A quick and healthy dinner receipe from Chef Natalia

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The children are waiting patiently at the lunch table, while Chef Natalia presents them with one of their favourite dishes…. Pork & Apple Casserole! Natalia has been our chef at Giraffe Blanchardstown for 4 years, and creates exciting seasonal menu options for the children.

Pork and Apple Casserole from our Spring Menu

The ingredients in this dish are simple and nutritious. Natalia explains that ” the natural sweetness of the apples compliments the pork so nicely. The children never leave any trace of the dinner on their plates, and always ask for second helpings!” . All our centre chefs use fresh pork mince to prepare this dish.


– Onions

– Mixed Peppers

– Courgettes

– Carrots

– Fresh Tomatoes

– Red Apples

– Olive Oil

– Mild Curry Powder

– Red Paprika

– Tomato puree

– Cornflour

– Pork Mince


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based pot. Add the chopped onions and peppers. Cook gently for 5 mins until softened and golden.
  2. Add the sliced carrots, sliced courgettes, diced apples and cook for another 5 minutes mixing from time to time.
  3. Add the chopped fresh tomatoes, tomato puree, mild curry powder and red paprika. Pour in enough boiled water to cover all the vegetables completely. Mix well and cook for around 10 minutes.

4. Take off the heat, blend the sauce using a hand blender, add pork mince and bring back to a simmer. Cook on a low heat for around 20 minutes. Thicken with a bit of cornflour.

5.  Serve with long grain white rice and enjoy!

Chef Natalia

Smiling faces look forward to Natalia’s wonderful casserole!  

The children’s menu has been carefully created with guidance from Cow & Gate and our kitchens use only the freshest meat and seasonable vegetables. Our centres have fresh fruit and vegetables delivered each week from Get Fresh and all of our fresh meat comes from Frank Doyle Butchers.

We’re happy to cater for vegetarian diets and any other dietary requirements your child may have. In keeping with recent legislation, we don’t add any salt, artificial flavourings or colouring and any potential allergens are carefully detailed in all of our menus.

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