My toddlers are at a stage now where they’re starting to get fussy about certain foods. Last week Eco Daddy’s roast dinner got launched across the room after hours of cooking, and foods that were previously loved are, apparently, terrible.
Despite this, I have a list of ‘safe’ foods that have always been polished off to date. Bread, fruit, any kind of pastry, and pasta are all on the list, and I can usually manage to coax both toddlers to eat something green if it’s accompanied by one of these foods.
Pasta is an easy fix for us, as it’s something that we can all eat together, and it’s quick to throw together. Pasta, sauce, and some grated cheese is tasty and it leaves everyone’s tummies full. When I’ve got the time, I make a batch of pasta sauce to freeze. Here’s my recipe!
Makes enough for at least 4 adult portions.
- 1 courgette
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- 2 bell peppers
- 1 red onion
- 2 tbsp oregano
- Drizzle of olive oil
- 400g passata / chopped tomatoes
- Chopped leek (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 180degrees
- Chop all your veg and toss everything together (apart from the leek) with the oil and oregano
- Spread the veg on a baking tin and pop in the oven for 25 minutes
- If you’ve got some leek to add then add it after 25 minutes and put everything back in the oven for another 10 minutes
- When you take everything out it should be soft and mushy!
- Put everything into a big bowl with your passata / chopped tomatoes and blitz it with a stick blender. I usually leave mine with a few lumps in so the toddlers can experience different textures, but you can make it totally smooth if you want!
- Add a big grind of black pepper but leave out the salt to make it totally toddler friendly, and you’re done!