zucchini pancakes w’ tomato & basil salad

zucchini pancakes w' caprese saladzucchini pancakes w' caprese salad

These zucchini studded pancakes spiked with fresh basil and lemon zest make the perfect baby led weaning simple supper, especially when served alongside our beautiful caprese salad.

And these gorgeously golden pan fried babies couldn’t be simpler to prepare.  I was easily able to whip these up with my two little cherubs dancing around my feet in well under 15 minutes.  Simply whisk the wet ingredients into the dry, add the shredded zucchini, basil and lemon zest and get frying.

To serve alongside our pancakes I decided to put together a family sized super simple caprese salad because after a naughty mother’s day lunch we were all in need of a good hit of nutritional yumminess.  This salad is a simple arrangement of ripe juicy tomato slices, pieces of creamy bocconcini and torn basil leaves drizzled under a light blanket of pesto lemon dressing.

If you’re looking for a meat free dinner idea I really can’t recommend these pancakes enough.  They are light, fluffy and totally scrumptious.

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spaghetti polpette

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Autumn finally arrived.

The morning air is now cool and crisp, the skies are clear and blue and each evening we snuggle under the throw nestled together on the sofa.

And with the cooler weather comes the need for a little wholesome hearty cooking so today we spent the day rolling together these beautiful polpette.

Polpette are italian meatballs, gently cooked in simmering tomato sauce and they are delicious.  Spiked with breadcrumbs, garlic, parmesan, basil and a little tomato passata they are moist, full of flavour and the perfect autumnal dinner.

We served our meatballs with a little spaghetti and the kids absolutely loved them.

Eating pasta, especially the red sauce variety is very messy work so I was so pleased to discover the messy mealtime smock by Little Chomps.

This wonderful smock is designed by a gorgeous Aussie mum and is perfect for baby led weaning!  Not only is it waterproof, wipeable, machine-washable, and provide better all-round protection for sleeves, laps and sides than other sleeved bibs or cotton feeding smocks but it doesn’t have that silly plastic bag sound that so many other smocks do.  In the past I have tried other smocks but my little ones were too distracted with the sound of the plastic rather than eating which was totally frustrating.  Mr H. absolutely loves his new smock and I do too!  Yay to less washing!  I’ll also be hosting a giveaway for these gorgeous smocks very soon so please stay tuned!

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vegetable fritters

vegetable frittersvegetable fritters

I don’t think a week goes by without me frying up a batch of gorgeously golden vegetable fritters.  Easy for little hands to pick up and nibble on and jam packed with wonderfully nutritious vegetable, fritters make the perfect baby led weaning food, especially for blw beginners!

I also adore the fact that fritters freeze beautifully and last up to three months in the deep freeze.  When days go to the doghouse and I have no chance (or desire) to rustle up dinner I often pull out a few fritters from the freezer for a simple stress free supper.

This weeks batch is made up of sweet corn, carrot, zucchini, sweet potato and flavoured with a little lemon zest and fresh basil and they are delicious.

After stirring the batter together, I decided to add another egg and more flour to create a little more batter around the veggies.  This helps them to cook evenly and also makes the fritters easier to flip.  I recommend frying a ‘test’ fritter to begin with to check that you have the right consistency, i.e. the fritter holds shape.  If you’re having a little trouble simply add another egg and a further half cup of plain flour.  I also recommending cooking these fritters in a non stick frypan over low to medium heat.  A lower heat will ensure the fritter cooks evenly and through the middle without over browning on the outside.

I served these fritters alongside a very simple salad of tomato wedges and fresh basil leaves and the kids gobbled them up.

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ricotta fritters w’ tomato basil sauce

ricotta fritters w' tomato basil saucericotta fritters w' tomato basil sauce

Today I am sharing one of my all time favourite simple suppers…ricotta fritters with tomato and basil sauce.

These ricotta fritters are my version of an easy peasy gnocchi.  It’s quite an intense and very time consuming task to make your own gnocchi at home so these little gorgeously golden dumplings are my cheat’s version but please don’t be fooled, although they come together almost effortlessly they are no way any less flavourful than their laborious counterparts.  These ricotta fritters are light, fluffy, delicious and marry perfectly with a simple tomato sauce.  I can have the little imitations frying away to gorgeous goldenness in well under ten minutes and the kids just adore them.  So does my hubby.

The ricotta mixture consists of only a few flavours, lemon zest, nutmeg and parmesan however they work together beautifully to create a delicious treat even when eaten without the tomato basil sauce.  Miss G. gobbled up a couple whilst our sauce bubbled away.

Todays simple tomato basil sauce is also absolutely delicious and is the result of mere moments of work.  After I have fried the ricotta fritters, I heat a little olive oil in the same pan, gently cook a clove or two of garlic, add the diced tomatoes, passata, brown sugar and basil and bubble away for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly thickened.  This tomato sauce is fresh, full of flavour and makes the perfect pond of yumminess for the fried ricotta fritters to nestle in.

Mr H. loved this supper.  The fritters were the perfect texture for him to pick up easily and nibble away on.  He also adored the tomato sauce, gobbling most of it up only leaving behind what was smothered on his face and arms.

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mini pea & pesto frittatas

mini pea & pesto frittatasmini pea & pesto frittatas

These mini pea & pesto frittatas are the perfect ‘go-to’ baby led weaning lunch or dinner recipe when you are low on time and energy.

They take mere moments to prepare and once nestled in the oven these little pea studded babies only take ten minutes or so to bake to golden gorgeousness.

I often bake a batch of these when dinner or lunch time has crept up and I am fresh out of ingredients and ideas of what to cook.

This recipe is also wonderful because its infinitely adaptable.  The peas can be replaced with pretty much any vegetable you have sitting in your refrigerator, I often use leftover roasted sweet potato and pumpkin which is just as delicious.  Thinly sliced asparagus is yummy too!

These mini frittatas also make a wonderful addition to any lunch box.  Chock full of vege and calcium rich cheese they are wonderfully nutritious and perfect for growing bodies.

I don’t recommend freezing these frittatas.  Once frozen and defrosted I find the frittatas texture changes to slightly rubbery and not very enjoyable.   That said, the zingy pesto and fresh basil add so much gorgeous flavour to the frittatas they vanish all too quickly.

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ricotta & sweet potato pizza

ricotta & sweet potato pizzaricotta & sweet potato pizza

Keeping lunch time fun and interesting day after day can be quite the challenge.

Most days we resort to either left overs from the night before, a simple salad based sandwich or a snack plate of cheese, tomato and crackers.

Yesterday however I decided to tempt Grace into the kitchen and away from the steaming hot sandpit outside to cook an extra special lunch and we came up with these gorgeously golden ricotta and sweet potato pizzas.

These pizzas, although a lovely treat, are no way challenging to cook.  Simply smother two pita bread with a lovely ricotta mix spiked with lemon, basil and parmesan, top with sweet potato ribbons and cheese and grill.  Miss G. and I had the whipped up in less than 15 minutes.

I love making pizzas using pita bread pockets.  Even after a quick grilling they remain tender and soft making them perfect for little ones, especially those new to baby led weaning.

Grace devoured her pieces of pizza along with a simple blueberry banana smoothie for lunch before returning to the sandpit.

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broccoli & cauliflower fritters

broccoli & cauliflower frittersbroccoli & cauliflower fritters

Happy New Year!!!

It feels so wonderful to be back in the kitchen after a beautiful, family filled, food fuelled Christmas break and today we are frying up another batch of fantastic fritters.

It’s no secret that Grace absolutely adores fritters.  Gosh, since beginning our blw journey I don’t think a week has gone by where I haven’t cooked up at least one batch of the gorgeously golden darlings.  She devours them and todays version chock full of broccoli and cauliflower were no different.

Although this recipe is quite simple, the few ingredients marry together beautifully to create a delicious, light and fluffy fritter perfect for little hands to pick up and nibble on with ease.

I also managed to sneak almost an entire head of broccoli and cauliflower into the batter, so these little babies are bursting with veggie goodness.

If your little one is just beginning their baby led weaning adventure, I can’t recommend this recipe enough.  These fritters are what I consider to be the perfect texture for beginners (soft enough to nibble on, yet firm enough not to be crushed by tiny grips) and their shape make them so easy to hold!  I also love to freeze left over fritters for another day, just wrap individual portions, pop into a freezer safe container and stash in the deep freeze for up to 3 months.

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