Les Petits Chefs #SaveWithJamie (and a giveaway!)

You all know by now I am a HUGE Jamie Oliver fan. As well as working with the Petits Chefs on a number of Jamie Oliver recipes (from both Meals in Minutes and The Food Revolution Cookbook), I’ve been working my way through Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills website recipes (and others) with my youngest students, the Cooking Basics boys. So when I received the latest cookbook from Save with Jamie (Money Saving Meals), my first thought was to look for recipes the boys could make. I wanted something that I know they love to eat – because Jamie’s versions are always healthy and quick which is perfect for a one-hour class with 12 boys under the age of 12!

As soon as I saw the Mexican Caesar Salad, I knew my choice had been made. One of the most popular stations on the lunch programme is the “build your own” Caesar salad area and I wanted to show the boys how they could make their own even more from scratch (with a healthy avocado/ Greek yoghurt dressing to boot!).  We divided the jobs between different groups of boys and they pretty much just got to work…

Prepping chicken and bacon for Caesar salad #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comPrepping Caesar salad ingredients #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comCooking bacon #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comCooking chicken and grating parmesan for Caesar salad #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comMaking avocado dressing for Caesar salad #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd then came the fun part – building their salad from the ingredients they had prepared – lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, Parmesan, croutons, bacon, chicken and the avocado/Greek yoghurt dressing….

Constructing Caesar salad #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comResult?

Mexican Caesar salad #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comYup, a healthy salad that’s easy to make and “tastes like the real thing”. #winning

Crumbling pasta into happy frumpy minestrone #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comPrior to this week, I had also made two other Save with Jamie recipes with my younger students – first, his Happy Frumpy Minestrone which was perfect because it kept little hands busy for most of the session, chopping and dicing…

This was a wonderful dish because it contains so many vegetables (and beans) yet the boys seemed willing to try this and they all agreed as we added the frozen spinach and peas that it looked “so pretty”. I think visual appeal is definitely a huge part of getting little people to try dishes they might not otherwise taste so hearing them tell me how they loved the way this looked was music to my ears!

adding veggies to happy frumpy minestrone #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe end result is really appealing, I think – and a perfect vehicle for leftover veggies the next day too!

Happy frumpy minestrone #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe younger guys also tried their hand at Chinese Beef and Tofu – another easy dish with lots of veggies, beef and tofu…

Making Chinese beef and tofu #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe boys thought their bowls looked “just like” the ones in the picture in the book…

Chinese beef and tofu #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comChinese beef takeout #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd there you have it – better than takeout, made in under an hour by a group of 7 and 8 year old boys.

If they can do this, anyone can!

As well as cooking from the book with the boys, we’re also enjoyed a lot of meals from the book too…

So yeah, I’ve been cooking a LOT from this book in the past 2 months – I’ve made over 13 recipes so far – some of them have been repeats because we’ve enjoyed them so much!


Here’s the list so far…

4. Korean stir fried rice (with leftover brisket)

Korean stir fried rice #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.com5. Veggie korma with mock cauliflower pilau

Veggie korma #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.com6. Meatballs alla Norma

Cooking meatballs alla Norma #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comMeatballs alla Norma #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.com7. Mothership roast chicken.

Jamie Oliver mothership roast chicken #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.com8. with roasted potatoes

Jamie Oliver roast potatoes #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.com9. and oven-roasted carrots

Jamie Oliver roast carrots #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.com10. Sweet pea and chicken risotto

Sweet pea risotto #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Are you seeing a pattern here?

Fabulous dishes, none of them super complicated, many of which make use of leftovers from the “Mothership” recipes at the beginning of each chapter…

It’s very much changed the way I think about what I cook for the week – and now I am much more likely to cook a “Mothership” dish so I can enjoy the leftovers!

It’s a wonderful book in that it teaches you all sorts of tips and tricks to do with leftovers, even tiny amounts of them.

11. Mince and onion pie

Mince and onion pie #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.com12. Pork meatloaf with spaghetti sauce

Pork meatloaf spaghetti sauce #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.com13. Sicilian squash and chickpea stew

Sicilian squash and chickpea stew #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comand finally, possibly one of my favourites although it’s hard to choose just one –

14. Jewish penicillin chicken soup

Jewish penicillin chicken soup #savewithJamie on eatlivetravelwrite.comUm, yeah. So I got the book on October 7th and it’s now December 12th. That’s not a bad track record for someone who cooks (a lot from other sources too) in just over 2 months… It’s become a bit of a “go to” for me actually and, as Mr Oliver intended, I am sure, it is changing the way I think about what I cook and how I shop.

And because it’s the season of giving, guess what Canadian/ US friends?

Win a copy of Save with Jamie (US/Canada)!

That’s right – thanks to the kind folks at Harper Collins Canada I have a copy of Save with Jamie up for grabs for readers in Canada/ the US (sorry International friends)!

To enter:
1. Leave a comment below telling me which one of the recipes listed in this post you’d like to try and why

2. For a bonus entry, tweet the following message:
Enter to win @jamieoliver #SavewithJamie Cookbook from @eatlivtravwrite + @HarperCollinsCa http://bit.ly/1bxEK6R

Then come back to leave me a comment telling me you did.

Contest closes on Wednesday, December 18th at 6pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org and will be notified by email on December 20th 2013 (I’ll be en route to Australia on the 19th!).


Disclosure: Harper Collins Canada provided me with a review copy of Save with Jamie. I was not required to post about this, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions are my own.


*** Congrats to Kathryn who won my Butter Baked Goods giveaway – I’ll be in touch to get your shipping details!


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43 Responses to Les Petits Chefs #SaveWithJamie (and a giveaway!)

  1. Rebecca T December 12, 2013 at 07:37 #

    Oh, my. There is way more than one recipe I want to try here! I try to eat local and organic as much as I can, and I have the most gorgeous squash in my kitchen these days, but I’m tired of the “bake and stuff” recipes. Aching for something new to do with squash, and the Sicilian squash and chickpea stew looks pretty perfect to me. And mothership meals are where it’s at!

  2. Gin December 12, 2013 at 08:28 #

    How do I decide? Right now it’s between the mince and onion pie (it’s cold out and I’m just in the mood for a meat pie) or the risotto (I’ve also been hankering for some risotto this week)!

  3. Tara December 12, 2013 at 08:35 #

    I would have to try the Mince and Onion pie. My boys will eat any main course that looks like a dessert, especially if it’s filled with meat.

  4. Shelly December 12, 2013 at 08:42 #

    I’d love to try the Mince and Onion Pie! I lived in England for a couple years and it’s been over three years since I’ve had one of those!

  5. jan December 12, 2013 at 10:09 #

    I’d love to try the mothership roasted chicken. My family loves chicken and it looks like a super simple recipe for me. win- win.

  6. Rebecca S. December 12, 2013 at 11:05 #

    The mothership roast chicken because, while I’m ashamed to admit it, I’ve never roasted a whole chicken and it’s high time I did.

  7. Clare December 12, 2013 at 11:11 #

    Jewish penicillin chicken soup hands down. First, of it looks loaded with good stuff. Second, who can turn down medicine that tastes good? Third, chicken soup is one thing everyone in the family can agree upon. And FINALLY it’s another 79,000 years (give or take a year) until Hanukka and American Thanksgiving will be at the same time so we should raise a chicken soup toast to all our friends!

  8. Leanne Parker December 12, 2013 at 11:16 #

    I would love to try the Mothership Roasted Chicken. I love a good roasted chicken and this one looks amazing!

  9. David B December 12, 2013 at 11:43 #

    I want to try that Sicilian squash and chickpea stew, looks great!

  10. Meghan A December 12, 2013 at 11:44 #

    I want to try the Mexican Chicken Salad, it looks delicious!

  11. Lee-Ann S December 12, 2013 at 11:48 #

    Believe it or not just the Oven Roasted carrots because I usual goof them up.

  12. Stephanie December 12, 2013 at 11:55 #

    Definitely can’t wait to try the Mince and Onion Pie – I love savoury pies but have yet to attempt making any myself (I think the pastry intimidates me!) 🙂

  13. Kyla Sentes December 12, 2013 at 11:59 #

    I think the Korean fried rice, but the risotto looks fab as well!!

  14. Carole Brown December 12, 2013 at 12:00 #


    I love the look of that Caesar salad

  15. Shareba December 12, 2013 at 13:16 #

    That Mince and Onion Pie looks amazing!! I would love to try that recipe.

  16. Shareba December 12, 2013 at 13:17 #

    Also, I tweeted about this giveaway. My handle is @InSearchOfYummy

  17. Annette C. December 12, 2013 at 15:01 #

    The Jewish penicillin chicken soup … I need something for this frigid cold weather & to keep the flu bugs away.

    I have tweeted:

  18. Ella Caceres December 12, 2013 at 18:34 #

    Definitely the Korean fried rice. I love fried rice.

  19. Carolsue December 12, 2013 at 22:50 #

    The Mexican Caesar Salad for two reasons: I love Caesar Salad. It has BACON in it. Anything with bacon is my favorite!

  20. Carolsue December 12, 2013 at 22:51 #

    I tweeted

  21. Solducky December 13, 2013 at 00:07 #

    Happy frumpy minestrone! I love peas.

  22. Paula December 13, 2013 at 08:19 #

    All of the dishes you and the class prepared look so hearty and appetizing. I’m a big fan of chicken caesar salad but I’ve never made it with avocado and Greek yoghurt. Sounds intriguing and looks delicious.

  23. Zosia December 13, 2013 at 09:11 #

    It’s hard to choose just one, they all look so delicious but I’d really like to try the Veggie Korma with Mock Cauliflower Pilau. I’m always looking for interesting vegetarian dishes and the treatment of the cauliflower looks very unusual.

  24. ikkinlala December 13, 2013 at 11:08 #

    I’d love to try the Sweet Pea and Chicken Risotto because I’ve never tried making risotto before.

  25. Esther December 13, 2013 at 12:37 #

    So here is the truth. I dont want to try any of these recipes I want to give the book to my sister get her to try the recipes and invite me over. She loves to cook and I love to eat

  26. Sarah December 13, 2013 at 12:58 #

    The veggie korma looks delicious and mock cauliflower pilau sounds great too. I cannot believe boys under 12 made that first salad too. I am so impressed! Amazing job. 🙂

  27. betsy December 13, 2013 at 15:49 #

    It’s a tough choice. For me, it’s a tie between the Korean stir-friend rice (because I always seem to have a leftover chunk of meat in the freezer, and I love Korean flavors) OR the Sicilian squash and chickpea stew (because it looks like ingredients I usually have on hand this time of year AND having to shop for an ingredient can dampen my enthusiasm for trying a new recipe when I don’t feel like going out to the store). Looks like a great book to check out even if I don’t win (which I hope I do).

  28. betsy December 13, 2013 at 15:49 #

    And, I tweeted!

  29. E. Younie December 14, 2013 at 16:53 #

    Hard to decide on only one, but the first I’m going to make is the Happy, Frumpy Minestrone, partly because of its name! It’s also beautiful.

  30. Carol M December 14, 2013 at 19:43 #

    I’d like to try the Chinese Beef and Tofu, because I love Tofu and I am running out of ways to eat it.

  31. Tracey December 14, 2013 at 21:09 #

    I want to make the Mexican Caesar Salad because I love avocados.

  32. Tracey December 14, 2013 at 21:11 #

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/yyz_talk/status/412042034615046144

  33. Jody December 14, 2013 at 21:17 #

    I would like to make the Jewish penicillin chicken soup because everyone in my family loves chicken soup.

  34. Jess W. December 15, 2013 at 13:54 #

    I’d love to try making the pork meatloaf with spaghetti sauce. I’m a sucker for meatloaf!

  35. Jess W. December 15, 2013 at 13:56 #

    Tweeted – @wherejessate

  36. Janice (@KtchnHealsSoul) December 15, 2013 at 22:38 #

    I loved Jamie’s Food Revolution book, so I think I will like his latest too! I’d love to try that Korean fried rice. I love Korean food and would love to make it at home. And I’d also like to try that meat pie. I’ve never made a meat pie before!

  37. Janice (@KtchnHealsSoul) December 15, 2013 at 22:39 #

    Tweeted the giveaway 😉

  38. Carol M December 16, 2013 at 18:37 #

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/carollushka/status/412727978443825152

  39. Catherine December 16, 2013 at 20:56 #

    Veggie korma looks very cool

  40. chantal December 17, 2013 at 00:47 #

    The Chinese beef and tofu recipe. My husband’s not a big fan of tofu, but that recipe looks and sounds so delicious, I’d like to show my husband that he can enjoy tofu, and incorporate it more into our meals.

  41. chantal December 17, 2013 at 00:48 #

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/Agnes_OfBohemia/status/412821614711951360

  42. Angela Mitchell December 18, 2013 at 17:47 #

    I’d love to try the Sicilian squash and chickpea stew. I’m always looking for new and inventive ways to serve squash in my family. It’s not always a favourite but I like to try!

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