Meal Times with children. Four little words that strike fear into the heart of most parents. The one thing I have found to be successful is to always try and make the most out of the things they do like, in the healthiest possible way. And most children love bread!
Tip Top has released a new loaf called “The One Mixed Grains” which contains wheat, oats, corn and rice and are lighter in colour than some other wholegrains which could help to entice those fussier eaters. I have included below some healthy and nutritious meal options that will hopefully make meal times more bearable.
We are all pushed for time in the mornings with drop offs to school, kindy, daycare, extra curricular activities and work so toast can often be the speediest way to start the day. Vegemite is a fave in our house and as the kids become more open to new things it’s nice to be able to top it with a slice of avocado and tomato and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.
Sometimes it’s fun to put a bit of a twist on the humble sandwich, so we made a sushi inspired combo. First we removed the crusts and rolled out the bread, then spread some Light Hummus, Tuna in Springwater and thin slices of carrot and capsicum and finished off with a pinch of alfalfa.
We also used the bread to make up some mini quiches which can be used as lunch, afternoon snack or served with veggies or salad for a meal. These also freeze well.
This is one of those foolproof recipes where you can’t really go wrong. You can use whatever veggies you have in the fridge. Leftover roast meat and veggies can also be used. The options are really endless and you can change it up to whatever your child’s fave veggies are or grate them down and disguise them.
It’s also a great way to get the kids in the kitchen without causing too much mess.
- First spray a 12 hole muffin pan with light olive oil.
- Cut the crust off 12 slices of Tip Tops The One Mixed Grain bread and use a rolling pin to flatten.
- Push down into muffin holes.
- We then used 6 eggs beaten and added a cup of wilted (by steamer or microwave) baby spinach, 2 cups of grated pumpkin, a handful of light cheese grated to a bowl and mixed.
- Pour mixture into bread lined muffin holes and top with a little extra cheese and a halved cherry tomato.
- Bake in the oven at 200 degrees celsius until the egg is set and bread slightly coloured.
By now you will have a lot of left over crusts, don’t let them go to waste. Blend them up in a food processor and give them a light spray with olive oil and toast in a hot oven until lightly crisp, Voila bread crumbs! You can add these to burgers or crumb and bake some fish or chicken in the oven.
I hope you have found some inspiration for your next meals. Tip Top The One Mixed Grains can be found in Woolworths, Coles and Independant Supermarkets.
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