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Midweek Meals Made Easy with Lidl: Cod With Smashed Peas

Fresh fish is a great source of the nutrients and oils which are essential for your child's development.

Fresh Cod with Pea Puree
Fresh Cod with Pea Puree

Back to school means a return to the routine of busy days, extracurricular activities and wails of 'how long till dinner?' come 6pm. But there's no need to get stressed out in the kitchen, or, worse still, to make the same thing for dinner over and over again in panic.

Instead, stock up on some handy store cupboard staples from Lidl with your fantastic “£5 Off” Back to School voucher (available on Saturday 22 and 29 August in the Belfast Telegraph), and try these delicious, family-friendly recipes from Ian Orr to get the new school year off to a great start. Simply pick up a few items for the cupboards while you're buying your usual fresh produce, sketch out a quick meal plan and then breathe easy all week!

Cod with Smashed Peas

Serves 4

Prep & Cooking Time 45 minutes

  • 4 Inismara cod fillets
  • 16 Oakland baby potatoes
  • 20g Dairy Manor butter
  • 1 bunch of mint, chopped
  • ½ tsp Batts mustard
  • 4tsp Primadonna olive oil
  • 400g Green Grocer frozen peas
  • 1tsp Kilderg Honey
  • 3tbsp crème fraîche


  • Pre-heat oven to 180°c.
  • Boil baby potatoes, and, when cooked, drain them, add butter and keep them warm.
  • To make the vinaigrette, mix the mustard, mint, olive oil and honey together.
  • For the pea puree, boil the peas for ten minutes until soft, season with salt and black pepper, add the crème fraîche, and then blitz in the blender until smooth. (If the puree is too thick just add a little water).
  • Oil a baking tray, and place the cod fillets on it, seasoning each with salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked all the way through.
  • When the fish is cooked, spoon the pea puree onto each plate, along with the potatoes. Place the cod on top of the puree, and spoon a little vinaigrette over the cod, pea puree and potatoes.

TOP TIP: Kids not interested in fish? Get them to make the smashed peas so that they're involved!

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