Category Archives: Family Meals

Frittata, Frattati, Frittato

Frittata. It’s a great word. Try playing around with it in your mouth. It lends itself to all kinds of twists and turns.

In our house Frittata night usually means it’s been a busy day, the cook of the house is tired and something quick and easy is needed for dinner. This recipe is satisfying to make, satisfy to cook and satisfying to eat. Plus it’s healthy, packed with high quality protein and plenty of colourful veggies. If you are the type of person who eat with their eyes then this will not fail to disappoint.

Personally I think the fresher the eggs the better. We have chickens so are very spoilt. Eggs provide a great protein source, in fact eggs are the benchmark for protein against which other protein foods are compared to.  they also contain zinc, iodine and phosporus along with the fat soluble vitamins A,D and E. Although eggs do contain about 11% fat, about half of this is monounsaturated, the healthy fat.

Onto the recipe. This is great served warm, straight from the pan with salad or cold the next day for lunch.

Recipe:

Serves 2 plus 1 toddler (withe leftovers for lunch)

5 eggs

A mix of veggies (e.g. peas, diced carrot, diced onion, finely chopped green beans and cherry tomatoes)

2 medium sliced and diced potatoes or sweet potatoes

rapeseed oil

mixed herbs

salt and pepper

  • Drizzle about 1/2 tbsp oil into a pan and saute the potatoes first.
  • After a out 5 minutes add the rest of the veggies and saute for another 3-5 minutes. Add a splash of water if it starts to stick.
Dietitian UK: Veggie and Sweet potato being Sauteed.
Dietitian UK: Veggie and Sweet potato being Sauteed.
  • Meanwhile beat the eggs, add the seasoning and herbs.
  • Spread the veggies out in the pan and try to arrange them a little so there is an even mix of them across the pan.
  • Pour the eggs into the pan and swirl it around a little so the veggies are covered.
Dietitian UK: Frittata cooking.
Dietitian UK: Frittata cooking.
  • Cook for 5 on a medium heat  and then put under the grill to cook the top surface. Cook until the top is golden and firm to the touch.
Dietitian UK: Fully Cooked Frittata
Dietitian UK: Fully Cooked Frittata

Baking Banana Flapjacks – our first vlog!

Yesterday I decided to take the plunge and try out a vlog. It’s a bit long so next time I’ll remember to keep it short and sweet….but I’m quite suprised with the end result….not too bad 😉 Personally I think that’s all due to my glamourous assisstant!

Please do take a look and let me know what you think…..and feel free to share too.

Due to the length (6 minutes) it’s on You Tube.

Please click above, here is a photo of the end result – yum yum!

Dietitian UK: Toddler enjoys banana flapjack
Dietitian UK: Toddler enjoys banana flapjack

Summer Holiday Snacks

That time of year has come, the children are on summer holidays and there’s quite a few weeks of hearing those words “I’m hungry, can I have a snack?”

In my house it’s not just small mouths to feed but the adults like to snack too, so here’s a few healthy, yet tasty snacks to keep the chocolate gremlin away and the energy tank topped up. The added bonus – these snacks are fun to make, so why not turn it into an activity to make a few snacks with the kids involved. Get someone else to clean up 😉

Ice-Cold

Instead of choc-ices and additive filled lollies try these fresh, fruity alternatives:

  • Frozen Grapes
  • Frozen slices of banana (tastes just like banana ice-cream)
  • Yoghurt Lollies: Mix your favourite yoghurt/fromage frais with a little milk, pour into an ice-lolly mould and push a few berries in
  • Juice Lollies: Dilute fruit juice with water and pour into a mould

Fruity Fix

  • Fruit Towers: cut up a selection of different shaped pieces of fruit – long fat blocks of melon, chunks of apple, halved grapes, pineapple pieces and let the kids make their own towers, top with a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
  • Hedgehogs: Slice the sides/cheeks off a mango, and cut each piece in half lengthways. Without cutting through to the skin, score 2 criss cross slits into the flesh, push up from the skin so the fruit pops up into a hedgehog.

Baking Time

  • Homemade flapjacks with plenty of dried fruit, oats and seeds.
  • Cheese scones.
  • Oatmeal cookies.
  • Chocolate chip and berry muffins

Dip Dip Dab

Dips are a great way to get kids into trying different foods. Make some of the following dips and serve with some of the following: breadsticks, pretzels, fingers of toast, rice cakes, cucumber, carrot, celery or pepper strips. Also great for lunches.

  • Guacamole: 1 ripe avocardo, juice 1/2 lime, 1 tbsp, half clove garlic, crushed. Mash it all together. Will go brown quickly, so eat on the day.
  • Tzatziki: Half a cucumber, peel, seed and grate, miz with 200g greek yoghurt and 1 tbsp mint.
  • Hummous: 1 tin chickpeas pureed with 1 clove garlic, 2 tbsp olve oil, juice of half a lemon and 2 tbsp natural yoghurt.
This post was writted for Slimsticks (www.slimsticks.com).

The Joys of Toddler Eating.

Yesterday I was sat having lunch with my toddler, Kezia – hummous and rice cakes with avocado and tomato. All foods that I know she likes but avocado is one that we haven’t eaten in a while.

She tasted a slice of it, pulled a hilarious face, removed it from her mouth, and in true toddler love then handed it to me. You’ve got to love the sharing of sucked on, dribbled on, slightly chewed food. The next slice met with a similar facial expression and quickly ended up on the floor. Humph, cue not impressed mummy face.

With my mummy head I was thinking “Oh I guess she has gone off avocado” but then my dietitian head thought “I wonder if she just doesn’t like the way I’ve given it to her”. Nope, I’m not on medication for these voices in my head…yet 😉

So I mushed the avocado a little and spread it onto the rice cake, suddenly it was out of my hand and into small girls mouth, being eaten and enjoyed. No more avocado on the floor and no more sharing with mummy.

Dietitian UK: The suspect Avocardo
Dietitian UK: The suspect Avocado

Why am I sharing this? I guess I wonder how many other mummies sometimes assume their little ones just don’t like a food when actually they just:

1. Don’t fancy it at that particular moment.

2. Aren’t keen on it in that form but may like it if it is given to them differently.

3. Teething or out of sorts.

Remember it takes about 10 attempts of a food for a toddler to know if they like it or not, so keep trying, keep being creative and keep smiling when that food ends up on the floor or spat out.