Fussy Little Eaters: Breakfast Muffins

I hate breakfast.

Or I should say, I hate normal breakfast food, like cereal, toasts, etc. I wouldn’t hate breakfast as much if I could have a big fry up or leftovers everyday. I guess I grew up eating rice with other savoury dishes for breakfast, while the usual healthy breakfast options here are sweet. It took around 6 years for Mr E to get me to have daily healthy breakfast of sorts. Even then, I still have to make myself eat in the morning. Also, Mr E could have the same breakfast every single day and he won’t be bored. I, on the other hand, need to change it up pretty often; else, I just won’t have any.

So the other day, I made some healthy breakfast muffins, inspired by this recipe. I was looking around for something that Mr E can have while he’s still on his elimination diet, and this recipe was perfect! I had to change it up a bit as I didn’t have any strawberries and I didn’t want to add that much sugar, so here’s what I did.

Banana Oats Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cup plain Oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tbs Maple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tbs Mixed Spice or Cinnamon
  • 2 mashed riped large Bananas

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C.
  2. In a food processor, add all ingredients and churn until all blended in together.
  3. Into a silicon muffin tray or foil liners, spoon mixture and bake for 20 minutes.

I quite liked these muffins, it is healthy and I get to have something different. I would heat one up in the microwave for about 20 seconds and give it to Little E to feed himself with. Since it isn’t a “wet” porridge, the mess he creates isn’t all that bad 🙂 I actually divided the mixture into two, and added half the maple syrup (1 1/2 tbs) into one of the mixtures, as I didn’t want Little E to have too much sugar in his diet. Mr E can’t have pears at the moment, but when he can, I will sure to use pears or apples instead.

I hope you try this recipe and like it 🙂 Let me know!

Fussy Little Eaters: Zucchini chocolate cupcakes

Well, I didn’t have an early night, read my book nor watched any funny videos last night. I did, however, made some cupcakes, and it’s almost as relaxing, if not, more.

I found this recipe while doing an elimination diet. I was craving chocolate and cakes but was saddened that everything had dairy, soy and eggs. From the second I found it, I have made numerous of it since.

I also am obsessed with adding hidden vegetables in everything, mainly grated zucchini and carrots. Ask my husband and he’ll agree haha (he hates zucchini). I just find it so easy to use to up our daily vegetables intake.

When I found out that we had run out of milk and had an almost dead zucchini in the fridge, combined with not having anything to bring to my Mothers Group meetup today, I decided to make zucchini chocolate cupcakes.

They aren’t exactly dairy-free and soy-free as per the original cake recipe, because I halved the sugar and added dark choc squares instead. However, you can definitely make it as per the recipe (slightly modified to include the grated zucchini).

Here’s what I did.

Zucchini chocolate cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini (to save washing up, I just grated mine straight into the mixing bowl)
  • 12 Dark Chocolate squares or 1/2 cup chocolate bits (I would exclude this if you want to make it dairy and soy free, unless of course you have ones that are made without dairy and soy)
  • 4 tbs coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or normal white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (unless you dont have any chocolate chips, then perhaps add 3/4 cup of sugar)
  • 3 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup of self raising flour

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients except the chocolate squares
  3. Add zucchini and all wet ingredients
  4. Mix well and pour into cupcake cups
  5. Push chocolate squares on top of each cup (if you have chips, then you’re welcome to mix through with the rest of the ingredients)
  6. Bake for 15 minutes

Then eat eat eat eat eat guilt-free (almost)! It’s basically salad, right??? 🙂

I over-baked mine, because Little E started crying so I went up to see him, and totally forgot about them…. so they’re a little….. DRY!!! *sadface* I gave some of it to my little one, without the chocolate squares for morning tea and he loved it! However, his favourite food is zucchini! 😛

Fussy Little Eaters: Pumpkin Fruit Cake

My little one today with a girly hat stolen from one of his friends

My little one today with a girly hat stolen from one of his friends

A friend recently came over with her little one (Hi, Tam!) bringing Pumpkin Fruit Cupcakes for morning tea, and they were really nice! Little E absolutely loved it that I can’t not make him more. We had a picnic with the mums, dads and bubs from my Mothers Group today, so it was a good enough reason for me to recreate. My friend did give me a copy of the recipe that she used, but she didn’t tell me how much flour, and it was just as easy to look it up than bother her, so here’s my take on the recipe (based on two different ones).

Pumpkin Fruit Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of mashed cooked pumpkin (I boiled mine)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of caster sugar (I used closer to 1/4 cup)
  • 100g glazed cherries, halved (If I was to make this just for Little E, I probably won’t add this in)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of wholemeal flour
  • 125g butter
  • 1 tbs of mixed spice (I didn’t add this today, but I will next time)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160C (Fan-Forced)
  2. Cream butter and sugar with a handmixer
  3. Add pumpkin, eggs and flour
  4. Stir through cherries
  5. Pour into a cake tin (I used a loaf tin today) and bake for 45 minutes

Mr E doesn’t really like pumpkin, but he likes this recipe. It could have a lot to do with the glazed cherries (he loves them!), but most importantly, my little man likes it. I gave him a slice with a small pat of butter for afternoon tea today.

More on Mothers Group, if there’s any new mums out there, who are thinking of joining one, you really should! It is amazing how much support you need from the other mothers who are going through the exact same thing at around the same time. I know it is a matter of luck, since I have heard many mums not liking their group members, but you have nothing to lose. I am lucky in that regard, as we all really get along quite well 🙂

Fussy Little Eaters: Easy Orange Chicken + OOTD

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I love denim overalls on babies!

 

Easy Orange Chicken Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken Thigh Fillets – cut into strips
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbs brown sugar (more or less depending on the tartiness of your OJ)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed OJ
  • half a carrot cut into thin strips
  • half an onion, diced
  • pepper
  • olive oil

Method:

  1. Sautee garlic, ginger and onion until the onion becomes transparent, then add chicken
  2. When chicken is half cooked, add in carrots and the rest of the ingredients
  3. Simmer until chicken is cooked and the juice reduces down to about half the amount

I served this with cous cous for us, however, you can have it over rice as well. Little E had it with buttered toast soldiers 🙂 Since it is so citrus-y, it is perfect to cook with fish as well. I would normally just pan fry the fish, and cook the rest in a separate pot. I would then pour the sauce over the fish before serving. It is quick, easy and both my loves enjoyed this dish.

A word of warning though, make sure your little one has “home clothes” on, as the turmeric stains like no other! 🙂

Tupperware Lovin’

I love Tupperware.

Every time I browse through the catalogue, I want to redo our pantry and make roasts. Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring myself to do that with the price, so I buy in bits. Or buy them from Vinnies/Salvos. Actually, most of the ones we have are from there. It’s great, as they’re usually pretty old so in the last stages of their life. When they finally break, I ask for replacements (making use of their awesome Lifetime Guarantee) and presto! NEW Tupperware for a fraction of the price! Wooooo #cheap

Did I just let you guys on it? Please don’t buy all the Tupperware at the op-shops. Leave some for me.

Anyway, imagine my excitements when I was given the amazing chance to review Tupperware’s new baby range, Grow with Me. Free Tupperware to keep just for me to play with? Don’t mind if I dooooo!

The ones I will definitely buy myself

Tupperware GROW WITH ME STRAW TUMBLER

Little E is obsessed with water, so I take a bottle whenever I go. I have been using this non stop since I got it. He’s been so rough with it, he would drop it from his highchair, throw it around, bite at it, and still no leak. It’s in a great size, small enough not to be bulky but big enough for me to drink as well. It comes with its own brush for cleaning and you can buy replacement straws. It’s awesome, I wish they come in a range of colours though! I also wish I knew how to take off the yellow lid to clean easily?

Tupperware GROW WITH ME FEEDING SET

I love the larger green container (with the blue lid) and have used it heaps for when we’re out during one of Little E’s mealtimes (like here and here) It’s a perfect size width-wise and not too thick, so you can fit a lot in without taking too much space in your bag. The lid is tight and I haven’t had a leak so far. I also like the smaller blue container as I needed a container for when I’m packing a hot meal like congee or soup (instead of bits of finger food). Again, the lid seals very well and it’s a perfect size for a meal. I have yet to use the cutleries for feeding, though Little E loves to play with the spoon as a teething toy. They’re ergonomically designed, and they come with their own container. So when you’re out and about, you don’t have to wash them or have them dirty everything else in your bag. They’re sturdy too, definitely made to last!

The ones I most probably will not buy myself

Tupperware GROW WITH ME TUMBLER AND SNACK CUP

The lid of the snack cup is amazingly tight! I guess that’s a good thing for leak-proof purposes,  but I almost always have a problem opening it. But that’s not why I wouldn’t buy it. Mostly because I already have small containers and for what I need them for, I won’t pay the price for it. I also have been given a million sippy cups already so I don’t need any more. Moreover, once Little E can drink out of a cup by himself, I would probably prefer to give him a plastic/melamine cup instead. For travel, I think the Straw Tumbler (above) is still the best.

The one I wish they also sent me

Tupperware SHAPE-O

I love this thing! My mum in-law said that she still has the one that Mr E had when he was a baby! The one that his other brothers also played with! It’s amazing how Tupperware products last. I want to get one for Little E, as I think it is educational AND fun. I am still waiting for my local op-shop to have these for sale (good luck me!), and you now know how I feel about toys too, but if I don’t find one before his first birthday, I will buy one as a present 🙂

I really hope this review is helpful for any of you thinking of getting these products. You can contact Tupperware directly if you don’t have your own consultant and they’ll put you in contact with one.

Fussy Little Eaters: Banana Pancakes (no eggs) Recipe

I made banana pancakes (with no eggs) for breakfast this morning, ones that Little E could eat as well. I wanted to add more fruit in his diet and we have an over-abundance of ripe bananas. I cut it up into sticks and my Mr I-Don’t-Like-Bananas loved it! I served it with chunks of papaya, which he had fun eating as they were quite slippery (read: messy) 🙂

Baby Friendly Banana Pancakes

A Baby-Friendly Banana Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups self raising flour (I forgot I had wholemeal, so I will use that instead next time)
  • 1 tbs of Gentle Fibre (I wouldn’t add this if I use wholemeal flour)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbs raw sugar
  • 45 grams melted butter
  • 2 ripe bananas

Method:

Mash the bananas with a fork in a mixing bowl, then mix through flour, fibre, sugar, baking powder and butter (reserve about 2 tbs for cooking).  Continue mashing until smooth, then add the milk. Stir until batter is nice and smooth.

Heat up a pan and coat with a little bit of butter, then pour in batter 1 cup at a time. Cook on medium heat.

I like this recipe because you don’t need a whole lot of utensils to clean up afterwards. Mr E and I are naughty when it comes to over-indulgence and sweets, so we also added some chocolate while cooking the batter. This would have been good with ice cream as well 🙂 And some Butterscotch sauce, if you have any. Oh, and maybe some slivered almonds just to top it all off! 😛

There will be no OOTD today, as we’re having a lazy Saturday in, the kind where we stay in our jammies alllllllll day 🙂 Have a good one, friends!

Fussy Little Eaters: “Baked” Beans Recipe

I regard myself as a foodie. I love food.

I told my mother this as she continued to pester me about being “fat”. I can’t help but like anything to do with food, even the cleaning up after a cooking frenzy. So the thought of starting the little man on solid is exciting but also nerve-wrecking. Especially when he had a lot of gagging reflex in the beginning! There is also the expectations of giving him healthy food, with no added salt or sugar or preservatives or whatever else that’s bad for babies.

Being time poor as well, I am constantly on wits end trying to find new things to give him that is fast, that he can feed himself with and still healthy. So that’s a fast healthy food that won’t choke a baby, that he actually likes and would eat. Unfortunately for me, Little E hates bananas and yogurt. He also showed a slight allergic reaction to avocado. That’s the three easiest food you can give to a baby crossed off my list! 😦

I know that I am not the only one having this confusion so here’s a short list of food I have had success with. Hopefully it can give you some ideas for your little one 🙂

  • Steamed broccoli and cauliflower florets, carrot sticks, green beans and pumpkin sticks
  • Boiled Sweet Corn on Cob
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Fritatta soldiers
  • Corn fritters
  • Quiche without the pastry
  • Cheese bits
  • Roast chicken – thigh
  • Chewed up bits of steak or any red meat
  • Cheerios or Weetbix pre-soaked in milk
  • Toast soldiers with PB or Vegemite
  • Pastabake bits
  • Watermelon, Rockmelon and Apple sticks
  • Mini meatballs in Bolognese Sauce
  • Tinned fish (rinsed out of the springwater) or freshly cooked
  • Egg yolk
  • Arrowroot biscuits (on occasions)
  • Homemade bread slices with butter (including sourdough!)
  • Ravioli
  • Coconut sago (this is dessert, so have only given it to him twice)
  • Sticky Rice
  • Chinese BBQ pork buns (I try to give him least amount of the sauce inside as possible, as it is normally pretty salty)
  • Vegetarian savoury muffins
  • Dahl with rice
  • Sweet muffins (with half sugar that most recipe calls for)
  • Piklets/Pancakes (also with less sugar)

Another food that we found out Little E likes is Baked Beans. However, I didn’t really want to give him the tinned ones as they have added salt and preservatives. So tonight, I made some myself for dinner. I used this recipe as inspiration, but I used what I have in the pantry and added more vegies.

"Baked" Beans

A baby-friendly “Baked” Beans Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup of shredded ham
  • 1/4 cup of diced capsicum
  • 1/4 cup of diced carrots
  • 2 big tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 2 tsp Hot English mustard
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.5 tbs Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 440g can of Butter Beans, drained and rinsed

 Method:

  1. Sautée onion, garlic, ham, capsicum, and carrots until the onion is soft.
  2. Add tomatoes,mustard, sauce and syrup, let simmer with lid on for 30 minutes. At this point, if you don’t want chunky sauce, you can blend everything together before adding in the beans.
  3. Throw in the beans and cook for further 10 minutes.

I didn’t add salt or pepper as the original recipe, and I used an extra half a tablespoon of maple syrup as the tomatoes I used were a little tart.  Next time, I will add a grated zucchini to include another serve of vegies and use mixed beans instead 🙂 The dish was supposed to be a side dish for us and the majority was for Little E to have for the next couple of meals. (Un)fortunately we liked it so much, we had seconds and only have small amount left for Little E! What’s even more awesome, this is also a cheap budget recipe that you can cook in a big batch and freeze for later use! Yay! 🙂

I hope this is useful for some of you, please do comment below if you have any suggestions on what other things we can give Little E 🙂 We have some papaya to give him in the morning, as I think he needs to eat more fruit.