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Homemade Fish Fingers

Homemade Fish Fingers

I haven’t met a kid yet that doesn’t LOVE fish fingers – even those that don’t like fish!

I think it is something to do with the crumb to fish ratio as well as the easy finger food style of meal!

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This is a delicious healthy dinner for your whole family paired with chips and a fresh salad! Or Serve them in tacos for delicious healthy fish tacos!

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Homemade Fish Fingers

Fish fingers are a kid favourite and these are no different, only made from home so you know exactly what goes into them!
Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine Australian
Keyword fish, fish cakes, fish fingers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 fillets Bassa fish sliced into 1inch x 2 inch fingers.
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ cup Flour
  • 1.5 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 180C. Spread the breadcrumbs over a baking tray and bake in the oven for 5min or until golden. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
  • Form the batter by whisking the eggs and flour together. Season the breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.
  • Dip the fish into the batter and then into the breadcrumbs. Repeat until all fish pieces are coated. Place on a lined baking tray and bake for 15mins or until golden and cooked through.
  • Serve with aioli.

Notes

  • Freeze the coated fish fingers before cooking for a quick and easy mid week dinner or snack. Just increase the cook time to 20mins when popping the fish fingers in the oven frozen. 
Veggie Filled Mac N’ Cheese

Veggie Filled Mac N’ Cheese

Is there any more of a ‘kid friendly’ meal than Mac N’ Cheese. I haven’t never met a kid that doesn’t love it!

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I put that mainly down to the plain cheesy flavour of traditional Mac N’ Cheese. I have spoken about this a little bit but there is very good reason to why kids are attracted more to plain foods. There taste buds simply haven’t developed like us adults just yet! Are there foods you used to hate that you love now? Olives is a common one! Well that is because in our formative years our taste buds change and develop a lot to handle new and exciting flavours.

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But plain doesn’t have to mean no veggies. That is why I packed this dish with veggies but kept that same cheesy texture and taste! This way you know your kids are eating something they love and still getting a nourishing dose of vegetables in their diet! Win Win!

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Mac N' Cheese

Packed with veggies with that same cheesy texture and taste of traditional Mac N' Cheese.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Australian
Keyword cheese, Pasta, Pastabake, vegetables
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 brown onion sliced
  • 400 g cauliflower roughly chopped
  • 400 g butternut pumpkin peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 large carrots roughly chopped
  • 100 g cream cheese
  • 2 cups cheddar grated
  • 2 cups milk
  • 500 g Elbow Macaroni pasta cooked

Instructions

  • Add the brown onion, cauliflower, butter nut pumpkin and carrot to a large pot on high heat. Cover with water and bring to the boil for 10mins or until veggies are tender. Drain the water and place the veggies in a blender or food processor. Blend on high for 1-2mins until smooth.
  • Add the puree back to the pot on a low heat and stir through the cream cheese, milk and 1.5 cups chedder until the cheese begins to melt.
  • Cook the pasta as per packet instructions.
  • Stir the cooked pasta through the creamy sauce and then place in a large baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Place under the grill for 5mins until melted.
Sweet Potato Salmon Patties

Sweet Potato Salmon Patties

I am always looking for new lunch ideas, so when my sister and I thought of salmon patties I knew I had to do something a little different! Combining it with the sweet potato gives it a deliciously sweet flavour and hide some of the ‘fishy’ taste – so it is sure to be a favourite with everyone! Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze them and take them out for lunches when you need!

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Sweet Potato Salmon Patties

Delicious gluten salmon patties that are made in minutes. They are extremely versatile and great for kids lunch boxes.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine Australian
Keyword fish cakes, Lunch, lunch box, Salmon, salmon patties, sweet potato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 patties

Ingredients

  • 415 g tin of salmon
  • 400 g Sweet potato
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped coriander
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped

Instructions

  • Peel and roughly chop the sweet potato. Steam in the microwave or over the stove for 15mins or until soft. Then place into a large bowl and mash. Add in salmon and mash together with a fork. Add in remaining ingredients to form a thick, but wet mixture.
  • Roll mixture into the size of golf balls and flatten slightly on a lined baking tray. Bake in the oven for 15-20mins, turning over once.

Notes

Nut Free version, swap the almond meal for ½ cup plain flour
- Swap the tuna for salmon for something different.
Trio of dips – for all your holiday entertaining!

Trio of dips – for all your holiday entertaining!

We are coming into the holiday seasons – aka a month of a whole lot of entertaining so I like to make some delicious healthy treats for my usual cheese platters.

But dips are just for entertaining OR cheese platters. They are a great sensory experience for your kids. No only do they provide great colour and a different texture to their plates it also provides a different ‘action’ for finger food! So here are my favourite three dips this summer – which all provide another serve of veg or legumes as well!

Pumpkin White Bean Hummus

Make your own buckwheat crackers to accompany these amazing creamy dip!

Pumpkin White Bean Hummus

Roast pumpkin packs this dip with flavour for the perfect mix of sweet, savoury and creamy!
Course Snack
Cuisine Australian
Keyword dip, hummus, pumpkin soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 400 g white beans
  • 400 g butternut pumpkin roasted
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200C. Spread the cubed pumpkin over a tray. Roast in the oven for 30mins and then allow to cool slightly.
  • Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend on high for 2-3mins until smooth. Top with a little olive oil and hemp seeds.

Fresh Beetroot Dip

Serve it up with fresh veggies of your choosing, or slathered on toast and topped with an egg.

Fresh Beetroot Dip

Fresh Vibrant beetroots make for a 'fun coloured dip for yum kids, or a delicious addition to your cheese platter.
Course Snack
Cuisine Australian
Keyword beetroot, dip, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 3 large beetroots
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp corriander
  • 3/4 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Place the beetroots in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil for 30mins. Remove from the water and allow to cool for 5mins, then use paper towel to rub the skin off the beetroot. Place the beetroot and remaining ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and blend on high for 2-3min until smooth.

Classic Hummus

Serve them up with the incredible zaartar pita chips for something extra delicious!

Hummus With crispy Pita chips

The ultimate creamy hummus perfect for dipping with veggies sticks or cripsy pita chips!
Course Snack
Keyword chickpeas, hummus, legumes, pita chips, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  • 1 x 400g can Chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper

Pita chips:

  • 2 large pitas
  • 1 tbsp zaatar seasoning*
  • Spray cooking oil

Instructions

  • Drain the chickpeas and pour them into a saucepan. Top with water until chickpeas are covered. Bring the chickpeas to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10mins. This step is optional, but makes for the creamiest hummus!
  • Drain the chickpeas through a colander with a jug beneath it to capture ½ cup of the cooking water.
  • Add your chickpeas, tahini, and cooking water to the food processor. Processes for 1min until smooth and then add in remaining ingredients and process on high for 2mins until creamy!
  • Serve with crunch pita chips.

To prepare the pita chips:

  • Preheat the oven to 170Lightly spray the pita breads with spray oil and then sprinkle with zaartar. Bake in the pita chips straight on the wire oven wracks for 7-10min until golden and crunchy. Allow cooling for 5min and then using your hands break them up into rough chips.

Notes

*(or 1tsp sesame seeds, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, salt and pepper if you can’t find zaatar in your local supermarket!)

Savoury Pumpkin Scones

Savoury Pumpkin Scones

Savoury Pumpkin Scones

Soft savoury pumpkin scones perfect warm with a little butter or just as is for a tasty snack.
Course Breakfast, lunch, Snack
Cuisine Australian, english
Keyword pumpkin soup, savoury, scones
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 scones

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 cup SR Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 55 g Butter cubed and chilled
  • 3/4 Cup Chedder Cheese Grated
  • 1 Tbsp Chives
  • 1/4 cup Milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Sift the flour, salt and cumin into a bowl. Then rub the chilled butter into the flour to create a fine crumb. Mix in the cheese and chives. Then add in the warm milk and pumpkin puree to bring the mixture together to form a smooth dough. Dust with flour. Form a round disc (about 8inch wide) and cut into 8 wedges, alternatively use a scone cutter!
  • Bake in the oven for 15-17min until they have risen and are golden.

Notes

  • To make your own pumpkin puree steam or roast some pumpkin and blend for 1min until smooth. 
  • you can you gluten free flour for these scones as well!
Savoury Buckwheat Crackers

Savoury Buckwheat Crackers

Buckwheat Crackers

Buckwheat Savoury Crackers

Gluten free crackers that are perfect for your weekend cheese platter, or for the kids lunchbox during the week!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Australian
Keyword buckwheat, cracker, rosemary, savoury
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Buckwheat flour
  • 1.5 Tbsp Flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 cup Sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Garlic salt
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 8 Tbsp Cold water

Instructions

  • In a bowl combine the flour, flaxseed, sesame seeds, rosemary (fresh or dried!) and garlic salt. Stir in the olive oil. Then add cold water 1 Tbsp at a time until it forms a smooth dough. Form the dough into a ball and wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30min-1hr.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C. Roll out the dough on a piece of baking paper until it is 2mm thick. Trim to make sides straight. Slide baking paper onto a baking tray. Use a large knife to cut dough into desired cracker size. Repeat with any remaining off cuts of dough.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25min. All to cool completely.

 

 

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