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

Yummy Lentil,Spinach and Sweet Potato Dhal

  • 8m+
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegeterian
  • Freezable

I promised you a delicious lentil dish and here it is! My Yummy Lentil Dhal is great for big and little tums and as with most of my recipes it freezes super well! It makes a fab lunch or meat free dinner with a chappati (my local Emirates Coop does great ones for a dirham a pack….bargain!) 

There is no chilli in this dish, so all the flavour comes from non-heat baring spices (which also have fab health benefits) Lentils are an amazing powerhouse of nutrients, that are super important to growing children such as Iron, Zinc, Folate and Calcium. They really are amazing things.

Ingredients

  • 125g mixed or red lentils
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 handful of frozen spinach
  • 1 small onion roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons corriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons tumeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 400ml water

Method

Place a saucepan on a medium heat hob and add a drizzle or oil or smal knob of butter. Cook the onions and garlic for a 2-3 mins until soft but not browned. Add the potato and powdered spices and cook for 2 mins. Pour in the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes until the potato and lentils are soft. Stir ocassionally and add more water if it becomes dry. When cooked add the tomato paste and the spinach, mix for 2 mins until spinach is heated through.

Thats it, ready to eat.

Enjoy

Em xx

12m +, Breakfast, Gluten Free, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Apple Oat Muffins

  • 12m+
  • Nut Free
  • Lunchbox Idea
  • Freezable
  • Vegeterian

These muffins are snack heaven. They are low in sugar, and super easy to make. I recently whipped up a batch for The Monsters playdate and they went down a treat with all the little ones. I make them in regular sized cupcake tins but you could make mini ones as well, just reduced the cooking time by 5 minutes. They are also fab in lunchboxes as they don’t contain any nuts. They keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup full fat milk
  • 2 cups of quick cook oats
  • 1 pouch apple puree
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (you can reduce if desired)
  • 1/2 peeled chopped apple
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

Here is where it gets really simple. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. 

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined. Split the mix evenly into paper cupcake cakes and bake for 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and cupcake tray and allow to cool before serving.
Enjoy

Em xx

12m +, Breakfast, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Vegetarian

Honey and Oat Waffles

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  • 12 m+
  • Can be frozen
  • Vegetarian
  • Nut Free

These healthy waffles are super simple to make and one of the best things about them (apart from the awesome taste of course) is that you can freeze them and then just whack them in the toaster whenever you need one, how convenient is that? They have recently become one of my freezer staples as The Monster loves dipping them in pure peanut butter, but they are great plain or with anything your little one likes.

This recipe makes 6 standard size waffles. I use the Kenwood 3 in 1 toasted sandwich maker for my waffles, if you don’t have a machine already I highly recommend it. it has attachments for waffles, panini’s and old skool style sealed toasties.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 egg

Method

Put the waffle machine on to heat up.

Place all the ingredients in to a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. I use a stand mixer, but a hand mixer or wooden spoon will work just as well. Once combined use a ladle to pour onto the waffle iron, close and allow to cook until golden brown.

To re-heat just pop into the toaster until warmed through.

Enjoy

Em xx

8m +, Egg Free, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Savory

Salmon Bites

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  • 8m+
  • Egg Free
  • Nut Free
  • Lunchbox Idea
  • Can be Frozen

My Salmon Bites are delicious and super easy to make. They’re fab as the protein in a main meal or enjoyed as a simple snack. The Monster loves dipping them in sweet chili sauce, although I love them with aioli (these are just as tasty for adults as they are for kids.)

The recipe makes about 10 pieces but you can make them any size you like. They keep in the fridge for 2 days or can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Ingredients:

  • 250g skinless salmon fillet
  • 1 small potato
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • small squeeze of lemon

Method:

Chop the potato roughly and boil until tender. Whilst that is cooking finely dice the salmon fillet and ensure there are no bones hiding in it. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and whiz briefly to bring everything together (don’t do it for too long or you’ll get a paste) you want to keep plenty of texture.

Heat a small amount of coconut oil (or whatever oil you chose) in a frying pan over a medium heat.

Form the mixture into small balls using your hands and then squash into patties. Pop them into the frying pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.

 

Enjoy

Em xx

8m +, Lunchbox Idea, Nut Free, Savory

Beef and Secret Veg Mini Pies

PSX_20170904_215433I am a massive fan of pie, it’s one of my favorite meals and it seems that The Monster has inherited the same taste, because these always disappear quickly. I’m lucky that (at the moment) he is great for eating vegetables but it never hurts to add a few extras in where possible. The gravy in these pies contains blended veggies but no-one would ever know, even my veg-phobic husband hasn’t realised! In the recipe I used carrots, spinach and tomato puree in my sauce but you can use whatever veg you have in the house, there’s no rules on this one.

I make these in a mini cupcake tray as they are the perfect size for The Monster, for bigger kids use a regular cupcake tray and why not make some regular sized ones for the adults in the family too.

These are delicious hot or cold, so they also work well in lunchboxes, making a nice change from sandwiches. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months. If you have any left over filling you can use it for shepherds pie or pop it in the freezer for next time.

Ingredients:

For the Pastry

  • 50g wholemeal flour
  • 75g plain flour
  • 55g cold butter cut into cubes
  • 2-3 tbsp of cold water

For the Filling

  • 400g minced beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 5-6 mushrooms, diced
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of dried mixed herbs
  • 1 cup beef stock (low sodium)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 blocks of frozen spinach
  • 1 sachet of tomato puree

 

Method

First off you need to make your pastry. I use a food processor these days but it’s easy enough my hand as well. Rub the flour and butter together to form a breadcrumb like texture, slowly add the water and bring together to form a dough. Form into a ball, wrap in cling film and place into the fridge.

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.

Heat a sauce pan over a medium heat, add a very small drizzle of oil, the onion, mushrooms and garlic and fry until softened. Add the mince and cook until no longer pink. In a blender blitz the carrots, spinach, tomato puree and beef stock until smooth, pour over the mince and heat for 5 minutes.

On a floured surface, roll your pastry, cut and mold to the cupcake tin (I use a silicon mold which doesn’t require oiling but if using metal just rub with a little butter to prevent sticking). Fill with the mince mixture and add a pastry lid.

Brush the tops with your choice or egg or milk and back for approximately 25 minutes or until golden and crisp.

 

Enjoy

Em xx