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Calcium rich ideas

I get a lot of people asking me for different ways to get calcium into their children, especially when they have stopped drinking milk or purely don’t like milk. Both my kids are milk monsters and would happily drink milk all day long if they could but I do still try to give them calcium rich meals as often as I can. As you know The Boy is rather fussy when it comes to his food so although I know dark green leafy vegetables are high in calcium this just doesn’t work for him as he would never touch anything like spinach. He occasionally eats broccoli so I do try to incorporate that wherever I can. Here are some ideas of calcium rich meals that are so easy and quick to make and taste yummy. The kids will never even know they are good for them!! Continue reading

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Super Simple Soups

I love this time of year! I love the weather getting colder and I especially love making delicious, filling and healthy soups. We often have soup as a meal and both my kids like dipping chunks of bread or scones into their bowls. Soup  is a great and filling way of getting lots of goodness into your kids without them actually realising what is in it. Even The Boy likes soup and his favourite is his Mummy’s Chicken Soup who’s recipe I am afraid I won’t be sharing with any of you lovely people as it’s a well guarded secret! But I hope you enjoy these delicious soup recipes.

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Fish Pie-ish 2 Ways

I love fish pie. It’s such a comforting dish and when made from scratch tastes completely delicious. The Boy (unsurprisingly) is not a huge fish fan. His fish repertoire extends to tuna sandwiches and, like every other 7 year old in the world, processed fish fingers. So when I decided to make fish pie for him and his fish loving sister I didn’t have the patience or time to make it properly from scratch, just in case he refused it and I had wasted hours slaving over a hot stove! So I came up with a speedy version that can be eaten with a spoon or, with the addition of egg, made into fishcakes. Mr MyMiniMeals (believing himself to be a Michelin food critic) describes this as  “Deconstructed Fish Pies” but I just like to call it “Fish Pie-ish – Two Ways”.

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Simple Fish and Potato Soup

It’s getting colder which for me means I need a nice hot bowl of soup. I like to try to make the kids hot meals as often as I can and I love to make soup in the winter but as you can guess by now The Boy won’t eat anything that looks like it has a vegetable or anything remotely healthy in it so my soup options are limited. I have to also admit that at the moment Little Lady is not eating anything except sweetcorn and potatoes (I’m in denial that she is becoming a picky eater) so I am trying to think of ways to incorporate these two ingredients into everything I make! This fish and potato soup is really simple and as both of my kids do (usually) eat fish mixed in with mashed potato this isn’t too much of a deviation from that. You can use any fish you like and even the fish pie mix that you can buy in supermarkets works well here for a slightly stronger taste. It can be pureed too for little babies and when Little Lady was younger I used to add in some baby pasta or rice to it when she was starting to eat more lumps.

Me and Mr MMM loved it and I am not even going to talk about my kids’ reactions to it as quite frankly I’m over it and am burying my head in the sand!

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Potato & Veggie Bake

Today is MyMiniMeals Mates Monday so here is a great recipe from my friend Lauren. It’s a really easy and extremely tasty potato and vegetable bake that can be eaten on its own or as a side dish. Lauren makes it in a big dish and then slices it up in portions to freeze. I tried it in muffin cases and it worked really well too so give both options a try. You can use the vegetables listed here or change it up a bit. I think parsnips or some other kind of root vegetable could also be used and you can try adding in some other vegetables to pack in the nutrients. You could even add some grated cheese into it and onto the top if you want to add in some protein and make it a really nutritious dish. Thanks Lauren!!

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7 Days of Lunches – Part 3

Back by popular demand here is the 3rd instalment of me showing you what Little Lady eats for lunch in a typical week. I have a slight admission this week though. She has been quite poorly recently so her appetite has been (and still is) pretty rubbish but this is what I have offered her this week. It is a bit simpler than what I normally give her (as seen in “7 Days of Lunches” and “7 Days of Lunches Part 2” ) but as she hasn’t eaten much I have been trying to offer her things that I know she likes. You will also see that I have given her some frozen potato shapes (shock horror yes I do give my children processed food!) and a good old sandwich but honestly sometimes you just have to do the easy thing! I hope you find this as useful and enjoyable as Parts 1 and 2.

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DIY Crisps

Both my kids love store bought crisps – in particular ready salted and teddy bear shaped ones. While I am a firm believer that everything is fine in moderation I do watch their salt intake and don’t want them having these crisps too often. I have never made potato crisps before but the other day I had a glut of potatoes that needed using up so thought I would try to make my own. I have made apple crisps before and they were a huge hit so I also thought I would try the same method with pears. I then found some carrots lurking in my fridge and decided to make those into crisps too. Both kids loved them – well, The Boy liked the potato and pear crisps but Little Lady loves carrots so she wolfed the carrot crisps down. Obviously it’s quicker and easier to buy crisps from a shop but these really don’t take much effort or time so have a go and let me know what you think of these DIY crisps!

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7 Days Of Lunches Part 2

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

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Lots of Lentils Part 2

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