Spend less time in the kitchen this summer with our easy traybakes. Families will love these hearty portions and classic flavours. We’ve included tasty veggie options such as nachos and halloumi, plus fruity puddings packed full of seasonal produce like berries, citrus, passion fruit and mango.
We have quick midweek dinners that come together in under 30 minutes. Our guide takes a look at the best recipes for busy families during those sweltering summer months.
For the ultimate selection of seasonal, kid-friendly recipes, see our summer family collection.
1) Chicken, baguette & tomatoes with pesto
Our chicken, baguette & tomatoes with pesto is an easy family dinner with minimal ingredients. Just layer baguette slices, chicken and your favourite chunky pesto in a pan with cherry tomatoes on the vine. After baking for 40 minutes, top with basil leaves or extra pesto.
For more chicken ideas, see our chicken traybake recipes.
2) Halloumi traybake
This halloumi traybake is a hearty vegetarian option for a summer evening. This colourful bake contains four of your 5-a-day, making it a nutritious dinner for the whole family. This filling dish is packed with halloumi, cherry tomatoes, romanesco broccoli and chickpeas.
For more veggie meals for the warmer months, see our summer vegetarian recipes.
3) One-pan nachos with black beans
These one-pan nachos with black beans are perfect for a summer party. Kids will love assembling the massive tray with their favourite toppings. This gluten-free recipe is full of black beans, salsa, avocado and melted cheddar.
For more entertaining ideas, see our summer dinner party and summer cocktail recipes.
4) Teriyaki salmon & green beans
Get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with our teriyaki salmon & green beans. If you’re feeding a family, buy a whole piece of salmon and cut into adult- and child-sized portions. Our simple teriyaki sauce requires only four ingredients. Serve up with noodles or rice for an easy midweek meal.
For more speedy dinners, see our collection of quick summer recipes.
5) Sausage, sweet potato & sweetcorn bake
Our easy sausage, sweet potato & sweetcorn bake takes only five minutes to prepare. This simple dish is perfect for lazy summer evenings. You can use any kind of sausages you like, or swap out for veggie sausages and vegetarian Italian-style hard cheese for a meal without the meat. Serve up with our barbecue sauce on the side.
Try serving with this epic summer salad or any recipe from our summer salad recipes.
6) Jerk chicken & pineapple traybake
Our jerk chicken & pineapple traybake is full of bold flavours like jerk seasoning, zesty lime and fresh pineapple. This filling dish is served with rice and black beans, perfect for a hearty family dinner. For some leafy greens, serve with Little Gem lettuces.
For more Caribbean-inspired flavours, check out our jerk chicken recipes.
7) One-pan seafood roast with smoky garlic butter
Upgrade your Sunday roast with our one-pan seafood roast with smoky garlic butter. This bake is full of charred seafood including large prawns, squids and fresh mussels. Feel free to swap out the mussels with large clams, or mix the two. With corn on the cob and hasselback potatoes, this traybake is great for a family feast. Serve with crusty bread to mop up all the buttery juices.
For more seafood inspiration, see our fish recipes.
8) Cajun chicken traybake with sweet potato wedges & chive dip
Our cajun chicken traybake is jam-packed with flavour, and although sweet potatoes aren’t as crispy as regular potatoes, they count as one of your 5-a-day. This recipe also includes kefir which is excellent for helping beneficial gut bacteria.
For more recipes with a bold smoky flavour, try our cajun recipes.
9) Tempeh traybake
Try our delicious tempeh traybake for an easy vegan dinner. Tempeh is a nutrient-rich plant protein made from fermented soya beans that’s easier to digest. Pop all your veg onto a tray and bake for 10 minutes before adding your marinated tempeh and cooking for 30 minutes.
For more healthy plant-based dinners, take a look at our healthy vegan dinner recipes.
10) Chicken saltimbocca bake
Our wonderful chicken saltimbocca traybake is a special meal that’s super quick to prepare. It can be prepped and cooked in just an hour and is high in fibre. It’s sure to be a family favourite.
For more recipes for impressing guests, try our summer dinner party recipes.
11) Orange & passion fruit traybake
This orange & passion fruit traybake makes for a great weekend family pudding. The zesty flavours of orange and passion fruit balance with the creamy mascarpone topping. Serving 12-16 people, this fruity traybake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
For more seasonal puddings, see our summer dessert recipes.
12) Coconut & mango sponge
Our highly rated coconut & mango sponge is a fruity traybake that will go down a treat at a party or bake sale. This thrifty sponge uses canned fruit and coconut-flavoured yogurt. The vibrant mango and coconut combination make this dessert a perfect summer treat.
For more baking ideas, see our summer cake collection.
13) Lemon & elderflower traybake
Our lemon & elderflower traybake is a clever twist on the classic Bakewell. It has a delicate floral flavour, making it ideal for serving at spring garden parties or bake sales
Why not try our retro cake recipes if you’d rather the original?
14) Raspberry ripple blondies
Treat the family to our simple but gorgeous raspberry ripple blondies. With a serving capacity of 12-16, you would think these would last a while, but with their raspberry, white and dark chocolate filling, they’re incredibly moreish.
For more delicious variations on the classic blondie, browse our blondie recipes.
15) Neapolitan traybake
Our Neapolitan traybake is pure nostalgia in cake form. With vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavours, it’s topped off with whipped cream and chocolate flakes.
For more bakes that take you on a trip down memory lane, try our old school cake and old school traybake recipes.
16) Chocolate crunch
These indulgent chocolate crunch squares are perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea or by themselves. If you feel like you need a little sugar, they’re a great pick-me-up.
For more tasty teatime treats like scones, cakes and patisserie try our afternoon tea recipes.
17) Banana traybake with cream cheese frosting
Our banana traybake with cream cheese frosting is a fantastic sweet dessert and great for using up over-ripe bananas. The rich icing offsets the banana perfectly.
Try more of our delicious banana desserts from classics such as banoffee pie to versatile fruit pancakes, ice creams and more with our banana dessert recipes.
18) Double choc & coconut traybake
Pair creamy milk chocolate with coconut for a match made in heaven, then decorate with more coconut and a drizzle of white chocolate.
For more coconut dessert inspiration, see our coconut cake recipes.
19) Coconut & jam macaroon traybake
Our easy coconut & jam macaroon traybake takes only 15 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook. It’s perfect for picnics as it’s easy to transport.
Try more of our desiccated coconut recipes.
20) Vegan chocolate party traybake
The whole family will love our vegan chocolate party traybake. Made with plant milk and dairy-free chocolate, no one will be able to tell the difference.
From sticky toffee pudding, fruit sorbets, chocolate cakes, brownies and pancakes, our vegan dessert recipes have everything you could possibly need for plant-based treats.
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