I love meals that I can cook in the oven. It’s so easy to just chop up some veg, add a few other ingredients, put it in the oven and I can get other stuff done while it’s cooking! This casserole has a few of our favourite vegetables, as well as potatoes and chickpeas so it’s a whole meal in one dish, so less washing-up to do too.
I came up with this idea a couple of months ago, to cook gram flour omelettey/pancakey things inside pepper rings, to add more veggies to my kids’ diets and also make it easy for little baby and toddler hands to pick up.
Since the kids loved my carrot cake so much I decided to try a different vegetable in cake, beetroot! Beetroot goes nicely with chocolate and they had no idea they were eating veg. I also added some banana, ground flax seeds, cashews in the icing, and lots of berries on top, to make this extra nutritious. The cake was a huge success with the kids and me too!
I hadn’t made these in a while but when my kid wants cookies, and he wants them NOW, I know just what to make. They are the perfect snack, healthy, soft, and chewy, and they take about 15 minutes to make. You probably even have the ingredients already!
Makes about 4-5 cookies, so use the same ratio and increase the amount as you like
1 cup of porridge oats
A handful of raisins
Optional extras: whatever you like but I add a little ground flax seed and cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Mash all the ingredients together in a bowl. I find this easiest to do with my hands, if a bit messy.
Form into small cookie shapes with your hands, and bake for about 12 minutes until slightly crispy on the outside. Best enjoyed fresh from the oven!
This is kinda a cheat recipe because I use a pre-made spice mix, but sure whatever makes life easier when you have kids (or don’t have kids, just a busy life!). This has become our favourite meal at the moment, and I’ve been making it at least once a week. The kids can’t get enough of it and I’m very happy about that. Rian has even been saying that cauliflower is his favourite food! Since the kids love it so much, I had to share it.
As I’ve mentioned in some other blog posts, I have coeliac disease so eat a strict gluten-free diet. I don’t talk about it much on the blog, because it’s a vegan blog, and is not about health or gluten-free recipes, but all the food I cook does happen to be gluten-free, and my recipes on my blog are either all gluten-free or can be made gluten-free, depending on what type of flour, pasta, etc. that you use. I know a lot of people looking for gluten-free and vegan cake recipes, and in general for vegan cake recipes, so thought I would share this recipe.
Maybe when most people picture vegan kids they think of a sad, skinny child with a plate of lettuce. The reality for the vegan kids I know is a vibrant, healthy and delicious diet full of variety…and occasionally an all day chocolate feast. My kids spent Easter Sunday just like a lot of other kids, covered in chocolate!