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Providing nutritious and healthy food for children is an important part of any parent's life.  Here I share with you a few "tried and tested" recipes that my kids love. They make eating vegetables a bit more interesting.

Gougeres

 

These little "clouds" made of cheese are a delight for parents and kids alike.  They are simple, cheesy, fluffy and delicious.  Ideal as a snack or to accompany a pre-dinner drink.

 

This veggie burger was made in my kitchen by Tania, our cousin from Toronto.  I am partial to the vegetarian version of a good burger and buy them at the grocery store frequently.  It is an easy weekday dinner in our household.  It was time that I try my hand at a homemade version and this one did not disappoint.  C. even prepared them on the BBQ and they held their shape beautifully.  What is there not to love?

 

On a school night, when the kids are hungry and ask for something they like, "Egg fried rice, please" rings in my ears.  Instead of relying on starch and protein only, I add as many vegetables as possible so that they also get good fibre as well as healthy vitamins and minerals.  Depending on your child's preferences, choose vegetables that they like and that can be cut into small pieces: broccoli, carrot, peas, corn, squash, green beans etc.  This recipe could be entirely vegetarian or you may add an animal protein of choice.  I whip this recipe together in just about as long as it takes the rice to cook... Easy.

aubergine and courgette cakes

 

I can usually persuade my kids to eat their vegetables. For some strange reason though, aubergine and courgette are hard to get from their plates into their little tummies. I think it has something to do with the mushy texture once they are cooked. So this is an easy and fun alternative. From the outside, my aubergine and courgette hotcakes look crunchy and brown. On the inside, the goodness is soft and warm. The combination of both gets the "thumbs up" from my kids. Let me know what your kids think (and by the way, adults love these too!).


My kids love avocado (so do I). Packed with healthy monounsaturated fats such as oleic acid, which is also found in olive oil, the avocado also contains a good dose of Vitamin E, an essential antioxidant. So everyone is a winner. This recipe is quick and easy and ticks the box of a healthy lunch or snack.

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