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Soups for Picky Eaters

As a mum I am a big fan of soups. First off they are quick. Second, they are cheap. Third, they are one of the best ways to I know to get large quantities of veg into picky eaters who really don't like it. Now I know some mums think hiding veg is a bad idea and I agree picky eaters need to get used to the texture of veg. But, if it's a trade off between one tiny mouthful of broccoli and a super large "hidden" helping eaten without protest, I plump for the latter. ...

Vegetable Curry

Curry can be crammed full of hidden veg, which earns it a massive thumbs up from me when I am meal planning for the family. You might be concerned about children not like spicy food but in my experience many of them like much stronger food than we would expect. And even if you are stuck with some family members who like it hot and others who don't, this recipe will keep both hungry hoards happy. ...

The Veg Risotto ALL Children Love

A while back I shared our secret pasta sauce recipe that guarantees even the most veg phobic child will eat their spinach, broccoli, cabbage etc.This risotto recipe is another fave in which veg can be hidden whilst still being great for grown ups.We don't make it as often as the pasta as - let's be honest - risotto is a tad fiddly.But the peas, asparagus and broad beans finally appearing in the green grocers are crying out for a lovely, buttery risotto.If you have a child like mine who will never knowingly eat a whole piece of vegetable and hates "bits" in her food this could present a problem, but this risotto is certified bit free for fussy eaters.The recipe is basically a simple risotto adapted from one of my favourite cook's Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. It just takes a few extra minutes to make it "veg hater" friendly....

Pasta Sauce with Hidden Greens

I so love green veg and can totally feel the difference physically if I have got my daily fill of all those amazing vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that they're so bursting full of.But, I think even mums with the least pernickety kids on the planet will agree that children find the flavour of most green veg too bitter and the texture too ... well yucky! I have a pretty pernickety daughter who hates the texture of all vegetables AND all fruit. But every week, without fail, she happily eats large helpings of spinach, broccoli, chard, cabbage, kale, watercress etc -  you name it and I'm telling you she eats it! And the secret to this eighth wonder of the world? ...

100 yummy fruit muffin ideas

Fruit muffins rock! Super quick to make, they're easy for little hands to bake as there's no hard labour creaming butter and sugar and they freeze well. Most importantly - in our house - muffins are an amazing way to get fruit into a child who can't stand it whole. There's zillions of different muffin recipes out there but my fave comes from the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The recipe includes spelt flour ... I'm a big fan as it's low GI, gut friendly and super yummy. ...

Tips for Picky Eaters

My 3 year old is a frustratingly picky eater. Give her, her due, she loves meat ... she can devour the biggest steak! ... fish, cheese, pasta, rice, potato, noodles, cake and icecream. But she never knowingly eats fruit or veg. ...

How To Get Kids to Eat Vegetables

You know this idea that your kids will like what you ate when pregnant - well it's baloney! I've been a fish eating vegetarian for years but littl'un only eats meat. Great big chunks of it! She's the tiniest two year old you ever saw but on holiday last week she wolfed down two lamb