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Mixed Veggies in Coconut Milk (V)

This is the final recipe I’ll be sharing from my book before it’s out next Monday. This recipe is suitable for babies from 7 months and up. It’s REALLY simple to cook and only takes 20mins (including the prep time!).

Mixed Veggies in Coconut Milk in book

For those of you outside of the UK, you can also buy a copy of the book where you are, but as an ebook version. It will be on sale next week (Monday 8th September) from all Amazon sites worldwide. 🙂

 

Mixed Veggies in Coconut Milk (V)

UK healthcare professionals actively campaign ‘breast is best’ for newborn babies due to the perfect nutritional content of breast milk, and its immune-boosting compound ‘lauric acid’. Only one other natural source exists close enough to match the lauric acid content found in breast milk, and it can be found in coconuts. Although coconut oil is by far the most concentrated source, it can be found in desiccated coconut and in coconut milk. So feeding your little one this creamy scrummy curry should help to keep infections at bay.

Mixed Veggies in Coconut Milk

Total preparation and cooking time: 20mins
Makes 6 servings
Suitable for freezing

1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion – peeled, chopped
½ tsp minced garlic
¼ tsp minced ginger
Pinch of ground turmeric
Pinch of ground cumin
Pinch of ground coriander
1 medium parsnip – washed, peeled, chopped
70g (3oz) green beans – washed, ends chopped, halved
200g (7oz) cauliflower florets – washed, chopped (no stems)
100g (3½oz) tinned sweet corn (no added salt) – drained
250ml (8fl oz) unsweetened coconut milk

Heat the oil in a pot, add the onion and stir-fry on medium-low heat for 3-4mins until soft golden. Turn to low heat and add garlic,
ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander and stir-fry for a further 30secs-1min.

Add all of the remaining vegetables to the pot along with the coconut milk and stir. Bring to the boil and simmer (covered) on a medium-low heat for 6-8mins until all of the vegetables are tender. Once cooked, mash the vegetables to a soft lumpy consistency using either a masher or blender using a pulse motion. Serve to baby warm or for toddlers serve with rice or roti for a heavier meal.

 

Hardcover front cover
Recipe extract from Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family available to buy from Amazon.

Recommended by Prima Baby & Pregnancy Magazine and Mother & Baby

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Desi Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Tuna

With just TWO WEEKS to go until the launch of my book, here’s another exclusive recipe to try! It’s suitable for toddlers from 10 months and up and it’s delish, delish oh and did I say delish? I tend to bulk cook this one and serve it as a family meal. Everyone loves it and Aaliyah has a particular love for tuna so it always goes down a treat.

Desi Mac 'n' Cheese in book


Desi Mac’n’Cheese with Tuna

An Indian twist on a British school dinner classic… loaded with complex carbohydrates vital for energy (courtesy of the macaroni pasta), this meal is extremely versatile. Exclude the tuna for a vegetarian meal, chop up cooked macaroni for spoon-feeding, or keep the macaroni pasta whole and serve as a finger food.

Desi Mac 'n' Cheese with Tuna

Total preparation and cooking time: 30mins
Makes 5 servings
Suitable for freezing

80g (3oz) macaroni pasta

Tomato masala:
1 tbsp olive oil
½ onion- peeled, chopped
½ tsp minced garlic
½ tsp minced ginger
1 tomato – washed, chopped
¼ tsp dried oregano

White sauce:
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp plain flour
350ml (12fl oz) of whole milk
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground black pepper
1 x 185g (6½oz) tinned tuna (in spring water) – drained
30g (1oz) medium Cheddar cheese – grated

Cook the macaroni according to packet instructions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.

Tomato masala: Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and stir-fry on medium-low heat for 2mins until soft. Add the garlic, ginger, tomato, oregano and stir-fry continuously for a few minutes until the tomato chunks begin to soften, and set aside.

White sauce: In a pot, melt the butter on low heat and spoon in the flour. Stir continuously until a paste is formed, then pour in the milk a little at a time and whisk vigorously to avoid any lumps appearing. Once all of the milk has been poured, add the nutmeg, black pepper and flake in the tuna. Bring to the boil on low heat and simmer (uncovered) for 4-5mins, stirring occasionally. Once cooked, add the cheese and the tomato masala to the sauce and stir. If the sauce looks very heavy, add
some extra milk. Toss the cooked macaroni into sauce and combine well. Serve to baby warm.

 

Hardcover front coverRecipe extract from Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family. Order from Amazon today.

Recommended by Prima Baby & Preganancy and Mother & Baby

Fruity Vegetable Bolognaise (V)

Fruity Vegetable Bolognaise

 

This bolognaise sauce is quick (ready in 15mins!), and is extremely easy to cook. It’s tasty – the kids will love slurping up the spaghetti, and it’s chock-full of nutritional value for babies. I’ll simply list a few of the health benefits below so you can see what I mean:

 

bolognaise benefits

 

The fabulous taste in this meal comes from a combination of SuperFoods and aromatic spices, which gives this Italian dish a unique Asian-influenced twist. Both babies and toddlers will eat this bolognaise sauce with gusto, and there are no-added salt or sugar or chillies!

 

Total preparation and cooking time: 15-20mins
Makes 6 servings
Suitable for freezing

 

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion — peeled, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
½ tsp minced ginger
Pinch of ground black pepper
½ tsp ground garam masala
¼ tsp ground turmeric
150g (5oz) white button mushrooms – washed, finely chopped
1 medium carrot — peeled, washed, grated
1 small courgette/ zucchini — washed, grated
200g (7oz) tinned chopped tomatoes
30g (1oz) dried apricots — finely chopped
¼ tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp tomato puree

 

Heat the oil in a pot, add the onion and stir-fry on medium-low heat for 3-4mins until soft and golden. Add the garlic, ginger, black pepper, garam masala, turmeric and stir-fry for a further 30secs-1min to lightly cook the spices.

Then add the mushrooms, carrots and courgette and stir-fry for a few minutes until the mushrooms soften. Add the tomatoes, apricots, oregano and tomato puree. Stir and simmer for 5-7mins until the sauce thickens.

Serve 2 tablespoons of bolognaise sauce to baby warm, with some freshly cooked spaghetti (broken into small pieces). Delicious!

 

Hardcover front coverYou can find more delicious Stage 3 weaning recipes in Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family. Available to buy now from Amazon.

Shortlisted for the Prima Baby Awards 2015.

 

 

 

 

References

Iron deficiency anaemia – treatment

Oregano oil fights norovirus