Tag Archives: Grated

Tacos / Tortillas!

An easy alternative to tacos/tortilla wraps.

Ingredients (serves 6)

1 kilo mince – beef or chicken
2 packets taco seasoning
1 × 6 pack tortilla wraps
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup tomato salsa
2 cups grated cheese
Method

Pre-heat oven to 180°c

Brown off mince, add taco seasoning and water. Simmer for 15 mins.

Layer tortilla wrap, mince, salsa, sour cream and cheese untill all wraps are used.

Sprinkle cheese across the top.

Place in preheated oven untill cheese is melted to desired liking.

Easy, healthy meatloaf muffins!

Toddler meatloaf!

My toddler has all of a sudden became very fussy with food. Unless it’s cheese sticks, ham or chicken in a biscuit.

I’m finding it tough to feed him nutritious food that will fill him up.

I stumbled across this old recipe in one of my books but altered it to fit muffin trays, perfect singular serves for toddlers.

My little guy doesn’t love them but he also doesn’t refuse them! Good sign 🙂

This recipe is super quick, very easy and has nutrients from the vegetables and meat where you can either add extra vege if you like.

Ingredients
750g beef mince
1/2 onion, finely chopped (optional)
1 x 170gm no added salt tomato paste
3 x carrots grated
1 small zucchini grated
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 x egg, lightly beaten
6 cherry tomatoes, halved

Method
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Spray six 3/4-cup capacity muffin tin with cooking oil spray and set aside.

Place the mince in a large bowl along with the tomato paste, carrot, zucchini, breadcrumbs and egg. Mix until fully combined.

Press mince mixture into prepared muffin holes and press in half a cherry tomato into the top of each.

Transfer to oven and cook for 25 minutes, or until cooked through.

Allow to stand for a couple of minutes, drain excess liquid before serving delicious with steamed vegetables or salad.

Mini frittatas!

Mini bacon and spinach frittatas!

Preparing your own toddler friendly food is simple and can be budget-friendly. Starting with purees and moving onto finger foods much like these mini bacon and spinach frittatas.

Perfect if your little one enjoys feeding themself.
Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 small brown onion, finely chopped
1 large rasher bacon
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup mashed sweet potato or other cooked veggies (perhaps pumpkin or white potato)
1/2 cup grated cheese
a few baby spinach leaves, chopped or torn finely – approx 15
cooking spray
Set the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Heat oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook the onion and bacon until onions are slightly brown.

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and gradually add the mashed vegetables cheese and spinach. Stir well to combine.

Spray a mini cupcake tin and scoop in mixture. Fill a few millimetres from the top.

Pop in a pre-heated oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the frittatas are golden brown on top and have moved slightly away from the edge of the cupcake tin.

Leave to cool slightly and serve warm.

These will also keep in the fridge for a week or can be frozen, if they last. Guaranteed to be a winner with all ages as either a snack or toddler meal.

Savoury tasty pastry twists!

Savoury Pastry Twists!

These recipes are easily altered to suit your taste buds.

Simple yet yummy is what my kitchen is all about 🙂

Ingredients
1 x packet puff pastry
1 x jar vegemite
1 x 250gm bag grated cheese – can be low fat if you prefer
1 x jar pesto – whatever flavour you prefer
1 x 200gm packet diced bacon – or you can cut up your own flavour sandwich meat
2 x eggs

Method

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

Lay out your large squares of puff pastry on a clean bench using 2 sheets per thickness.

On one square lightly spread vegemite then sprinkle with the grated cheese.

On another square sprinkle the meat then cheese

On another spread the pesto and sprinkle with cheese

this will give you 3 different flavours however you can be as creative as you like.

I generally stick to these as they are simple, we usually have all ingredients in the pantry or fridge and both hubby and toddler enjoy them.

Once you have your large square laid out with filling on top, cut them into 2.

They can be cut diagonally to give triangular shapes or you can cut top to bottom to give you long rectangular shapes – whatever you prefer.

Starting with the triangle pastry’s, take a corner from the longest side and slowly and gently roll the pastry until it resembles a rod like shape.

Once you have the rod like shape you can either leave like this and simply place on a greased baking tray or you can then roll the pastry into a snail like shape.

With the rectangular length, again roll either length ways to give you a longer rod or across ways for a shorter thicker rod like shape.

You could always cut the rectangular into squares and keep them small – more toddler like.

Once you have all your desired shapes – again you can be as creative as you like, place them onto your baking tray making sure that they are not touching each other to stop them sticking then using a fork lightly beat the eggs to create a wash.

Once you have lightly painted on the egg wash you can either sprinkle more grated cheese or leave as is and put in your preheated oven for approx 15-20minutes.

Once they are cooked, let them cool and enjoy!

This is a quick and yummy snack for everyone.

You could always use jam and make pin wheels or experiment and be creative.

Another favourite in my home is using diced olives, tomato paste and grated cheese! Delicious.

Chicken n Veg Sausage Rolls!

Easy chicken n veg sausage rolls

Ingredients
1 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs
500g mince (chicken or beef)
2 eggs – 1 for mixture plus 1 lightly beaten for brushing on pastry
1 zucchini, finely grated
1 carrot, finely grated
1/2 onion, grated (optional)
4 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed

Tomato or sweet chilli or sauce, to serve
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 200°C and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.

Step 2
Put all filling ingredients into a large bowl (not including pastry and second egg). Combine well.

Step 3
Place 1 pastry sheet on a floured surface and fold in half. Spoon approx 3 tablespoons of mixture lengthways along the end of the pastry.
Roll along until your pastry looks like a log.
Repeat with remaining pastry sheets.
Cut rolls into desired lengths and make two small incisions into each roll to prevent splitting. This lets the inside heat out which causes the pastry to split otherwise.
Place on baking sheets, cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Brush with beaten egg.

Step 4
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the rolls are lightly browned and cooked through. Serve with sauce on the side.

Best served warm but can also be eaten cold and will keep in the fridge for a week or freeze.

These can be varied depending on the flavours your family like.

I generally use beef mince and by grating the carrot and zucchini finely they are disguised and little ones don’t and can’t pick it out 🙂 extra unknown vege yippee! 🙂

Easy sausage pasta bake!

Easy sausage pasta bake!

Like many of my other recipes, this one is easy with minimal ingredients!

Many if my friends are like me ‘time poor’ so this is quick, easy and one the whole family ‘generally’ like.

1kg sausages – whatever you like. I generally use beef or Italian. Chorizo is also a favourite 🙂
500gm pasta – again whatever you like spiral is my favourite
1 x cup grated cheese
1 x 495gm jar pasta bake – I generally use a tomato base one – if you like to make your own, use that. 🙂
1 x teaspoon ground chili (optional)

Cook the pasta – I use a teaspoon of oil in the boiling water as this will stop the pasta sticking to each other and the saucepan.

Brown the sausages then chop into pieces – I usually chop into pieces approx 2cm long

Preheat an oven to 180 degrees

Get a large oven proof baking dish and lightly spray with a non stick oil.

Put pasta, sausages and chili in dish and mix well.

Add the sauce and stir.

Evenly spread the grated cheese on top and bake on 150 degrees for approx 30 – 40 mins or until the cheese is golden.

Yummy!

Home made pizza!

Easy home made pizza!

I don’t know one child that doesn’t love pizza!

This is a simple yet effective and yummy way to make pizza. You can also get your little ones involved. I have has my neices and nephews help make these yummy pizzas and with their input, it inspires them to eat them.

Be as adventurous as you like with the toppings, include vegetables if you like. I start with simple flavours and also make faces and pictures with the toppings making it all that little more fun!

1 x packet whole meal pita bread (8 pieces) I use the smaller size – diameter approx 20cm
2 x cups grated cheese
1 x small tub tomato paste
1 x cup diced bacon or ham
1 x cup pepperoni (doesn’t have to be hot or spicy)
1 x cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 x cup sliced grilled capsicum / peppers
1 x cup cooked Finley sliced chicken breast

 

Preheat your oven to 160 degrees
Get some baking trays and either use a non stick spray or line the tray with baking paper.

Pull apart the pita bread so that you have singular pizzas.

Spread an even amount of tomato paste on each individual pita bread making sure you go to the edge.

Sprinkle with grated cheese.

Top your pizza with what ever topping your desire!

Remember you can make faces using pepperoni for eyes, peppers for a mouth, cherry tomato for cheeks or eyes.

Let your little ones imagination run wild. Make cooking fun and enjoyable and having them involved will encourage healthy eating and also wanting them to help!

Let’s hope they are enthusiastic about helping to clean up!