Baby & toddler friendly quesadillas

Baby friendly quesadillas

Vegetable or chicken quesadillas for the whole family (with guacamole)

Quesadillas are great – easy and quick to make, a great way of using up leftovers and a perfect way to get a hit of vegetables.  If you’ve never tried them, they are a bit like cheesey, fajita flatbreads – with the filling sandwiched between two wraps and lightly fried until the cheese has reached perfect meltiness.  They are simple enough to make after a busy day of work / running around after children, but also make a fun Friday or Saturday night meal.

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Warm halloumi salad with chickpea & spinach

Warm halloumi & chickpea salad

An easy vegetarian recipe for a meat free Monday (or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday…)

I love chickpeas. They add a really nice flavour and texture to all kinds of recipes, are good for you and I just like the name. “Chickpea”. It’s fun to say.

I also love halloumi. Just look at it piled on top of the salad there. All golden brown crispiness and delightful, salty rubberiness. It’s impossible to resist eating way more than the serving recommendation when you see it frying away in the pan. It keeps for ages so it’s handy to have in the fridge. You can use it to make sides at BBQs and all kinds of stuff. It’s great.

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Easy, Fancy Midweek Recipe: Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Pistachio crusted salmon in pictures

Looking for a quick mid-week dinner that looks a little bit fancier than your average quick and easy meal? I recommend that you try the delicious pistachio crusted salmon recipe, courtesy of Simple Healthy Kitchen.  This recipe feels special enough to use as a weekend treat too (although perhaps your presentation will be better than mine in the final picture above! Bit overzealous with the fine beans)

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Lazy Sunday Eggs Benedict

Easy Eggs Benedict for a Lazy Sunday Morning

Recently I blogged about the love for Sunday brunch we have in this household, and shared our version of American pancake stacks. My husband and I also love eggs benedict, although we haven’t tried this out on Little Pickle yet. I just have a feeling that it’s a bit too rich for him and he wouldn’t be able to manage the bacon or spinach (yes – spinach – this recipe is a slightly healthier version!). Lovely, indulgent poached eggs in a velvety sauce on top of smoked bacon, tomato and spinach – delicious!

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Sunday brunch: American pancake stacks

Sunday brunch pancake stack

Pancakes for brunch at home with the family

I love brunch, but sometimes getting a one year old up, ready and out of the door is a bit of a challenge on a Sunday morning. We usually feed LP before we head out for a meal because that means he won’t be hungry and grumpy while we are eating and he can have a snack when we are out. This can mean that brunch quickly turns into lunch or that we have to rush home before nap time.

I have also always wanted to make American-style, fluffy, silver dollar pancakes but for some reason never got round to it. So, thanks to Nigella, yesterday’s Sunday brunch was a double-win! We enjoyed a travel-free brunch as a family and I got to try a new recipe.  The pancakes turned out to be quick and easy to make, my husband, LP and I loved the pancakes and we saved money and hassle. What’s not to love?


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Cheese & Broccoli Muffins

Cheese and Broccoli Muffins for Babies, Toddlers and the Whole Family

Cheese and broccoli muffins for baby8 months-old LP approves of this cheese & brocolli muffins recipe

Muffins are great for weaning babies onto solids. They are suitable from quite an early age (no earlier than 6 months), once baby has mastered the pincer grasp enough to manipulate pieces of food into their mouth, because the soft, crumbly texture is easily mashed by toothless gums. As you can see from the picture above, cheese and broccoli muffins were a hit with LP, shown above at about 8 months old.

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