26 June 2011

Kinder Kitchen breakfast idea - greek yoghurt with mango and honey

My daughter has finally had enough of  shreddies for breakfast. At one point that is all she would eat. So I can start being adventurous. Mango is always a winner with her!

Today she had greek yoghurt, fresh mango and honey. (tinned mango is also good)

24 June 2011

Kinder kitchen Healthy kid's recipes - healthy breakfast - readybreak with raisins and honey

Readybreak with raisins and honey

I find it difficult to vary my children's breakfast everyday so I will sometimes try and give you inspiration in the mornings with breakfast ideas. Please post your ideas too as I find breakfast is the one meal that many of us mums struggle with.

Today Louis had readybreak with raisins and honey and gobbled it up happily!

23 June 2011

Kinder Kitchen Healthy Kid's Recipe - easy leek and potato soup

Of all the soups I make, this is an easy one and one that my kids love. This recipe makes enough for all the family with lots left over. I usually freeze some and the rest can be kept in the fridge for a good couple of days.

Easy leek and potato soup


2 tbsp butter
1 clove garlic (crushed or grated)
1 lb (pound) leeks (2-3 depending on size)
1 lb (pound) potatoes (3-4 depending on size)
1 pint stock (vegetable or chicken)
Salt and pepper to taste
½ pint milk
  1. Wash the leeks and potatoes and slice both into chunks
  2. Add the butter to the pan and then the potatoes and leeks and cook them with the lid on for ten minutes (allow them to sweat) on a low heat stirring regularly
  3. Then add all the other ingredients (apart from the milk) bringing it to boil and them simmering the soup until the vegetables are all tender (20-30 minutes)
  4. Add the milk and cook for a further 5 minutes
  5. Before blending add any more seasoning (salt and pepper) if needed
Kinder Kitchen Tip:
Serve with toast and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Yum!

22 June 2011

Today's nutritious recipe from Kinder Kitchen - easy courgette and chocolate cake

Now, most of the recipes I put up onto my blog are simple and healthy. This is simple to make but maybe not the healthiest. This is something for us mums but the kids will enjoy too. Not only are you getting your chocolate fix, but your children are getting some greens at the same time. The sunflower oil ensures that the cake stays moist. Dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate as it has a higher cocoa level. It also has a few more ingredients than I'd normally use but it is worth it!
Easy courgette and chocolate cake
120g butter (room temperature)
125ml sunflower oil
250g caster sugar
3 eggs
130ml milk
350g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
5 tbsp cocoa powder
500g courgettes, grated and peeled
1 tsp vanilla
  1. Grease or line a 20x35cm baking tray with parchment and set the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5
  2. Mix the butter, oil and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add the eggs one by one and then the milk until mixed thoroughly
  3. Now sift the flour, baking and cocoa powder into the mixture and fold in. Add the courgettes, vanilla and spoon into greased tin. Bake for 1 hr. If still a little wet cook for 5 minutes more
  4. Serve warm and enjoy!

20 June 2011

Healthy Kid's Recipe - Natasha's easy and delicious salad dressing

love salad. In fact, life without salad for me would be a very miserable one. During the summer months, I will eat salad with most meals. My two little ones haven't quite yet got the taste for it but I do try now and again giving them a little salad with my dressing, hoping one day they will love it as much as me! In my opinion the key to a fantastic dressing is sugar. Getting the acidity (from the vinegar) and sweetness (from the sugar) right is key to achieving that ore inspiring dressing.

Natasha's easy and delicious salad dressing

120ml cider vinegar
200ml olive oil/vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place all the ingredients into a jar. Place lid on jar and shake well
  2. Pour over your chosen salad and enjoy!

19 June 2011

Healthy kids recipe - easy drop scones with strawberries

Healthy kids recipe - easy drop scones with strawberries

When I get the time, we all like to eat fresh drop scones for breakfast. I am always saying that things are easy but these really are. You literally put all the ingredients in a bowl, mix and cook in a frying-pan - your kids will love them! 

A small mug of self-raising flour 
A small mug of milk
2 eggs
A pinch of salt (optional)
A handful of strawberries
A drizzle of honey


1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together. If you do not have an electric whisk, a hand-blender does the job just as well. Leave to rest for ten minutes. Small bubbles will appear in the mixture. These are air bubbles
2. Place a little oil or butter in a frying pan on a medium heat and pour a little of the mixture in. Check the underneath and when light brown flip over and cook for the same amount of time until they have slightly risen
4. Serve with sliced strawberries and a drizzle of honey

You could also serve with golden syrup and any other fruit you have to hand

18 June 2011

Today's nutritious recipe from Kinder Kitchen - banana and avocado mash for babies

Ripe avocado
Banana and avocado mash (+ 6 months)

Both my children loved this meal as babies. It is easy, nutritious and delicious all in one and the avocados add a creaminess to the meal which babies love.


1/2 a ripe banana
1/2 a ripe avocado
2 tablespoons breast/formula milk


  1. Peel the banana and remove the avocado flesh from it's skin
  2. Place the banana and avocado in a bowl with the milk and mash with a folk to a smooth consistency
Kinder Kitchen Suggestions:
You could add boiled water to the fruit if you preferred. This is also a great spread for bread.
Nutritional values:
Avocados contain many essential nutrients including fibre, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid

17 June 2011

Kinder Kitchen Healthy Kids Recipe - milkshake for toddlers

Berry delight

My one year old is not drinking his milk at the moment so I am making him daily milkshakes so that he gets the milk he needs to help him grow. It is the season for summer berries so all is good!


A handful of strawberries
A handful of blueberries
Half a banana chopped
1/5 muh of milk

  1. Wash the fruit and place in a container with the banana.
  2. Add the milk and blend with a hand blender
  3. Add a little more milk if you would prefer the shake to be a little runnier.
Kinder Kitchen Suggestion:
You could add a spoonful of honey to make it a little sweeter

16 June 2011

Kinder Kitchen nutritional tip - sesame seeds

Sesame seeds
My kids love home made fish fingers or chicken breast in breadcrumbs. I like to add sesame seeds to the breadcrumbs as they add a lovely nutty flavour, give the coating more of a crisp and are very nutritional.

Nutrients: Source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, dietary fiber, manganese, copper

13 June 2011

Kinder Kitchen Healthy Kid's Recipe - easy vegetable soup

yummy green soup
My one year old will not eat vegetables with his meals. He throws anything green in colour on to the floor. To make sure he gets his weekly nutrients I make a soup containing lots of goodies.

This broccoli soup has been my lifesaver and by adding grated cheese on top it seems to work. Croutons are also a winner as they like picking them out.

Give it a try, you never know!

Easy vegetable soup
1 onion
2 sticks of celery
2 peeled carrots
2 peeled potatoes
Half a head of broccoli
A teaspoon of butter and oil
Chicken or vegetable stock
  1. Wash the vegetables and chop them up as small as possible
  2. Add the oil and butter to a saucepan and add all the vegetables apart from the broccoli. Cook them with the lid on for 15 minutes on a low heat
  3. Now add the broccoli and enough stock to cover the vegetables and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are soft
  4. Blend with a hand-blender and serve
Serving suggestions:
My two children love cheese so I grate some cheddar or parmesan onto the soup which they love.
Kinder Kitchen Top Tip: 
You can add any vegetables that need using up to the soup and play around with the amounts you use. The butter usually gives the soup a creamer taste. To this soup I added kale which he lapped up with no complaints ;-)

5 June 2011

Kinder Kitchen Healthy Kids Recipe - couscous for toddlers

A great way to jazz up couscous and get your little one eating a varied diet is by adding items you would not necessarily think of. Most children like apples and raisins so why not add grated apple and a handful of raisins to some prepared couscous. If a little dry, add a drizzle of olive oil to the couscous and a squeeze of lemon. You could then serve this with chicken drumsticks, fish fingers or any other food of your choice.