It is my great pleasure to introduce you to our new contributor to Juniors – Meg from Meg & Lou! Meg blogs about life (and ridiculously cute baby, Eilidh) and shares recipes / diys and beautiful photos. Read on for a delicious, Juniors exclusive recipe!
When I was a kid pudding was a huge deal mainly because we didn’t get it often. On the rare occasion we did it felt like an event. That being said, when Dad was on dinner duty we would get it every time. Good old Dad playing the playful/fun parent card. Breakfast for pudding, Cornflakes, fruit and milk, and even though we ate that every morning there was something exciting about eating it again 12 hours later.
Breakfast for dinner and/or pudding is the best! Even as an adult I can’t get enough, it’s also a massive perk of being a grown-up; “I feel like cereal for dinner, I’m totally having cereal for dinner!”.
Now that I’m a parent my tea time ideals have slipped a little, occasionally the kid gets cereal for dinner, yup I’ve turned into the parent I said I’d never be. But when you’re dealing with an over tired and hungry child that lovely bowl of love you spent the evening lovingly creating isn’t going to cut it. Sometimes breakfast is just the comfort food we all need after a long day.
Breakfast will always beat hangry.
The following recipe is chocolate cereal. Yup. Chocolate cereal you can eat all day.
- 3 TBSP Honey
- 2 TBSP Coconut Oil
- 2 TBSP Cocoa Powder
- 2 cups Puffed Rice
- ½ cup Puffed Quinoa
- ½ cup Coconut chips
Pre-heat the oven to 140 degrees.
In a small saucepan gently melt the Honey and Coconut Oil together. Once melted add the Cocoa Powder and whisk until it’s lump free.
In a large bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients and mix well (and carefully) until everythings coated in the Cocoa mixture.
Spread the mixture on a sheet pan and spread it out thinly.
Put it into the oven, check and mix it every 5 minutes, for a total time of 15-20 minutes.
Because it’s dark in colour watch the coconut closely as this will be your clue as to when it’s ready. So keep an eye on it!
Written & photographed by Meg of Meg & Lou
I am SO thrilled to be able to introduce to you a very clever, new Australian brand making some VERY cool products! Mighty Small is solving parenting problems the way kids would (makes sense!) and we LOVE what they’ve come up with.
Dave and 7 year old son Jasper have just recently launched Mighty Small and their first product is the Treasure Bowl. The bowl has a special compartment where you can store a treat which can only be retrieved by finishing your meal. Having witnessed the parenting perils of trying to get a 3 year old (my nephew) to eat dinner, I could immediately see the massive benefits of this bowl for tricky eaters (A must have to make meal times less stressful and more fun!)
If you’re wondering how it works, there are several clever additions: – A handy moat to capture any rogue food or sauce – A heat resistant lid to keep your treat cool and meal hot – A sticky grip base to stop slips. All this as well as being BPA chemical free and dishwasher safe. As a super cute non-food treat alternative, Mighty Small have released wee creature temporary tattoos (see image below) – LOVE!
The bowls and tattoos are available to purchase on the shop now! We are looking forward to the release of the next product they are working on – Medicine Marvin and Medicine Molly! A beautifully simple wee friend who makes taking medicine easier and more fun for kids. Scroll down to see pics and diagrams. These will be available soon, stay tuned!
Imagery provided courtesy of Mighty Small
Guys!! I am SO excited to introduce a new contributor to the blog, Rachel from Sweet & Savage! Humbly making the most delicious food, sharing recipes and beautiful photos, Sweet & Savage is a look into Rachel’s gorgeous family life in the country. You will die when you see her doughnuts, oh my goodness! Look through her Instagram!! Without further ado, here is Rachel and her recipe for White Christmas:
Christmas (like most social occasions where there are people around to witness the day’s events and remind you of them for years to come) is all about making an impression. Fortunately, I have demonstrated a clear gifting in this from a young age.
I had just turned three, it was Christmas of 1984. I was given a plastic doll. It’s name was “*#@%”, I declared! Despite numerous attempts at an alternate suggestion, I was absolutely unpersuadable. My parents were horrified. The extended family were delighted!
In thirty-plus years, I’m afraid not much has changed. Albeit, slightly a less cute version of my younger self- and we now have our own kids on hand to provide entertainment and ensure we are memorable. Oh, and THIS.
Our annual; tradition of three-whole-years; throw-together White Christmas.
Three words: it’s a hit.
(fills an oven tray approx 30 x 25cm, cut into 2cm pieces: about 48 pieces)
- 750g white chocolate
- 75ml coconut oil
- 75g coconut chips or shredded coconut, lightly toasted
- 100g marshmallows, chopped if required
- 150g soft berry jubes (and glo-harts if you can find them), roughly chopped
- 75g spearmint leaves, chopped
- 75g pistachios
- 100g macadamias
- 100g dried strawberries/cranberries/cherries
- Grease and line oven tray.
- Give yourself a bit of bench space. Measure dry ingredients and add to a large bowl. Once all ingredients are in the bowl, mix to combine so they are evenly distributed.
- Melt chocolate in heatproof bowl over saucepan with small amount of water in bottom. When chocolate is almost melted, add coconut oil and stir until combined.
- Pour chocolate into dry mixture and stir to combine. Once chocolate is mixed through evenly, pour into lined oven tray.
- Chill until set.
- Prior to cutting, leave to sit at room temperature to soften slightly, so it doesn’t crack when sliced. Cut into 2cm sized pieces.
- Place a few pieces in a box or cellophone bag (we made waxed fabric to line boxes). Everyone will love you.
Christmas: make it a memorable one. But for all the right reasons.
I hope yours is a lovely one – whoever you’re with and wherever you are xx
Written & photographed by Rachel Savage of Sweet & Savage
We’ve talked about the fabulous Franjo’s Kitchen before and their Tanker Topper Biscuits (for breast feeding) as well as their Belly Bump Biscuits (for pregnancy). They now also have a range of cleverly coined crackers for your cans and crackers for your cravings (for both breast feeding and pregnancy). Yum!! We are so impressed with the quality of Franjo’s products, a must for pregnancy and breastfeeding mamas. These would also make a beautiful baby shower gift!! (See their amazing Christmas GIFT BOXES on sale this week ONLY!)
With all of the recipes are naturopath/nutritionist created and approved, Franjo’s biscuits and crackers are full of goodness for Mums and Mums to be. Both pregnancy and breastfeeding demand a lot from your body. Not having the time to prepare healthy snacks while juggling babies and lacking in energy is exactly where Franjo’s comes in! The pregnancy crackers are specially made (vegan, gluten free, dairy free, egg free and sugar free!) to be an easy, nutrient dense snack that can be eaten alone, dipped in soup or topped with any range of things (avocado & tomato, cheese, pesto… check here for more ideas). The belly bump biscuits are equally great, filled with superfoods for those minerals and essential fats needed in pregnancy as well as calcium while remaining dairy free AND free from refined sugars!
The lactation (Tanker Topper) cookies and crackers are also made with Mums in mind and full of goodness to keep that milk flowing, reduce sugar cravings and give you that extra energy you need while breastfeeding. Also free from wheat, dairy, egg and refined sugar, these really are an all round PERFECT snack for mamas! It is a must, must, MUST to take care of YOURSELF during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and these tick all the boxes! Speaking of boxes, we’d definitely recommend taking advantage of the one week only Gift Boxes on sale now! (or grab a box for a friend!)
As you will probably be aware Juniors has only just re-launched after a hiatus and we are so excited to be back bringing you fresh new content and inspiration.
Today we dove into our archives to bring you back a delicious recipe for Purple Cauliflower Pizza with Tomato Sauce by Food From Flossie. Feel free to search our archives / categories, there’s plenty of great posts to discover!
Originally posted 30 June, 2014 by Julia
And here is our second exclusive recipe magicked up by our clean eating pal; Food from Flossie! Healthy AND crazy looking little pizza’s for your young ones – free of gluten and easy to make.
Now this is a funny recipe that lots of people think sounds a bit odd but I can assure you cauliflower based pizza is unbelivably delicious! It’s lots of fun for the kids to make, especially if you find a purple cauliflower like mine and end up with a crazy Avatar looking pizza.
PURPLE CAULIFLOWER BASED PIZZA WITH HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE
Makes 1 big pizza
2 cups cauliflower, whizzed up to look like rice, use a fun coloured one if you can!
½ cup of ground almonds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp dried rosemary
½ tsp salt
1/2 white onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tin plum tomatoes
Sea salt and pepper
Grated cheddar, or Mozzarella
In a sauce pan gently fry off the onion with a glug of olive oil until it’s soft.
Add the garlic and stir in a for a minute making sure it doesn’t catch. Then add the tinned tomatoes and pour the empty tin half up with water, swish around and add to the pan too with some seasoning. Gently simmer for around half an hour to 45 mins. Blend until it’s smooth and creamy and leave aside.
Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Blend the cauliflower florets in a food processor until they are fine and look like rice.
Take the cauliflower out and microwave in a suitable container for 3 minutes. It should be hot and steamy if not give it another minute, then spoon the hot cauliflower onto a clean tee towel and leave to cool.
Blend the seeds in the food processor until fine.
When the cauliflower is cool enough, wrap it up in the tee towel and squeeze out as much water as you can into the sink. Mix it into a bowl with the almonds, ground seeds and egg. Season and stir until it is all mixed up.
Line a tray with baking paper and spoon the mix on and pat down to make a pizza shape about 1 cm thick.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until it is set and golden. Once the base is baked the kids can spoon on the tomato sauce and choose their toppings.
Bake the pizza’s in the oven for around 15 mins until the cheese is all melted.
Enjoy your cauliflower pizza party and remember to wash your cauliflower juiced tea towel ASAP unless you want your house to smell like feet!
Recipe exclusively created exclusively for Junior’s
Images courtesy of Food from Flossie