12m +, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Vegetarian

Mini Cornish Pasties

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  • 12m +
  • Can be frozen
  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian (optional)

 

My Step-mum makes the best pasties ever, probably due to the fact she is Cornish through and through. I got to grow up eating these tasty handheld delights and I’m really pleased to report that My Monster seems to love them as much as me. There is a bit of effort involved in these so I recommend making a batch or two at a time and popping them in the freezer. They are great for taking to the beach, pool, park or on a picnic as they taste fab both hot and cold and are super easy to hold and eat.

I initially made My Monster the veggie version of these but he has recently evolved to the meat ones too, just be sure to chop the meat nice and small and check that it is lean. To make the veggies, just omit the meat from the recipe.

Ingredients:

For the pastry

  • 250g strong bread flour
  • 250g wholemeal flour
  • 120g lard
  • 125g butter
  • 175 ml cold water

For the filling

  • 450g good quality beef cut into cubes
  • 450g potato, diced
  • 250g swede, diced
  • 200g onion, sliced
  • Pepper to taste
  • Beaten egg or milk to glaze

 

Method:

To make the pastry, you can ether use a food processor or make it by hand. Rub the two types of fat lightly into flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add water, bring the mixture together and knead until the pastry becomes elastic. It takes a little longer than normal pastry but it gives the pastry the strength that is needed to hold the filling and
retain a good shape. Wrap with cling film and leave to rest for at least 2 hours in the fridge.

While chilling chop and thinly slice the meat and vegetables.

Pre-heat the oven to 165 degrees.
Roll out the pastry and cut into circles a saucer (from a tea cup) is an ideal size to use as a guide. Layer the vegetables and meat on top of the pastry, adding pepper to taste.
Bring the pastry around and crimp the edges together. Glaze with beaten egg or an egg and milk mixture.
Bake for about 50 – 55 minutes until golden.

 

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

 

8m +, Breakfast, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Vegetarian

Sugar-free Banana and Blueberry Muffins

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  • 8m +
  • Egg free
  • Nutfree
  • Can be Frozen

My little monster loves anything with banana and/or blueberries so these muffins go down an absolute treat with him. They don’t contain any added sugar, as the banana keeps them nice and sweet. If you wanted to make them dairy free you can also replace the milk with a dairy free alternative. As normal I make a batch of theses and pop them in the freezer, they defrost pretty quickly.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 2 cups of self raising flour
  • 3/4 cup of milk

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 170 degrees. Line 12 hole muffin tray with paper muffin cases. In a mixing bowl mash the 2 bananas well. Sprinkle a little of the flour over the blueberries (this will stop them sinking to the bottom) Add the rest of the flour to the bananas, add the milk and stir until fully combined. Add the blueberries and gently stir through. Divide the mixture in to the muffin cases and bake for 20 mins or until a light golden colour on top (they won’t go as golden as regular muffins due to the lack of eggs and sugar)

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