Why should I serve my children’s meals family style?

Have you ever thought about the way you serve meals to your children? Have you ever considered a different serving style? Do you plate up your child’s food before serving it to them, or do you place food in the middle of the table and then serve them, or do you let them serve themselves?Continue reading “Why should I serve my children’s meals family style?”

Surviving the School Holidays

What are your plans for the school holidays? Is it a time you enjoy, get to go away on holiday, and spend some great quality time with the family? Or is it a time you dread thinking about the cost, how to entertain the kids, how tiring it will be? Or are you working andContinue reading “Surviving the School Holidays”

Why do babies refuse to eat?

Whether you’re baby is newborn and you are just browsing information, or whether you are starting to think about weaning your baby and you want to know how to get it right, or if you have already run into difficulties with the weaning stage you are likely to find this blog useful. So I hopeContinue reading “Why do babies refuse to eat?”

Blended Diets

As a Paediatric Dietitian I work with many children with feeding tubes. This includes both long and short term tube feeding which we call enteral feeding. We tube feed children who cannot meet their nutritional requirements by feeding orally themselves, and this can be for many reasons such as premature birth, faltering growth, swallowing difficulties,Continue reading “Blended Diets”

All about PUMPKINS!

We are coming up to Halloween, and I know many of you will be buying pumpkins to carve into scary lanterns. We popped over to the allotment yesterday and discovered we have successfully grown 8 pumpkins for Halloween this year, and I am now wondering what to do with them all. If like me you’veContinue reading “All about PUMPKINS!”

Roasted Pumpkin Wedges

This recipe makes a great lunchtime snack on its own, or can be served as a side dish alongside roast chicken/fish. You can also chop up the wedges and add to salads, stir frys or soups. The skin can be quite tough so I would suggest peeling this off for little ones, but it givesContinue reading “Roasted Pumpkin Wedges”

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are thrown away every year when we carve our pumpkins, but we are missing out on a delicious snack! Try this recipe for a nutritious, healthy snack. These can be given to the younger ones, but I would suggest chopping them up for children under 18 months, or grinding and sprinkling onto mealsContinue reading “Roasted Pumpkin Seeds”

Slow Cooker Winter Stew

If you are running short of time, you can put everything in the slow cooker without frying it first and simply switch it on to enjoy a warming stew at the end of the day. This recipe is suitable for freezing. Ingredients 1 onion, chopped 2 celery sticks, finely chopped 2 tbsp rapeseed oil 400g pumpkin 3 carrots, halved and cut intoContinue reading “Slow Cooker Winter Stew”

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

Try this warming Halloween themed soup great for babies and all of the family.  Makes: 4 portions Suitable for freezing  Ingredients For the soup: 2 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, chopped ½ tsp ginger, grated 200g peeled pumpkin, diced 150g peeled sweet potato, diced  450ml unsalted chicken stock  For the croutons: 2 slices ofContinue reading “Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup”

Fruity Pumpkin and Chicken Puree

This tasty seasonal puree is great for babies 6 months and older, packed full of protein, fibre and vitamin C. You can experiment with different vegetables to make different versions of this recipe, and for babies progressing with their textures you can skip the blending part and mash or chop instead. Makes: 8 portions SuitableContinue reading “Fruity Pumpkin and Chicken Puree”