Look I am as interested in superfoods as much as the next person but when your kale tastes stale and your kids go mental when they see lentils, it is easy to lose heart and give the little-birdies nuggets for dinner again.
Rest easy nesters, help is at hand. Here is a fabulously easy way to introduce the power of quinoa to your fussy little-birds.
One Handed Cooks – Quinoa Balls
Trust me when I say these are easy, tasty and a real crowd pleaser. The toddler-bird helped make them, then scoffed 5 of them straight on the cooling rack. Certainly a hit.
Why not give these a try tonight?
Plus, I feel like a champion because my little-birds now eat quinoa!
So this one time I stumbled across the coolest thing for you to make this Australia Day weekend. Homemade Iced VoVos is where it is at.
Get your little mini-aussies and get your bitchin’ self into the kitchen and cook up these bad boys.
Yum. Delicious. Delightful.
Thank you Womans Day for this genius recipe.
Just remember these are a sometimes food…
Some days I am very motivated and my children eat the proper serves of fruit and vegetables a day, drink copious amounts of water and spend the afternoon snacking on organic hummus and carrots. Then, more commonly are the other days where a Vegemite sandwich is turned gourmet because I slap on a slice of Kraft ‘plastic’ cheese and cut it into triangles.
Preparing healthy, delicious and nutritious meals some days is tough but is made easier by the fabulous team at One Handed Cooks.
I can honestly say they have saved my kids from a future of honey on toast and a soggy pear cut into quarters.
They make meals that are easy, practical and completely possible whilst holding a sack of potatoes on your hip (read: unhelpful, teething 10 month old) at the same time as negotiating with toddler bird on the pros and cons of wrapping the cat in toilet paper.
Plus, you now have less of an excuse for baby bird (and the whole family) to eat poorly when out-&-about or snacking. One Handed Cooks have provided a generous list of healthy snacks you can make and take with you. Some of the fabulous choices are:
- Edible necklace
- Kale chips
- Fruit skewers
- Roast pumpkin loaf
- Quinoa balls
- Muesli bars
- Apricot coconut balls
- Vegetable sausage rolls
- Mini spelt pizza
- Roast veggie tarts
I really recommend putting One Handed Cooks into your favourites, for in time your little birdies will thank you for it.
Happy cooking nesters!
probably, maybe, definitely isn’t likely to be the best help for any health new years resolutions you have made in the last few days but this was just too pretty/delicious/cute not to share.
Buzzfeed has compiled 33 of the best cakes you are likely to see in a while. You can find the link here -> Buzzfeed – Cutest Cakes of 2013
There is everything from cheesecakes to ombre to gummy bears.
As they say, “If you ever doubt that the world is a beautiful place, just remember: We’ll always have sugar, butter and flour”.
Happy sugar loading Nesters!
Let me start by making a public service announcement. These are not good for you. AT ALL. Not even in your wildest ‘but chocolate comes from cocoa which comes from a tree that makes it a plant, therefore is pretty much the same as a salad‘ justifications will this ever be good for you.
BUT. THEY. ARE. EASY. POPULAR. DELICIOUS. LITTLE. TREATS
The chocolate balls are super simple (like even I can make them, okay admittedly the three year old little birdie did most of the work) but we made them for a party we had and they went quicker than Miley Cyrus’ Disney Contract.
You can find the original recipe here at the fabulous -> The Organised Housewife blog.
Feel free to live dangerously and perhaps even roll them in coconut.. or honeycomb… or more cocoa…. or milo…. or really anything that you think will add another 40bazillion calories.
Just remember Nesters that these are simply a sometimes food… Like sometimes you just neeeeeeeed them.
Happy cooking Nesters!
Sneaky zucchini, hidden carrot, less obvious onion.
This zucchini slice recipe from TASTE is a big hit in our little nest.
photo source: Taste
We don’t always follow the recipe exactly. This is the place to hide those lonely leftover vegies at the end of the week before the next shopping trip. We have often added mushrooms, capsicum, corn and peas. The variations are endless.
- 5 eggs
- 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted
- 375g zucchini, grated
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 200g rindless bacon, chopped
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 60ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line a 30 x 20cm lamington pan.
- Beat the eggs in a large bowl until combined. Add the flour and beat until smooth, then add zucchini, onion, bacon, cheese and oil and stir to combine.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake in oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
Happy cooking (and sneaky vegie hiding) Nesters!
Making sure your little birds eat well is tough. More often than not, the harder you try the more they resist!
One Handed Cooks could be your saviour! Their team will inspire you to cook beautifully simple, healthy food for your little birds.
Basically, they are a baby and toddler food blog who share recipes that are all quick and easy to make, leaving you one free hand to wipe a nose, give a cuddle, or feed a hungry child.
Older kids would love the Lamb Kofta Sticks
Each nutritious recipe has been lovingly gummed, chewed, picked up, smushed and devoured by their own little birds and now we are lucky enough to have them shared with us!
Our nest uses this site ALL the time and cannot recommend it enough! Go over and check it out www.onehandedcooks.com.au/ you will not regret it!
Why not try the creamy tuna muffins?
Happy nutritious cooking Nesters!
I have a slight obsession with a beautiful and clever brunette who is just the ants pants as far as I am concerned. She can turn everyday boring ingredients into a work of art and teaches somewhat average cooks (read: me) to make food to impress.
My girly crush is on non-other than Donna Hay, but what I didn’t know was that she was now solving my gift giving issues as well! What a superstar.
The Kitchen Starter Kit $129.75
Donna Hay now sells hampers that you can send to your nearest and dearest (or to me). What a fabulous idea! Gift giving problem solved!
Brownie Baker Kit $49.95
It is important to be mindful of what goes into our bodies and this article from Mind Body Green lists the fruits and vegetables that are more likely and least likely to have pesticide residue. It is certainly an interesting read.
What about an apple a day keeping the doctor away? Away from pesticides maybe!
Originally this recipe came from Taste but over the times of making it in our nest it has been changed slightly. It is a fairly healthy, delicious meal for the whole family. Our toddler-bird loves popping open the mussels (and I am all for any food which she finds fun!)
Photo: Mark O’Meera
You will need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 small red chillies, deseeded, finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1kg tomatoes, finely chopped
1 small can of tomatoes
1 lemon, rind finely grated & juiced
2 teaspoons caster sugar
1/2 cup dry white wine
1kg mussels, without their hairy beards
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon thyme, roughly chopped
hot crusty bread, to serve
1. Heat oil in a large, deep saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and chilli. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion is soft. Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
2. Add tomatoes, lemon rind, lemon juice, sugar and wine to pan. Stir until well combined. Increase heat to high. Bring sauce to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add thyme. Simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until thick. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Add mussels to saucepan. Cover and cook, shaking pan occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until mussel shells open. Discard unopened shells. Ladle sauce and mussels into bowls. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with bread.
We guarantee this will become a favourite in your nest as well!