Remembering the Department of Health guidelines on weaning and with every health initiative, there’s so much more you can do with your five a day.
I am going to show how the whole family can enjoy a meal together – hot or cold.
Here’s what you will need:- Penne pasta, carrots, peas, and mince beef, tinned tomatoes, grated cheese for topping, oregano optional. For pudding, strawberries, banana, blue berries, mango and yoghurt, ice-cream or cream.
Weaning tip: Leave it out!
When cooking for the family always season after cooking, that includes that water that you cook in. Never add salt to your babies cooking. There is hidden salt and sugar in so many foods. Always read the labels.
When you are out shopping look at all the seasoning and spice section and add to your collection each week. A splash of chilli sauce can go a long way.
Fresh herbs are great and have many health benefits. You can even grow your own, seeds are cheap and fun to grow on your window sill.
Dad’s pint of pasta
2 pints of uncooked Penne pasta
2 tins of plain chopped tomatoes
1 pint of water
1 pint of frozen peas
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
Splash of olive oil
1 packet of fresh mince beef (300g)
Large sauce pan with lid
1 Pint glass, wooden spoon, can opener, peeler, cheese grater, sharp knife and Common sense!
Roll the mince meat into approximately 8 ping-pong size balls.
Heat the oil in the saucepan and add the meatballs, brown them (it will take as long as finding the can-opener).
Turn the heat down.
Add all the other ingredients and gently simmer for 40 minutes.
Just enough time to lay the table, clear-up and let you say ‘where’s the oregano?’ and grate the cheese.
Remember to stir it half way. If you’re already a confident cook you can add some oregano with the tomatoes.
Pudding can be strawberries, blue berries, mango and ice-cream – share if you dare! But don’t forget the baby – lucky you got that banana!
For further information on weaning and the Department of Health guidelines visit www.theweanmachine.com