I really like this healthy, but tasty stir-fry and better still it’s quick and easy to make. We hope you love it too!
I’ve become a big fan of quinoa recently and luckily the kids seem to like it too. It’s a great source of protein and really easy to cook. As such a small grain it’s also great to use in weaning recipes, particularly if little ones have few teeth and are only getting used to managing solids!
Makes 2 large portions and 1 small portion
100g Edamme beans
a bunch of spring onions
handful of coriander
2 baby pak choi
5 baby corn
juice of 1/2 lime
small handful sesame seeds
1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
For the sauce:
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp Oyster sauce
Cook the quinoa according to instructions on the packet.
To make the sauce mix together all the ingredients.
Heat the sunflower oil in a large saute pan and saute the onions, garlic and ginger. Remove and set aside. Add all the other vegetables to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the sauce and cook for a further 2-3 depending on how crunchy you like your vegetables. Stir in the onions, garlic, ginger and quinoa. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and coriander and serve.
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”!