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Simple Chicken Paella

chicken paellaAaliyah is a massive fan of chicken and rice. When I say chicken and rice, I mean chicken curry with rice. It’s her staple. I know if I’m serving this up for dinner, there will be no complaints – no little fussy pointy fingers coming out – ‘mummy what’s that?’, she’ll gobble it down and will have a full satisfied little belly. Not just Aaliyah’s though – the hubby’s too.

Whilst this is great, I’m not overly keen on feeding Aaliyah the same meals; I don’t want her to get ‘comfortable’ with what she knows. I’m trying my best to keep meals interesting for her so I decided to cook up a variation of chicken and rice.

Introducing my BIG FAT FAMILY PAELLA! This is delicious! It includes two of Aaliyah’s favourite ingredients – chicken and rice, but it’s a totally different cuisine. And the fact that paella’s are so bright and colourful is really appealing to kids. I’m not going to lie – this does create some extra washing but it is totally worth it.

Aaliyah’s verdict – well initially she looked at her bowl and said ‘where’s the REAL chicken and rice’ but as you know Aaliyah is not a fussy eater; she’ll happily try new things. She ate, scoffed and loved! Another one to add to the list!

Chicken Paella 2
Total preparation and cooking time: 35-40mins
Serves family of 4

 

425g (15oz) white basmati rice
1 litre (1¾ pints) chicken stock – reduced salt variety
½ tsp ground turmeric
Pinch of saffron
30ml (1fl oz) vegetable oil
700g (1lb 9oz) chicken breast fillets – skinless, boneless, cubed
6 cloves of garlic – peeled, minced
Salt to taste (optional)
¼ tsp ground black pepper
2 chillies – red and green (optional) – stems chopped, pounded to paste
2 bell peppers (green and red) – washed, deseeded, chopped
Fresh coriander (cilantro) or parsley for garnish – chopped

 

Add the rice, stock, turmeric, saffron and oil to a large pot and stir. Bring to the boil and simmer (covered) on low heat for 10-12mins until the rice is tender.

Whilst the rice is cooking, stir-fry the chicken cubes with garlic, salt to taste (if you wish), black pepper and chillies (if you like a little heat). Stir-fry until tender and set aside.

Finally, grill the peppers on a griddle pan for a few minutes to give them a lovely smoky flavour. I like to do this at the same time as stir-frying the chicken to save time.

Combine everything and garnish with a little chopped parsley or coriander. Serve immediately.

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Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family

I’m so EXCITED to announce my new book – Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family is available to buy now as a printed, hardback book!! Woo-hoo! To all of my followers who have personally emailed me to ask about a printed edition, it’s finally here available to buy from Amazon UK

My brand new book is packed with lifestyle photography, an image of every recipe, new recipes and a chapter focussing on quick, nutritious meals for kids – ready in 15 mins or less. All created using yummy, aromatic spices. You can read the synopsis below.

Ebook is also available worldwide from all good online bookstores.

SYNOPSIS

Tempt little taste buds early on with exciting aromatic flavours and avoid a fussy eater from emerging.

With award-winning Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family, you can do just that by preparing simple yet delicious, nutrient-rich meals tailored for a young sensitive palate. As you progress through the weaning stages (stages 2-4), all the way up to quick meals to tackle the school years, watch your little one grow up appreciating food as you offer a variety of different meals, textures and flavours. And most importantly watch your child eat virtually everything – which author, Zainab Jagot Ahmed’s daughter, and her little friends are testament to.

With nutritionists recommending a reduction in the amount of salt and sugar children consume, Zainab uses aromatic spices as a substitute, offering an abundance of flavour in children’s meals helping them to look forward to tasty mealtimes, and there are no chillies in sight.

Zainab also encourages the use of a combination of feeding techniques including baby-led weaning, to ensure babies and toddlers develop their motor skills and independence; along with providing invaluable feeding experience and parenting advice.

Use this book as a guide book for years to come to ensure the whole family is achieving a well-balanced diet, by referring to the extensively researched SuperFood and aromatic SuperSpice details, along with the Department of Health’s UK eatwell plate model, also enclosed. And if you don’t feel like cooking a curry – that’s ok too because the recipes aren’t only Indian. Influences range from British to Italian, Spanish and more, all adapted with a hint of Indian, so oodles of taste and flavour are still present helping you to raise a well-rounded, healthy eater.

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Free Cookbook: Download Now

To date the response to my first book ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’ (published by Autharium) has been fabulous and I’ve been contacted by lots and lots of mummy’s and daddy’s to say that using it has been a great help for weaning, has made their kids less fussy about food and has inspired them to add a little spice to their normal everyday meals to inject a little va va voom into their meal times.

I want ALL parents to benefit from Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook, which is why I am offering parents a chance to sample my book in the form of a ‘mini-taster edition’ for FREE.

Yummy Indian SuperMeals for Kids: Mini-Taster Edition!

SYNOPSIS

Yummy Indian SuperMeals for Kids: Mini-Taster Edition!’ (published by Autharium), is a tiny glimpse into the bestselling ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’, the UK’s FIRST Indian baby cookbook written by Zainab Jagot Ahmed.

Containing a small selection of tasty recipes from ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’, this ‘mini-taster edition’ allows you to try out some recipes for your baby and toddler, to give you an idea of the delicious, adventurous Indian delights the main book has to offer.

With nutritionists recommending a reduction in the amount of salt and sugar children consume, Zainab Jagot Ahmed uses aromatic spices as an alternative and in doing so, produces some absolutely scrumptious meals without the use of salt, sugar or chilli.

All recipes have been carefully adapted to suit babies and toddlers little taste buds without overwhelming them.

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