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Mrs Crunch’s top meals and school uniform deals as the new term approaches

FROM shoes that won’t scuff to trousers that won’t tear, there is plenty of clever technology to look out for as you tick off your back-to-school shopping list.

Earn yourself a gold star with great buys that will work hard in the playground as well as the classroom – and get the school year off to the best start. Here’s my lowdown on what to look for.

And as the new term approaches, score top marks by cooking kids’ favourite meals. I’ve included two tasty recipes from Morrisons.com, below, to get you into their good books.

MORRISONS

Great for: Clever  all-rounders

For the class of 2019, Morrisons’ range scores top marks for its great-value essentials, with easy-fasten collars, adjustable waist and hems on trousers and stay-new technology on polo shirts.

M&S

Great for: Clever touches

As well as getting a tick for its usual uniform range, M&S has designed some items for children with sensory issues or those who just need a little help when dressing – removing fiddly zips and buttons, and itchy internal labels, to make dressing easier.

SAINSBURY’S

Great for: Rough and tumble

The supermarket gets a gold star for its scuff-free shoes, pleated skirts with Teflon Eco-Elite finish, and trousers with reinforced knees.Buy clothes until Monday and get 25 per cent off, including school uniform.

Fish pie

(Serves four)

YOU NEED:

METHOD:

  1. Chop the onion in half and add to a pan with the milk, bay leaf and cloves. Heat the milk until warm but do not allow to boil. Pass the milk through a sieve and set aside for later. Place the fish-pie mix and prawns on a lightly oiled baking tray and bake in the oven for 5 minutes at 180C. Remove and set aside.
  2. Trim and finely slice the leeks then wash well. Soften leeks in half the butter and cook (without browning) for five minutes. Stir in the flour and mix. Add the infused milk to make a thick, rich sauce.
  3. Stir the peas and baked fish mix into the sauce with the finely chopped parsley. Gently stir without breaking the fish. Place in a deep casserole dish, cover and leave to cool. (Once cooled can be kept in the fridge until you are ready to cook).
  4. Peel and dice the potatoes, simmer for 20 minutes, drain and mash with remaining butter. Top the cooled fish-pie mix with mash, decorate with a fork. Cook for 25-30 mins at 180C until golden brown.

POUNDLAND

Great for: Keeping it simple

The Pep & Co range from Poundland school uniform range boasts re-inforced knees on trousers and permanent pleats in skirts and trousers.

NEXT

Great for: Top class comfort

Next’s range uses stretchy fabric and adjustable waists and has Velcro collar shirts, as well as button-free and pull on items. Little toes will stay comfy in super shoes with added memory foam.

ALDI

Great for: Time-saving shopping

Get ready for registration with an easy-buy bundle from Aldi. including two polo shirts, a sweatshirt and trousers or skirt for £4.50.

Kentucky-style chicken

(Serves four)

YOU NEED:

METHOD:

  1. Place the paprika, garlic powder, mixed herbs, powdered soup, cornflakes and flour into a food processor.
  2. Blitz the mixture until it is reduced to fine crumbs and then season liberally with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  3. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line a large roasting pan with baking parchment.
  4. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until foamy and cut each chicken breast into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Using a fork, dip each chicken piece into the egg whites then into the crumb mixture to coat.
  6. Spray lightly all over with cooking spray and push off the fork on to the baking tray.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until they are cooked through and the coating is crunchy.

TESCO

Great for: Bright sparks

With Teflon stain repellent on polo shirts and a “keep colour for longer” promise on jumpers, cardigans, sweatshirts and polos, Tesco kit shines for bright and colourful school uniforms. It also comes with Tesco’s 100-day guarantee.

ASDA

Great for: Fun touches

As well as its core uniform range, Asda scores bonus points for its fashionable flourishes, with bows, ruffles and other touches on some of its skirts, dresses and shoes. The kit comes with Asda’s 100-day satisfaction guarantee.

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