Healthy Back to School Breakfast Ideas with Bassetts Vitamins

Healthy back to school breakfast idea's for the kids.

Breakfast with Bassetts Vitamins
Schools been back now for a few weeks and I'm very much liking the routine again! I'm a stickler for routine and over the holidays it all went a bit out of the window. Meals particularly were haphazard and we're all craving more home cooked food with lots of fresh veggies, regular bed times and sitting down together at the breakfast table every morning. Well, I am at least!

Heidi with her Bassetts vitamins


I try and get my children to eat as healthily as possible, but Bassetts Vitamins do play an important role in our morning routine, particularly since the three year old has acquired a slight aversion to vegetables (hopefully it will pass!).

Bassetts Vitamins contain no added sugar and are made with natural flavours and colours and can be taken from the age of 3. Giving my children a pastille with their breakfast every morning gives me peace of mind knowing that they are getting necessary nutrients*. My kids like all of the flavours they come in but my three year old Heidi loves the Omega-3 + Multivitamins Orange Flavour Pastilles which contain omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B5, which contributes to mental performance, and vitamin B6 which supports normal psychological function. The pastilles are soft and chewy so perfect for small children.

I asked Heidi what the orange multivitamin pastilles tasted like and she said they tasted 'like orange fruit flowers and a hot orange sun'. ' They are a real hit in this house anyway - even my husband sneaks one sometimes.

Breakfast with Bassetts Vitamins


Wholegrain cereals and wholemeal toast feature heavily in our house at breakfast time but I do try and mix it up a bit to keep them interested. Below are some healthy back to school breakfast ideas that I make for my children (and the adults too) on busy weekdays.


Slow Cooker Porridge

You might think Slow Cooker Porridge isn't going to be a quick and easy breakfast...but it really is. All the hard work gets done the night before (and it really isn't very hard), so in the morning all you need to do is lift the lid off the slow cooker and serve. When the kids are going out of the door at different times like they do here, this is the perfect breakfast as you can keep the porridge warm for as long as you need. I love honey and raisins stirred through mine but the kids really like sliced banana on top of their porridge. A spoonful of homemade jam stirred through is also really nice.


Fruit and Nut Oat Bars

These healthy fruit and nut bars are great for breakfasts on the run! I take a few of these to work with me as I try and go swimming first thing and eat breakfast at my desk. These can be frozen so I tend to make a big batch, freeze them individually, then pull out however many I need the night before.


Ham and Cheese Muffins

I make these for lunchboxes but my eldest always sneaks a few at breakfast time too. She is definitely more a savoury person when it comes to food, so these savoury ham and cheese muffins suit her perfectly. Feta and spinach muffins make a nice change as well.


Cherry and Almond Muffins

Muffins in general make great breakfasts and I tend to vary the fruits as to what's in season. These cherry and almond muffins are lovely when you can get fresh cherries but blackberries or raspberries also work well.


Raspberry Fool

I love yogurt and fruit at breakfast time and this raspberry fool is a lovely light breakfast. Any fruits would work in this recipe - I've made it with strawberries and blueberries before and in the autumn I often use blackberries from our garden.

What do you dish up at breakfast time on a busy weekday? Do you give your children vitamins at breakfast like I do?

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Bassetts Vitamins. I received payment for this post. All thoughts are my own. A pack of 30 Bassetts Vitamin +Omega-3 pastilles retail at £5.50

* Just a reminder that food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy balanced diet.
Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)

A Quick Bolognese + M&S Italian Collection Review

A quick and tasty bolognese recipe using products from the M&S Italian range

We all need a speedy pasta meal once in a while don't we?!  This quick and easy Bolognese recipe definitely ticks the speedy box by making use of some yummy new products from the M&S Italian Collection.

I managed to get this bolognese made and on the table in just 20 minutes, so a great recipe when you have starving children to feed (school makes them VERY hungry it seems). The bolognese, although not authentic, is very tasty and makes use of a ready made Tomato & Basil sauce that Marks and Spencer sell. I also used some of their fresh fusili which cooks in just a few minutes and to stretch the meal to feed three hungry kids and two adults I served the quick bolognese with yummy cherrybell pepper foccacia.

M&S have some lovely ready made sauces on their shelves at the moment and next time I might use the chunky vegetable sauce to try and get a few more veggies into the kiddo's. Later in the week I'm planning to use their fresh ravioli with the green pesto for another quick and tasty meal for after football and hockey training!

M&S Italian range sauces


The newly launched Italian Collection from M&S not only features ready made sauces, fresh pasta's and delicious Italian breads but also a large selection of ready meals which are ideal for taking to work or eating on a night when you don't fancy cooking. My Mum feeds the kids a couple of nights a week so I often grab a couple of ready meals for me and hubby to enjoy on those nights.

M&S Italian Breads
The King Prawn Risotto is a particular favourite of mine featuring juicy king prawns and sweet  Santarella tomatoes and it means I get to enjoy a meal that I wouldn't normally cook for us as a family (two of my children don't like prawns - hopefully they will acquire the taste for them soon!).

M&S King Prawn Risotto
Hubby likes his meat so the Slow Cooked Beef Ragu Pappardelle is one of his favourite meals from the range but there are so many others to choose from including;

  • Roasted Mushroom Risotto
  • Chicken Pea and Pancetta Risotto
  • Pancetta Carbonara
  • Crab Linguine
  • Scallop, Pancetta and Pea Linguine
  • King Prawn Bucatini
M&S Italian Ready Meals

All of the ready meals can be microwaved in a matter of minutes or if you prefer, many of the products in the range can also be oven cooked.

M&S King Prawn Risotto


  • The bolognese recipe can easily be doubled if you're feeding more than 4 people.
  • Add a glug of red wine to the sauce for some richness just before adding the tomato and basil sauce.
  • Serve the bolognese with grated parmesan and fresh basil for an authentic Italian meal.
  • Any leftover bolognese can be served as a topping to jacket potatoes the next day.


M&S Italian Range


Quick Bolognese
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Quick Bolognese

A quick and easy bolognese recipe using products from the M&S italian range.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 20 mins


  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, chopped finely
  • 1 TBSP Dried Thyme
  • 3 Rashers Streaky Bacon, chopped
  • 250g Steak Mince
  • 350g Tub of M&S Tomato and Basil Sauce
  • 1 Beef Stock Pot
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 TSP Sugar


  1. In a large pan, fry the onion, garlic, carrot and thyme in a little oil until soft
  2. Add the bacon and steak mince and fry until the mince is browned.
  3. Add the tomato and basil sauce, stock pot, worcestershire sauce and caster sugar and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with fresh fusili pasta for a quick and tasty meal.


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If you're not in a rush, then try my delicious slow cooker bolognese recipe. Leave it on low all day and come home to this tasty Italian classic.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese


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Disclosure: I was sent a range of products from the M&S Italian range to review. All thoughts are my own.

Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)

Easy Strawberry Jam Doughnut Muffins

            An easy jam doughnut muffin recipe made with strawberry jam. Perfect for cake sales and parties.

Easy Strawberry Jam Doughnut Muffins

These jam doughnut muffins are made with sweet strawberry jam and are perfect for charity bake sales and children's birthday parties. The kids love playing the 'who can eat the whole doughnut muffin without licking their lips' game, which my husband is also partial to joining in with too.

The jam doughnut muffins are made with natural yogurt which gives them a lovely lightness but all of the other ingredients are standard pantry staples so the muffins are really easy and quick to make. You can use whatever jam you like but lemon curd is also really nice!

I love the muffins that have jam oozing out of the top...but be careful not to burn your mouth. You've got to let them cool before eating!

Easy Strawberry Jam Doughnut Muffins

Top Tips For Making Jam Doughnut Muffins

  • Try raspberry or blackcurrant jam for a change, or even lemon curd.
  • If you don't have natural yogurt you can substitute with creme fraiche.
  • The recipe can be easily doubled if you are catering for a large number of people.
  • The jam doughnut muffins are best eaten within 2 days of making them.
  • The muffins aren't suitable for freezing.
Easy Strawberry Jam Doughnut Muffins

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An easy jam doughnut muffin recipe made with strawberry jam.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 18 minstotal time: 28 mins


  • 140g Caster Sugar
  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 1 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 100ml Natural Yogurt
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 140g Butter, melted
  • 12 TSP Strawberry Jam
  • 200g Caster Sugar for the topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°c (170°fan) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Put the caster sugar, plain flour, bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a jug whisk together the yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract and melted butter.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  5.  half fill each muffin case with the muffin mix , place 1 TSP jam in the centre of the muffin then top with more muffin mixture.
  6. Bake in the oven for 16-18 minutes then roll the tops of the muffins in the caster sugar and leave to cool.


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Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies

Not for the faint hearted, these dark chocolate orange brownies will satisfy any chocolate craving! Be warned, one slice is NEVER enough!

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Sweet Potato, Feta and Smoked Paprika Macaroni Cheese

  This sweet potato mac and cheese combines mashed sweet potato, salty feta and smoky paprika in macaroni cheese form.

Sweet Potato, Feta and Smoked Paprika Macaroni Cheese

Who doesn't love Macaroni Cheese? I clearly do judging by the amount of macaroni cheese recipes I have on my blog! This sweet potato, feta and smoked paprika macaroni cheese is my current favourite though, not least because of its vibrant colour! It's comforting, filling and most importantly very yummy and we all love it here, especially on cold autumnal nights.

I tend to make the macaroni cheese the night before, so when we get in from work and school all I need to do is bung it in the oven to bake. I sometimes serve macaroni cheese with salad and garlic bread but more often in the cooler months I'll serve it with some fresh veggies like broccoli and cabbage.

The sweetness of the sweet potato contrasts so well with the saltiness of the feta and don't worry if you have any veg phobic children, they wont even notice the sweet potato as its mashed into the smooth cheese sauce.

Sweet Potato, Feta and Smoked Paprika Macaroni Cheese


  • Up the vegetables by adding sweetcorn and peas to the cheese sauce.
  • If you have any leftover chicken or pork from your Sunday roast, add that in too.
  • If you like a bit of heat add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the cheese sauce.
  • The macaroni cheese can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost fully before baking in the oven. 
Sweet Potato and Feta Macaroni Cheese


Sweet Potato and Feta Macaroni Cheese


Sweet Potato and Feta Macaroni Cheese
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Sweet Potato, Feta and Smoked Paprika Macaroni Cheese

This sweet potato macaroni cheese combines mashed sweet potato, salty feta and smoky paprika into this decadent macaroni cheese recipe.
prep time: 20 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 40 mins


  • 500g Sweet Potato, peeled and cubed into 2cm chunks
  • 300g Macaroni
  • 50g Butter
  • 50g Plain Flour
  • 600ml Milk
  • 200g Extra Mature Cheddar, grated
  • 150g Feta, crumbled
  • 1 TSP Dijon Mistard
  • 1/2 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1 TBSP Cider Vinegar
  • Oregano to garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°c (180°fan). Put a pan of water onto the hob and bring to the boil
  2. Add the sweet potato to the boiling water and cook for 10 minutes until soft. Remove with a slotted spoon into a bowl and lash. Set aside.
  3. In the same boiling water cook the macaroni according to packet instructions, drain when cooked.
  4. Whilst the pasta is cooking in a large pan melt the butter then stir in the flour. Add in the milk then stir continuously over a high heat until the sauce thickens. Take off the heat then add in all of the cheddar, half of the feta (reserving the rest for the top), dijon mustard, smoked paprika and cider vinegar.
  5. Combine the cheese sauce with the pasta and mashed sweet potato then spoon into individual oven proof dishes or one larger dish. Sprinkle with the remaining feta and bake for 20 minutes until bubbling. Garnish with fresh oregano if using.


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Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

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Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese


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Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)

Build a Burger BBQ With Regina Blitz #TheStressofMess

     Taking the stress out of mess with Regina Blitz kitchen rolls at our build a burger BBQ night #TheStressofMess

Regina Blitz
Summer is almost over (boo!) but what a summer we've had. There have been BBQ's aplenty here and while the weather is still nice we'll hopefully squeeze in a few more.

The kids went back to school on Wednesday and to celebrate their first day back, we decided to have a 'Build a Burger' BBQ night. Build a Burger nights are legendary in this house (you only need to look at my weekly meal plans on Facebook to realise that) and the kids REALLY enjoy them.

Child eating burger


Although I do love a BBQ, the one issue I have with them is that they can get quite messy! I have a bit of an aversion to messy things, for example, as a child I hated painting because I didn't like getting my hands messy and now when I'm cooking I have to clean up as I go along! It's a good thing that BBQ's are held outside (usually!) but the kid's sticky fingers, ketchup splodges over my nice table and chairs, dripping burger all makes for a stressed Beth. My absolute saviour for these sorts of situations though are Regina Blitz kitchen rolls.



Regina is one of the leading kitchen roll brands, with an ethos around helping Mum, Dad and the family enjoy moments together, happy and confident, without the worry of mess.

Let's be honest, if you have kids things are going to get messy from time to time, but from cooking to cleaning to crafting, Regina Blitz deals with these everyday messy situations with ease.

I love the tripled layer sheets of Regina Blitz. They are over 70% bigger than standard kitchen roll and specially designed to use inside and outside the home....or on your children's face/fingers. They seem to mop up so much more than ordinary kitchen towels and at £2.50 (RRP) are well worth the money in my opinion.

Child wiping face with Regina Blitz

They are also really strong as demonstrated by my three year old who tried her hardest to try and tear a sheet in half.....and couldn't. More importantly the sheets don't disintegrate when they get a bit soggy leaving those horrible mushy clumps everywhere like some kitchen towels do.

Child with kitchen roll


Regina recently commissioned a survey of British families to uncover 'the stress of mess' and the impacts it has on family moments. The results revealed:

  • 84% of clean conscious UK parents think that BBQ's are messy.
  • Over a third of British parents have put off hosting a BBQ because of the fear of the mess.
  • The average UK parent spends 40 minutes clearing up after a BBQ.
BBQ mess


The survey also revealed the following foods as the most likely to be avoided at BBQ's:
  1. Ribs - I definitely agree with this, sticky fingers are no no in this house!
  2. Chicken wings - as above!
  3. Burgers - yes they are messy but you can't have a BBQ without a burger can you? I often get the kids to wrap a piece of kitchen roll around the bottom of them to stop their fingers getting messy.
  4. Hot Dogs - especially when the mustard or ketchup drips on your clothes 😨
  5. Ice Cream Cones - I only let my children eat ice cream outside...even in winter! 
My comments above clearly demonstrate my dislike of mess and the fact I find it all a bit stressful. In my defence I've become A LOT more relaxed in recent years and I cope quite well with feeding not only my own kids, but in the holidays, half of the village's too (they seem to gravitate towards my house - maybe it's the constant smell of cooking?). Before I let them eat though I give them each a sheet of Regina Blitz for them to clean their hands and wipe their faces with. It makes cleaning up at the end of the meal so much easier!


Getting back to our end of summer 'build a burger' BBQ night and what essentially happens is that I put out  lots of different toppings in dishes, as well as different sauces and let everyone build a burger to suit their own tastes. The kids love it because it gives them choice.

Regina Blitz


My husband likes a classic BLT Burger which has a slice of grilled bacon, lettuce and tomato on top of a big juicy steak burger.

The kids keep things plain and simple with a cheese slice and plenty of the dreaded ketchup.

I really like crumbled feta and Moroccon hummus with lots of salad on mine and quite often I enjoy a veggie burger instead of beef.

It goes without saying I always plonk a roll of Regina Blitz on my outside dining table so it's ready and waiting to mop up the inevitable spillages and splodges!

Regina Blitz


We like a variety of side dishes with our BBQ  - some messy and some not so much! Two of our favourites are these yummy Barbecued New Potatoes and a light and tasty Fruity Rice Salad, both which we had at our recent build a burger night.


To make this dish just take some baby new potatoes and place them on some kitchen foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season, wrap up tightly in the foil and place on the BBQ for about 40 minutes. You can jazz these up by adding herbs like thyme or rosemary or if you like it hot a chopped red chili. Some feta crumbled over the top once cooked is lovely too.


Fruity Rice Salad
This is my favourite rice salad recipe of all time and combines apple and dried cranberries with toasted cashew nuts and chopped peppers. The dressing is made with curry powder and mango chutney and is utterly divine. Everyone always asks for the recipe!


At the end of any BBQ I make the kids clear the table so I can give it a quick wipe down with the Regina Blitz kitchen rolls. They really do get things sparkly again with minimal effort. In my opinion it's definitely worth having a roll of this in your cleaning armoury. I guarantee it will save your sanity at some point...especially if you're a clean freak like me!

Clean Table after BBQ

Disclosure: This post was developed in collaboration with Regina. All thoughts are my own.
Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)

Sticky Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Tray Bake

             A sticky balsamic, mustard and honey quorn sausage traybake with sweet butternut squash, red onion, apple and crumbled feta.

Sticky Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Tray Bake

I recently talked about my mission to eat less but better quality meat and to try and introduce more meat free recipes into my weekly meal plans. My meat loving hubby and kids are hard nuts to crack on this front, but I'm happy to report this seasonal Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Tray Bake was a winner and will be featuring on my weekly meal plan again soon! You can get this vegetarian tray bake prepared, cooked and on the table in about 45 minutes so it's perfect for busy weeknights now the kids have gone back to school.

Butternut Squash ready for roasting


The Quorn Sausages have quite a meaty texture and are very well seasoned so no-one felt like they were missing out on their usual pork sausages. I'm definitely going to be keeping a packet of Quorn sausages in my freezer from now on for a quick meat free meal. Sticky Quorn Sausage wraps are on the menu next week and we're looking forward to them already!

Quorn recently partnered with Rachel Stevens, Celebrity Masterchef contestant and mum of two, and in the You Tube video below she chats to Ben Fogle about her own family food choices and how cutting down on their meat intake has helped her family feel healthier (most Quorn products are low in fat and high in protein), with the added benefit of reducing their impact on the environment. In the clip, Rachel shows Ben how to cook one of her children's favourite meat free meals, Sweet and Sour Sticky Quorn Nuggets with stir fried vegetables and rice. You can read more about the partnership here.

It looks really tasty doesn't it? Meat free doesn't mean boring when you can rustle up such delicious, family friendly meals like this. With such a large range of meat free alternatives available in supermarkets nowadays, you are guaranteed to find something to suit all tastes with Quorn. I'm really keen to try the Quorn Mince in my next Bolognese sauce and see how it compares to my classic beef ragu.

Quorn Sausage in packaging


  • Up the veggies by adding chopped red and yellow peppers, courgette or aubergine to the tray bake.
  • I served this Quorn Sausage tray bake with sweet potato chunks and peas but why not try corn on the cob and wholegrain rice.
  • If your kids don't mind a bit of heat, add 1 chopped red chilli to the Quorn Sausage tray bake and serve with some extra chilli sauce.
  • Any leftovers can be chopped into smaller pieces and stirred into some cooked pasta for lunch the next day.

Sticky Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Tray Bake



Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Traybake
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Sticky Quorn Sausage and Butternut Squash Tray Bake

A sticky balsamic, mustard and honey Quorn sausage tray bake with sweet butternut squash, red onion, apple and crumbled feta
prep time: 10 minscook time: 35 minstotal time: 45 mins


  • 8 Quorn™ Sausages
  • 300g Butternut Squash, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 Red Onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, skin on
  • 4 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 2 TBSP Rapeseed Oil
  • 2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 TSP Honey
  • 1 TSP Wholegrain Mustard
  • 100g Feta, crumbled


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°c (180° fan).
  2. In a large roasting tin place the squash, apple, onion, garlic and thyme.
  3. Mix together the oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and mustard and pour over the squash, onion and apples. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Add in the quorn sausages and bake for a further 15 minutes until sausages are browned.
  5. Sprinkle with feta and serve with your favourite veggies


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Spicy Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry

This veggie sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry packs a punch in flavour and is perfect for a Friday night in. Serve with naan bread and mango chutney.

Spicy Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry

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Disclosure: This was a commissioned post in association with Quorn. All thoughts are my own. 
Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)
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