Sunday, 30 June 2013

Recipe & Review: What's For Dinner Tonight? #Schwartz2in1

So cooking dinner isn't one of my strong points. Don't get me wrong, I quite like cooking, but Hoff likes cooking more and so I just let him get on with it most of the time, depending on what we are having. We do however always encourage Kyd to help out with the cooking as it will aid his independence as he grows and it is one less battle to go through at a later date. He loves it... however he does get bored quite quickly if there isn't a bowl to lick or if the recipe takes too long.

When I read that BritMums was looking for people to try out the new Schwartz 2in1 sachets I thought 'ooohhh they look Kyd proof  lets try it'...
'Тhe new 2in1 range offers easy to use recipe mix sachets in one handy pack: one sachet flavours the main dish whilst the other contains а seasoning for a complementary side dish or topping. With 5 different varieties to choose from, and an easy recipe on the back of each pack, it’s a great way to try out new dishes or transform an existing family favourite.'

Sounds good hey!!...

So we received a little packet through the post with these 2 sachets in it -
  • Schwartz 2 in 1 Mediterranean Chicken Pasta and Cheesy Crumb Topping: A blend of herbs and spices for chicken pasta with a cheesy topping.
  • Schwartz 2 in 1 Garlic & Thyme Roast Chicken + Crispy Roast Potatoes: Roast chicken seasoning, with garlic and thyme, accompanied by a special seasoning to create perfect Crispy Roast Potatoes.
Sounds Yummyyyy to me!! 

So where do we begin?! It is a Sunday night and getting on a bit, we thought we'd go for the Mediterranean Chicken Pasta and Cheesy Crumb base as it is both quick and easy.

For the RECIPE you will need …

1 sachet Schwartz 2in1 Mediterranean Chicken Pasta + Cheesy Crumb Topping Recipe Mixes
1 tbs oil
450g (1lb) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
1 yellow pepper, chopped
150ml (5fl oz) water
400g tin chopped tomatoes
200g (7oz) pasta, cooked and drained
75g (3oz) Cheddar cheese, grated

Directions …
1. Pre-heat grill to a medium-high heat.
2. Heat oil and fry chicken for 6-7 minutes, until browned. Add pepper and cook for a further 2 minutes.
3. Mix Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Recipe Mix with water and add to the pan with the tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, then stir in the pasta and heat through for 1-2 mins.
4. Transfer to a baking dish and sprinkle with the Garlic & Herb Crumb Topping, then the cheese.
5. Place under the grill for 4-5 mins until golden.

Oh this was so easy. Kyd was able to do most of it himself. 

He put on his Panasonic Apron we got from Britmums Live and got started. I did/helped with all the hot bits obviously but he did the rest.
He carefully chopped up the chicken and the pepper... with scissors, as this is much safer and just how we roll... then placed the pasta in the already boiling water (carefully and with my help).
He then shoved the chicken in the pan (his words not mine) and added the pepper in too.
He measured out the water and added the tomatoes and the Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Recipe Mix to it whilst he stirred it well.
In went the mix to the pan with the chicken and pepper (once the chicken was cooked through and browned... but not brown... that would just mean it was burnt apparently... thanks for that bit of knowledge Kyd)
We drained the pasta carefully at the sink and added that too whilst stirring.
He then poured the mixture into the oven proof dish and levelled it out... (a little bit messy this bit, as most of it went on the kitchen side... luckily it was clean so it was scooped up and put back in... don't tell Hoff!)
On went the Cheese and crumb part of the sachet and under the grill it went.

TA DA...
A weekday tea cooked by a 10 year old with Down Syndrome! Easy as that!

Q: Was it easy to do?
A: See above... If 10 year old Kyd can do it, you can too!

Q: Was it quick?
A: The whole thing took about 20 minutes... what with Kyd being slower than us, I reckon it would be quicker for us too. Which for a school night is like HEAVEN for a busy mum with a list of Blog posts to do!

Q: Is it expensive?
A: NOPE! 65p on their website... now that is a tasty bargain!

Q: Was it yummy?? 
A: HELL YES!!! Honestly, it went down like a tramp on chips (I'm probably being a little politically incorrect there but you get the point)

Q: Would we buy it again? 
A: YES! We are now looking forward to cooking the Roast Chicken one.... mmmm roast chicken!

Some final Hints & Tips …
  • Try replacing the sliced chicken and pepper with 180g tin tuna, drained and 200g tin sweetcorn, drained.  Skip step 2 of directions and add to the pan with the pasta, then follow remaining instructions.
  • Or add some chilli flakes to the mix and make it spicy (maybe not for the kids though ay!)
Wuhhhhhhoooooo now you go and have a try and tell me what you think! The Linky below shows you all the ones other bloggers have done... have a read see what they thought...

This post is an entry for BritMums ‘What’s for Dinner Tonight?’ sponsored by Schwartz. Find out more about the new 2in1 mixes here


  1. Melissa Breckon30 June 2013 at 21:32

    Aww look at Rhys, hes done a grand job :D

  2. aww well done, looks great!

  3. He loved it! We loved it... Job done! lol

  4. He did indeed! Bless him!

  5. Looks tasty! Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part


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