I know, recipies are not my regular cup of tea, but this is a special request and I do love to cook. New momma to a second son, one of my FB likeronies has little time left to cook and asked if I could give her some healthy pointers for her toddler. Now I can't let a toddler go hungry, so here are five very hands-off heatlthy recipies.
First of all, we only cook a meal for the whole family, no seperate pots here! We have done so ever since dd was ten months old and with the next baby, we won't even bother to ever make something seperate (baby led weaning rocks). It's enough to pick healthy ingredients and keep the salt for on table use.
When it comes to toddlers, I don't see why they would have to eat different from adults, given they eat healthy. I even urge parents to have their chidren eat the same as they do as soon as possible, because it teaches them to eat a variety of foods and tastes and makes them feel a part of the family.
A last note before I commence, we eat paleo, so there are no tubers, legumes or cereal grains in our diet. You could make a potatoe mash or rice or past with either of these recipies, or whatever pleases you.
Chuck fish filet, chives and parsley, onion, tomato, egg, garlic and seasoning to your taste (pepper, paprika...) in your food processor (amount of ingredients depends on your eating habits and number of people eating, you probably know best how much fish your familie eats. 1 egg and one tomatoe are enough for 4 people), chop it all up and form small burgers. Cook in olive oil until the fish is thoroughly cooked.
Dab large prawns (or shrimps) in a beaten egg and then in either almond powder or grinded sunflower seeds. Fry them in some olive or coconut oil. Serve with a little salad or some raw vegetables. This recipe is equally delicious with octopus or calamares (both of which the little one adores).
Cut rounds of courgette, eggplant, onion, tomato (if either is lackng you can easily leave them out), place them in slightly tipped over stacks in an oven dish. Drizzle with olive oil, some rosemary pepper and thyme and put in a hot oven for about 20 minutes. Serve with some fried meat (steak, escaloppe, or chicken breast).
Fish 'en papillotte'
Place a fish filet in the center of a large piece of baking paper. Add slices of vegetables (what you have lying around: carrots, tomato, onion, green/yellow or red pepper, leek, celery...), garlic, one cup of chicken stock and a dribble of olive oil, season to your liking. You can also add some fresh herbs, or a slice of lemon or orange. Close the paper into a neat package and slide in the oven for 30 minutes.
Hasjepot/ hutsepot (Belgian recipe)
Colour ant type of roast on all sides in a bit of olive or coconut oil. Take it out and colour onion and garlic with some additional oil if needed. Throw in some wintery vegetables (leek, celery, white cabbage, carrots, turnips, if you would like you can add potatoes and green beans). Cover the lot in chicken stock and let it simmer for 1 hour.
Let me know if you liked it. What recipies do you make when you're in a hurry?