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Top 10 healthy recipe websites: The ultimate go-to list for meal planning

Like you, each and every week I stop and wonder what I am going to feed the munchkins in the week ahead.  Between work, day care drop off / pick ups, kids activities, there is not a whole lot of spare time up my sleeve.  It can be easy to draw a mental blank when it comes to meal planning, so it is super helpful to pull out my ‘Little Black Book’ of healthy recipe websites.

I get asked all the time where I find all of my favourite recipes from, so I thought I would share it with you.  So here it is, my top ten websites for accessing some fabulous, family friendly recipes, including my kids favourite recipe from each!

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Fussy Eating – How to get your child to eat healthy meals

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Thanks to Jodie Read, Certified Paediatric Dietitian (and co-founder of Rainebeau Co), for contributing this fantastic guest blog on Fussy Eating to Little Peeps Eats.  

How do we get our children to eat healthy meals?

Fussy eating is a normal stage for your child to go through, and this happens usually around the toddler years. Some children will insist on only eating the same thing over and over and any new foods they refuse to try.

Making healthy varied meals for your child only to have them refused and thrown on the floor can be frustrating, upsetting and most likely messy! The good news is that this stage should only be temporary, and there are a few strategies you can try to encourage new foods and expand their choices.

A bit of mess, and food exploration is part of the process of a child discovering and learning about new foods before they may enjoy them. However to encourage them to try new foods, and be a little hungry when meal times come around it can help to be aware of things that may impact on their appetite first.

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Super Power Spaghetti Bolognaise

If there is one thing my boys will always eat when put it in front of them, it’s spaghetti (or as they call it, pisketti!).  Whilst it’s easy to simply buy a jar of pre-made pasta sauce to make your spaghetti bolognaise, its actually not at all difficult to make your own.  By doing so you avoid unnecessary salt, preservatives, and other additives, and can pack a whole lot of goodness in for your little peeps (that even the fussiest of eaters won’t detect)!Continue Reading →

Roasted Pumpkin, Cauliflower and Carrot Soup – Your immune boosting Winter recipe

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I’m now in operation immune boosting mode for my family. My little one has gotten sick again in a relatively short period of time and we aren’t even halfway through winter yet.. so I’m pulling out all stops to try to get all our immune system boosted by cooking up some tasty, healthy and full of vitamins dishes.  This Roasted Pumpkin, Cauliflower and Carrot Soup is so full of goodness it has simply got to help keep those germs away!

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Quinoa Con Carne – Quick & Easy Mexican Dinner

My boys are huge fans of Mexican food.  We love to make healthy nachos, enchiladas, tacos, and burritos. I’ve typically always made a batch of mild Chilli Con Carne as the base for these dishes, but as simple as it is sometimes I just don’t have the time or don’t have mince on hand to be making it in the traditional way.  I needed a quicker and easier option for times like these.

I have found using quinoa instead of meat is just as tasty, takes half of the time to prepare, and best of all still 100% kid approved!  There are also some great health benefits to eating quinoa, it’s protein rich, high in fibre, and also a fabulous source of iron.

What I love most about this dish is you literally just throw it all in one pot and let it do it’s thing!

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Top 10 tips to planning healthy fresh meals for your family on a savvy mums budget

Ever since having children I’ve really learnt the benefits to dedicating some time each week to planning healthy family meals for the week ahead.  

Have you ever found yourself feeling so stressed each afternoon, thinking ‘what are we having for dinner?’.

I sure have, and found myself reaching for quick and easy options, including lots of packaged and pre-prepared foods.  This was not only expensive, but full of additives that I didn’t feel comfortable my kids having so often.

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What to pack in a healthy lunch box

Gone are the days of making a vegemite sandwich for school and throwing in a muesli bar and a packet of chips. We are becoming a lot more health conscious as are the schools and for good reason! A lot of schools also have a minimal waste policy so it’s a good idea to send a healthy lunch box without any extra packaging. Another benefit of this is that you’re not actually sending any pre-packed food and know exactly what is going into your kids little bodies.

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Healthy Macaroni and Cheese recipe the whole family will love!

Now that winter seems to be well and truly setting in, I find my family is really starting to crave comfort foods… dishes that make us feel warm and happy inside.

Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese?  Whilst there the packaged version might win points in terms of convenience, it doesn’t win any points nutritionally.  This healthy macaroni and cheese recipe is not only simple to make, but is a great way to sneak those veggies into the kids dinner and even just use up whatever leftover veg you have hiding in your fridge at the end of the week!

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