7m +, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Puree, Savory, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Secret healthy Dip-Dip Sauce

  • 7m+
  • Nut Free
  • Egg Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Vegetarian 
  • Can Be frozen

Like most small humans,  The Monster loves sauce,  any sauce,  ketchup,  mayo,  sweet chilli, if he can dip stuff in it he is happy.  He actually says dip-dip as he dips,  super cute… But anyway, most of the time even the fussiest of eaters like ketchup (even if they claim to hate tomatoes.) So I set myself a mission to create a healthy version with some hidden veg to share with you guys.

I used veg I had in the house that needed using up, so feel free to substitute the veggies as you need to. Pumpkin, carrot or sweetpotato in there would also test great. 

Because it’s homemade and doesn’t contain sugar this will only keep in the fridge for about 5 days.  I however I freeze it in an ice cube tray,  this way,  if The Monster is going to want sauce with his meal that day I can just pop one cube out and it defrosts in about a  minutes, just give it a stir. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoon’s of pure tomato puree
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1 handful of broccoli 
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

Method

Roughly chop your veggies.  Place a saucepan over a medium heat and fry the onion in a little oil,  until soft but not brown. Add the tinned tomatoes and the roughly chopped veg and simmer for about  5 minutes.  Stir in the balsamic and the tomatoes puree and then leave to cool.  Once cool,  pop the sauce into a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth. 

It’s as simple as that.  Place a small jar of it in the fridge and the remaining into an ice cube tray. 
Enjoy

Em xx

7m +, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Savory, Vegetarian

Easy Peasy Mac n Cheesey

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  • 7 m+
  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian

Like most little ones (and this big one) The Monster loves cheese. One of the quickest and easiest meals I make for him is this super simple Mac n Cheese. I pretty much always have the ingredients for this available in the house, so it is a great go to dish.

This re-heats well but doesn’t freeze very well, however leftovers will  be fine in the fridge for 3 days, not that they ever last that long in our house!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of plain flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated mature cheddar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard

Method:

Boil the pasta until just cooked, pasta is best when it still has some firmness to it. in a small pan over a medium heat melt the butter and add the flour to create a paste. Pour in the milk and whisk on the heat, as the lumps dissolve the milk will thicken. Add the mustard and the cheese and stir until completely melted. Tip the pasta into the sauce and stir until completely coated.

Enjoy

Em xx

 

 

 

 

7m +, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian

Baked Apples and Prunes

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  • 7m +
  • Diary free
  • Egg free
  • Nut free
  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian

This is such a simple and quick recipe. It makes a fab dessert or even a snack. Best of all it’s super healthy. Now I do have to warn you that it can have a ‘loosening’ effect on a little one, (…less politely, they may poo like mad after!) thankfully it doesn’t seem to effect my Monster this way, as he loves this recipe. It’s one of those things that he’ll eat even if he hasn’t got much of an appetite, when he’s teething or under the weather. As it’s so quick I tend to make one at a time but you can make multiple ones as they do freeze ok.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Apple (I used a gala apple)
  • 2 large prunes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of water

 

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Peel and core your apple and place in a baking dish. Roughly chop your prunes and stuff into the apple where the core used to be. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the apple and pour the water into the bottom of the dish. Bake in the oven for 35 mins. Half way through baste the apple with the water in the bottom of the dish and stir the prunes. Allow to cool before serving.

 

Enjoy

Em xx

7m +, Egg Free, Nut Free, Savory, Vegetarian

Cheese and Tomato Risotto

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  • 7m +
  • Nut Free
  • Egg Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Can be frozen

Risotto is the one of the first non-pureed foods that My Monster had and it’s been a firm favorite ever since. I always make a batch as it freezes really well. I have to admit that now he is preferring to eat with his hands it can be pretty messy, thank goodness for the dog!

Ingredients:

  • 150g Risotto rice
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 500ml vegetable stock (if not homemade use low sodium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup mature grated cheddar
  • 1 pinch of Parmesan cheese

Method:

In a large pan melt the butter over a medium heat. Add the risotto rice, garlic and oregano and stir cook for 2 minutes. Pour in a small amount of stock and continue to stir until it is absorbed. Continue to add small amounts of stock and stirring until all stock is soaked up. Pour in the tinned tomatoes and the cheeses, again stir until absorbed and creamy.

 

Enjoy

Em xx

 

7m +, Breakfast, Gluten Free, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Savory, Vegetarian

Egg Muffins

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  • 7m +
  • Can be Frozen
  • Veggie (if you choose)
  • Gluten Free
  • Lunchbox Idea

I always keep a bag of these in the freezer (this recipe makes 12), they defrost quickly and make a super easy meal anytime of the day. The ingredients can be changed depending on what your little one likes and whats in the house at the time. I pop all sorts in mine.

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 small potato peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup of grated mature cheddar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. Take a muffin tin and grease the holes with butter or your chosen oil. As equally as possible divide the vegetables between the holes. In a jug whisk the eggs to combine the whites and yolks and add a little black pepper. Pour the eggs over the veggies and sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top. Place in the oven and bake for 10 mins.

If freezing allow to cool completely first and wrap in baking parchment to prevent the from sticking together.

Enjoy

Em x