Friday, November 16, 2012

Green spinach pasta

As you know, the food of choice with my little ones is pasta. Even though they change their minds about everything else, pasta still stands at the top of the podium and I can’t see it slipping down any time soon.

So I’m trying to be a little more creative with it. I’ve mentioned before that the girls loved the green smoothie because of the colour. So I thought I’d make a green pasta and see how it goes. I’m happy to tell you that it was a hit. See that chicken on the top of the photo? That wasn’t a hit and was placed on the table, a long way away from their bowls. But the rest of it was eaten up in all its glory. Give this a go, you may be surprised. I’ve cooked this a few times since and have added bacon for a little something different (once again the girls didn’t eat the meat but they ate the rest).

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Preparation time
10 minutes

Cooking time
20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 250g tube pasta
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 spring onions, diced
  • 1 bunch of spinach, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup grated tasty cheese
  • shredded BBQ chicken (optional)
  1. Cook pasta according to packet instructions. Drain, cover and set to one side.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and cook until soft. Add the spinach and water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a processor and blending to a sauce-like consistency. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in the same saucepan you used for the spinach. Add flour and stir for about a minute, until combined. Slowly add in the milk and whisk until you get a thick sauce (you may not need all the milk). Stir in the cheese, then pour in the blended spinach and stir well. Add the cooked pasta, tossing to combine. If the pasta has cooled, warm slightly and, if using, top with shredded chicken to serve. Serves 6

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Giveaway, giveaway, giveaway

This is the pack that you'll receive, there are 2 sandwich wraps, 1 small snack bag and 1 large snack bag.

We are very excited to have another giveaway on the blog. Our good friends at a good wrap have helped us out and we now have a nice little bundle of snack bags and sandwich wraps to give away. Anyone who knows me will have seen these bags in use, I don’t leave the house without them. The little snack bags are my favourite as they are the perfect size for biscuits and fruit. My husband uses the sandwich bag at work as it keeps the sambo really fresh. It feels so good to use these instead of your average plastic disposable numbers and their stylish as well.  

So what do you need to do to win these? Just like this link on our facebook page and answer the following question on this blog page and we’ll draw the prize on Sunday night (18th Nov).

And the question is...
My little ones favourite sandwich is…

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuna and corn patties

Yay, we made it to the other side. Yep, we have just moved. Slowly things are starting to feel normal. The main inconvenience at the moment is the loss of a stovetop. Our gas isn’t working at the moment. It’s been a bigger struggle than I realised. How am I supposed to cook our pasta? Well I have learnt that you can do it in the microwave, who knew?!

This last week has been horrendous, I’ve feel as though I have been cleaning and packing for months now. Throw in my pregnancy and the two little ones and it’s all made me feel a little tried and lazy. I sadly have to admit that I have done things this week that I never thought I would do. I’ve been to the ‘golden arches not once but twice’ in one week (I blame the girls as they fell asleep in the car, so I didn’t want to wake them so I took the drive thru option). I’ve served up frozen pies and pizzas for dinners but the thing that upsets me the most is that not only did I buy, but I also cooked a packet cake mix. Oh the shame. Worst of all was the comment that miss F made “ Mum is this is the best cake that you have ever made”. I have to admit that there were tears from me at this point.

Tomorrow I will get us back on track and will hit the supermarket and will do a massive shop. It’s back to normal life. As the stovetop doesn’t work I plan on using my slow cooker. I’ve only used it once and that was when my morning sickness was just kicking in, so I don’t have the fondest memories. Once again, tomorrow I will change this. Whilst I’m making all these promises about tomorrow, perhaps I should also throw in the normal ‘my diet starts tomorrow’ whilst I’m at it!

On another note, here’s a little something that I made before all the chaos began. Tuna and corn patties. I made up a bundle and gave a couple to some friends, and they seemed to be a hit with both young and old.
I hope you’ve all had a better week than me. I’d better get some sleep as tomorrow’s going to be a big one.

Preparation time
15 minutes

Cooking time
25 minutes

450g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2 tbs reduced-fat mayonnaise
190g can tuna in springwater, drained
1 cup sweetcorn, drained
a sprig of fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup tasty cheese, grated
1 egg yolk
spray oil
50g wholemeal breadcrumbs

  1. Boil the potatoes for 10-12 minutes, or until tender. Drain and mash with the mayonnaise and set aside to cool.
  2. When cool add the tuna, sweetcorn and parsley, cheese and egg yolk and mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form into fish cakes about 1-inch thick.
  3. Press each patty lightly into the breadcrumbs. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Lightly spray with spray oil and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden, turning halfway through. Serve with your toddler’s favourite raw veggies or salad. Serves 6

You can find this recipe and many more from Toddler Tastes here at the Woolworths baby andtoddler club.

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