Mini Wraps

Mini Wraps
Mini Wraps

I’m always looking for quick & easy meals for the kids, especially ones which can be prepped ahead.  I spotted these spicy bean wraps while having a nose around on the Vegetarian Society’s Website & thought the kids would love them.  For a bit of variety I also made some carrot & hummus, and cream cheese & tomato ones too.

Strangely, neither DC1(5) or DC2 (3) were that keen on the bean ones, but luckily loved the other ones.  I’ll definately be making them again though as DH & I really liked them all!

Mini Wraps

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Make-ahead wraps from the Vegetarian Society

These should all be made at least 4 hours before you need them, wrapped in cling-film & left in the fridge.

Credit: The Vegetarian Society

Ingredients

For the Spicy Bean Wraps

  • 75g vegetarian cream cheese
  • 3 tsp dried chives
  • 400g tin of kidney beans, drained
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 25cm tortilla wraps

For the Hummus & Carrot Wraps

  • hummus
  • 1 carrot, peeled & grated
  • 2 x 25cm tortilla wraps

For the Cheese & Tomato wraps

  • 75g vegetarian cream cheese
  • 4 tomatoes, pips removed & diced
  • 2 x 25cm tortilla wraps

Instructions

For the Spicy Bean Wraps

  1. rinse & drain the beans
  2. mix the cream cheese & chives together
  3. divide the mix between the two tortilla wraps & spread evenly
  4. put the beans into a bowl & slightly mash using a fork. Mix in the remaining ingredients
  5. divide the mix between the two tortilla wraps & spread over the top of the cream cheese, leaving a 2cm gap at the top of each wrap
  6. roll the tortilla into a sausage shape from the bottom towards the 2cm gap you left at the top
  7. wrap the tortillas in cling film & put in the fridge for at least 4 hours
  8. when ready to serve, remove from the fridge & slice

For the Hummus & Carrot Wraps

  1. spread the hummus evenly over two tortilla wraps
  2. sprinkle the grated carrot over the top of the hummus, leaving a 2cm gap at the top of each wrap
  3. roll the tortilla into a sausage shape from the bottom towards the 2cm gap you left at the top
  4. wrap the tortillas in cling film & put in the fridge for at least 4 hours
  5. when ready to serve, remove from the fridge & slice

For the Cheese & Tomato Wraps

  1. spread the cream cheese evenly over two tortilla wraps
  2. scatter the diced tomato over the top of the cheese, leaving a 2cm gap at the top of each wrap
  3. roll the tortilla into a sausage shape from the bottom towards the 2cm gap you left at the top
  4. wrap the tortillas in cling film & put in the fridge for at least 4 hours
  5. when ready to serve, remove from the fridge & slice

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Mini Mouse Birthday Cake

Mini Mouse Birthday Cake
Mini Mouse Birthday Cake

I just realised that I forgot to post a piccy of DC2’s birthday cake (it was ^only^ 5 months ago!)

DC2 adores Mini Mouse, so it seemed the obvious choice. DH did his usual thing of googling for an apropriate image, and making a couple of easy chocolate cakes.

After forming the right shape from the cakes, he cut out a piece of greaseproof paper the same size & shape as the cake, and copied the picture of Mini onto it.  Using this as a guide, he rolled out and cut up the various coloured packs of ready-made icing he’d bought and then decorated the cake with them.

It always sounds so simple, but I seriously doubt I could do such a good job. Why not check out his efforts from previous years?

Frozen Banana Dessert

frozen banana dessert frozen banana dessert with chopped nutsApparently 1.4 million bananas are thrown away every day! How many of them are yours?

I usually make banana bread or banana and oatmeal muffins with my old bananas but when I saw this recipe for banana icecream I started putting my over-ripe bananas in the freezer straight away!

A few weeks later when I had enough bananas in the freezer, I discovered that the blitzing process is made a lot easier if you slice the bananas quite thinly before you freeze them, and let them thaw slightly before turning the processor on!

So far, we’ve had just plain banana, and some topped with chopped nuts & everyone has loved them – next time we’re going to try making lollies!

Frozen Banana Dessert

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 large, very ripe bananas – peeled, cut into thin slices and then frozen
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla extract

optional extras

  • fresh fruit, chopped
  • chocolate chips
  • coconut flakes
  • nuts or seeds

Instructions

  1. Let bananas soften at room temperature for about five minutes.
  2. Blitz bananas, cinnamon and vanilla in a blender until smooth and creamy, this may take a few minutes.
  3. Pour into bowl, top with extras and serve immediately, or add to your favorite ice-lolly molds and freeze for later.

 

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Fruity Waffles

It’s at times like these that I wish I had a waffle maker. Then I remember what I PITA the machine I used to have was, and that I have no room in the kitchen cupboards for one, and that if I had one I wouldn’t be able to restrain myself & would be eating waffles all the bloody time!

So, we will stick to buying the shop bought ones occasionally. I spent a fortune on the fruit, but we had enough left over for fruit salad for tea.  I was surprised that the only one who wanted the fromage frais. I think DH would have liked some maple syrup, but really, the sugar on the waffles was more than enough.  The kids loved arranging the fruit too 🙂

Fruity Waffles

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • some waffles
  • some fruit
  • some fromage frais, creme fraiche or cream

Instructions

  1. warm the waffles
  2. serve with toppings

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Cherry Choc Chip Icecream

Cherry Choc Chip Icecream
Cherry Choc Chip Icecream

DC1 (5) absolutely adores cherries, so when this recipe for Cherry Choc Chip icecream popped up on my facebook feed (like Super Healthy Kids here) I knew I had to make it.

It’s the same kind of things as the Frozen Berry Yogurt we all love, you just make it a couple of hours ahead & pop in the freezer.  As expected, it was very easy to make & absolutely delicious.  I only had plain yogurt, so added a tsp of vanilla essence to the mix.

Cherry Choc Chip Icecream

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen cherries
  • 0.5 cup vanilla yogurt/soy yogurt
  • 0.5 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. blitz the frozen cherries with the yogurt in your blender
  2. stir in the chocolate chips
  3. put in the freezer for a couple of hours before serving

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Raspberry Oat Smoothie

Raspberry Oat Smoothie
Raspberry Oat Smoothie

The kids consume loads of dairy – if they had their way, every meal would have cheese on, would be accompanied by a large glass of milk and followed with some yogurt!  So, we’ve been trying out a few non-dairy milks to see if we can swap out a bit of dairy.

If DH had his way we would be having coconut milk in everything (he loves this blueberry smoothie), but I thought that this week we would try oat milk in this raspberry smoothie and were pleased to find it tasted just as good as it looks!

Raspberry Oat Smoothie

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 0.5 cup oat milk
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp porridge oats
  • 0.5 cup frozen raspberries

Instructions

  1. put everything in blender and blitz!
  2. serve

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Apple Pancakes

Apple Pancakes
Apple Pancakes

Sundays are the only day of the week when we’re not in a rush to get somewhere, so we try to make sure we have something a bit more interesting than cereal for breakfast.

Everyone loves pancakes, which are alway accompanied by plenty of fruit, then one day I thought about putting the fruit into the pancakes!

Google found me this recipe & DH cooked them while I made raspberry smoothies.

Apple Pancakes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 apples
  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable, plus extra for frying
  • pinch salt

to serve

  • maple syrup/honey
  • icing sugar

Instructions

  1. First, make the batter
    • Put the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre & crack the eggs into it, then pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil.
    • Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil.
    • Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.
    • While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk.
    • Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream.
  2. Then, prepare the apples by peeling & slicing them into rings
  3. Heat some oil in a large frying pan
  4. Dip the apple rings into the batter & place in the pan
  5. Fry until both sides are brown & crispy
  6. Drain on kitchen roll
  7. Serve with maple syrup or sprinkle with icing sugar

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