Super Sweet & Healthy Apple, Carrot & Raisin Muffins

Drumroll please... there’s a new sweet muffin recipe for you on the menu this week - tried and tested on the little tummies, and sure to be a crowd pleaser for you too! I like to keep the snacks as varied and healthy as possible, with as many nutrients as I can manage, and these little delights are no exception. Packed with carrots, apples and raisins, as well as some nutty protein, they are great snacks for older children but also in mini version can be a good baby-led weaning food (just make sure you chop the nuts finely). They also work well as a breakfast on the go. Another bonus (like all my recipes) is that you can swap ingredients in and out - leave the raisins out or swap them them for chopped dates or apricots; add seeds instead of nuts or use a mix of different nuts. It’s up to you!

Plum & Cinnamon Crumbles

I don't think we can deny there is a slight autumnal chill in the air this week. I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, but when I was kindly given some plums this week I had to put them to good use in the form of a tasty crumble (with a healthier slant - of course). You can use any fruit you have that works well in a crumble - we will be adding apples in the coming weeks...Autumn is a generous time of year around here! 

Goodness Smoothies

We're getting back into routine here with everyone back to school and work this week - which means more time for posts from me! Earlier this week I shared a green smoothie with my Instagram followers to great acclaim, so I thought I'd post the recipe here for you all to try. It is really simple - bananas and spinach, with a bit of date for sweetness - but I like it because it gets some greens into the Clean Little Tummies before they've even left the house in the morning, and the banana and date works wonders at making greens more fun for kids. Sipped with breakfast, it is a filling and nutritious start to the day.

Simple Summer Tarts

Hasn't it been a hot few weeks here in the UK? Aren't we so lucky to be waking up to sunny mornings, breakfasts outside and warm balmy evenings? But, who wants to be cooking over a hot stove on days like these when we can be out enjoying ourselves in the evenings at the park with our children making the best summer memories?

Snacks to Stay Cool

It is not often as an English person that you can say we are experiencing a heatwave and can experiment with some snacks to help us stay cool and healthy. So before we go back to rain I thought I'd share some quick ideas, some old and some new, to cool off in this delightful sunshine. Try them quickly before we're back to winter warmers!

Berry Oaty Breakfast Pots

If you're a regular reader, you will know we enjoy breakfast here at Clean Little Tummies. This week, I'm back with another simple idea to help mix up your breakfast menu. These tasty little pots of goodness come together quickly in the morning, and there's only one bit of baking involved.

Greek Chicken Tray Bake

Summer flavours are here! Healthy, vegetable packed dinners are perfect for summer evenings and weekend family meals. This Greek Chicken Tray Bake is something everyone can share and enjoy and perfect if you're doing baby led weaning too. There are lots of vegetables and herbs as well as some succulent chicken for a satisfying meal. You can serve this with whatever you like, we enjoy making stuffed pittas with the chicken and vegetables, all topped with a fresh tzatiki which is very simple to make on the side.

Cheesy Savoury Loaf

I'm always on the hunt for new ideas for lunch boxes. As I've said before, I think the key to children not being fussy is constant exposure to different foods and flavours. Putting the same sandwich in lunch boxes day-in-day-out does not give them a wide taste variety, and they quickly become stuck in food ruts. This week, I've been working on different ways to fill the 'sandwich' section of their lunch boxes, and this week it is a savoury loaf!

Rice Noodle Salad

I've been thinking a lot recently about what -and how - my children eat. In the main, my children are good eaters: They are usually willing to try most things, and are usually open to new ideas (it has taken a lot of hard work to get to that point, I might add). I still think, however, that children can get into “food ruts”, as do adults, and that it is up to us as parents to do what we can to help guide (drag?) them through the rut and back into healthy eating.

Mini Meatball Supper

We love a pasta dinner, of that there is no doubt. It is always a crowd pleaser - a good win with playdates and family dinners alike. Of all our favourites, however, it’s our Mini Meatballs pasta dish that is the real winner, which can be served on courgette noodles or pasta. When I shared a photo on my instagram at the weekend lots of followers wanted to know how we make ours, so I’ve shared the recipe below! 

Sweet Potato & Pea Fritters with a yoghurt dip

We're heading into Spring and Summer now, so it is time to mix up the recipes and look for some lighter options for lunches. We've made vegetable fritters before and love including them in lunch boxes, but these Sweet Potato and Pea Fritters are oven baked to make them healthier and easier to prepare. They're colourful and nutritious and make a great lunch or snack dinner on the go. 

3-Ingredient Clean Little Easter Eggs

Easter is certainly upon us! Everywhere I look I see eggs, bunnies, chicks and soooo (too?) much enticing chocolate. Of course we will be treating ourselves to some chocolate this Easter, but to even things up I have crafted a little frozen Easter treat made from just three ingredients - banana, yoghurt and berries - which is healthier and more nutritious that a chocolate Easter egg, but still feels a little indulgent. 

Sweet and Sour Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs

My children have hit the "games phase": board games, card games, puzzles - you name it, they're into it. They used to ask for movie nights, now they ask for games nights! And, apart from dealing with the odd "bad loser" moment, I've discovered it is one of my my favourite things to do with them. Little did I know, however, that when this new phase started it would lead to some serious recipe inspiration...!

Oaty Banana Bread

A friend of mine said to me recently that I couldn't really be considered a “family food blogger” if I didn't have a banana bread recipe. All kids love banana bread! So, my friend, here is a Clean Little Tummies Oaty Banana Bread to set the record straight and keep up with all the other family food bloggers out there! 

A Simple Warming One Pot Chicken Dish

Well it certainly is cold here at Clean Little Tummies. We've not seen snow like this for a while and all it makes us want is warming food. A quick little recipe that I have adapted from many other chicken casseroles i've made before you need one pot, any winter vegetables you have and it is a healthy, simple dinner that will simmer away in your slow cooker awaiting your return! Enjoy!

Little Baked Eggs

The simplest of breakfasts or brunches, so I thought I would share with you my winning combinations for an easy mini pot eggs brunch. Quantities are approximate this time, just add as much as you like. You will need little ramekin style oven proof dishes. This makes a lovely family meal that you can all eat together, adjusting flavours to individual pots if you need to.

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

Do you ever just want an easy-sharing type of lunch, dinner or snack? Something you can nibble on together whilst chilling in front of a film? (Not that I let my children eat on the sofa, of course, because it is new- hello uptight parents!) But does the thought of laying out a calorie-dense bowl of junk give you a case of the mother (or father) guilts?

Bircher Museli Clean Little Tummies Style!

I’m always trying to mix it up at breakfast time to expose the Clean Little Tummies to different flavours. This week, I've added Bircher Museli to our breakfast menu. This recipe is an oldie but a goodie, and always a hit with the littleies, so I thought I'd share it with you. It uses simple store cupboard ingredients, mixed in with some fridge ingredient staples, which make it easy to make. There’s also the option of adding some lovely additions - like nuts, seeds or berries- to mix up the flavours and add extra nutrition. My favourite thing about Bircher Muesli is if you make up a big batch on a Sunday evening it can last up to three or four days in the fridge - so you've got breakfast sorted for the best part of the week before the week has even started! Win!