Monday, July 18, 2005

Spinach Pasta

Ever in search of yummy ways to cook green vegetables a friend suggested this. Her version included parmesan cheese, my toddler food tester prefers tasty cheese. It is easy enough to add the cheese after plating the food, so everyone is happy. Cream can be substituted for ricotta for a richer meal.

1 washed bunch of spinach
1/2 cup ricotta
grated tasty cheese to taste
grated parmesan cheese to taste
2 cups of spiral pasta

Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling water.

Wash and chop spinach, cook on a low heat in a covered saucepan until thoroughly wilted. (The water from washing is usually enough for this to cook in, add a little more water if you think it is too dry). Puree, add ricotta and stir into pasta. Add grated tasty cheese or parmesan. This is enough for 2 adults and 1 small person.

hmmm, better work on that food photography...

Sunday, July 17, 2005

a toddler foodie blog?

I'm the mum of a 2 year old little girl. After bad eczema outbreaks in the first months of her life, we discovered she was allergic to eggs and peanuts. At this stage she hadn't encountered any solids, she was reacting to the egg and nut proteins in my breast milk. Further tests indicated she should avoid all nuts and sesame seeds. So began the big change in our diet. And then of course our small girl is a very picky eater. Its only been two months since she has agreed potato is indeed ok.

I decided to write a toddler food blog as it's something I would like to have read when we made these discoveries. If it serves as inspiration to just one other mum I'll be happy. All of the food suggested here is of course not just for the small person in ones life, but intended to be shared with the big folk.