It’s a well known fact that kids eat with their eyes. By this I mean that if they don’t like the look of something, they won’t eat it (we’ve all been there). Not ideal when you are trying to accomplish a balanced diet. So if you are looking for ideas and recipes for wholesome organic meals then you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite, quick and easy recipes that can be easily adapted, some of which even include hidden vegetables which of course they wouldn’t dream of eating . . . or so they think.
But First, Why Choose Organic?
Your child's health is of utmost importance to you, which is why you only want the very best for them, so if there’s a way of monitoring what they eat at a young age then of course you’ll do it.
Organic means the food is grown or processed without any synthetic fertilizers or nasty pesticides. This also extends to the welfare of any animals that are reared for human consumption. They must not have been treated with any antibiotics or any other medication or growth hormones that may be transferred to the meat. Also, no GMO - this stands for “genetically modified organisms”, meaning the animals themselves or the food they produce must not have been modified in any way.
So, with that in mind, take a look at our recipes below which are all made from readily available yummy organic ingredients.
Berry & Banana Smoothie (4 servings)
Great for breakfast on the go, a healthy snack or as a sweet treat after dinner.
- 2 small ripe bananas
- 75g of your child's favourite berries (fresh or frozen). We love blueberries, raspberries and strawberries
- 400ml milk
- ½ tsp of honey, vanilla extract, vanilla syrup or vanilla powder to taste
- Slice the bananas, add to blender followed by the blueberries
- Add the milk and blend together
- Transfer to their favourite cup, add a funky straw, et voila, happy children guaranteed
Porridge (serves 2 to 3)
A great way to start the day with some release energy oats and their favourite toppings.
- 90g porridge oats
- 450ml milk
- Add the oats and milk to a saucepan
- Simmer on low heat for around 3minutes, stirring as you go.
- When the porridge reaches the desired thickness, remove from heat and serve.
- Add oats and milk to a microwave suitable bowl (Taking care to use a bowl that is big enough as it may bubble up while cooking)
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes
- Jam, syrup, honey, fruit, grated chocolate, cream
Who doesn’t love pancakes. The kids will enjoy watching you flip, then choosing their own tasty topping.
- 75g plain flour
- 1 medium size egg
- 200ml milk
- Put the flour into a mixing bowl, add the egg and milk then whisk into a smooth batter
- Heat a non stick frying pan with a little oil and add a ladle of mixture to the pan
- Tilt the pan until the mixture is of even thickness, then cook for 1-2 minutes
- Flip the pancake and cook again for 1-2 minutes
- Transfer to a plate, sprinkle their favourite topping, roll and enjoy
- Repeat above until mixture has gone
Tomato, Cheese & Spinach Frittata
A frittata is a great choice for all ages, we especially love it as a finger food for the younger tots.
- Handful of spinach, sliced or torn into smaller pieces
- 2 tomatoes, chopped into smaller pieces
- 6 eggs
- Handful of grated cheese
- Preheat the grill
- Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl
- Add the tomatoes, spinach and cheese then mix together
- Heat some oil in a frying pan
- Transfer the mixture into the frying pan, spreading out evenly
- Cook for 4-5 minutes taking care the bottom doesn’t burn
- Place the frying pan under the grill for a further 2-3 minutes, until the mixture has set
- Remove, let it cool, slice into wedges, then serve
Red Pepper & Tomato Soup
Everyone's favourite when it comes to hiding extra veggies. A hearty soup is packed with nutritional goodness that’ll keep them fuller for longer.
- Olive Oil
- 1 onion
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped fine
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and either sliced or crushed
- 800g fresh tomatoes, diced
- 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 stock cube
- 300 - 500ml of water
- Heat a little oil in a pan
- Add onions, red pepper, carrots and simmer on a low heat until soft
- Add the garlic
- Add the tomatoes, stock and stir bringing to the boil then simmer for approx 20 minutes
- Blend until smooth
Half the fat, double the fun, what’s not to love?!
- Mini tortilla wraps
- 1 heaped tsp of tomato puree
- Grated cheese
- Choice of toppings - ham, pepperoni, sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms, pineapple
- Spread the tomato puree onto the tortilla wrap
- Sprinkle the cheese on evenly
- Add your favourite toppings
- Bake in the oven for 5 minutes or until golden
The ultimate way to make mealtime fun, plus no need for knives and forks, music to every child's ears! Choose to make vegetable kebabs, meat kebabs, fruit kebabs or a mixture of both. They make a fantastic idea for BBQ’s too, that way children don’t need to handle any hot food directly.
- Fruits - Apples, bananas, berries, pears, pineapple, mango, melon
- Vegetables - Onions, peppers, mushrooms, courgette, tomatoes
- Meats - Chicken, beef, pork, lamb
Method (vegetable and meat):
- Dice the meat and/or vegetables to similar size pieces
- Soak wooden skewers for around 30 minutes
- Thread your chosen ingredients onto the skewer and cook for 8-10 minutes either under the grill or on the BBQ
Stuffed Peppers with Tasty Turkey Mince
Combining colour with flavour, this is a scrummy meal they are sure to enjoy.
- 4 peppers, deseeded and halved
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped or crushed
- 300g of turkey mince
- 150g white rice
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 70g of garden peas, frozen or fresh
- 1tsp of mixed herbs
- 1tsp of mild paprika
- Preheat the oven
- Place the peppers in a roasting tin with the opening to the top
- Brown and drain the mince
- Add garlic, tomatoes, peas, paprika and herbs, stir thoroughly then remove from the heat
- Mix together with the drained rice and spoon it into the pepper halves
- Cover with foil and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, then serve hot
An all time favourite of many families. With such a variety of quick and easy pasta dishes, there’s something for everyone, even the fussiest of eaters. Try these recipes below with freshly cooked pasta.
Pasta Salad - Freshly cooked pasta with cold meats and salad is a lunch box favourite.
Pasta with cream cheese and pesto - A taste sensation. Simply add the cream cheese and pesto to freshly cooked pasta for a quick and easy sauce. Try adding bacon to this dish for a meaty twist.
Mac and Cheese - Who doesn’t love this classic creamy combo.
- 2 medium courgettes (they’ll never know)
- 1 onion finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 350g pasta
- 500ml vegetable stock
- 500ml whole milk
- Oregano (optional)
- Djon mustard (optional)
- 150g grated cheese
- Prep the courgettes by removing the skin with a peeler or knife, then grate
- Add oil into a large pan over a medium heat.
- Fry the onion off then add garlic
- Add the pasta, stock, grated courgette, milk and optional extras if using
- Stir well, bring to the boil then simmer until the pasta is cooked
- Add in the cheese, stir and bon appetit
Now you’ve got the ideas, it’s time to cook up a storm in the kitchen, but don’t forget the meal time essentials:
Feeding - From cute and colourful dining sets to reusable food wraps for meals on the go, we’ve got it covered.
Muslins - The multipurpose, life saver of any occasion, muslins are perfect for mealtime spills.
Accessories - Then for everything else, there’s accessories, including lunch boxes, back packs, water bottles and more, they won’t be able to resist.