Bored of the usual weekday meals? Try these new takes on classic family dishes
Beetreet ... in a muffin ... don't be frightened by this unusual combo, it works really well. Beetroot adds a subtle earthiness to these fruity muffins, is all. See recipe.
Yet again the Italians win in the culinary stakes, here they substitue traditional mash with gnocchi to sit atop this cottage pie. See recipe.
A brilliant alternative to the traditional mashed spuds – expecially if you want to get your children eating some extra veggies. It's sweeter too. See recipe.
What ... barley? Yep. Healthy types go barmy for barley, so try replacing the bog-standard arborio rice in risotto for pearl barley, it gives a firmer texture and nuttier taste to the usual rice dish. See recipe.
Forget salt v sweet, that's so 2010! This, my friends, this fabulously different bacon popcorn combo is the only thing to serve up on home movie nights. See recipe.
It's sorbet with zero fruit in it and plenty of chocolate ... oh, yes please! Kate Titford's silky chocolatey sorbet might be hard to get your head around, but believe us, it is amazing! Don't believe us? Try it! See recipe.
For our next trick, we add orange and chocolate to the traditional bread and butter pudding. Bold and beautiful. See recipe by Kim Morphew.
Nigel Slater adds chicken, herbs and pak choi to his homemade slaw, cos that's the way he rolls. And we approve. See recipe.
Try Emma Franklin's flavoursome sweet potato mash and you may never return to its plainer cousin again. Yes, it really is that good. See recipe.
Not a potato in sight with these bad boys! Whaaaat? Indeed Anna Hansen's fancy South American style chips are nothing short of genius. See recipe.
Respect to the sheer audacity of replacing minced meat with super-tasty seafood in Katie Caldesi's version of an Italian classic. See recipe.
Beetroot again?! Indeed, and this time it's with spaghetti. Well, everyone knows that beetroot loves goat's cheese. Add spinach and pasta to the mix and yourself a heavenly, albeit slightly unconventional, dinner. See recipe.
And finally a tasty soufflé. Made with carrot. Just because. See recipe by Allegra McEvedy.