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26Aug 13

Healthy recipes for kids

As a working mum, you want to make healthy food for kids but don’t have the time to cook a gourmet feast every day. As a follow up to my previous post, here are two healthy meals you can prepare and stick in the fridge to be heated up later. I invested in a food processor to blitz things up; you can use a hand blender too.

If you have a bit more time, kids love participating in the cooking process. My Rodger especially loves being mum’s helper in the kitchen. Plus, it is a great way to spend time together!

Healthy recipes for kids

Healthy recipes for kids

Homemade pasta sauce

Our entire family loves pasta, and this easy pasta sauce can be altered according to taste. Then all I do is boil up some pasta on the day and heat up the pasta sauce from frozen. These measurements are for two servings, but you can double up and make a big batch to cover more meals if you like.

You will need:

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 500 ml carton of passata
  • Fresh chopped basil
  • Black pepper
  • ½ tbsp. of sugar

Method

  1. Gently fry the onion and garlic in olive oil on a low heat until brown.
  2. Add the tomato puree and simmer for another few minutes.
  3. Add all the other ingredients, cover, and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool and blend if you would prefer a smooth sauce.
  5. Pour into a container and freeze for later.

Extra tips
When serving over pasta, grate some Parmesan cheese on top for a varied texture.
Add extra veg if you like, such as courgettes, mushrooms, or carrots.

Lentil Soup

Lentils come in a range of different colours and are an excellent source of protein, vitamin B and iron. Like the pasta sauce, you can cook up a batch of this and stick it in the freezer for later. This delicious Indian recipe is super easy to prepare.

You will need:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 tablespoons of split red lentils
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Pinch of salt

Method

  1. Boil the lentils in 1 cup of water and add a pinch of turmeric until soft.
  2. Mash the dal and add the second cup of water, add salt to taste.
  3. Boil again and strain through a sieve to obtain a smooth texture.
  4. Serve up with white sticky rice and fresh yoghurt.

Extra Tips
To make the dal thicker, reduce the amount of water added to the meshed dal.
Turmeric has antibiotic properties and is great to strengthen to immune system.

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One comment

  1. Two very lovely recipes and ones that kids will enjoy for sure. We are a big fan of lentil soup, usually make it at least once a wk, very cost effective too:)

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