All in Meals

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!

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?

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. 

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...!

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!

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?

Mini Vegetable Pot Pies

As this cold winter continues we're still on the hunt for warming, satisfying dinners at the end of the day. These mini vegetable pot pies are just the ticket for a perfect, mid-week warming supper which provides a nutritious meal for the whole family.

Broccoli Cheese Quesadillas

Life is busy, after school is busy so I'm always looking for and trying to create quick go to dinners which we all enjoy but also ensuring the meal has some goodness too. Arriving home late with three hungry tummies, a tonne of school bags and lunch boxes to unpack as well as sports gear and homework to do this quick broccoli cheese quesadilla recipe really is a little mummy saver. It has a healthy dose of green vegetable to ease the mummy guilt but it is also tasty and almost pizza like so you don't get any rejection from fussy toddlers.

Warming Vegetable Bean Chilli Bowls

We are experiencing some seriously cold weather in this part of the world right now, so - every night- all we are craving is warm, wholesome dinners. After cold school runs, cold swimming lessons and cold football lessons, we just need some serious warmth in our Clean Little Tummies! To meet this need, we are cooking up a budget-friendly, meat-free vegetable chilli this week, which is full of wholesome vegetables, beans and warming flavours. Better still, this recipe makes a big batch, and being completely flexible (and meat-free) it can almost be served in different ways the whole week! 

Roasted Tomato Pasta Dish

Happy New Year readers! I hope you all had a lovely festive season with your families. It is all back to normal here - back to school, back to work, back to cooking and not just eating the leftovers - so I'm back in the kitchen with lots of new ideas for the New Year.

Clean Little Lunchboxes

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you will know that we are in the midst of kitchen (& house) renovations and even though some of my daily cooking has to be compromised the one thing that can't be is lunch boxes! Whilst I do love cooking and preparing food for my family I do find lunch boxes a chore and I love seeing new ideas. I like them to be healthy but easy.  I usually do them either when I'm preparing dinner the night before or when I preparing breakfast so it is always a busy time. I try to mix it up as much as I can with some simple ideas to fill them up for their afternoons and I thought I would share some of my lunchbox ideas with you.

Get Ready for Summer Holidays

As I write, we are in the last full week of school here in the UK, with six long weeks stretching out in front of us. I think every Mum (& Dad) in the country is filled with excitement - and terror. How lovely it will be to not do the school run for six weeks, constantly giving them time deadlines, 'hurry up we're going to be late, the bell has gone, come on...', and giving them some freedom to play and just be children. The flip side, of course, is less appealing: Sibling arguments, whinging when they don't get to do exactly what they want, and the constant need for food, snacks, picnics... and more snacks.

Let's talk about salads

Can we talk about salads please? Do your children eat salads? Do you eat salad? Or does the word "salad" make you think of limp green lettuce, a sad-looking tomato and a slice of cucumber? Well, if it does, I'm here to change your attitude to salads and brighten up your salad outlook.

Summer picnics with summer vegetable fritters

When summer finally arrives one of our favourite things to do here at Clean Little Tummies is head out for picnics. I think almost every day of the summer holidays last year had some sort of picnic in it. One of the best things about the long summer evenings is packing a picnic tea and heading off into the countryside for a chilled picnic tea (on days when the social lives of 3 children allows it of course!) Picnic or not Clean Little Tummies still need feeding wholesome goodness and these gorgeous golden fritters are a perfect lunchbox/teabox filler.