Those of you who know me well by now will know that Little Lady likes all things green whereas The Boy recoils in horror if I have the nerve to put anything green on his plate. Consequently I have become very adept at hiding all kinds of vegetables in his food but I find cauliflower is one of the easiest things to hide as it can easily pass for cheese or potato. Little does The Boy know but he eats ALOT of cauliflower!! He’s always ravenous after school and I wanted to make him something healthy for a snack and, as he loves cheese, I decided to see if I could make cheese biscuits with hidden cauliflower in them. And hey presto my “Cauliflower Cheese Biscuits” were born! They are incredibly simple to make and are perfect for a snack on the go. The Boy wolfed down 3 in the space of 5 minutes and declared them “yummy” which in my eyes is a huge success!! Continue reading
A few weeks ago I posted “7 Days of Lunches” which was an account of what Little Lady ate for lunch over a 7 day period . I received a huge amount of positive feedback and people seemed to be really interested in what she ate on a daily basis. As it was so popular I decided to record her week’s lunches again and ingeniously (!!!) named it “7 Days of Lunches Part 2”. I hope you find it as useful and enjoyable as Part 1! Continue reading
I get a lot of people asking what meals I can suggest that can be eaten by the whole family. One thing I love making for everyone in my house is ratatouille and I make it in 3 different textures to suit the varying palates in my house. For me and Mr. MMM I make it a bit spicy and very chunky. For Little Lady I make it with less seasoning and chopped finely. For The Boy (who as you know by now won’t touch anything that looks remotely like a vegetable) I puree it and he thinks its just pasta sauce! I also add in some chickpeas to bump up the protein content and serve it with rice, couscous, pasta, mash potato or at the moment I am loving courgette spaghetti! Its so easy to make and tastes completely delicious. Continue reading
Savoury or sweet muffins are a great go-to snack or meal. I freeze them and can easily take as many as needed out and zap them in the micfrowave. They are also a really useful thing to take out with you and we frequently take them on day trips. Little Lady loves holding one on her way to pick up The Boy from school and I love finding new ways to make them and new ingredients to use. Here are my current 3 favourite muffin recipes but watch this space as I am constantly trying new ones!
I buy a lot of biscuits from the baby food aisle and both my kids love them but it’s always nicer (and cheaper!!) to make your own. The Boy loves helping me in the kitchen so I try where I can to involve him when I bake. As you have guessed by now I try to avoid giving the kids sugar wherever possible so here are 3 biscuit recipes that are baby, toddler, child and adult friendly and none of them have any refined sugar in them. The first one does have honey but it’s a small amount so it’s good for children over 1 but remember that under 1’s should not have honey. I have called this post Sugar Free Biscuits – Part 1 as I have a few more recipes in my collection but want to save them for another day! Continue reading
I love chicken curry but as I don’t like spicy food my curry of choice is always a korma. The Boy used to have a fruity chicken curry at his daycare (yes he actually ate it there!) but when I made it at home he wouldn’t eat it (no surprise there!) so I gave up making it for him. Recently though I fancied a korma and decided to try making one at home. I then realised once I made it that it was perfect for kids and, omitting salt, gave some to Little Lady who loved it. I made up the recipe from ingredients I had in the house and as it has coconut milk in it the taste is very mild and creamy. It also took no time at all to make so here is my quick chicken coconut curry. Continue reading
I love it when I make something and then think of other ways to use the same ingredients. I was tidying out my freezer the other day (as you do!) and found a bag of frozen butternut squash that had been lurking in the depths of my freezer. Little Lady loves butternut squash but I haven’t used it for a while so I decided to attempt to make her some risotto. You know me well enough by now to know that I have no patience in the kitchen so I wasn’t going to stand there stirring my rice for hours to get the perfect risotto so I came up with my own version that, as usual, is far easier to make than the proper one. I then decided to experiment with the cooked risotto and see what, if any, finger foods I could make from it. So here is the result of my experimenting – Easy Butternut Risotto 3 ways!
A couple of weeks ago I posted some lentil recipes and I had so many to that I love that I decided to split them in two and keep you all hanging for the second lot. Well here they are – more “Lots of Lentils”! These 3 recipes are totally delicious and the first is great for baby’s first taste of protein as its a very simple tasting dish. The second is actually something I make all the time for the MyMiniMeals family and something that even The Boy will eat. The third is a delicious curry-esque recipe that is packed full of protein and iron as it has spinach in it and again is really good for babies who are just starting to taste more flavours and ingredients. Continue reading
This recipe is unashamedly stolen from my sister. She is a really adventurous cook and makes most of her meals from scratch and whenever my kids go there they always get something yummy to eat. This week she made this delicious stew which was promptly wolfed down (including seconds) by Little Lady while her non adventurous brother would only eat a hummus sandwich. Of course I asked for the recipe and I was amazed by how easy and quick it was to make. It’s a really quick chicken and pesto stew which is full of vegetables and protein and, as it has potatoes, it doesn’t really need anything else (although Little Lady then had it again for lunch today and I added some extra couscous in with it). Continue reading
I love online shopping and get a delivery of groceries once a week. This week I used a new company and made quite a large mistake when ordering courgettes (zucchini for all my non UK friends!). Instead of ordering 4 courgettes I ordered 4 bags of them and now have 16 courgettes to cook with! So I’m desperately trying to think of ways to use them all up. The Boy loves cucumber but he wasn’t fooled when I tried to pass off a courgette as a cucumber sadly. I then had a thought I could make some kind of savoury muffin using them. Continue reading