Friday, September 8, 2017

Toddler Meal: Pasta with Cheese Sauce and Steamed Salmon



So I'm a mum now which officially means two things:
> I've aged about 20 years
> I spend more time taking care of two little human beings than I do myself

After my kids went on a porridge strike at about 13 months, I started feeding them table food (ie food you and I eat like pasta, rice etc.).

However it's not all easy and I simply can't say " well they eat what we eat" which will actually be a big fat lie. I mean I prepare burgers, spicy noodles and wraps sometimes for our dinners - are they gonna eat this? The burgers are as big as their tiny faces!

However I've more or less found some meals which I can prepare for them and which thankfully they like. Many of these recipes I've sourced online maybe with some minor tweaks. Many mums look to Annabel Karmel and swear by her recipes. I don't. So I looked elsewhere....like everywhere else on the net.

I feed them alot of pasta and rice. My usual pasta sauces are a beef bolognaise, tomato based vegetable sauce (with three highly nutritous veggies in it) and a cheese sauce.

I make all my pasta sauces ahead of time and freeze them. I use small plastic containers.

Cheese Sauce. I actually got this recipe from the littlelock.com.au however the site is down for maintenance. Here is the recipe.

Cheese Sauce Recipe for Toddlers
What you need:
1 1/2 cups fresh milk
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
50g butter
2 tablespoons flour

What to do:
Step 1
Heat the milk first in a saucepan till hot (does not need to be boiling). Pour into jug and set aside.

Step 2
Place butter in saucepan on small flame and stir. Once melted whisk in the flour and mix till smooth. Add in milk bit by bit and keep whisking (make sure no lumps).

Step 3
Lower heat and add in cheese and mix till sauce becomes thick and smooth.

Tips:
Once you put in the small block of butter in the saucepan keep moving it around till melted. It can melt pretty fast and burn especially if the flame is high so watch the flame.

Let the grated cheese come to room temperature before adding in the mix so it will melt and mix well (as oppose from straight out of the fridge).

So then what do I do?
I portion out the sauce and freeze. I usually defrost the night before in the fridge so next day it's not frozen. Then I take out before place in bowl and just heat in microwave for about 20-30 seconds. Make sure you mix it well once out of the microwave.

I usually mix in the pasta and some steamed flaked salmon right before serving. You can also fry the small piece of salmon or chicken breast and add in.

Other uses for cheese sauce:
Pour onto mashed potatoes or mashed vegetables.

Kids are calling. What else is new...




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