Sometimes there are no harsher critics than kids when it comes to sitting down at the dinner table. So it’s alway important to have a good number of recipes on hand that are kid-friendly, cost effective and don’t take too long to make! Whether you are setting your kids up in their high chairs at the table, or taking them outside for a fun picnic in the backyard, these recipes are sure to be a hit!
1) Spring Veggie Kebabs
Melissa Hodge from Living Fundraisers has provided a recipe for veggie kebabs, a healthy and nutritious addition to any meal:
“These colourful veggie kebabs are an easy and fun way to get the whole family their 5-a-day. The kids will love getting involved with the prep too!
1 Large Mild Chilli
1 Red Onion
1 Lebanese Eggplant
Handful of Button Mushrooms
Olive oil spray
Soak skewers in water so they don’t burn whilst cooking
Chop the veggies into equal bite sized chunks, leaving the mushrooms whole (remove stems)
Skewer veggies onto sticks ensuring each one contains at least one of everything
Spray veggies with olive oil spray then grill on BBQ until slightly charred
Serve with your choice of salads (we like tabouli and rice salad) and relish”
2) Rocky Road
If you’re after a sweet treat, this recipe could be exactly what you are looking for! Julie Atoui from Delicake has shared the following recipe showing you just how to make this delish after-dinner dish:
600-grams milk chocolate
300-grams mini marshmallows
1-teaspoon vanilla essence
Chocolate Easter eggs to decorate
Chefs Note: you can use 200g of biscuit instead of nuts.
Method (Using Delicake cake ware):
Assemble Delicake base & sleeve.
Break Chocolate into small pieces in a large saucepan. Add butter.
Melt chocolate & butter in a saucepan over a low heat and whisk often till melted. Allow to cool.
Pour vanilla essence to melted chocolate mixture.
Once cool, add marshmallows, peanuts and mix well. Spread over base firmly, decorate with Easter eggs.
Put Delicake lid on and refrigerate till set.
Remove lid & sleeve from the base, cut & serve.
You can re-assemble sleeve and lid to store in the fridge.
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3) Berry Smoothie with Kakadu Plum
Sometimes you just need a recipe for a light summery snack, and this berry smoothie might be just what you are looking for! Tahlia Mandie from Kakadu Plum Co elaborates on this and tells you just how to make one:
“We are all about Australia’s native superfoods. As a mother myself, I am trying to find ways to boost my kids with natural minerals and vitamins that are from wholesome products and not factory produced. The Kakadu Plum is known to have the highest source of natural vitamin C of any plant in the world, up to 100 times more vitamin C to oranges. Our Kakadu Plum Powder is the whole fruit dehydrated and milled into a powder. My kids love smoothies with Kakadu Plum Powder.
Berry smoothie with Kakadu Plum:
½ cup mixed frozen berries
1 frozen banana
2 frozen spinach cubes
1 ½ cup coconut water or plain filtered water
1 tsp Kakadu Plum Powder
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy.
4) Healthy Sugar-Free Banana Bread
If you are looking for an extremely healthy way to keep your little one’s sweet tooth satisfied, here’s the solution! Casey-Lee Lyons from Live Love Nourish has provided a recipe for healthy banana bread that is completely sugar free:
4 large ripe bananas (500g peeled), cut into pieces (+ 1 extra to decorate)
1/3 cup (80ml) coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup (110g) buckwheat flour*
3/4 cup (60g) organic desiccated coconut
2 tsp gf baking powder
1 tsp organic vanilla powder
Pre-heat fan-forced oven to 180°C.
In a blender (I use a Vitamix) or food processor blend banana and melted coconut oil until smooth (be careful not to over blend*)
In a medium mixing bowl combine buckwheat, coconut, baking powder and vanilla. Add banana and coconut oil mixture and combine well.
Pour batter into a lined loaf tin.
Bake in oven for 55-60 minutes or until cooked through.
Allow to cool on a baking before slicing.
Serve warm, toasted or chilled.
Make It Personal:
To make this recipe a little extra sweeter, stir through chopped dates.
You can add chopped walnuts to the mixture.
Decorate the top of the batter with desiccated coconut or slices of banana.
*Despite the name buckwheat does not contain wheat. It is a gluten free pseudocereal (cereal).
*Be careful not to over blend the banana and coconut oil as this may cause the loaf to become denser.
The riper the banana, the sweeter your bread will be
Casey is a qualified nutritionist and naturopath, recipe developer and founder of the health and wellness brand Live Love Nourish. She is passionate about helping others to live and feel their healthiest self and specialises in nutritionally designed whole food recipes (free from gluten, dairy and sugar). She shares her recipes, expert nutrition and lifestyle advice and her signature 8 week online programme on the Live Love Nourish website.
Enjoy your time in the kitchen with all the new recipes you now have to try out!
Easter is once again just around the corner! Where on earth has the time gone? Just like any other holiday, when families get together there is always a great deal of preparation that goes on behind the scenes. It can be extremely stressful, especially with the added pressure of having the kids home from school. So here are some ways you can combat the stress and have heaps of fun with your little ones this weekend.
With the long Labour Day weekend coming up in a couple of days, Melbourne mums might be wondering what to do to keep the little ones entertained for one day longer than usual. Long weekends are the perfect time to get creative with your ideas, and do things you don’t normally get around to doing due to the busy nature of school and work. So here are some tips to get you started for any long weekend where you’re struggling for ideas to keep your kids entertained.
If your little one is having trouble getting to sleep at night, it could be affecting their temperament, focus level and performance in school. There are numerous benefits to getting a good night’s sleep, so rather than having to scrape your tired kids out of bed in the morning, make sure they get one! Try out the following tips below and hopefully one of them will help get your child relaxed and ready for bed.