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Beef stew 

Serves 4 adults and two babies with left over beef for sandwiches etc and a couple of baby portions of stew for the freezer unless you’re hungry adults! Ingredients: Beef joint eg silverside Carrots x4 (chopped into big chunks, I used organic so kept the skins on as I love

Claire’s Baby Tuna Niçoise.

Ingredients: Half a boiled egg, Cucumber sticks with the edges trimmed off (the centre is much easier for little people to eat),  Streamed green beans cut into lengths for little hands to hold,  Canned tuna (buy in spring water or oil to reduce the salt content, if you’re also watching

Dietitian Becky’s take on KFC

Chicken fillet oven cooked in fresh breadcrumbs with a little oil eg rapeseed (in the UK most of the vegetable oil is rapeseed) or olive oil and new potato wedges, with broccoli and carrots.  Portion pictured is for a 2 year old. Method:  Preheat oven to 190’C.  Chop the potatoes

Honeydew Melon ☀️

One of the tastiest melons I’ve ever eaten. The girls absolutely LOVED it too. Just look at the golden colour ☀️  Rich in Vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium and fibre melons are a really healthy food, with diets rich in these nutrients being linked to health including lower blood pressure. 

A quick vibrant lunch

Lunch for me & the girls (now 9 months). For me: Egg (mashed with a little salad cream) In a whole meal wrap, Plum cherry tomatoes,  Fresh pineapple chunks,  Carrot sticks (skins on as organic)  & my new humous (minty pea & broad bean) recipe coming soon! For the girls:

Minty pea and broad bean humous 

Minty pea and broad bean humous – just finished & I have to admit I’ve already eaten some! Yummy 😍 Ingredients: 300g peas (fresh or frozen) 300g broad beans (I’ve used the ones straight from the garden! But if you’re not growing them they’re in season so in most shops

Pineapple porridge with a dollop of Greek yoghurt

This beautifully ripe pineapple gave a great sweet zinginess to our porridge this morning. Did you know that pineapples are not only rich sources of Vitamin C and fibre, but also manganese? Manganese is important for bone health. By eating a good range of fruits and vegetables it allows your

Herby cauliflower & macaroni with crispy cheese top

A lower fat and lower salt version of the classics mac cheese and cauliflower cheese. Adding mustard powered and herbs to the white sauce and just topping with cheese rather than a cheese sauce allows this to be an everyday meal for the whole family. Mustard powder gives the sauce

Can you eat a rainbow?

This is my harvest from the garden this evening (excluding the blueberries which are grown down the road)!  By eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables it allows your body to get a load of the nutrients it needs.  Right now I’ve got my thinking cap on to work

Eating today’s rainbow

Using yesterday’s rainbow harvest today. Let me take you through our day as we enjoy eating yesterday’s rainbow harvest. In brief porridge for breakfast, yellow and red tomato salad for lunch & green risotto & stewed fruit for tea (recipes below).  For breakfast blueberries and loganberries on our usual porridge

Simple tuna pasta 

A quick one tonight (less than 10 minutes from turning the kettle on to going into their mouths) as we’ve had a very busy day! Ingredients:  Mini shell pasta Tinned tuna Frozen peas and sweetcorn  Subdried tomato pesto Method: Boil the kettle & whilst it’s boiling open a tin of

Blueberry oaty bites (baby friendly flapjack)

This time I used a rounded tablespoon of yoghurt & a handful of blueberries. About 10 into quarters & microwaved the rest for 1 1/2 minutes to stew them. The latter means that the juice is released and it colours the mixture nicely 😀 I tried reducing the cook time

A rainbow 1st birthday party

Happy first birthday to my gorgeous neice. What a clever mummy you have!  Rainbow pizza: What a great idea a rainbow themed party is with rainbow platters of fruit and veg too & even a rainbow jelly, that’s 7 layers of jelly set individually by her clever daddy! Instead of

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Thanks for all of the love and support for DoubleYummy people. I’ve started a newsletter that will be delivered to your mailbox on a Friday afternoon. It will contain articles published in the last week, but there’s loads more info and ideas on my blog page too. Please tell your

Julienned carrot & cucumber with lunch

Cucumber sticks are still a difficult texture for my girls (9 months old) to cope with and so I wanted to try something different. We don’t have a spiraliser but we do have a julienne peeler (!) so I decided to experiment with that. It worked really well 😍 I

Ham with parsley sauce

Served with new potatoes, green beans & the tops of the purple sprouting broccoli. Both girls had a little more ham than pictured 😍 This was followed by chunks of watermelon 🍉; now a family favourite! We cooked a ham in the pressure cooker & served warm.  This is a

Two ways tuna & potato 

Serving the same thing two ways adds variety with minimal faff! Great for us as my girls love variety and I dislike too much faff 😋 This is a bit of a use up left overs meal. Here we have broccoli (steamed), new potatoes (1/2 with a little sund ried

Grass: Sensory play in the garden

Simply enjoying sitting on the grass (no rug) and picking the grass!🌱 We’re making the grass swish like waves, wiggling our feet through the grass blades and return ding to be snakes.  Enjoying the beautiful ☀️ Getting some Vitamin D & working up an appetite for tea. #sensoryplay #naturalenvironment #babylife

Gooseberry & strawberry porridge

Gooseberry & strawberries stewed and served on our morning porridge.  So easy to do. Just top and tail the gooseberries (no need to chop). Add chunked up strawberries & allow to gently stew in a nonstick pan (or pop in the microwave for a quicker result!).  This is B’s favourite porridge

Celebratory lobster macaroni cheese!

Thanks to Rebecca for asking about when shellfish can be introduced. See below for more info 😀 To celebrate Pop’s birthday we made this special dish on Saturday. It made a small lobster go a long way and it was a big hit with all ages! We got our lobster

Squash and black eye bean hash, served with avocado

I thought it’d be useful to share a recipe that is good for lots of you / your little people who are having to follow a free from milk / soya / egg / nut / gluten / wheat / fish free diet (sorry if your allergen us pulses!). It

Cornish pasty

I was ordering my dads birthday present (a batch of onion free pasties) when it came to me… No added salt pasties. Thanks to @gearfarm for making baby friendly pasties for us! The girls loved it 😍 There is still salt in the pastry but they only had a small

Blackcurrants, blueberries & red grapes

Today’s fruit mix stewed together and added to our morning porridge.  Someone asked me how do I come up with the fruit combinations? Careful and imaginative planning you might think… Well very occasionally but usually just what’s in the fruit bowl, fridge and freezer! We prioritise the fruit that will

Omega 3s & the BBQ

The beautiful colours of last nights impromptu BBQ. Some great long chain omega 3 fats from the mackerel on this yummy meal. This type of fat has been shown to be anti inflammatory and really good for our health, particularly heart health and it’s something that most of us don’t

Healthy cherry Icecream 😍☀️🍨

Cherry icecream with no added sugar or fat and suitable for almost all ‘free from’ diets and all of the family. The banana makes it have a creamy texture and the frozen fruit mean there’s no need for fancy Icecream makers.  Ingredients:  1/2 banana (about 50g)  A large handful frozen

Tip of the day: to improve portion control use a smaller plate!

For lunch we have leftover mackerel, ratatouille & new potatoes. #doubleyummy this time round as no cooking needed 😍 My lunch is on a side plate so visually my brain is tricked into thinking I’m getting a lot more than I am. #portioncontrol #leftovers #dietitian #registereddietitian #familyfood #weaning #babyfood #toddlerfood

Picnic lunch

Picnic lunch today after Bongo Babies at the @dracenacentre. Finger friendly strips of Edam (pre sliced was cheaper would you believe?! And by cutting down the stack of cheese it quickly made lots of strips), Quartered cherry tomatoes,  Pin wheel wraps some filling with humous and some with cream cheese

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