Sunday, June 8, 2014

3 Great toddler meal ideas

It's not often I will pop recipes up here, however I have been struggling on what to feed little miss for her main meals lately; I have run into a few issues with her;

- She will only feed herself
- She will only eat exciting textures or coloured food.

Here are three cheap meal ideas that are healthy and won't be take too long :)

Butter chicken Rice ball:

Ingredients for interior:

Can of WATTIES butter chicken sauce
1 chicken breast

Slice chicken as thinly as possible. Heat olive oil in a pan and brown chicken, add sauce and simmer.

(Optional: Add vegetables sliced thinly)

Ingredients for rice ball:

2 cups of Jasmine Rice (cooked per instructions)
50 ml Rice Vinegar
2 Tbsp of White sugar
1 Tbsp Olive oil

Cook the rice per instructions until there is no water, allow it to cool  (enough to handle). Heat olive oil, vinegar and sugar in a pot until sugar is dissolved completely, stirring constantly. Stir into rice throroughly until rice is covered. 

Roll out a length of gladwrap, spoon a layer of rice onto it, add a few pieces of the chicken right in the middle (not too much sauce). Fully cover the rest with rice then roll the gladwrap around, shaping it as you go.

Ouila instant rice ball. Cool in fridge if you prefer. Otherwise enjoy!!!

Falafel Balls:


1 cup watties chickpeas1 spring onion, chopped2 cloves of garlic, chopped

A couple of tablespoons of finely grated parmesan cheese (opt)
1 teaspoon cumin2 tablespoons flourSaltPepperOil for frying


Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil.

Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour. 

Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes. 

Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, grated parmesan, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.

Jump everything into the the food processor for a few minutes. You want the result to be a thick paste. 

Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.

Fry in a hot pan of olive oil until they are golden brown
Serve hot. 

Serving suggestions - boiled egg, potato salad

Chicken Chow mein

(Summer loves this recipe - She loves sucking the noodles up and swishing them around the plate)


Enso Instant Fine egg noddles 
1 chicken breast

3 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2-2 tablespoons oyster sauce (opt.)

Boil egg noodles, drain, rinse in cold water and set aside

Slice the chicken breast thinly - marinate in sesame oil, rice vinegar and 1 tablespoon of Soy sauce.  Heat 2 Tablespoon olive oil and fry chicken. After 2 minutes take chicken out of pan, with juices, wipe excess juice out of pan.

Heat remaining olive oil, add finely chop garlic, and any sliced veges you might like. Add the noodles and fry for a couple of minutes before adding the chicken, remaining soy sauce, and oyster sauce. Stir, heat through and serve.


Would love to hear of any other toddler meals you might have. Always on the look for them!!!!

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