Jamie Oliver shares the dinner he feeds his kids to sneak veges into their diets

goss 01/05/2020

Feeding the kids and keeping them happy at the same time is an eternal struggle, but thankfully Jamie Oliver is here to help!

The celebrity chef has recently shared the meal that he makes for his family that he easily hides veges in to make sure his kids get their 5+ a day.

"Quesadillas are a big hit in the Oliver household," Jamie said on his new TV show, Keep Cooking and Carry On.

"The kids love them because they’re comforting and delicious, and Jools loves them because they’re a great way to include hidden veg."

Thankfully he also shared the recipe for the quesadillas his kids love...

Ingredients:

  • 3 leeks
  • 3 peppers
  • 1 large carrot
  • 140g Cheddar or Red Leicester cheese
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 200g tub of hommus
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • 120g natural yoghurt
  • Optional: a few sprigs of fresh soft herbs, such as parsley, mint, coriander, fresh chilli, chipotle chilli sauce

Method:

  1. Peel off the outer layers of the leeks, leaving the tender inner part (save the outsides for stew or soup, or even stock or gravy), then finely chop.
  2. Deseed and finely chop the peppers. Wash and coarsely grate the carrot.
  3. Put all the veg in a bowl, coarsely grate in the cheese, adding more if you have it, then mix it all together. If you’ve got fresh herbs, add some roughly chopped leaves.
  4. To assemble, scatter the veg and cheese mixture across four tortillas, then top with the remaining tortillas.
  5. Put a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat.
  6. One at a time, dry fry the quesadillas for five minutes, or until golden and crisp on the outside, and the cheese has melted in the middle, turning halfway.
  7. Meanwhile, jazz up your hommus. Add half a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to the hommus tub, and mix together. You can add some fresh herbs here if you have any.
  8. Let each quesadilla cool for at least a minute before slicing into wedges. Finely slice the chilli, if using. Serve with the jazzed-up hommus and yoghurt for dunking, topped with chilli sauce and the sliced fresh chilli to add a bit of heat, if you like. Great with a fresh, crunchy salad on the side.
So if you need a new dinner idea to try out - give this one a whirl!