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My Fussy Eater by Ciara Attwell - 1w ago

Delicious Chocolate & Raspberry Pancakes packed with healthy ingredients like oats, eggs and bananas and sweetened with just a little honey.

There’s nothing better than a stack of freshly cooked pancakes at the weekend. But add in some chocolate and you’ve got the most incredible breakfast treat that the whole family is going to love!

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A tasty weaning friendly green pasta sauce made with spinach and peas.

A couple of weeks ago I took part in a weaning event with Mothercare. There was a lot of chat that day about the importance of serving up green veg to babies as early as possible so that their taste buds become accustomed to it, rather than only sweet fruits and veggies.

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Delicious gluten and dairy free Coconut & Almond Breakfast Bars. The perfect recipe to batch make at the weekend for a grab-and-go breakfast during the week!

Breakfast time for most family’s is a rushed and stressful affair. It’s definitely that way in my house! Unless I have some pre-made options available, I invariably fall back on just serving up some cereal and toast.

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Two delicious and simple pasta sauces made in the Kenwood Blend Xtract

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If you struggle to think of quick and easy meal ideas to make on busy days then you’re going to love today’s recipe. I’ve teamed up with Kenwood to showcase how versatile their Blend Xtract machine is.

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Delicious chicken meatballs made with just 5 simple ingredients and flavoured with basil pesto and parmesan. Perfect for a finger food dinner for kids or even mixed into spaghetti and sauce.

Chicken is something I struggle to get my kids to eat consistently. I think it may be a texture issue but I’m always trying to find creative ways to get them to eat it without the usual meltdown that ensues. One food my kids do love is meatballs so I decided to try out some chicken meatballs and flavour them with something they love… pesto

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My Fussy Eater by Ciara Attwell - 1M ago

A delicious and super easy pizza flavoured pasta salad recipe. Ready in less than 15 minutes and perfect for lunch boxes, picnics and BBQ’s this summer!

I asked over on my Instagram this week what recipes you guys would like to see more of over the next couple of months. I had a lot of requests for quick and easy meals and also lunchbox ideas too. This Pizza Pasta Salad recipe is perfect as it ticks both those boxes and is ideal for lunch or dinner over the summer months.

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My Fussy Eater by Ciara Attwell - 2M ago

Crisp and crunchy chicken nuggets made lighter and healthier in the Tefal ActiFry

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I’m delighted to be working with Tefal ActiFry again this year. I’ve been using the ActiFry Genius XL since last year and I absolutely love it. I’ve made everything from their infamous chips to stir fries and even desserts in it

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My Fussy Eater by Ciara Attwell - 2M ago

Healthy, low sugar, wholemeal Cake Bars flavoured with banana, strawberries and orange. Perfect to pop into packed lunches or for an afternoon snack.

Keeping kids fed with a steady stream of snacks is not an easy job. As my two get older they seem to be demanding more and more to eat between meals and if they have friends over then it’s guaranteed that my snack cupboard will be cleared out!

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My Fussy Eater by Ciara Attwell - 2M ago

A delicious and easy to make One Pot Greek Lamb Meatball recipe. Perfect to feed the family mid-week but just as good to be served up at a dinner party.

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Over the past few months I’ve been teaming up with Lamb, Try It Love It: an EU funded campaign to promote the versatility and benefits of adding some more delicious lamb recipes into our diets.

Lamb is a great option when choosing meats because:

1. It’s more sustainable than most other animal agriculture farming.

2. It has numerous health benefits. It’s rich in Vitamin B12 and niacin and is also a good source of essential minerals like zine, potassium, phosphorus and pantothenic acid.

3. Lamb can be a really affordable meat, especially when buying cuts like leg or shoulder that are ideal for slow cooking.

4. It’s so versatile and can be used in so many ways from roasts to lamb chops, burgers and of course meatballs.

Today I’m sharing my final recipe in this series, a super tasty but very easy to make One Pot Greek Lamb Meatball dish. I’m all about one pot meals at the moment. Anything that saves on time, faff and washing up is a winner in my book and this recipe ticks all those boxes.

It takes about 30 minutes to make this dish but all the effort is at the beginning, meaning you can just leave it to bubble away on the stove and get on with other things.

It’s a really versatile meal aswell. It will go down brilliantly as a mid-week family meal but also looks impressive enough to serve up if you have friends round for dinner.

The first step is to fry the lamb meatballs until they get a little colour on them. This also helps to remove some of the fat as you can drain that off.

Next up is to add all the veggies, potatoes, chopped tomatoes and stock, bring it to the boil and the simmer for about 25 minutes.

To finish I added some black olives and then topped with crumbled feta. Absolutely delicious and very simple to make!

I served mine with toasted pitta breads and some Greek yogurt mixed with mint sauce. For a dinner party I would also add a big side salad.

If you’d like to see some more delicious lamb recipes then have a look at the collection over on the Try Lamb website.

And if you try my recipe please do leave me a comment and a star rating below. You can also share your pictures with me on on Instagram.  I always love to see your creations!

Disclosure: I have been compensated for my time spent working on this campaign but all thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.

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One Pot Greek Lamb Meatballs
  • Author: Ciara Attwell
  • Prep Time: 7 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Lamb
Description

A delicious and easy to make One Pot Greek Lamb Meatball recipe. Perfect to feed the family mid-week but just as good to be served up at a dinner party.

Ingredients
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 500g lamb meatballs
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 small aubergine, chopped
  • 2 peppers, chopped
  • 400g baby potatoes, chopped
  • 150g cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml lamb stock
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp mint sauce
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp cornflour
  • 50g pitted black olives
  • 100g feta cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan or dish heat the oil and fry the meatballs for a few minutes until they have lightly browned. Drain off the excess oil.
  2. Add the onions, garlic, aubergine, peppers, baby potatoes and cherry tomatoes and mix well.
  3. In a large jug mix together the tin of chopped tomatoes, lamb stock, honey and mint sauce and pour this into the pan.
  4. Finally top with slices of lemon and bring to the boil.
  5. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes until the meatballs and potatoes are cooked through, stirring regularly.
  6. To thicken the sauce, remove some of the sauce from the pan into a mug and mix with the cornflour until all the lumps are gone. Pour this back into the pan and mix well. Cook for another minute or two until the sauce has thickened up.
  7. Finally, remove from the heat, stir in the olives and top with the feta.
  8. Serve immediately with toasted pitta bread, fresh mint and a side salad.

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Foods with texture and crunch. Why some children with ASD like these foods and tricks to use to expand their diet.

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Today is my third blog post in my series all about Autism, Children and Food. You can read the first two instalment about:

Processed food and why so many autistic children love it; and

Hidden veggie sauce and different ways of serving it.

For this series I’ve teamed up with the gorgeous Tara Leniston. Tara is a former actress who stepped out of the limelight to devote all her time to learning everything she could about autism when her son Dylan was diagnosed seven years ago.

You can follow Tara over on her blog Coming Home To Autism and also on Instagram. She has also co-written a fantastic book, also called Coming Home To Autism, where she shares practical help and tips for parents of newly diagnosed children.

Today’s post is all about texture in foods and why many autistic children seek out foods that are crunchy or crispy.

Oral Sensory Seeking

Many children will exhibit sensory seeking behaviours. We commonly associated sensory sensitivity with ASD children (hence why many children will wear ear defenders whilst outside or will have extreme issues with food and very limited diets).

But today we are focusing on the other side of the spectrum, with children who have a decreased sensitivity to oral sensory input and therefore seek it out.

These children may bite or chew on clothes, toys, books and many other objects around the house. They will enjoy foods with lots of texture, crunch and bite and may even enjoy extreme flavours such as very sour or very spicy foods.

The sensory output that they receive from this biting or chewing helps them to self-regulate. Lots of parents will say that their ASD child is more able to receive input such as learning, conversations, concentration on a task etc whilst they are simultaneously exhibiting oral sensory seeking behaviours.

And it’s not just limited to children on the spectrum. Babies and toddlers chew and gum on everything, it’s their way of learning about the environment around them. And as they get older many neurotypical children will continue to exhibit these behaviours such as biting on pencils in class.

Sensory Seeking Foods

So how does this all relate to food? If you know that your child is an oral sensory seeker then you may want to consider the types of food you give them and the way in which you serve it. By adapting their diet to their sensory needs you may find that they are eating more and better quality food and mealtimes become less of a battle.

Crunchy Foods

The most common food preference for oral sensory seekers tends of be foods with a lot of texture, so anything that is crunchy or crispy:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Crackers and breadsticks
  • Crisps and popcorn
  • Rice cakes
  • Nuts and seeds

You can help to expand their diet by serving other foods in the following way:

  • Banana chips rather than soft banana
  • Cook broccoli minimally so that it retains its bite
  • Toasted sandwiches rather than soft sandwiches
  • Dry cereal or granola rather than covering it with milk
  • Pasta very al dente with sauce on the side
  • Dips such as tzatziki, hummus or peanut butter served in a very small portion alongside crudités.

You may also find that these children do not like “bowl” foods, so anything that is all mixed up together. You will have more success by serving their meals separated where there is less chance of everything becoming soft and mushy.

Sour/Salty/ Spicy/Cold Foods

Many children will also seek out foods that are strong in taste and flavour such as:

  • Spicy curries
  • Sour fruits like lemons and limes
  • Salty pretzels or tortilla chips
  • Ice cream, frozen yogurt or even ice.
I hope our tips have been helpful and that you enjoy this recipe. If you try it yourself please do pop on over to Instagram and share your pictures and comments with myself and Tara. You can also watch this video that we filmed together talking all about autism and food.

Autism and Food ft. My Fussy Eater - YouTube

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