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Easy Peasy Star Biscuits

So when your toddler asks to make star biscuits, you can’t really say No. I’m not a fan of my kids having too much sugar so we always are on the look out for ways to reduce the sugar content of our baking, here we have used just a little apple juice and it worked well. A plain biscuit but you could add spices to it and make it your own. The plain biscuits are good for weaning too.

I used a greek yoghurt topping so the kids could decorate their biscuits which they loved. You need to only decorate the ones you aret going to eat there and then. Store the rest in a tin and the topping in the fridge. The decorating was a good after school activity and make your own snack session.

 

Easy Peasy Star Bicuits
Yields 20
Simple, low sugar star biscuits that you can add spices to and make your own.
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67 calories
8 g
1 g
3 g
1 g
1 g
19 g
4 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
19g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 67
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 4mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* 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. 100g wholemeal or rye flour
  2. 100g plain white flour
  3. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 75g margarine
  5. 75ml apple juice
Topping
  1. 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt and 1 tbsp cream cheese mixed with a dask of milk
  2. sunflower seeds
  3. chopped dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Weigh out the flour and baking powder.
  2. Rub the butter into the flour and baking powder mix.
  3. Add the apple juice and mix to a dough.
  4. Roll out on a floured surface.
  5. Cut and put onto a greased and lined baking tray.
  6. Bake at Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes.
  7. Eat as they are or top with the Greek yoghurt mix.
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calories
67
fat
3g
protein
1g
carbs
8g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Courgette and Stilton Pinwheels

These little beauties are something that I always like to have a ready supply of in the freezer. They make an easy lunch and are great to take out and about. We are in that stage where the toddler boy likes to eat lunch early which is usually when we are out and about, so lots of packed lunches are needed. Seeing as he isn’t keen on sandwiches I have to be slightly more inventive. Savoury muffins, savoury flapjack and pinwheels all go down well. 

Courgette pinwheels 4

Courgettes are one of those vegetables that I love because you can add them into recipes without them being hugely noticeable. Grated courgette goes into a lot of things I make! Not don’t get me wrong, I’m not into hiding vegetables but I do like to add extra veggies to dishes when I can. My boy isn’t that keen on eating vegetables on their own so they need to be mixed into dishes. You could use any combo of toppings in these, be inspired by your fridge!

Courgette pinwheels 1

You could use pastry to make these, however I prefer pizza dough. I tend to make a large batch of the dough in the bread machine, make pizza with half and then make these with the rest. Knock them up, bake and freeze in a freezer bag. They defrost pretty quick for an easy, healthy lunch.

Here they are before baking…..

Courgette pinwheels 2

 

 

Courgette pinwheels 3

 

Courgette and Stilton Pinwheels
Yields 8
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
141 calories
21 g
4 g
4 g
5 g
1 g
70 g
94 g
0 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
70g
Yields
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141
Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 94mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
1%
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. Pizza Dough Recipe (I make double and make a large pizza with the other half of the dough)
  2. 140ml water
  3. 75g wholemeal bread flour
  4. 150g white bread flour
  5. 1 tbsp olive oil
  6. 1/2 tsp yeast
Topping
  1. 1 tbsp tomato puree
  2. 2 tsp red pesto
  3. 1/2 courgette grated
  4. 50g grated stilton
  5. 2 slices ham sliced (optional)
Instructions
  1. Make up the pizza dough, you could mix by hand and leave to rise or make in a bread machine.
  2. Roll it out on a floured surface, to a rectangle.
  3. Spread the tomatoe puree and pesto on the top.
  4. Cover with the courgette, stilton and ham.
  5. Roll it up longways (see picture) and slice into 2 inch pieces, it should make about 8-9.
  6. Grease and flour a baking tray, pre-bake the oven to Gas Mark 5.
  7. Turn each piece so the filling can be seen from the top (see picture).
  8. Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
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calories
141
fat
4g
protein
5g
carbs
21g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Banana Oaty Bars

 Mini-Disaster in our house usually means…. there is no flapjack left, we are out of milk, Miss K cannot find a very important item (insert “really not important in the grand scheme of life but a calamity to her”), or a section of the train track has come apart. I quite love the fact that these really are regular disasters in the eyes of my small ones. How simple life can be!

Today’s disaster led to a distraught 2 year old.

 1. The flapjack tin was empty

2. There were not enough oats to make more.

Super Mummy to the rescue. I rarely make the same recipe twice anyway 😉

So I adapted my semi-famous banana and sultana flapjack recipe by adding flour. It comes out less of a flapjack and more of an oat bar. Dense, oaty and firm – no crumbly texture here. A really good option to have with a cuppa, for lunch boxes or to feed a snacking child. They are sweet but not too sweet, if you know what I mean. The oats provide that wholegrain goodness, the banana and sultanas pack in the fruit and there is just a hint of honey and butter to bind it all.

It’s falls into that territory of “Is it a flapjack? Is is a cake? It is a bar?”

You know what? I can’t decide but all that really matters is it is healthy and yummy!

Dietitian UK: Banana Oaty Bars

Banana Oat Bars (wheat free, gluten free)
Yields 12
Quick, easy oat bar recipe that is healthy and great for hungry children.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
118 calories
19 g
9 g
4 g
2 g
2 g
43 g
1 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
43g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 9mg
3%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
1%
Iron
3%
* 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. 100g oats (gluten free if needed)
  2. 100g plain flour (I used a gluten free blend)
  3. 100g sultanas
  4. 1 mashed banana
  5. 2 tbsp honey
  6. 50g butter
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together, by hand or in a food processor/stand mixer.
  2. Melt the honey and butter together in a bowl and then add along with the banana.
  3. Mix well, I left this for a few minutes in my stand mixer.
  4. Press into a lined, greased baking tray, cover the top with foil for half of the cooking time to stop the sultanas getting burnt.
  5. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 20-30 minutes.
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calories
118
fat
4g
protein
2g
carbs
19g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Broccoli fish fingers: get that veg in.

Fish fingers are always a sure-fire hit in our household. I usually make them plain and serve with veggies but wanted to sneak extra veggies into the teething boy. When he feels under the weather he just hands me his vegetables off his plate. Monkey.

So I blitzed up half a head of broccoli and rolled the fish in it before adding the breadcrumbs. It was a bit messy but making your own fish fingers always is. However they taste SO MUCH BETTER than the bought ones. Plus I used gluten free breadcrumbs so they were suitable for me 🙂

“The J boy hoovered these up, saying NumNumNumNum”

Dietitian UK: J Boy eat Broccoli fish fingers

BROCCOLI FISH FINGERS

Serves 4

20 mins preparation and 20 minutes cooking time

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 head broccoli

4 fillets fish (I used half salmon, half haddock)

2 tbsp flour (gluten free if needed)

2 eggs

Breadcrumbs (gluten free if needed)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Finely chop the broccoli, as finely as you can. Alternatively blitz it in a food processor.

Defrost the fish if it is frozen and slice into fingers.

Put the flour and eggs into 2 seperate bowls and the breadcrumbs and broccoli onto 2 plates.

Dip the fish into the flour, then the egg.

Roll in the broccoli, the dip back in the egg and roll in the breadcrumb. Pat the breadcrumb down all over it.

Repeat with all the fish.

Place on a baking tray and either cook straight away or if you can leave to firm up in the fridge first.

Cook at Gas Mark 5 for 20 minutes.

Dietitian UK: Broccoli fish fingers 1

Vegetable Potato Lasagne

So what do you do when you’ve been building up all day to a vegetable lasagne and then you realise you are out of wheat free lasagne sheets? 

1. Make something else?

2. Make your own lasagne?

3. Use potato instead?

Today I was feeling a bit more inventive, plus I had a tonne of potatoes to use up… so option 3 it was.

This worked really well, it took longer to cook as I wanted the potatoes to definitely be on the softer side, but you could parboil them to help speed up the cooking time. My cottage cheese white sauce is a big hit.Healthier, quicker to make and lighter on the stomach and palate too, it takes lasagne from a “weekend meal” to an “everyday meal”.  My family are happy.

Someone suggested this was more of a moussaka, I’m not sure. I’m going with lasagne as that is what I based it on. Call it what you like. It’s delicious. 

Dietitian UK: Vegetable Potato Lasagne 1 

Dietitian UK: Vegetable Potato Lasagne 2

Vegetable Potato Lasagne
Serves 6
A healthy take on a vegetable lasagne using cottage cheese to make the white sauce and potato instead of lasagne sheets. Grain free, gluten free.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
296 calories
42 g
17 g
8 g
12 g
4 g
455 g
191 g
10 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
455g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296
Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 17mg
6%
Sodium 191mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 42g
14%
Dietary Fiber 8g
30%
Sugars 10g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
69%
Vitamin C
130%
Calcium
18%
Iron
14%
* 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 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion
  3. 3-4 cloves of garlic
  4. 2 peppers
  5. 2 courgettes
  6. 1 carrot
  7. Mixed dried herbs
  8. Black pepper
  9. Balsamic vinegar
  10. 1 tsp sugar
  11. 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  12. Small glass of red wine
  13. 1 large aubergine
  14. 4 medium potatoes
  15. 150g cottage cheese
  16. 150g greek yoghurt
  17. 80g grated cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan.
  2. Chop the onion and crush the garlic, then saute in the pan.
  3. Now add the peppers, carrot and courgettes, cook for a couple of minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes and wine.
  4. Bring to a simmer and add the pepper, balsamic, herbs and sugar. All to simmer gently whilst you prepare the rest of the dish.
  5. Slice the aubergine and potatoes lengthways into thin slices.
  6. You could now parboil the potatoes to speed up the cooking time in the oven.
  7. Mix the cottage cheese with the yoghurt to get a thinner consistency.
  8. Now comes the fun…. in an overproof dish layer up the lasagne. Start with the tomato and vegetables base, top with aubergine slices, then potato and the white sauce. Repeat the layers one more time, ending with the white sauce on the top.
  9. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in the oven as Gas Mark 5 for 45-60 minutes.
  10. Test the potatoes are cooked by prodding with a skewer.
  11. ENJOY!
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calories
296
fat
8g
protein
12g
carbs
42g
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Porridge Fingers: perfect for baby led weaning breakfasts.

It’s a fact. I love weaning, especially baby led weaning. It’s such a delight to watch a baby learn how to handle food and watch them try new tastes and textures. However it is one messy process! I tend to take the attitude that it is all one big learning process and a little mess is a small price to pay. There are some mornings when I need a quick breakfast that has less chance of being thrown a fair distance 😉 this is my go to breakfast on those days. One thing I particularly like is that I can prepare it the night before, saving me even more time in the mornings. I take them out of the fridge and take the chill off in the microwave.

Dietitian UK: Fruity Porridge Fingers Uncooked
Before Cooking.
Dietitian UK: Fruity Porridge Fingers Cooked
The cooked Porridge Fingers

 

These porridge fingers are soft and squidgy, so lovely for little fingers to pick up. I either put berries in them or serve fruit on the side. They have gone down so well in our house that I now have to make up a large tray as Miss K (who is almost 4 years) eats them too.

Use your usual milk (breast milk works well as does cows milk) and experiment with the fruit. These were made with redcurrants.

Dietitian UK: Fruity Porridge Fingers

No salt, No sugar, just wholegrain goodness, milk and fruit. 

Here is my “after” picture, this is a less messy breakfast for us 😉

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Fruity Porridge Fingers
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
136 calories
22 g
3 g
3 g
6 g
1 g
78 g
19 g
2 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
78g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136
Calories from Fat 24
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 3mg
1%
Sodium 19mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 22g
7%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
6%
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. 3 tbsp oats
  2. 2-3 tbsp milk
  3. 1 tbsp berries
Instructions
  1. Mix the oats, berries and milk in a bowl.
  2. Press the oats down and the drain off an excess milk.
  3. Microwave on high for 1min 45 - 2 minutes.
  4. If the porridge is not thick then cook for another 30 seconds.
  5. Leave to cool and serve or put in the fridge for the next day.
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calories
136
fat
3g
protein
6g
carbs
22g
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Pizza Pinwheels

My family love pizza and so I usually make extra and we have leftovers for lunches. However being picnic weather I don’t always find cold pizza transports well. So this weekend I played around with making pizza pinwheels which have promptly been names pizza rolls by Miss K.  Her initial comment was “Mummy what’s this” followed by “Can I have another”.  My 9 month old baby also found these easy to eat and quickly demolished one.

The fiddly bit about these is rolling them up, and that really isn’t too tricky. What is tricky is keeping enough back for the freezer stash too! What I love about these is how versatile they can be, you could fill them with all sorts of things. I pretty much emptied my leftovers out of the fridge for these ones. 

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Dietitian UK: Pizza Pinwheels, gluten free

These transported very well, in fact probably better than sandwiches would have done. They survived Miss K shaking the picnic box, turning it upside down and a trip in the bottom of the buggy. 

Healthier than sausage rolls, pies and pasties…. A definite must for the picnic season and the buffet table too. 

Pizza Pinwheels (glutenfree, wheat free)
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
274 calories
44 g
13 g
5 g
11 g
1 g
123 g
46 g
1 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
123g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274
Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 13mg
4%
Sodium 46mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 1g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
3%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Pizza Dough
  1. 450g gluten free flour (I used Doves Farm plain)
  2. 310ml water
  3. 2 tbsp oil
  4. 1/2 tsp sugar
  5. 1 tsp yeast
For the toppings
  1. 2 tbsp tomato puree
  2. 4 tbsp lentil soup (optional, it was leftover in my fridge, you could use pesto!)
  3. 100g shredded cooked chicken breast
  4. 200g sweetcorn
  5. 20g cheddar
Instructions
  1. Make the dough by hand or in a bread machine.
  2. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5/200C.
  3. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick, aim for a rectangle.
  4. Spread the tomato puree and lentil soup/pesto on the top.
  5. Cover in the toppings.
  6. Now start to roll it up lengthways. start at one end and work all the way along, just turning the edge over, then continue this process rolling it a bit at a time working lengthways along the dough each time. Try to roll it fairly tight.
  7. Now slice it into 1 inch rounds.
  8. Place onto a greased, floured baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  9. Leave to cool and store in an airtight container.
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calories
274
fat
5g
protein
11g
carbs
44g
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Baby Food: Why it’s better to make your own.

A Glasgow team have tested 479 shop bought baby foods and found that most of them had fewer nutrients than homemade versions. They also found that the majority of the foods (65%) were sweet in taste, sweetened with fruit sugar rather than sugar itself. Finger foods expecially were found to be sweet.

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A quote from the researchers “UK infant mainly supplies sweet, soft, spoonable foods targeted from age 4 months”

Babies have an innate preference for sweet foods and breast milk itself has a sweet taste to it, however when it comes to weaning we want to be encouraging our small ones to extend their palate. Offering a range of tastes, textures and flavours will do this, by sticking to sweeter tastes babies will be more likely to want sweet foods later in life which could lead to less healthy choices.

The nutritional composition of the baby foods was looked at and the researchers found that babies would  need to eat twice as much shop bought foods to get the same energy and protein as a homecooked meal. This makes it pretty hard work for a baby to meet their nutritional needs.

So is there a role for shop bought baby foods and should manufacturers be changing their meals?

I would say there still is a role for these foods. We all need a balance of foods in our diets and being a mum I know full well that there are occasions when a pouch or jar of baby food can be so much easier. Try to stick to homemade meals as often as you can and keep the bought versions for those emergency occasions. I’ve certainly used bought baby meals when abroad on holiday for example and when out and about with no other options. 

My top tip would be to aim for 80% of the diet to be homemade, be realistic about your time, plan meals, cook in bulk and freeze and don’t beat yourself up if you resort to shop bought food now and again.

Why not check out some of my weaning recipes or check out my Baby Weaning Ebooks. 

Read the abstract of the study here.

Baby Breakfasts Ebook.

It’s all to easy to get stuck in a rut with breakfasts, we do it as adults, and when you are a parent you suddenly have to feed a little tummy and your own. It can feel like a big responsiblity – it is. So how about getting the advice from a top dietitian and mummy?

I love giving weaning advice and I had such fun weaning my own little one. Almost everywhere I go other mummies ask me for top tips and advice, so I’ve decided to start my own range of Ebooks. Now I don’t have a big publishing company behind me so right now these are going to consist of no frills, simple, practical advice . When I get cleverer I’ll hope to add in fancy pictures and graphics, but I figure what is really needed is the basics!

So here is my first Ebook: Baby Breakfasts. It contains Meal ideas including fresh ideas for what to do with cereals, eggs and toast. Some yummy recipes for baking breakfasts goods and top tips from myself too.

Dietitian UK: Baby Breakfast Ebook
Dietitian UK: Baby Breakfast Ebook

There are more to come. I’d love to hear the subject you’d like an Ebook on.

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