Following on from my previous post about the difficulties of getting the children to try new foods (yet they will happily put random, inedible and just plain weird stuff in their mouths without hesitation). I have decided to seek and explore new recipes via this blog. Despite the fact that the children can be a bit fussy, there are a handful of meals that I cook regularly for them which I know they’ll eat and enjoy and which are healthy-ish and delicious. However, I’m always on the look out for new ideas, so I’ve decided to share some of my kids regular faves, in the hope that some of you will share your kid’s favourite home cooked recipes that I can then try out on my two. I’ll even take pictures and review them on the blog if it works out! That way we can all extend our recipe repertoire of tried and tested meals that our kids love and I can reach for the fish fingers less and less and thus stop getting slapped on the back of the head by ‘the giant hand of shame’.
If you have a recipe to share that your children go mad for – you know, the one that makes you feel mildly smug about your culinary prowess and exceedingly smug about your children’s sophisticated taste and mature palate…Obvs.
Or simply the ones that make you breathe a sigh of relief. Relief that you haven’t just wasted an hour of your life lovingly creating an exquisite fish pie, only to find yourself scraping most of it in to the food waste bin, along with your soul.
I would absolutely love to try it out on my two. (They have apprehensively agreed to this project.)
To start things off, here’s the first recipe that I’d like to share; if anyone would care to try it, do let me know how it goes down, then we can share the recipe love 😉
My good friend Jane introduced me to this dish. It’s super easy and super quick and full of spinach which my two would not ordinarily eat, but they LOVE this:
Spinach and Bacon Pasta
Pasta of your choice, we love penne
4 rashers of bacon
1 large clove of garlic
2 large handfuls of spinach
half tub of cream cheese (philadelphia or similar)
1 or 2 handfuls of grated cheddar (and some for sprinkling)
Put pasta on to cook.
Fry or grill the bacon rashers and set aside.
Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add the garlic (don’t let it burn) after a few seconds add the spinach and let it wilt down, then add the cream cheese and mix/stir it all together.
Put the spinach mixture in a blender and whizz until the spinach is completely blended and the sauce is bright green! (I sometimes add one or two table spoons of the pasta cooking water to loosen it up)
Drain pasta and add the green sauce to it and the grated cheddar. Snip or chop half of the bacon rashers and stir in to the pasta.
Once dished up, sprinkle the remaining chopped bacon and some more cheese (Parmesan or cheddar work well) and serve.
Okay, I know it looks a bit like something Shrek coughed up, but honestly, it’s so tasty. We all love it! And it’s a great way of getting lots of spinach in to their little bellies.
It has probably become obvious at this point that I’m not a photographer. Please excuse the unprofessional images which I snapped on my phone, at the same time as shouting ‘DINNER’S READY!!! before whipping the table cloth away and stuffing it back in the drawer.
I also have some pics of the girls enjoying this dinner from ages ago, which I took to show my friend Jane how well her recommendation had gone down. It’s been a staple dinner in our house ever since.
P.S – Both meat based and vegetarian recipes are welcome and we don’t have any special requirements or allergies.