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Posts from the ‘Family Meals Stage 4: 1-3 years’ Category

No-fuss Tandoori Fish Curry – Family Meal


This super-simple fish curry is perfect for a quick mid-week meal (takes just 20 minutes), and tastes really delicious. Comprised of just a few ingredients, this one-pot curry always goes down really well in my home. In fact you can see just how much my little one enjoys it at the end of the video! Keep watching!

Tandoori masala is also a fabulous spice blend. It includes all of your main spices, and a few extras, so is super charged with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits. The masala give the fish and potatoes a unique taste.

Serves a family of four. Suitable for toddlers 12 months and over.
Total prep and cooking time – 20 mins

2 tbsp olive oil
1½ tbsp minced garlic
1 x 400g tin plum tomatoes – chopped
2 ½ tbsp ground tandoori masala
2 tsp dark brown sugar
Juice of 1 lime
180g white potato (about 1 medium white potato) – washed, peeled, cubed
4 x 100g skinless and boneless white fish fillets, halved
Salt, to taste (optional)
Red chilli powder, to taste (optional)
Fresh coriander, to garnish – washed, chopped

 

Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the garlic. Sauté for 1 minute then add the tomatoes, ground tandoori masala, sugar and lime juice. Cook the sauce for 6–8 minutes until it reduces and thickens. While the sauce is simmering, steam the potato until tender, then set aside. Once the sauce has reduced, add the fish fillets. Cover the fillets with the sauce and simmer on low heat for a few minutes until cooked through and flaky.

Once the fish is fully cooked, add the steamed potato to the curry and combine carefully with the sauce, trying not to break the fish pieces. Remove a serving for your baby and set aside. Stir salt and chilli powder (if using) into the main pan. Finish off the main adult serving and your little one’s serving with a sprinkle of coriander. Serve with roti or rice.

For toddlers you can also serve the fish as a yummy finger food, and use the tandoori masala as a yummy dip for the fish.

 

This recipe is taken from The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook, available to order now from all good bookshops including Amazon.co.uk, WHSmith and Waterstones. Also available from Amazon.com.

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FREE Garden Vegetable Paella Family Meal Recipe Card

Happy Friday! I only have 5 days until book launch and I wanted to give you all a little something from it. I’ve created a fab free downloadable recipe card for my Simple Garden Vegetable Paella recipe for you to print out and make at home.

This is a lovely enticing, bright yellow Spanish recipe suitable for the whole family (babies from 12 months). Super quick – this recipe is ready in 25 minutes and serves a family of 4 or 5. Key ingredients for my Asian twist and to boost the flavour include – saffron, turmeric, garlic, lemon, lime, parsley and chilli flakes – if you’re feeling daring!

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Roasted Vegetable Lasagne With Herby White Sauce

Roasted Veggie Lasagne
Yum! I love this lasagne. It is by far the best vegetable lasagne I have made. The vegetables are roasted so there is no watery sauce floating around at the bottom of the dish. It’s also a great way to get some hidden vegetables into your little ones meals.

Admittedly there is a little more faffing involved with this recipe compared to my usual no-fuss recipes (I used about three different pots), so I’d recommend this recipe for a weekend in particular for a hearty Sunday evening meal. It’s totally worth the extra washing it creates. Your family will love it! And worst case, after all that hard work, get your hubby and kids to help out with the washing.
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Big Family Breakfast Omelette (V)

Big Family Breakfast Omelette
As I was growing up it was always a tradition in my home to have a nice big family breakfast on a weekend – Saturday or Sunday morning (sometimes both). I remember as a child I’d always look forward to our weekend breakfasts. It was much nicer than simply have cereal in the mornings (which was nice), but associated with quick school morning breakfasts. Now my little one has started school for the very first time (just last week), I’m keen to carry on this family tradition with my own family. So the big weekend breakfast mornings have begun.

I rustled this omelette up very quickly on Sunday morning and it went down a treat with everyone. Protein-rich, full of yummy fresh vegetables and a little spice for extra flavour. This omelette is great for the whole family including babies and toddlers, particularly for baby-led weaning. It’s healthy and the best part – it’s a one-pot (or one-pan in this case) family meal which means less pots to wash (hassle-free)!  It also makes a fab healthy breakfast for those searching for satisfying and tasty carb-free meals, so it ticks a lot of boxes! Here’s the recipe – enjoy!

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Cheesy Summer Muffins (V)

Cheesy Summer MuffinsHere’s a lovely, light summer muffin recipe I love and really enjoy cooking during the summer months. This savoury muffin is great for the whole family including baby so it’s definitely worth adding to your weekly meal planner! Muffins are great for baby-led weaning and as this recipe is so delicious and simple to prepare, it will be a firm favourite with everyone in the family.

The paprika in this recipe is mild and adds a distinct flavour for baby. The cheese I like to use is simple, yet effective… Cheddar cheese – a staple in everyone’s household. And if it currently isn’t in your fridge, it really should be! It’s yummy and very, very versatile! My little one loves this muffin – hope yours does too! x

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Lemon and Garlic Pan-Fried Sea Bass

Lemon and Garlic Pan-Fried Sea BassWell it hasn’t exactly been barbecue weather recently so I opted to pan-fry this yummylicious fish instead! Sea bass is by far one of my absolute FAVOURITE fishes. As with all fish it’s quick to cook, tastes delicious, and barbecues really well too. Whilst it is a fab source of protein, is low in fat, and packed with omega-3 fatty acids – the Department of Health recommends eating sea bass as a ‘treat’ as it contains similar levels of pollutants as oily fish. So whilst it is safe for children occasionally, it’s best to cook with alternative fishes such as white fish (cod, coley, pollack, haddock) if you like to cook fish for your family on a regular basis. Feel free to use my marinade with white fish too – it tastes great! Enjoy!!

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