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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pea, asparagus & chicken pasta w’ lemony ricotta sauce

pea & asparagus pasta w' lemony ricotta saucepea & asparagus pasta w' lemony ricotta sauce

Today’s pea, asparagus & mint pasta with lemony ricotta sauce has to be one of Grace’s all time favourite pasta dishes.  Even more so today thanks to the cutest little elk pasta shapes I bought over the weekend.

Miss G. adores the ricotta, lemon and mint flavour combination as well as the bright green peas studded throughout and I love this pasta dish because it couldn’t be simpler to prepare.  This is the simple supper I most often turn to when I am all out of time and patience and just need to get dinner done and on the table.  It really is that easy.

For the little ones first beginning baby led weaning this dish is a winner.  The pasta, chicken and asparagus are simple for the little ones to hold and nibble on and once your little one has mastered the pincer grip the peas will be no trouble at all.

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baked meatballs w’ simple tomato sauce

baked meatballs w' simple tomato saucebaked meatballs w' simple tomato sauce

Scrolling through the my lovely little lunch box home page I noticed I haven’t posted a meat filled supper in a very long time.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re definitely not vegetarian but of late it seems I have been conjuring up vegetarian based suppers rather than our usual meat filled fare.

Knowing how important a balanced diet is, today I am sharing one of our all time family favourites, the ultimate comfort food, baked meatballs with simple tomato sauce.

This supper is ideal for the little ones.  The meatballs are perfect little packages just big enough for teeny tiny hands to grip and nibble on with ease and the pasta sauce is an absolute favourite of every child.  Grace demolishes these meatballs, especially along side a little pasta.

Todays incarnation of meatball have been spiked with dried basil, lemon zest, garlic and spring onions making them light and full of flavour.  And they couldn’t be simpler to prepare, simply pop all of the ingredients into a bowl, stir to combine and shape into balls.  Grace helped with the mixing and shaping this morning and loved it.

I also love that these little darlings are baked.  It means I can simply pop the meatballs into the oven and get on with the hundred thousand other ‘to do’s’ on my list without a care in the world.  And I don’t have to worry about scrubbing the greasy fry pan clean!

These effortless meatballs are a must try and I promise will become a family favourite of yours too.

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spinach & ricotta fritters

spinach & ricotta frittersspinach & ricotta fritters

What I love most about sharing my baby led weaning recipes on my lovely little lunch box is meeting and talking to you beautiful mama’s!

I love receiving your emails and comments and adore hearing all about your baby led weaning wins.

Lately, a lot of mama’s about to embark on the baby led weaning journey have been asking me the same question, ‘I am really confused about what foods to begin baby led weaning with, do you have any recommendations?’.

My answer each and every time: vegetable fritters.

When we first began baby led weaning with Miss G. vegetable fritters were our go to meal!

No only are they super simple to prepare and jam packed with a tonne of wonderful vegetables but they’re the perfect shape and texture for teeny tiny little hands to hold and nibble on with ease.  When beginning baby led weaning always keep in mind food offered to your little one should be chip shaped (i.e. long and rectangle) and have a texture that is able to be squished between your finger and thumb.

So far I have conjured up batches of sweet corn fritters, zucchini fritters, pea fritters, sweet potato fritters and carrot fritters and Miss G. has adored them all.

And although we may be nine months into our baby led weaning journey, Miss G’s. still adores her vege packed fritters so today I cooked us up a batch of gorgeously golden spinach and ricotta fritters.  Unbelievably simple to prepare, these delicious fritters are chock full of spinach and flavoured with lemon zest and a little parmesan cheese.

spinach & ricotta fritters

Miss G. couldn’t wait to tuck in and quickly gobbled up two spinach flecked fritters along with a simple salad of tomato and zucchini ribbons.

To read more of my tips on getting started with baby led weaning click here.

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ricotta, herb & tomato pie

ricotta, herb & tomato piericotta, herb & tomato pie

Summer is here with full force.

Our first weeks of the new year have brought sweltering heat, long muggy days and overwhelming humidity.

For the scorching month of January our days are spent seeking respite.

So far Grace and I have found sweet salvation wading in the pool, skipping under the sprinkler, taking dips in the ocean and air conditioned outings to the state library and museum.

Although this summer heat is almost to the point of unbearable, I have to say the extended days that stretch early into the evening are simply sublime.

ricotta, herb & tomato pie

The extra hours of sunshine are a wonderful chance for a little more playtime and our routine of late has been to spend our extra precious moments of sunlight in the back garden.

Usually Grace runs through the grass as I collect the fresh herbs and salad leaves for supper but over the past couple of days she has been more and more interested in doing the picking herself.

Watching her pluck fresh basil leaves and breathe in their gorgeous aroma simply melts my heart and as we stir them through dinner I can see the cogs of thought turning in her little mind.

ricotta, herb & tomato pie

Todays harvest of fresh basil, mint and rocket made their way into this delightful ricotta, herb and tomato tart.

Once baked, this tart nestles serenely in the fridge just waiting for a simple salad to accompany it in the perfect simple summer supper.

And this little darling only requires moments of effort before being popped into an oven.  But I can hardly call it an effort, simply pop all of the ingredients into a food processor, blitz, decant into an oven tray, top with slices of fresh tomato and bake.  Easy peasy.

In terms of baby led weaning, this pie is fantastic.  Not only is this delicious little number simple for mum/dad to prepare, but it’s the perfect texture for little hands to pick up and eat with ease. Firm enough for little hands to grip yet soft enough to nibble on, the texture of this pie really is baby led weaning perfection.  Its also not too messy which makes it great for lunch on the run.  In fact, Grace and I popped a couple of slices into a lunch box to take along with us for a mummy and me morning at the state library.

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