Festive French Toast

Season’s Greetings Readers! This really is the busiest season isn’t it? Full of fun but also a very long to do list for all families; presents to buy, presents to wrap, food to buy and prepare, nativity costumes to prepare and Father Christmas to visit….the list goes on. If amongst the madness you have a slower morning then I urge you to try this Festive French Toast for a seasonal and fun breakfast. It is quick to make, (you don’t have to make the Christmas shapes although it is a fun task for little helpers whilst you prepare the fruit) and it is full of Christmas flavour and cheer.

Crunchy Granola Clusters

Sometimes you just need something to snack on…a nibbly kind of snack for a quick bit of energy and to satisfy a craving. Today I am here with some Crunchy Granola Clusters which do just that. A similar recipe to my favourite granola but with crushed nuts and baked slowly and packed together, you leave it to cool and then break it up into finger size bites. Perfect for a little on the go snack if you have pushchair aged children or for after school for the older ones. It’s pretty good for busy mummies too!

Slow Cooker Suppers

Last year when we renovated our house and had our new kitchen put in I was lucky enough to get the oven of my dreams-I know-who has dreams about ovens? A double range oven which I totally love and it has so much use that it was worth every penny. The fourth oven is a slow cooker which I am ashamed to say that until now, almost 9 months since the oven was installed I hadn’t used the slow cooker at all. I’ll blame the endless summer of salads and barbecues but now I really wish I had used it sooner-it is brilliant!

Speedy Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

It has taken my Clean Little Tummies a long time to get into soups. It was only really last year that they started to enjoy the textures and warmth of these dense mixtures, but now they seem to love it, especially if I serve it in mugs with grilled cheese on toast on the side. It is such an easy way to get some vegetables into children, and if you can make a batch for the freezer it can be a real ‘mum win’ on those days when it’s dinner time already and you have nothing planned!

Autumn Breakfasts

Alright, hands up...Who else would appreciate a quick breakfast during the week? I’m sure we can’t be the only family hurrying their children along every morning, coaxing them through dressing, teeth brushing, hair brushing and maybe some last minute reading or spellings?

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...!