Thanks to the busy holiday season we were a little more unhealthy than we might usually be. In fact I still have some ready made pizzas in the fridge that hubby and I were eating for a quick and easy lunch. One of the unhealthiest things we gave Mr B was some fish fingers. Now don’t get me wrong if you buy ready made fish fingers I’m not judging, but for us the amount of wheat and salt or the type of acidity regulators in the ingredients just don’t sit right with me when it comes to our little man’s maturing gut.
Anyway, so since he just loved eating fish in any form I thought I would try make my own fish fingers.
(This recipe depends on how much fish you have so just keep adding more of each ingredient as you need it)
White fish (we used Hoki)
Set up the ingredients in their own dishes and cut the fish into strips.
Dip the fish strips into the flour first (coating the whole piece at each stage), then the egg and finally the coconut.
Fry immediately in a medium pan with oil of your choice. For this recipe I would suggest coconut oil but olive will do too.
Let them cool before serving, we also checked each piece for bones when we were cutting them into strips.
We served this with homemade potato and sweet potato chips coated in rosemary.
Well we are finally back into the swing of the New Year and as much as I would like to say we are starting off the year with a bang or with great new ideas and lots of energy it’s ended up being more like a slow waddle into the year, while yawning and carrying a teething baby one hip and holding a cup of coffee in the other hand. But we made it here to 2014 in one piece and loved every minute of the busy holiday season and having a baby around to help make it even more exciting and special.
To get us back into our routine we have a very simple veggie omelette recipe for you. This recipe fed all 3 of us so you may want to cut back if it’s just for your bub.
6 large eggs
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 tsp mixed herbs
1/2 cup of diced tomato (roughly 1 big tomato or 2 smaller ones)
1/2 cup diced zucchini
1/2 cup diced ham
1/2 cup grated cheese (we used tasty cheese)
1/2 cup of crumbled fetta
(You may have noticed in previous posts that we don’t usually give our son cheese, but healthy eating kind of took a back seat during Christmas so if you are dairy free just leave out the cheese and add more of the veggies. Which is probably what I will be doing next time).
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl except the herbs and egg and set aside.
Beat the eggs until they are light and fluffy.
Add the herbs to the egg and mix through.
Heat a pan over medium heat (you will need a pan that has a lid) and add a splash of oil or butter to prevent sticking. You may need to add more between each omlette depending on the type of pan you have.
Pour enough of the egg mixture into the pan to coat the bottom of the pan evenly and place the lid on the pan. I find the thicker omelettes tend to be easier to work with but it’s up to you how thick you want them.
Just before the egg is cooked all the way through add some of the veggie mixture to one side of the omelette and fold the omelette in half, replace the lid and cook till the cheese is just starting to melt.
If you have any left over veggie mixture fry it up in the pan after you have finished making your omelettes, as it turns into a delicious saucy mixture, and pour over the top.
I love Italian food, all of it, every inch of pasta and lasagne or pizza and calzones! My all time favourite though is Gnocchi, it’s tasty, simple and you can add any sauce to make it great. Italian is by far my favourite food group but of course it’s loaded with carbs and gluten and well that’s just not going to work for little Mr B’s virgin gut. So I had to make some changes if I was going to introduce any of it into his diet. You may have already noticed we use rice pasta as a replacement for wheat pasta but since I’m making my own Gnocchi from scratch I thought I would also replace the potato with pumpkin to make sure there was more the one veggie in this too.
It was a hit at dinner time, although I should have made the pieces a bit smaller as they turned out a bit gluggy (as gnocchi can be) and it was sticking to the roof of his mouth so he was eating it like a dog eating peanut butter and I ended up cutting it a bit smaller for him 🙂 other than that these went down a treat!
600g cooked and cooled pumpkin
75g coconut flour
100g white spelt flour
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 red onion diced
1 can diced tomato
A handful of regular spinach chopped
Handful of baby leaf spinach chopped
Mash the pumpkin with a fork, add 1 egg and garlic and mix with the fork. (Make sure you let the pumpkin cool or you will cook the eggs who you add them and the mixture won’t stick together).
Add the coconut flour and give it a good stir through (with a spoon if you like) till it is completely mixed in. Let it sit for a few minutes (I had to change a nappy, so I probably let it sit for about 5min) as coconut flour really absorbs liquid. Then add the other egg and the spelt flour and give it a really good stir till it forms a sticky dough. Break off little balls and add them to boiling water. When regular gnocchi is cooked it rises to the top of the water but these didn’t so I just and to keep taking one out and checking it. You may have to do the same. Ours took about 10-15 min to cook and they stayed a little bit sticky which normal gnocchi doesn’t.
While that us cooking fry your diced onion until cooked. Add the can of tomatoes and simmer to they are warmed through, then add your spinach and cook till wilted. This took just a little shorter than the 15 minutes the gnocchi took.
Hubby and I sprinkled some Parmesan cheese on top which finished it off nicely but Mr B just had it plain.
I love French toast, dripping in honey or maple syrup and covered in fruit! I especially prefer it with white bread and with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.
Delicious but it couldn’t be more unhealthy!
So what did I make for us over the weekend French toast roll ups. Now I would like to say that I managed to make these more healthy but alas that was not the case! It was however incredibly delicious and well worth having even if it is just once.
A couple of slices of bread with crusts removed.
Diced fruit if your choice, we used strawberry and banana
3/4 beaten eggs
Lay out your piece of bread place the diced fruit in a line on the slice, close to the start of where you are going to roll them. Roll the bread and give it a bit of a squeeze to keep it all together. Dip it in the egg as you would normally make French toast and fry them in a pan till golden and cooked through. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon if your baby likes it.
I would not add any extra sugar or sweetness to these if giving it to my Mr B especially if you have used white bread but we also don’t give him any refined sugars so white bread had him bouncing off the walls all day and super moody!
After a very busy weekend I thought today’s breakfast had to be healthy and easy.
This is one of my favourite breakfast combos, some good healthy fats and proteins to start the day. It’s also tasty, super messy and a good challenge for my sons dexterity.
I must admit though after putting this on a wrap I realised I could have just sliced the avo up and given him scrambled egg and avo with out the gluten filled wrap… Oh well.
2 eggs scrambled
1 whole wheat wrap
Mash the avo up and spread it onto the wrap pour the egg over and spread it out too.slice into appropriate sizes for your little ones dexterity and breakfast is ready.