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What’s for dinner? Recipes to Try These School Holidays

Tackle boredom head on these school holidays with these simple recipes the kids can make for snack time or a quick lunch and dinner!

School’s out and the holidays are back! When the kids are done with their activities or they’re crying out with hunger, we’ve got you covered. Take inspiration from these easy creations you and the kids can make with help from bench-friendly cooking appliances, like air fryers and toastie makers from Sunbeam and Tefal.

Fuss-Free Toasties with Sunbeam’s 4-Slice Turbo Crunch Toastie Maker

Toasties never go out of fashion! For a quick lunch or a sweet snack in the middle of the afternoon, this Toastie Maker from Sunbeam makes 4x servings, with deep-fill DuraCeramic™ coated plates, allowing you to fill your toasties generously with filling. Its cut and seal scissor helps to divide sandwiches into two snack servings and with a Turbo Crunch Button, all toasties, sweet or savoury can enjoy a temperature boost for perfect browning and crunch.

Enjoy the simplicity of making a toastie with maximum flavour with these recipes:

MeatLover Pizza Garlic Bread Jaffles
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves 4


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 8 slices bread
  • 4 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • 24 slices pepperoni
  • 8 slices ham
  • 8 tablespoons shredded tasty cheese
  • Drizzle of BBQ sauce
  • Optional – 4 slices of onion, 4 tablespoons finely chopped capsicum, chopped parsley to garnish


  1. In a small bowl, combine softened butter with minced garlic and mix until well blended.
  2. Butter the sliced bread with the garlic butter.
  3. Butter side facing down, spoon pizza sauce onto the bread and spread out evenly. Top with pepperoni slices, ham, onion and capsicum (if using), a drizzle of BBQ sauce and shredded tasty cheese. Top with the remaining slice of bread, butter side facing upwards.
  4. Place sandwiches into the Sunbeam 4-Slice Turbo Crunch Toastie Maker and close the lid. Cook until golden brown, 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley (if using). Serve and enjoy!

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Jaffles with Cinnamon Butter
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon butter (for the caramel)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup thickened cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 400g tinned cooked apple
  • 8 slices bread
  • 100g butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Combine butter, brown sugar, cream and salt in a medium saucepan and place over a medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes, or until bubbling and thickened.
  2. Add tinned apple to the caramel sauce and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. While the caramel sauce is cooling, butter all 8 slices of bread. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Place 4 slices of bread, (cinnamon butter side down) into the Sunbeam 4-Slice Turbo Crunch Toastie Maker. Divide apple caramel filling equally between the sliced bread before covering with the remaining slices of bread, cinnamon butter side up.
  5. Close the lid of the Sunbeam Toastie Maker and cook, 4-5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

CAUTION: Please allow caramel apple pie jaffles to cool before eating as the filling is extremely hot!!!

Recipes by Sunbeam, modified to work with
Sunbeam 4-Slice Turbo Crunch Toastie Maker

Air Fry & Steam Cooking with Sunbeam’s SteamFry Air Fryer & Steam

Boasting a family-friendly 7L capacity, this air fryer from Sunbeam features 5-in-1 functions which include Air Fry, SteamFry, Steam, Grill and Roast. Perfect for crispy air fried goodness like chips and nuggets, this air fryer is also great for steaming food for succulent and nutritious results, from dumplings to vegetables and a whole roast chicken.

Satisfy their school holidays snack cravings with delicious teriyaki chicken that’s wrapped up between soft and fresh bao buns. Check out the recipe below:

Teriyaki Chicken Bao Buns
Serves 1
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 120g Chicken Breast
  • 15g Teriyaki Sauce
  • 20g Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 50g Greek Yoghurt
  • 50g White Self Raising Flour
  • 60g Cucumber
  • 15g Spring Onion
  • 30g Red Cabbage
  • 20g Reduced Fat Mayonnaise


  1. To make the bao buns, mix flour and yoghurt together in a bowl. Turn onto a floured work surface and knead until smooth. Cut dough into 3 pieces and roll each piece into a circle. Fold into a half moon shape and place in the Sunbeam SteamFry Air Fryer + Steam basket lined with baking paper. Set the Sunbeam SteamFry to 100ºC on STEAM setting. Cook for 8 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, coat chicken breast in Teriyaki sauce and then breadcrumbs. Place in the Sunbeam SteamFry basket and set to STEAM FRY setting on 180ºC. Cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Slice chicken and vegetables and divide between the bao buns with mayonnaise.
  4. Multiple the ingredients to serve more with family and friends.

Tip: Short on Time? Buy ready-made Bao Buns from the freezer section at the supermarket and STEAM in your Sunbeam SteamFry Air Fryer

Recipe by Sunbeam

Double the Cooking Fun with Tefal’s Dual Easy Fry & Grill XXL Air Fryer

For moments when more food needs to be cooked or making two separate dishes is top of mind, Tefal’s Dual Easy Fry & Grill XXL Air Fryer will please. This unique air fryer features dual baskets for twice the fun – a large 5.2L basket and a smaller 3.1L basket. Combined, the baskets have a total 8.3L capacity.

With the ability to feed up to 8 people, this Tefal air fryer does more than just air fry with 8 pre-set programs including air fry, grill, bake and dehydrate. Intuitive touch controls and a ‘sync’ function means two dishes cooked are done at the same time for fresh servings. Let the kids help craft a main and a side for a crowd-pleaser dinner these school holidays.

Dinner done all at once

Basket 1: BBQ Pork Belly
Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 19 minutes


  • 4 thick slices pork belly
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce


  1. Set your Tefal Air Fryer to 200˚C and preheat for 15 minutes.
  2. Peel and chop the garlic. Mix the garlic, paprika and barbecue sauce in a bowl.
  3. Season the meat with salt and pepper and place it in the basket of your Tefal Air Fryer for 2 minutes at 200°C. Glaze the meat with the mixture. Continue cooking for 2 more minutes and serve.

Serve Pork Belly with Maple Syrup-Roasted Root Vegetables (recipe below)

Basket 2: Maple Syrup-Roasted Root Vegetables
Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes


  • 4 carrots
  • 4 parsnips
  • 350g sweet potatoes
  • 50 ml maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 orange
  • 20ml cider vinegar
  • 30 ml sunflower oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Peel the vegetables and chop the carrots into thick slices, and the parsnips and sweet potato into 2 cm cubes.
  2. Place the vegetables in the basket. Drizzle with about 1 tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper. Set to 200°C and preheat for 15 minutes. Cook for 30 minutes, mixing halfway through the cooking time.
  3. In the meantime, mix the remaining oil with the vinegar, grated zest of half the orange, maple syrup and a pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl. Once the vegetables are cooked, drizzle the dressing over them and serve.


Keep everyone entertained and fed for the rest of the school holiday break with our collection of recipes. Create new snacks and meals with your current cooking appliances or be inspired by a new kitchen helper whether that’s a new air fryer, sandwich press, waffle maker or drinks maker!