Cooking ready meals for home is so ‘easy freezy’ say children

COOKING UP A STORM From left: Alex Ruzik, Amelia Blay and Lindsey Coope.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (110292-725)
COOKING UP A STORM From left: Alex Ruzik, Amelia Blay and Lindsey Coope. Picture: Allan Hutchings (110292-725)
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COOKERY classes at one primary school have become ‘easy freezy’.

Children at St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School in Southsea have been learning how to make their own homemade ready meals.

The school has got behind Healthy Pompey’s new Easy Freezy campaign, which aims to encourage families across the city to stop eating unhealthy frozen meals and make their own healthier versions.

The campaign kicked off at St Swithun’s with youngsters learning how to make chilli con carne.

Eleven-year-old Amelia Blay said: ‘I like cooking and it’s nice making healthy food.

‘I will be telling my mum and dad about these recipes and hopefully making them at home.’

Harry Paffett, 10, added: ‘We’re cooking lots of chilli so we can eat some later and then freeze the rest.’

Staff at the school always like to promote healthy eating so they jumped at the chance to encourage youngsters to embrace the easy freezy way of cooking.

Teacher Ron Parker, who runs the cookery classes, said: ‘The campaign’s a good idea.

‘What we normally do in class is make enough for one meal, but what I’ve done now is get enough for each child to take home a few meals in plastic containers which they can freeze.

‘The easy freezy recipes are good. We’ll try and adapt them a bit too and make our own.

‘Like with the chilli recipe we can use the mince base to do something else like cottage pie.’

The Easy Freezy campaign was launched at the start of January, with cooking sessions for adults and kids proving a huge hit.

Recipes appear in The News every Thursday, and can also be found on the Healthy Pompey website. Anyone who takes part in the campaign can also win the chance to have a meal with Pompey legend Linvoy Primus, as well as other prizes such as Kenwood goodies and Asda vouchers.

People can also pick up easy freezy healthy meal options in the freezer aisle at Asda, Fratton, until March.

For details of the competition, cookery sessions and recipes visit