Leftover Gravy Pasta Sauce

At tea time tonight I needed a quick tea for my family of 5. We had sausages that needed eating and gravy sauce, which was actually juices from the slow cooker beef stew I’d made at the weekend. I didn’t have any potatoes to do the obvious bangers and mash so decided to do sausage pasta. At first I wasn’t sure how the gravy would fit into this so just decided to experiment. I was pretty pleased with the results and there were clean plates all round so I thought I’d share!

1) Cooked pasta bows

2) Cooked sausages on grilling machine

3) Fried a courgette and leek, chopped into small pieces

4) Heated leftover gravy in a pan and added basil, tomato puree, a tin of tomatoes and Worcester sauce.

5) At this point if it seems really runny just stir in a bit of flour or cornflour but I found the puree, tomatoes and veg made it just the right consistency.

5) Add fried courgette and leek to the sauce, stir, then pour over the cooked, drained pasta.

6) Chop up sausages and stir in.

7) Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan!

Whilst tea was cooking, my eldest painted a dried pasta bow and pretended if was a butterfly!

Let me know if you have an queries or how you found this when you tried it!

Salmon & Courgette Kebabs

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This is a fun and simple meal idea that your tiddlers will love. They’ll enjoy eating off the kebab sticks and you can exchange salmon for chicken or courgette for pepper, just whatever you think they’ll enjoy.

You can even get older tiddlers involved in making these which will make them more enthusiastic about eating their handiwork! For my little tiddler I took the veg and meat off before serving as the sharp kebab stick could be hazardous.


  • Cut the salmon into cubes and the courgette into chunks.
  • Dip them into either soy sauce or sweet chilli sauce (optional) before pushing them onto kebab sticks.
  • Roast in a preheated oven on medium heat for 15 minutes or until thoroughly cooked (longer for chicken).
  • Serve with noodles, rice or cous cous.

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Low sugar banana muffins your tiddler will love!

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First attempt of banana muffins


I’ve tried a few recipes  for banana loaf which usually falls flat and dense but making the mix into muffins instead of a loaf seemed to work much better and seemed to appeal more to the tiddler.

225 g self-raising flour
50 g butter
50 g light brown soft sugar
115 ml milk
2 medium eggs
1 medium banana

1) Heat the oven to 200c (170c fan)
2) Rub together flour and butter
3) Stir in sugar
4) Gradually mix in all the ‘wet’ ingredients (milk, eggs, mashed banana)
5) Spoon the mixture into muffin cases to half fill case.
6) Place in the oven for 15-20 mins


Easy cheap soup recipe

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imageI’m not an amazing chef and like things that are quick and easy to cook. Since my tiddler started weaning I’ve become a swift hand at making salt free soups. My tiddler is a bit picky with what veg she’ll eat but if it’s in a soup she loves it no matter what’s in there! I came across a Stew Pack in Aldi and decided to put it all in a soup. My tiddler loves it and it’s so easy to make. I use a Nicer Dicer to make chopping the veg really quick as that’s the only laborious part of soup making!


1.5 kg stew pack
2 garlic cloves
Boiling water… enough to generously cover the veg in the pot (or could dissolve a low salt stock cube in there)
Herbs (esp if not using stock. I used basil and oregano today)

1) Chop all veg from stew pack (onions, carrots, parsnips, swede)
2) 2 tbsp sunflower oil in bottom of large pot or pan
3) Fry onion and garlic for couple of minutes
4) Add all the chopped veg and leave lid on for few more minutes
5) Cover veg with boiling water and herbs or stock
6) Simmer until veg are soft (approx 20 mins)
7) Pour into liquidiser and make desired soup consistency

This 1.5kg stew pack for just over £1 made 7 portions for the tiddler and 2 adult portions. We’ll probably just add a bit of salt when we eat it but it’s yummy!

Right to refuse

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You think you’ve got it sussed… you’ve spent months narrowing down your vast selection of baby-appropriate weaning foods to a few they actually like and then *bam* the fussy feeding begins. Yesterday for example Isabella decided I was trying to feed her poison… it was, in fact, just bolognese, the exact same bolognese she usually LOVES… I didn’t hide sprouts in it, or sprinkle pepper over it, just plain old bolognese. Most of it ended up on the curtains and under the highchair. She picked out the pasta and scraped off the meat and that was her tea!

Bolognese is one of those foods that’s so easy to make in bulk and changes into a variety of toddler friendly recipes – lasagna, spag bol, meatballs – I really hope this is just a ‘phase’, a period in which she is exerting her new-found decision making skills and her right to refuse. She is quite clear and competent with her communication of the word no in the form “nahhh” accompanied by a screwed up face, pushing away the rejected item with a shake of the head.

I heard somewhere you’ve got to try a food 8 times before you know they definitely don’t like it so I’ll leave it a few days and try again. At least she still loves broccoli!