I felt like sun-dried tomato pesto pasta today and I want the kids to eat more greens, so I made this sun-dried tomato and kale pesto. I added some chickpeas to make it even more nutritious and filling and because chickpeas go great with so many things. I don’t know about other kids, but my kids will eat anything if it’s on pasta! But you could also serve this pesto mixed with grains, baby potatoes, beans or lentils.
Hot dogs are something that my son has asked for because he sees them on TV (and he didn’t know what they were made of). Of course we have to make them vegan, and we don’t eat a lot of faux meats, so carrot hot dogs are perfect! They taste really nice, they’re healthy, they’re really simple to make, and they get the kids to eat vegetables! I added mashed avocado to make it even more nutritious and because it’s yummy, but you can add more traditional toppings or whatever you like. It is actually surprisingly like eating a hot dog!
We love “omelettes” made with chickpea flour in our house, and the kids always eat them all up so it’s a great way for them to get plenty of protein and iron. I used sweet potatoes in this Spanish omelette, instead of regular white potatoes, to make it a bit more nutritious, and added some fresh herbs to add more colour and flavour, and I think it tastes really nice! This makes a lovely brunch or easy dinner, served with a simple salad (and the kids like it with ketchup!). It’s pretty versatile so you can add other vegetables and herbs if you like.
Sorry that so many of my blog posts are for pasta sauces, but my kids would eat pasta every night if it was up to them! I find that homemade sauces are a great way to get them to eat something healthy, and I always try to use wholegrain pasta too. This bolognese sauce is not very traditional, but it has added veggies and green lentils, so is nice and healthy, and very quick and easy to make.
I made this very quick and easy sauce the other day to go on some pasta, it’s not very pretty but very healthy, tasted really nice and the kids loved it. Rian called it “ninja turtles pasta” because it’s green! I love that he comes up with these names himself, instead of me having to do it to convince him to eat it!
You could use this as a dressing for other things like grains, potatoes, salads, but we had it with wholegrain rice pasta, and I added some halved cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and baby salad leaves, to try to make it look a bit prettier and be even more nutritious. It takes only a few minutes to make in a food processor and makes a really nice fresh and summery meal. Read More »
I came up with this simple but yummy recipe earlier today when I was stuck sitting on a chair with a sleeping baby in my arms and so hungry I couldn’t stop thinking about what to have for lunch. I love green lentils with pesto, and remembered I had fresh basil, spinach, pine nuts and some Violife Prosociano, so I decided to make a quick pasta salad with lentils and homemade spinach and basil pesto. Then when I was making it I saw some cherry tomatoes so decided to throw them in too. It turned out so delicious that I had to share the recipe!Read More »
This is barely even a recipe, more just an idea for a quick meal, and a great way to make a kid-size pizza! It’s also great fun for kids because they can choose their own toppings for their pizza, and if they choose their toppings, they’re more likely to eat them, I find. You can set up a make-your-own-pizza bar, with different ingredients chopped up in bowls, for example onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, pineapple, even things like broccoli, kale, chickpeas, anything really. It doesn’t have to be traditional pizza toppings.Read More »