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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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Takeaway Style Chicken Tikka Kebab

I love cooking! But as a mum even I tend to have the odd evening when I simply can’t bring myself to go into the kitchen. The day has been so hectic that even cooking a simple 30 minute meal feels like a mammoth task! I AM EXHAUSTED!

On days like this, I like to keep cooking even more ‘simple, than simple’ (if that makes sense)?! So instead of heading for JustEat, I pop into the kitchen for a few minutes (I can manage that!), and cook my own ‘take-away’ from scratch. There really is nothing to it.

So, why is this meal so easy? Here are the no-hassle components:

  • Garlic and Coriander naan bread – store-bought
  • Bagged/ pre-washed sweet crunchy salad – fresh, cut and ready to eat
  • Mint yogurt sauce – takes 2 minutes to throw together

Takeaway Style Chicken Tikka Kebab

It looks like a takeaway….

It tastes better than a takeaway….

AND it’s homemade!!

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Easy Peasy Egg Curry (V)

Egg CurryThis may not sound like the most appealing meal in the world, but I tell you it’s delicious and rich! The egg yolk from the boiled egg combines with the sauce to make a really creamy tasting curry. My LO loved it and wasn’t fazed by the way it looked; in fact, she was all for it with no complaints.

I find this curry to be a godsend when I don’t have a lot of time – great for an after work family meal as it only takes 15 minutes to prepare. But even better, I can whip it up using ingredients in my kitchen. It’s nothing fancy so I’m pretty much guaranteed to have everything I need to hand.

AND… it’s ridiculously cheap to make. I calculated this curry to cost around £2.02 based on the main ingredients needed (based on Asda prices):

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Easy Seekh Kebabs in Onion Ketchup Sauce

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I’ve been planning to cook these kebabs for some time now and to be honest, not sure why I didn’t cook them sooner as they are so quick and ridiculously tasty.

My mother-in-laws homemade kebabs taste amazing! So as you can imagine I hear a lot of ‘my mum cooks the best kebabs’ from the hubby. Whilst this is highly annoying, I have to agree – they really are good. I knew I could cook them just as well, or perhaps (dare I say it) even better! And I have to say, I wasn’t wrong!

These kebabs are great for family meals either as a starter, or as a main course in naan with fresh salad tossed over the top. They’re also perfect as a finger food for younger members of your family. Well-seasoned and protein-rich, these kebabs will go down well with everyone and saves you having to cook different meals – just make it all at the same time.

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Matter Paneer (V)

Well yesterday was definitely an experience I won’t forget! My first LIVE cooking appearance on the BBC. It was a nervy experience but simultaneously FANTASTIC; I had a great time!

BBC Radio Leics Interview

I was invited to appear on Rupal Rajani’s show on BBC Radio Leicester and was asked to prepare two recipes from my forthcoming book – Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family. Rupal requested her favourite meal – Matter Paneer, followed by a sweet dessert – Gajar Halwa.

My yummy Gajar Halwa recipe is sugar-less so is suitable for babies from 7 months and up. You can find the recipe here. And my Matter Paneer recipe is a delicious family meal suitable for children from one year and up.

Both recipes are very SIMPLE and only take between 20-30mins to cook – this includes preparation time! I however, had slightly less time to cook both recipes on the show as we got started 15 minutes later than what I was told, and I had to cook on an electric cooker! YIKES!!

Anyway, I got my head down, peeling and chopping carrots, chopping tomatoes, lightly frying the paneer all whilst being interviewed. ‘The hubby’ even got in on the action. Imagine his surprise when he got a microphone pointed in his face. HAHA… priceless!

It was a tall order but I managed to prepare both dishes with 10 minutes to spare. There were plenty of willing tasters at the BBC too who sampled both recipes. And the verdict – well there was plenty of ‘umm this tastes delicious’ comments flying around the kitchen which I was very pleased about, and within 10 minutes all the food had disappeared. My first LIVE COOKING SUCCESS!

For those of you who didn’t manage to tune in, you can read some tweet highlights below, along with the Matter Paneer recipe I cooked yesterday for you to try.

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Matter Paneer (V)

A South Asian vegetarian classic, matter (peas) and paneer, a commonly used unsalted full- fat Indian cottage cheese. Once only available in specialist Indian grocers, is now readily available at most supermarkets. Paneer is protein-rich and an excellent source of calcium, essential for building strong teeth and bones.

Matter Paneer

Total preparation and cooking time: 20mins
Serves a family of four
Suitable for freezing

225g (8oz) paneer – cubed
50ml (2fl oz) olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp minced garlic
3 tomatoes – washed, chopped
1⁄4 tsp ground turmeric
100ml (31⁄2fl oz) of water
1 tbsp tomato puree
225g (8oz) peas – frozen, washed
Salt to taste (optional)
Red chilli powder to taste (optional)

 

Drizzle olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and lightly fry the paneer on medium-low heat until the cubes turn golden. Remove from the pan, place on a paper towel and set aside.

Using the same frying pan, add the 50ml of oil, cumin seeds, garlic and stir-fry on medium- low heat. When they begin to splutter add the tomatoes and stir-fry for 2-3mins. Then add the turmeric, water, tomato puree and allow the sauce to simmer on medium heat for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.

Once cooked, add the paneer, peas, stir and simmer for 2-3mins until the peas are tender, stirring occasionally.

Remove a serving for your little one and set aside. Then add salt and red chilli powder to the main pot and stir. Return to the heat for a further 1-2mins to lightly cook the chilli if you wish. Serve with roti.

 

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Recipe extract from Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family by Zainab Jagot Ahmed available for pre-order now from Amazon.co.uk.