In The Big Book of Recipes for Babies, Toddlers & Children, Bridget Wardley & Judy More select 365 inventive meals, including delicious recipes you can make with your kids, who are often more willing to eat food that they have helped to prepare. Counting and weighing ingredients, and stirring and mixing foods boost physical co-ordination and improve their maths as well as teaching them how to cook.Fun and easy, they will enjoy and be proud of their creations.

Do-It-Yourself Pizza
There is no better way to introduce your child to cooking than a homemade pizza that he can share with his friends. Letting children choose their own pizza topping is also a great way to entertain a small group.

Preparation: 40 minutes
Ingredients:
2 pizza bases
6 tbsp passata or tinned tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
selection of washed and prepared vegetables for the topping, such as red and green peppers, courgettes, mushrooms, sliced cherry tomatoes and tinned sweetcorn, drained
40g (1½oz) diced ham or cooked chicken (optional)
4 tbsp grated mixed cheese, such as Cheddar and Parmesan
6–8 thin slices mozzarella, cut into strips

Method:
ADULT:

  • Preheat oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas mark 6.

CHILD:

  • Spread the passata or chopped tomatoes over the pizza bases.
  • Sprinkle with oregano.
  • Top with their choice of vegetables and meat (if using).
  • Sprinkle over the grated cheese and add strips of mozzarella.

ADULT:

  • Place the pizzas in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbling. Serve with salad.

Apple Smiles

Preparation: 10 minutes
Makes 5–6 smiles
Ingredients:
1 red eating apple
3–4 tbsp smooth peanut butter
puffed rice cereal (for the teeth)

Method:
ADULT:

  • Core and slice the apple into 1cm (¼in) slices.

CHILD:

  • Pat the apple slices with a paper towel to dry them. This will help the peanut butter to stick.
  • Spread one side of each apple slice with peanut butter.
  • Sandwich 2 slices together and squash them a little so that the peanut butter begins to ooze out onto the apple’s skin –the lips.
  • Place 5–6 pieces of puffed rice in the peanut butter to form the teeth, as if in a smiling mouth.

Mini Trifles BBRecipesBabiesToddlersChildren
Making this traditional pudding will be great fun for your child. Use whatever soft fruit is in season or fruit tinned in juice.

Ingredients:
2 slices Swiss roll
2 tbsp orange juice
1 ripe peach, sliced
12 strawberries, rinsed and hulled
150ml (5fl oz) custard
2 tsps whipped cream (optional)
coloured sugar strands, to decorate (optional)

Method:
CHILD:

  • Put 1 slice of Swiss roll in each of 2 small ramekin dishes.
  • Spoon a tablespoonful of orange juice over each.
  • Cover with the peach slices and strawberries.
  • Spoon the custard over.
  • Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle with the coloured sugar strands (if using).

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Bridget Wardley & Judy More
The Big Book of Recipes for Babies, Toddlers & Children
£12.99
Available from Nourish Books

 

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