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Courgette and mushroom patties

I’m always after ways to get more veggies into the children and myself. Hubby likes to do his own thing at lunch, so I made these as a preparation for the toddler, baby and my lunches. They were fast to make and went well warmed up with a salad for lunch. Make a batch, freeze a batch and feel smug all week.

Courgette Patties 2

Courgette and Mushroom Patties
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
43 calories
6 g
17 g
1 g
2 g
0 g
53 g
34 g
1 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
53g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 43
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 17mg
6%
Sodium 34mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
11%
Calcium
3%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Spray olive oil x 5 squirts
  2. 2 courgettes, grated
  3. 5 mushrooms, grated
  4. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  5. 1 beaten egg
  6. 2 tbsp parmesan
  7. 1/2 ball mozzerella
  8. 75g cornmeal
  9. 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6.
  2. Saute the courgettes and mushrooms in a pan for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Leave to cool a little and then mix in the other ingredients. It will make a thick batter.
  5. Drop large spoonfuls onto a greased and lined baking tray. It will make about 12.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
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calories
43
fat
1g
protein
2g
carbs
6g
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Courgette patties 1 

Why you should cook with your kids

I’ve been baking with my kids since my eldest was 18 months. With one child it is messy, with more than one it is carnage. It takes 4 times as long, involves multiple conversations, explanations and shouts of “no, not yet”, there is a kitchen to clear up and children too… however I am convinced it is something we should all be doing.

Why? Here are my top reasons.

  1. It teaches children about measuring, volume, pouring, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Jobs like rolling pastry, cutting out shapes, measuring the flour, stirring and pouring in milk are all good to try.

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  1. They learn about safety in the kitchen. My 5 years old has her own knife and know how to safely chop the vegetables and how to carry sharp knifes. Learning about the oven, the hob and even the big kitchen appliances can be interesting to small ones and teaches them how to be safe in the kitchen.
  2. Children may find it less intimidating and stressful to try out new foods whilst you are preparing them or after they have cooked them. My boy went through a tricky stage with vegetables, then I discovered he would eat lots when helping cut them up for the dinner. So every night he helped prepare the veggies with me! 
  3. It gives them a sense of achievement and success. My kids always look full of happiness and pride when I remind them they helped cook a meal.

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  1. Cooking seems to be a dying out skill. It isn’t really taught at school so the only way your children will learn is at home. I come across a lot of people who don’t know how to cook, or have no confidence in the kitchen. Letting your children learn whilst at home teaches them a valuable skill for life.
  2. It is a chance to talk about healthy eating and role model healthy lifestyles to your small ones. We look at different foods, talk about how they are made/where they come from and look at how they look inside, how they cook and different ways to use them. For ages my boy thought Peppa Pig was related to an actual pepper 😉 Watch out though as age 3 my girl was proudly able to tell people when they ate bacon that it had come from a  pig and told the pigs at the farm they made tasty sausages! 
  3. You can use cooking as a whole education. Colours, shapes, counting can all be part of the process! 
  4. In our family, it can be that all important catch up time, where we chat and hang out. 

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  1. It occupies them! I have a girl with a very active mind, she needs activities to do, so she cooks with me.
  2. Hopefully, they will be able to cook you dinner when old enough!! I cannot wait for this!

So if you don’t cook with your children, I hope I have given you some reasons why you should 🙂

Homemade bready swirls/pinwheels

So this is our first vlog in a long time. It’s taken me a while to work out a time when my kitchen is not looking like a bomb has hit it, whilst also having 2 happy kids and a charged video camera. Phew. I made it. 

Lunches are the one meal that I really find can….

a) get boring,

b) I forget about and then have to rummage in the fridge and hope for the best and

c)  is often eaten out of the house so needs to be well planned.

My kids are not great fans of sandwiches, so I try to have a creative lunch making session once a week and involve them as much as I dare. Savoury scones, pizza pinwheels and snack boxes with a range of crackers, veggies and whatever I have to hand are all favourites in our house. These bread swirls are great as they really are quick to make. My kids love to cook as you will see. I try to let them help as much as possible, it always leads to eating and mess, but also teaches them valuable skills and it’s good communication time too. If you don’t cook with your kids then I would really encourage you to give it a go. 

Bready Pinwheels
Yields 15
A quick, easy recipe that is great for lunch boxes, for making lunches for interesting and for sneaking extra veggies into lunches!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
117 calories
16 g
11 g
4 g
4 g
2 g
53 g
303 g
1 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
53g
Yields
15
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117
Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 11mg
4%
Sodium 303mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
11%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 300g self raising flour
  2. 40g butter
  3. 180ml semi skimmed milk
  4. 100g cottage cheese
  5. 1 tomato chopped finely
  6. 50g cheese grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4.
  2. Grease a baking tray.
  3. Weigh out the flour and butter. Rub the butter into the flour.
  4. Add the milk and mix well to a dough.
  5. Knead lightly and roll out to a rectangle about 3cm thick.
  6. Spread the cottage cheese, tomato and cheese over the surface.
  7. Now roll up like a swiss roll.
  8. Cut up into chunks about 3cm thick.
  9. Place on the baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.
Notes
  1. Try other toppings, get creative!
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calories
117
fat
4g
protein
4g
carbs
16g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Homemade Fish Fingers made by a toddler

My 3 year old has been watching, helping and cooking with me since she was a baby. Whether in a sling, a bumbo, highchair or stood on a stool she has always loved it. Mainly because she gets to eat it, and this girl is a true foodie. Given the choice of what to have for lunch she goes for things like Sushi, prawns and olives. She shuns childrens options like sausage and chips in favour of peppers stuffed with goats cheese. She also just loves to help chop, stir and get involved with mummy. So when the video camera wasn’t charged and I couldn’t work out how to get the tablet to balance somewhere and film us both I decided to just let her do the vlog. I must admit a certain level of motherly pride at this girl 😉

Miss K also loves fish fingers. Why? Because she loves fish but also because of a book we have where Charlie and Lola refer to them as “ocean niblets” from the supermarket under the sea. This book captured our imagaination around food. I don’t buy fish fingers, firstly I can’t eat them unless they are wheat free and secondly these take just minutes to make and the same time to cook so there is no need!

 

 

 

Salmon Fish Fingers, wheat free, gluten free
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
424 calories
28 g
144 g
13 g
45 g
2 g
205 g
408 g
2 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
205g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424
Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
20%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 144mg
48%
Sodium 408mg
17%
Total Carbohydrates 28g
9%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 2g
Protein 45g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
7%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 salmon fillets
  2. 1 beaten egg
  3. 50g rice flour
  4. 100g gluten free breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Slice the salmon into fishfinger size pieces.
  2. Roll the fingers into the flour, then dip into the egg and allow the excess to drip off.
  3. Fulyl coat in the breadcrumbs and place on a oiled and lined baking tray.
  4. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 15 minutes.
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calories
424
fat
13g
protein
45g
carbs
28g
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Great Balls of….Goodness

I’m constantly on the look out for quick, easy, healthy snacks. Life with a toddler and baby with 2 businesses to run means I’m constantly on the go running from the kids to a Pilates class to cooking dinner or to a clinic. So with some baking time on my hands the toddler and I experimented with oats, fruit, peanut butter and seeds to make an easy to eat, healthy, nutritious snack. These are wheat free, dairy free and gluten free if you use gluten free oats.

This was a lot of fun for the toddler, she did later get her hands stuck in and loved squidging it all. Perfect for textures, messy play and all round fun for her. I’ve found these great for eating between Pilates classes or for grabbing as a snack between meals when I’m feeding the baby. 

Perfect for a post-exercise snack due to the protein content and great for mums on the run!

 

 

Oaty Peanut Balls
Serves 15
Great for healthy snacking on the run, for post-workouts and for toddlers/children.
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134 calories
18 g
0 g
6 g
4 g
1 g
31 g
10 g
1 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
31g
Servings
15
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134
Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
20%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
3%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  3. 1/2 cup linseeds
  4. 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  5. 4 tsp peanut butter
  6. 3 tsp honey
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix out all the ingredients then take teaspoons of the mixture, squash and roll into balls.
  2. Place in the fridge to firm up.
  3. These can be eaten from the fridge or store in an airtight container.
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calories
134
fat
6g
protein
4g
carbs
18g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Cheesy Courgette Biscuits Vlog – great toddler snack.

Recently the husband and the toddler have been have a bit of a “snack-off”. She asks for “pink biscuits”, “sweeties” and snacks that generally she knows are not for everyday eating and Daddy finds it hard to negotiate. She is a highly skilled negotiator (may get that skill from me), watch out for her later in life!

So my mummy mind leapt into action and to save the day, we made up a pile of more suitable snacks. Here is our vlog of making cheesy courgette biscuits, we made 3 batches of these and froze them in freezer bags ready to get out when needed. Written recipe here.

 

I’d love to hear your favourite snack ideas. Here are some more of mine.