"WE do lots of cookery classes around families and children at the school. One of the things we often talk about is making it easier to 'rustle up' quick, healthy meals.
One of the ways to do this is to have a well-stocked store cupboard containing items such as tins of tomatoes, tins of beans (such as cannellini, butter beans and chickpeas), tins of tuna, pasta, rice, noodles, bulgur wheat, spices, lentils, seeds and nuts, onions and garlic.
In the freezer, bags of frozen prawns and tail ends of fillets of fish come in very useful. This way, you can always make something simple and nutritious without having to go to the shops.
By sautéing onion and garlic gently with a pinch of salt, you can always create a tasty sauce by adding a tin of tomatoes or a teaspoon of flour and some stock or a dash of cream.
Pop in any other flavours you want and bulk out with pulses and you have a quick dinner.
The East Coast Cookery School is in Tara's home near Termonfeckin, Co Louth and offers a wide range of classes for all ages and aptitudes. www.EastCoastCookerySchool.ie