Monday, 25 April 2016
Quick and Easy Dinners | Baby & Toddler Food
Sometimes I feel very lazy and have absolutely no desire to cook, so having frozen home-made food that can be defrosted quickly is the easiest option!
Batch cooking and then freezing meals into small portions is great for a number of reasons:
1) It reduces wastage as it lasts a lot longer in the freezer than the fridge
2) There's less washing up because you're making a big portion all at once
3) It's often cheaper to buy food in bulk, cook it up and freeze it for later use
Here are some of my favourite quick & easy recipes:
Salmon, potatoes & vegetables
1) Boil 3 or 4 large potatoes adding in your vegetables (I use broccoli & carrots) for the last few minutes - I always like to test with a fork to see how soft they are.
2) Once they are all cooked, drain the water then mash. Add some milk and butter until you get the desired taste and consistency.
3) Then finally add in a tin of boneless salmon and stir thoroughly.
Tomato tuna pasta
I was inspired by Jamie Oliver's Spaghetti Alla Putanesca from 30 Minute Meals for this one.
1) Fry 2 cloves of garlic in some olive oil or butter, then add in a handful of chopped parsley, a pinch of cinnamon, one 500g carton of passata and a tin of tuna. Leave this on a low heat.
2) Cook 300g of pasta - you can use baby pasta or any you like and then chop it up once it's cooked. 3) Once the pasta is done, drain it and add to the tomato sauce.
4) You could also add some cheese to this to make it a bit higher in calories or vegetables to get some goodness into your little one!
Tomato, cheese & broccoli pasta
1) Cook 300g of pasta adding in some broccoli for the last five minutes.
2) Melt a knob of butter in a pan, then pour in a carton of passata. Add a handful of grated cheese to the passata.
3) Once the pasta and broccoli are done, add to the tomato sauce and mix.
Top tips to make cooking baby food easier:
1) Get pots you can use to freeze the food in. Tommee Tippee and Tesco do some really good ones.
2) Get freezer bags to pop the food in once frozen - these take up less space in the freezer and you can then use your pots again to make more food!
3) Don't complicate things. Make your baby the same food as you and your family, just make sure to leave out the salt and mash or puree to the desired texture depending on their age. Keep in mind that if your baby is under one, there are certain foods they can't have. Click here for more information.
Have you got any recipes for babies or toddlers that you love? Please do let me know below. Or leave a link if you've written a post.