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Family Food: Vegetarian Chilli without the Chilli

Family Food: Vegetarian Chilli without the Chilli

My kids LOVE this dinner when I accompany it with taco shells, sour cream, iceberg lettuce, mashed avocado with lemon and some grated cheese and just let them build their own tacos! Without the dairy accompaniments, this is a vegan dish.

The recipe works with whatever beans and vegetables you have in, so feel free to experiment!  Its a great way of getting veggies into the kids and for cutting down on meat, which might be perfect after Christmas indulgence!… Read more

Posted on October 15, 2017

Family Food: Baby-friendly gingerbread cookies

Family Food: Baby-friendly gingerbread cookies

My little one loves a certain brand of supermarket gingerbread men. Luckily they are the kind with no nasties, but if you have a bit of time, it is so easy to make healthy baby-friendly gingerbread yourself! And it’s a lot cheaper.

These are wheat and gluten free gingerbread cookies. They are perfect for the festive season with a cup of warm vanilla milk (any kind of milk you like with a little vanilla extract or vanilla pod seeds).… Read more

Posted on November 24, 2016

Family Food – Lime, coriander & ginger salmon pops

Family Food – Lime, coriander & ginger salmon pops

We are very excited to announce that Aileen of BabyLedFeeding.com will be joining us for another Baby Led Weaning Workshop this October. To celebrate we are featuring one of her delicious baby-friendly recipes in this months elbowroom Family Newsletter.  You can also get the recipe here.

(Serves 2 adults, 2 kids)


3 cloves garlic
10g ginger root peeled
80ml olive oil
Juice and zest 1 lime
Bunch fresh coriander (about a handful)
1 teaspoon dijon mustard


400g organic fresh salmon
2 red bell peppers
3 red onions
2 medium sized sweet potatoes cooked and peeled
Ice pop sticks

To Serve
Fresh coriander


Pre-heat oven to 170ºC.… Read more

Posted on August 30, 2016

Family Food: Sweet Potato Nuggets

Family Food: Sweet Potato Nuggets Sweet Potato Falafel Nuggets with Sesame Dressing

This is a lovely one from the Happy Pear boys!  This makes a lovely lunch in a pitta or serve with oven baked wedges for a healthy alternative to chicken nuggets and chips.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 400g tin of chick peas
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp of tamari
  • coriander paprika salt and cayenne (tsp of each)
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 tbs cumin seed
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 1 bunch of flat parsley

Sesame dressing:

  • 4 tbs tahini
  • juice of half a lime
  • 8 tbs water
  • 1 tbs honey (or maple syrup if for a baby under 12 months)
  • handful of mint leaves finely chopped
  • pinch of salt (optional)

Chop and boil sweet potato – no need to peel, just trim any dodgy bits

Tin of chick peas drained and rinsed bung in a bowl with finely chopped garlic, lemon juice, tamari, spices (hold the cayenne pepper and salt if you are feeding babies!)

Add cooked sweet potato and mash everything together

Add spring onions, red onion (finely chopped or minced in a blender for little people to avoid picking out!), chopped corriander and parsley

Roll into patties and brown in a pan (you don’t have to fry in oil unless you want to!)

In a separate bowl add Tahini, Lime, water (8 tablespoons), honey (again hold if feeding a baby under 1 year – you could use maple syrup instead).  … Read more

Posted on July 29, 2016

Family Food: Home-made Teething Biscuits

Family Food: Home-made Teething Biscuits

I came across this recipe a couple of weeks ago and diligently tried it out for you all. It took Elsie Mai (17 months with a fine set of choppers) about a half hour to get through one of these so I think we can say they were a success!  The basic recipe is quite bland – no complaints from Elsie Mai as she is sugar-free.  You can add your own flavours to jazz it up a bit.… Read more

Posted on July 5, 2016

Family Food – Pizza Pinwheels

Family Food – Pizza Pinwheels

Ok, these are the ultimate easy-peasy summer picnic food for all the family.  Great for baby led weaning too. This recipe is for pizza pinwheels but experiment with your own fillings…the options are endless!

  • Packet of pre-rolled puff pastry (sheet)
  • tomato purée
  • 1 clove garlic
  • oregano and basil (dried or fresh)
  • mozzarella, cheddar or parmesan cheese
  • thinly sliced ham or other sliced meat (optional)
  • 1 egg for and egg wash (optional)
  • Preheat oven
  • Defrost the pastry if necessary and unfold the sheet onto a lined baking tray
  • Make a pizza sauce by mixing tomato purée, garlic and herbs
  • Smooth the sauce over the pastry sheet (leave about 1cm border)
  • Sprinkle ham (if using) and grated cheese on top
  • Roll the pastry up into a long roll
  • Slice around 1.5cm thick slices (use a sharp knife and it can help to put it in the fridge for a bit before slicing if its soft and squishy!)
  • Place slices on a baking tray and lightly brush each one with a beaten egg
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden and delicious.  
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Posted on June 8, 2016