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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

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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

 

Warming Winter Hotpot

Yum! There’s nothing more comforting than a hearty meal! With the weather changing this Warming Winter Hotpot is perfect for satisfying little bellies. Suitable for toddlers from 10 months and up.

Warming Winter Hotpot

A traditional slow-cooked meal originating from the north of England. This is a hearty hotpot with a little garam masala thrown in for difference. Loaded with iron for baby this meal is delicious and nutritious. Read more