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

Baked Beans

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

 

Beans, beans they’re good for your heart, beans, beans they make you….I’ll leave it there. The Monster is a massive fan of baked beans at the moment, which is great, I mean, they’re cheap, have lots of health benefits, are good sauce of protein, etc. Expect the delicious tinned ones you find in the supermarket are often high in salt and sugar for children. The good news is that that are actually super easy to make from scratch! And they freeze well too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of Cannellini Beans (or bean of your choice)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried sage
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar (it really is needed to balance the acidity of the tomatoes)

Method

In a blender place the tomatoes, sage, sugar and Worcestershire sauce and blitz until smooth. Pour into a small sauce pan.

Drain the cannellini beans and add to the pan with the tomato sauce. Simmer on a low heat for 30-45 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the beans are tender.

That’s it, homemade healthy baked beans!

They will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days or you can divide into portions and freeze.

Reheat in a saucepan for a 5 minutes.

 

Enjoy

Em xx

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

Spanish Omelette

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  • 7m +
  • Nut free
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Lunch Box Idea

The Monster is currently not a fan of sandwiches (this could all change in a matter of hours, toddlers are fickle.) This means I have to come up with alternatives when it comes to his lunchbox for playschool. A firm favourite (for now) is Spanish Omelette. Filling, super easy to make and I can pop veggies in it too, whats not to like.

This doesn’t freeze to well unfortunately, however it does last in the fridge for about 4 days and is so good the whole family will be at it anyway so it won’t last long! It is great hot or cold.

Ingredients:

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 small potato (boiled and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup grated mature cheddar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped veggies (I used onion, mushrooms, peppers, tomato)

 

Method:

Brush a small frying pan with olive oil. Place on a low/medium heat. In a bowl whisk the eggs and cheddar together, set aside. Put the finely chopped veggies in the pan and gently cook until softened. Pour over half the egg mix. Lay the potatoes into the egg. Pour over the remaining egg mix and continue to cook until the bottom of the omelette is set. remove from the hob and place under a grill to cook the top of the omelette until set (about 3 mins).

Turn out onto a plate. can be served hot or cold.

 

Enjoy

Em xx

8m +, Breakfast, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Snack, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Berry Chia Pudding

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  • 8m +
  • Vegeterian
  • Egg Free
  • Nut Free
  • Can be made diary free
  • LunchBox Idea

Chia pudding have to be ones of the easiest desserts to make…ever! And they are sooo versitile, lending themselves to all sorts of fab flavours. This berry one is one of The Monsters favorite flavours.

This recipe makes approximatly 400ml of pudding so you can divide it up as you please, it lasts about 3 days in the fridge but unfortunatly can’t be frozen.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup full fat milk (or your choice of non diary milk)
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 small handful of blueberries
  • 2 blackberries
  • 2 heaped tablespoons black and white chia seeds

Method

Place the milk and berries in a blender and whizz until smooth. Stir in the chia seeds and divide into small pots. Pop in the fridge for at least one hour, until thick, soft and delicious.

It’s really that easy!

If the berries are a little bitter I add a tiny bit of honey just to sweeten things up.

 

Here are some other flavour ideas for you to try:

  • Peach and mango
  • Banana
  • Banana and coco powder

 

Enjoy

Em xx

12m +, Breakfast, Egg Free, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Savory

Chicken and Apricot Sausages

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  • 12m +
  • Dairy Free
  • Egg Free
  • Nut Free
  • Can be frozen
  • Lunch box idea

Ok these arn’t sausages in the traditional sense but they are super tasty, really easy to make and healthy. Shop brought sausages are high in salt as well as all sorts of other hidden bits so I wanted something to replace them with that The Monster would love, and boy does he love these (to be fair I love them too and stole half his stash…opps)

You can freeze them before or after cooking (I prefer to freeze then cook as they hold more moisture) They work well in place of regular sausages but also go well in a lunchbox, or choped up in a cous cous salad, the possibilities are endless.

Ingredients:

  • 500g boneless chicken thighs (thighs contain more iron than breasts, which is vital for children)
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarrgon
  • 5 dried apricots (chopped)

 

Method

Pop it all a food processor and blitz until it looks like a mince texture.

Drizzle a little oil in a frying pan and place on a medium heat hob. Flour your work surface and your hands and then just roll the mixture into sausage shapes (how big or small you make them is up to you). Roll each one in a little flour and fry for about 4 minutes each side, until cooked through.

It’s as simple as that.

 

If you want to mix it up, swap all these:

  • Chicken for pork
  • Apricot for Apple
  • Tarragon for sage

 

Enjoy

Em xx

6m +, Breakfast, Uncategorized

Review: Eggspectation – JBR Dubai

Don’t let the name fool you, this popular JBR cafe does more than eggs (although they do, do them very well). My friend,  The Monster and I decided to check it out for a late breakfast during the week. The clouds were rolling in so we opted for a seat inside rather than on the terrace. 

Let’s start with the downsides (only a few,  I promise) It was freezing in there! Seriously I was so glad we had jumpers with us. While they have bathrooms on the premises it was just one per gender (so we had a queue as the cafe was packed)  and no changing table for babies! Not an issue now the monster is a toddler but still a shame and off putting for those with little one’s. 

The positives, OK here we go,  the good stuff…. So many highchairs! And all of them were clean. The staff are super friendly to both the adults and kids,  always near by but never hovering. They supply kids plastic plates as well as kids cutlery,  which is a breath of fresh air,  so many place’s need to follow suit! The kids menu has a good range of option’s and no nuggets and chips. The main menu is massive (the downside is it takes ages to decide what to have). 

As soon as we were all seated our waiter Tasleem brought The Monster some crayons and a colouring-in placemat, which was promptly discarded so he could draw on a napkin (blooming kids, lol) He also offered to get us our drinks while we looked at the menu,  which was good as the decision making process took some time. We finally ordered,  high rise pancakes (pancakes layered with sausage,  bacon,  potatoes and topped with an egg)  for me, lobster benny (which was mind blowing, so I stole it)  for my friend and a kids banana waffle for The Monster. The food was fresh and really tasty although the portion sizes were massive, and could easily have been shared. Kids drinks come in a plastic cup with a straw which is fab and meant I wasn’t juggling glass. Service was prompt and friendly. 

The cafe doesn’t have a play area,  although to be fair it is right by the beach at JBR so there is plenty of room for the kids to have a run about and entertainment for before and after you have eaten. 

So would I go back,  yes totally.  Our three meals, drinks and coffee come to about 250dhs, so it wouldn’t be a regular haunt for breakfast but great every now and then. They have also recently opened a new branch in City Walk as well,  so are now easily accessible from both ends of town. 

Hope this helps.

Enjoy

Em xx