Mango’s Smooth Moves

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Smoothies. What can I say? They’re cheeky and I like it. They are a great way to smuggle fruit into the diets of kids and weird grown ups with fruit aversions. I’m not going to lie to you – these babies pack some calories, but they also allow the opportunity for stocking up on minerals (like potassium, calcium, magesium) and vitamins (catch you later, Berocca, you can b-b-bouce). Let’s not deny the fact that they taste bloody awesome. This sultry smoothie tastes like a mini-holiday – banana and mango anyone? Let’s do this.


 (Makes one large serve or divide between grown up and bub)

Ingredients:

– 1 cup frozen cubed mango (you can cut up your own and freeze it or buy it pre-chopped in the frozen supermarket bit, or buy organic stuff from a healthfood place)

– 1 chopped banana

– 1 cup of milk (rice, cow, goat, almond, soy) OR make me really proud and use coconut milk. Let’s go tropical on those unsuspecting taste buds!

– 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut

– 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

– optional: 1 or 2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt or CoYo

– optional: 1/2 scoop of protein powder if you want to be fuller than a young mans ballsack


 Make it:

– put all this in the blender and whizz the shit out of it. That frozen mango might make the blender work, but he can handle it.

– pour into a cup (split it with a tiny human if you have one)


Yessssssssssssssss,

Shannon x


Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

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Alright, people. Prepare yourselves, when you try this thick, rich, satisfying smoothie, your nipples may harden. Not from revulsion, from joy. This smoothie is delicious, and it is friendly to that lovely body of yours. I think the word superfood is a bit of a silly one, but this smoothie does contain a few ingredients touted as such. Read on, friends:


Ingredients:

– 1 cup of rice milk (you can use cow, soy, coconut, whatever, I just like rice milk because it tastes lovely and is gentle on the tum)

– 1 or 2 tablespoons cacao powder depending on how rich you dig it (different to the dirty cocoa you add to cakes, this one is easily found at health shops)

– 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds

– 3 medjool dates, pitted and chopped

– a frozen banana (chop him up and pop in a glad bag in the freezer the night before)


How to get this into a moustache forming liquid:

– Put everything in a blender and whizz it

– Whizz it good.


Chocolately yours,

Shannon x


lamb cutlets with eggplant wiggly sticks and buttered carrots

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Perfect for a hungry toddler. Those fiesty cutlets provide necessary iron for growth and development, and the eggplant wiggly sticks should keep the little menaces entertained. Now, the carrot. It’s deceptive this carrot. It is juicy and sweet and easy for them to shove into their tiny faces. Don’t judge it until you’ve fried it.


Ingredients:

– eggplant cut into strips (as much as you think they will eat. Bear in mind it cooks down)

– carrot sticks (again, same as above)

– butter, the goo of the gods

– cutlets


Make it happen:

– melt butter in a fry pan. Be generous, people. And don’t use margarine, it’s ridiculous for so many reasons (both in flavour and health)

– add in the eggplant and carrots. Turn these little babies regularly so they don’t burn. Be warned: the eggplant will get wiggly. They will cook in around 5 minutes. Take them out of the pan and allow to cool slightly (no bub burns)

– pop those cutlets into the frypan. Turn them reguarly (like every 30 seconds), this will keep them juicy. I cook ours for around 5 minutes as we serve them medium-rare.

– plate it up for your little darling. Slice up that lamb so the poor dears don’t choke.


And while you’re at it, why not eat this yourself?!

Shannon x


mini quiches

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These friendly little chaps are great for toddlers.

And they’re great for the provider of food, because they are easy, nutritious (although they admittedly contain unhealthy pastry… but you have to have some vices) and you can throw random ingredients in no worries. Plus, they can be shared. My tiny human loves to eat the same dish as his captors.


Ingredients:

– one sheet of puff pastry (the shit you buy in the freezer section of the supermarket)

– two eggs, lightly beaten

– one to two tablespoons of grated cheese (depending on how you enjoy the cheese factor)

– grated vegetables (eg. carrots, onions, pumpkin, sweet potato, eggplant) or small cuties like peas and corn

– if you’re feeling generous, cut up some cooked meat like lamb, chicken, salmon, bacon…


The process:

– preheat the oven to 180 and grease a mini tart/muffin tin with butter or olive oil

– when the pastry is soft, cut it into 16 squares and line the bottom of each little hole (your tin will probably only accommodate 12 squares)

– mix up the egg, cheese and whatever ingredients you chose and spoon into each pastry square

– cook for 10-13 minutes, so they’re golden and lovely

– share with humans, large and small

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 Thanks to my Mum for this recipe inspiration!

Shannon x

P.S This is a photo of the weird little tin I use – I don’t know what it’s called.

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smooshed avocado on toast with trout

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Well. Maybe you’re a toddler, maybe you’re not.

Either way, this breakfast does things.

Serves one human.


 Ingredients:

– quarter of an avocado, smooshed

– one piece of good quality wholemeal bread, toasted

– half to one fillet of smoked rainbow trout

– a squeeze of lemon

– salt and pepper if you are a grown human or discerning tot


 How to make it happen:

It’s obvious.

However, if this is for a toddler, please carefully check the fillet of trout for bones, small and large, and get them the hell out of there. And cut the toast into pieces fit for tiny hands.


 Enjoy, Shannon x


caramello-banana porridge

Caramello-Banana Porridge

This cheeky little breakfast is so good it feels obscene.

Imagine this: gooey banana, mixed with nature’s caramel, a hint of coconut, and the warming comfort of porridge.

P.S. It’s good for you.


Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup rolled oats

– 1 chopped banana

– 4 medjool dates chopped

– 1/2 cup coconut milk (light or fatty, it’s up to you)

– 1/2 cup water (and add more if it gets too thick during cooking)

– milk to your liking once cooked (cow, goat, rice, soy, coconut, almond, whatever!)


How to get this shit in your bowl:

Put the oats, banana, medjool dates, coconut milk and water in a saucepan over med-high heat until it starts bubbling, then turn the heat down looooooooow and let that baby simmer for five to ten minutes, depending how you like it. Pop into a bowl and then add milk of your choice to get the consistency that gets you going. Then enjoy the hell out of that healthy, delicious breakfast.


Thank me later,

Shannon x