Hearty mince & mash to go in the thermos today. Max got a vegetarian version made from chopped tempeh topped with a little cheese. Also flat peach, mandarin, fresh corn, raw veggies and fermented fruit and home-made yoghurt. Speaking of fermented fruit am experimenting with bananas at the moment. Want to see how simple it is to create simple, delicious ferments the kids will love? Link below:
I'm starting to improve on my vegetarian offerings for Max. Yesterday both boys had the day off school so were pressed into service. We made corn tortilla's, salsa, guacamole and of course some Mexican mince. For Max I made a mince version using capsicum, lots of spices and tempeh. Yum. This morning the boys have a recycled version with a little melted cheese and several layers of the tortilla/mince/sour cream/guacamole combo. Very happy campers!
Happy Easter everyone. I reckon if in doubt say it with veggies!!
This is actually a platter I put together for Joe's class to share. Super simple and lovely and brightly coloured.
I'm on a serious hunt for new recipes for Max. I spoke to one of the lovely Mum's from school who is also a pescatarian and she gave me an awesome recipe for Thai Fish Cakes. Made them for lunch - total winner (and perfect on Good Friday). I served them with an Asian Coleslaw and dressing and brown Thai rice noodles.
I've posted the Asian Dressing recipe onto the site as everyone loves it, it's super simple to whip up and keeps for weeks. I also think I'll add the fish cakes to one of the 3-week programs. They tick all my boxes - healthy, simple, delicious and perfect for lunches. In fact the first thing Max said was "I'd love these in my lunchbox". Did you want some new ideas for lunch that you can whip up quickly and easily? Check out the 3-week program ...
I made a giant kumara (sweet potato based) quiche stuffed with loads of veggies the other night as I figured it would work well for a dinner then a few lunches. To make it more acceptable for my husband (who has his own parameters about protein) I put nitrate-free bacon in one side and cordoned it off from "Max's vegetarian side". So pleased to manage one cook which was both vegetarian and not!! The boys have a big chunk each for lunch today. Lovely and filling and nutrient dense. Tastes pretty awesome too! The sweet potato base gives it a big lift and means no pastry making ...
Well one upside of doing a lot of pre-prep for our stint at the GF & Allergy Show was also lots of leftovers. This makes lunches super simple as the boys LOVE wraps and I have some all ready to go. Even better yesterday I made a home-made cheese sauce as part of my Monday cooking class so had leftovers to stuff the wrap with too. Teamed with a bit of tomato sauce (and bacon for Joe) I reckon the boys will be very happy.
Always delighted when there are enough leftovers to create a substantial enough lunch for the boys. Salmon, stuffed crepe (from my weekly cooking class) and a reject kumara quiche! Combined with all the usual - chopped veg, seasonal fruit and home-made raw milk yoghurt and fermented berries.
I was very privileged to be asked to do a cooking demonstration at the GF & Allergy Show in Wellington over the weekend. My lovely Max volunteered to help and it was fabulous to have him along. He became a logical part of the demo and made the most amazing veggie platter (see below). We had a great time and the organisers, crew and other presenters were fabulous.
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Yesterday I cooked a Thai Red Curry and all 3 boys proclaimed it the best I'd made. Woo hoo. Even better I had noted down the recipe as I went (don't ask!!). I cooked the sauce first and then separated some off for Max (vegetarian) before adding some pork shoulder and water and slow cooking for Joe & Roy. All 3 asked to take for lunch today. I have uploaded the recipe to the website so just click for the link.
This is Joe's lunch which has the pork as well. As Max wasn't getting much protein I added a savoury quinoa muffin as well.
Yes I know "Egg-free Quiche" is a bit like "tyre-free car" and it was the first thing Max said .. "Mum, aren't quiches made from eggs?" Well yes, generally they are however as part of my prep for the GF & Allergy Show this weekend I have been testing all sorts of things. Egg-free recipes have been a focus as it's not something we generally do but of course eggs are a common allergen. The quiches turned out to be a total winner. All three boys gave them the tick - YES!!! So today Max has 4 kumara (sweet potato) mini, egg-free quiches, a slice of zucchini pizza and ironically 2 cooked egg yolks!!
Joe has pretty much the same but traded the yolks and 2 quiches for a sausage.
Hi I'm Judith. Welcome to our page and please feel free to comment or contact me personally. I am mother to two fabulous boys, Max and Joe and am passionate about fresh food for families.