Bored of the usual weekday meals? Try these new takes on classic family dishes

 

1. Beetroot and sultana muffins

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.

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Beetroot and sultana muffins

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2. Italian cottage pie

Yet again the Italians win in the culinary stakes, here they substitue traditional mash with gnocchi to sit atop this cottage pie. See recipe.

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Italian cottage pie

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3. Cottage pie with swede and carrot mash

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.

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Cottage pie with swede and carrot mash

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4. Baked barley risotto with peas and bacon 

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.

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Barly risotto

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5. Barbecued bacon and rosemary popcorn

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.

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Popcorn

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6. Dark chocolate sorbet

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

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Chocolate sorbet

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7. Orange choc chip bread and butter pudding

For our next trick, we add orange and chocolate to the traditional bread and butter pudding. Bold and beautiful. See recipe by Kim Morphew.

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Bread and butter pudding

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8. Chilli chicken slaw

Nigel Slater adds chicken, herbs and pak choi to his homemade slaw, cos that's the way he rolls. And we approve. See recipe.

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Slaw

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9. Sweet potato, cumin and chilli mash

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.

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Mash

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10. Turmeric and chickpea chips with tahini and lemon dip

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.

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Photograph: Tara Fisher

 

11. Luxury seafood lasagne

Respect to the sheer audacity of replacing minced meat with super-tasty seafood in Katie Caldesi's version of an Italian classic. See recipe.

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Seafood lasagne

Photograph: Gareth Morgans

 

12. Spaghetti with beetroot and spinach

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.

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Spaghetti with beetroot and spinach

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13. Carrot soufflé

And finally a tasty soufflé. Made with carrot. Just because. See recipe by Allegra McEvedy

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Carrot souffle

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