwave stuffed with cheese and ham.


2 lg. chicken breasts, boned & halved
4 thin slices ham
4 pcs. cheese (1 x 1 x 1/2 inch)
4 tbsp. margarine
1 tsp. lemon-herb seasoning
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets waxed paper.
Pound with mallet until flat.
Place slice of ham and piece of cheese on each slice. Pull sides of chicken up to cover ham and cheese. Secure with a toothpick.
Melt butter in 9 inch round glass baking dish. (30 seconds on high cycle.)
Add seasoning.
Place chicken pieces in seasoned butter, spoon butter over chicken.
Cover with waxed paper.
Cook on high 1 1/2 minutes.
Spoon liquid over chicken.
Cover, cook on high 4 to 6 minutes.
Sprinkle grated cheese over chicken.
Cook 1 1/2 minutes.
Let stand 3 to 5 minutes.

 Fettuccine Alfredo

If your kids like pasta then try this dish. This is a really quick and easy pasta dish - serve with nice fresh bread and a salad.  This recipe will be enough for 4 to 6 people.

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Chicken Korma

This is a homemade chicken korma style dish. It’s not an authentic Chicken Korma curry. Its meant to be an introduction to flavour for kids. Try this mild dish as a starting point when trying to expand kids palates. If you feel it’s not complex enough add more spices and flavours.

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You can please everyone in the family using this method of cooking.

Making individual foil packets is a great way to please everyone at dinner time. If you want fish but everyone else wants chicken, it's easy to do, without creating a big clean-up. It's also a perfect way to cook low fat meals in general. The food is essentially steamed, which makes for moist and succulent meat or fish.

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