By Alison Preston, EYN Partnership Nutritionist
Nothing says ‘I love you Mum’ like breakfast in bed.
So here are a couple of simple ideas from me to get busy in the kitchen with the little ones. You can make a lovely healthy breakfast for the mum in their life this Mothering Sunday - or any other day for that matter!
It’s easier than you think!
1. Baked eggs
I love baked eggs, so simple! And you and the children can then pick some lovely additions to make it extra special!
Drizzle of oil
Then choose one or two from the list below.
A nugget of frozen spinach defrosted (or small handful of fresh baby spinach)
Small slice of smoked salmon
Small piece of grated mature cheese
Sliced cherry tomatoes
Fresh herbs like basil, chives or parsley
1. Lightly grease a small oven proof dish (a small cereal bowl would work)
2. On the bottom of the dish place your chosen optional ingredients
3. Crack in the eggs
4. Season with pepper and add the milk
5. Bake in hot oven for 10-12 minutes, until egg white is cooked
6. Serve with toast!
2. Banana and Blueberry Muffins
This is yummy. A sure fire winner with the kids too - and they don’t have any added sugar!
2 ripe bananas, mashed
125ml vegetable oil
250g wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
150g fresh or frozen blueberries
1. Preheat an oven to 180 C
2. Line 18 muffin cups with paper muffin cases
3. Mix together mashed bananas, egg, water and oil in a large bowl
4. In another bowl mix together flour, bicarb and baking powder, add to the bowl of wet ingredients and mix gently (the mixture will be a little lumpy but this is okay!)
5. Gently fold the blueberries into the mixture
6. Spoon into muffin cases
7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 15 minutes
8. Remove muffins from tins, and cool on a wire rack
My top ‘get ahead’ top tip is to mix all the dry ingredients together the night before.
3. American style blueberry pancakes
Sticking with the blueberries – this is a classic!
200g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Tablespoon of oil
1. Place flour and baking powder into a large bowl and mix well
2. Make a well in the centre and crack in the egg
3. Gradually incorporate the milk until you have a thick smooth batter
4. Add the blue berries
5. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan, drop a tablespoon of mixture into the pan (you may be able to fit 2 or 3 little pancakes into the pan at the same time)
6. Cook for 2-3 minutes on a medium heat - once bubbles appear on the surface, flip over the pancakes and cook for a further 2-3 minutes
7. Keep warm while you cook the remainder
8. Serve with some natural Greek yoghurt and some extra blueberries or banana if you have some.
My top ‘get ahead’ tip: make the batter the night before and keep it in a covered bowl until the morning. Remember to mix it well before using.
So there you go – some of my favourite ideas that are sure to get mum smiling – and inspire your little ones in the kitchen too!