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Cheesy bean croquettes

I can’t believe it!  I’ve finally found something that Megan will not only eat but ask for seconds of!  These cheesy bean croquettes are great for using leftovers and are perfect for babies who are doing baby led weaning.  Mashed potato and beans are really difficult for babies to pick up and feed themselves but these are really easy for babies feeding themselves.

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Salmon nuggets and chips

My kids love fish fingers and chips so I decided to make a healthier version myself.  We walked to the shop but they didn’t have any white fish so I got salmon instead.  I ended up making these salmon nuggets and served them with home made chips.   They were a big hit with the kids and so much healthier than pre made options.  They can be frozen which makes them perfect to make in advance and save for those ‘just can’t be bothered cooking’ days!

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Breakfast Doughnuts

It’s the first day of the Summer holidays and we’ve had a busy morning.  We baked these ‘breakfast doughnuts’ which were a big hit with the kids.  They were really easy to make so even Megan could help.  They make a great snack or breakfast treat and are perfect for making with kids as they’re so easy to do!

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Apple and raisin rose swirls

These refined sugar free treats are really easy to make and are loads of fun for little foodies. (I don’t know about you but my kids love anything in fancy shapes!)  This was my first attempt at making these so there’s a few things I’d change if I made them again (just with the presentation) but I’ve added my top tips based on my mistakes in the recipe below!

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Blueberry quinoa bars

For the first time in a while, I had the urge to get creative in the kitchen.  I raided the cupboards to see what we had in and decided to make these blueberry quinoa bars.  I’ve tried a few recipes for similar quinoa bars in the past so decided to see if I could make something tasty with the mismatch of ingredients I had in the house.  They were really quick and easy to make and turned out really tasty.  The kids really enjoyed them which, as always, is the most important thing!

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Quick and easy microwave recipe: Sweet chilli salmon!

I don’t know about you but some days I just can’t be bothered to cook!  Maybe we’ve got in late or the kids have been particularly challenging but sometimes I just don’t have the time or energy to slave over a hot stove or even bother to preheat the oven!  My secret weapon for these kind of days, I have no shame to say,  is my microwave.  There’s so many quick and easy microwave recipes that we use in our house and I thought it was about time that I shared one of them!

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Banana and raspberry oat bars

It’s been a grim weekend here, really windy and rainy.  Harry goes completely stir crazy when he can’t get out as much as he’d like so I decided to do some baking with him to keep him entertained!  He loves baking and these banana and raspberry oat bars were the perfect recipe to make together.  It’s really quick, easy and he loved learning how to make repeating patterns when adding the toppings!  They are perfect for a healthy snack in packed lunches and went down a treat with Harry and Megan!

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Chickpea and vegetable curry

We’re still doing Veganuary at the moment and I’m surprised how much we’re enjoying it.  This chickpea and vegetable curry was so filling, tasty and really healthy.  It’s definitely something we’ll make again!  I can’t believe how much we’ve been enjoying the meat and dairy free meals.  Planning more meat free meals is definitely something I want to keep up with throughout the year.

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Banana and peanut butter energy balls

These banana and peanut butter energy balls are really quick and easy to make and perfect for cooking with your little ones.  I made these with Harry who loved being my helper.  They would be perfect for packed lunches (They will be going in Harry’s to school next week) or for a tasty, healthy treat.  Harry loves getting involved in the kitchen at the moment and I’m constantly looking for healthy treats we can make together.  These were perfect for getting my little foodie involved!

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Carrot and Apple Lentil Muffins

Harry’s having one of those days today where he has asked for a treat none stop since he woke up.  When Megan went down for a nap we decided to go and cook up a treat in the kitchen.  Stocks were low, we were out of oats which are my usual base for healthy treats like this so I decided to give lentils a try.  I’m so happy with how these carrot and apple lentil muffins turned out and Harry and Megan really enjoyed them too!

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