This tasty little dish provides a gentle introduction to some oriental flavours, helped along by the novelty of eating with chop sticks or “chip chops” as Lentil calls them! There are loads of different types of toddler training chop sticks available online or in some high street stores.
300g rump steak
70g green beans, trimmed and chopped in half / three
1cm fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
80g bean sprouts
small handful of coriander, finely chopped
4 spring onions, sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
Noodles / rice to serve
If meat is tough it takes too long for kids to chew with their little milk teeth. They soon get bored and lose their appetite, or they just spit it out! So if your meat is a little on the tough side, cut it into smaller pieces and cook for a little longer to tenderise.
Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan. Add the garlic, beef and ginger and cook over a high heat until the meat is browned. Next add the green beans, spring onions, beansprouts and cook for a further 5 minutes until the meat is cooked through and the beans have a bit to them. Take off the heat and sprinkle with the coriander.
Serve with rice or mashed potato and don’t forget the “chip chops”!
Moussaka with courgette
Moussaka with courgette?? It’s my take on a traditional Moussaka: a Moussaka in disguise if you will. My recipe doesn’t use the traditional aubergine – I simply wasn’t feeling the aubergine love the day I made this – but you can of course add it if you’re a traditionalist! Instead I use courgette. It passed the Lentil taste test and I actually used a mix of aubergine and courgette when I last made it for us parent people. Of course I’m going to say I think it’s nicer with the courgette addition….but I really do!
Pancakes are an easy and fun meal that you can get your kids involved in. There are loads of savoury and sweet options and they have the added advantage that everyone can choose their own filling!
This is my take on beef bourguignon for little ones, i.e. sans the burgundy! Not as yummy as the adult version so if your kids are a little older and you want to make this for whole family include a little burgundy: any alcohol should have evaporated by the time it has finished cooking. Although it takes a long time to cook, the prep is pretty quick and then you can just leave it in the oven while you relax (i.e. sort out the overflowing laundry basket, play hid & seek or read the “Tiger who came to Tea” for the thousandth time!)
These little burgers are incredibly easy to make and you can freeze them individually in freezer bags and defrost and cook when your little tot is hungry! You can also shape them into koftes using wooden skewers, although strictly speaking they aren’t a kofte! That’s a recipe for another day…..
Makes 6 mini burgers / koftes or 2 large and 2 mini burgers. Continue reading
…so nearly didn’t happen this year: we only got Coco’s passport last Wednesday afternoon prior to our Thursday 6.30am departure after much begging and pleading and very nearly some tears! 10 hours later, a lot of traffic jams and two “poo-namis” we eventually arrived in Germany.
This is a firm favourite in our house. We usually make extra and once I re-add the mince, I put some bolognese into another pot for the grown-ups and add some white wine in place of the grape juice.
Makes about 4-6 kiddie portions.
Grandma’s shepherd’s pie with a sweet twist
This yummy recipe makes approximately 4 large and 2-3 little portions, but you’ll have to be quick before it’s gobbled up! The pie can also be pureed to the desired consistency for younger tummies.