Pre-school and beyond

By the time they reach their second birthday, children should be eating smaller amounts of similar foods to the rest of the family and plenty of fruit and vegetables.

By this stage their diet should contain more of the polyunsaturated fats found in fish and vegetable oils and avoiding excess use of foods with a high saturated fat content such as butter, cheese, fatty meats and bought cakes and pastries.


Nut bars

Makes approx. 20 small bars
Cooking time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 75 g any nuts
  • 250 g oats
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 175 g butter
  • 80 g runny honey
  • 200 g jam

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Chop the nuts using the chopper accessory.
  3. Melt the butter and place it in a bowl together with the oats, flour, bicarbonate of soda, nuts and honey. Mix the ingredients together until well combined.
  4. Spoon about three quarters of the mixture on a greased 30 x 20cm baking tray and press down well with the back of a spoon.
  5. Spread the jam over the top in an even layer then crumble the remaining oat mixture over the jam, give it a final press and bake for 30 mins.
  6. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 1 hour before cutting into bars and serving.

Note 
Use the bars as a treat for your baby.


Superfruit smoothie

Makes approx. 500 ml / 3-4 portions
Cooking time: approx. 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • 210 ml whole milk
  • 210 g frozen berries
  • 1 tsp wheat germ
  • Pulp from one vanilla pod

Preparation

  1. Place all ingredients in the beaker and blend until smooth with your MultiQuick 5 Baby hand blender. Chill before serving.


Raspberry and walnut muesli

1 serving 
Prep time: 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 80 g raspberries
  • 40 g oats
  • 15 g walnuts
  • 40 ml orange juice
  • 100 g yoghurt, 3.5% fat

Preparation

  1. Rinse the raspberries and pat dry. Place the oats in a cereal bowl.
  2. Place the walnuts in the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory and roughly chop. Then use the spatula to add them to the oats. Add the orange juice, yoghurt and raspberries and stir together.

Pumpkin and chickpea soup

4-6 servings 
Prep time: 15 minutes 
Cooking time: 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 600 g Hokkaido pumpkin flesh (without seeds and strands)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400 ml vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 jar of chickpeas (220 g drained weight)
  • 4 tbsp tomato purée
  • ½ bunch of parsley
  • Iodised salt
  • White pepper
  • Sweet paprika powder

Preparation

  1. Peel the garlic and onion and chop with the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory. Clean the celery and cut into chunks, then chop with the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory.
  2. Cut the pumpkin into bite-size pieces. Wash the bell pepper, remove the stem and seeds, then dice.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a pot and sauté the onions, garlic and celery. A little later, add the pumpkin and pepper and sauté. Season with cumin, pour in the broth and let everything simmer for 15 minutes, until the pumpkin and pepper are cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, drain the chickpeas and place in the beaker. With the MultiQuick 5 Baby hand blender, purée into a consistent mixture and stir into the soup along with the tomato purée.
  5. Wash the parsley, pick the leaves from the stems and chop in the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory.
  6. Season the soup to taste with salt, pepper, paprika and cumin. Portion onto plates and sprinkle with parsley.

Tip
Parents can season their own with salt at the table if necessary. Try to reduce your own salt consumption to set a good example. You could try using more parsley instead!


Soy milk-based mushroom soup

4 servings (for 2 children and 2 adults) 
Prep time: 10 minutes 
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 250 g mushrooms, e.g. button, porcino, chanterelle
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 30 g pastry flour
  • 500 ml thin vegetable broth
  • 300 ml soy milk
  • 1 sprig tarragon
  • Iodised salt
  • Black pepper

Preparation

  1. Peel and quarter the onion. Peel the garlic. Finely chop both in the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory. Thoroughly clean the mushrooms and cut particularly large ones into chunks.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot and sauté the onion until translucent. Add the mushrooms and sauté over a low heat.
  3. Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms and briefly sauté, then add the broth, stirring constantly. Let the soup boil for 1 minute. Then add the soy milk.
  4. Purée the soup with the MultiQuick 5 Baby hand blender.
  5. Wash the tarragon, pat dry, pick the leaves from the stems and chop finely.
  6. Season the soup to taste with salt, pepper and tarragon.

Tip
You can also use parsley in the place of tarragon. 


Lasagne

Makes approx. 1300 g / 10-12 portions
Cooking time: 60 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 250 g lasagne sheets
  • 300 g beef mince
  • 400 g tomatoes, canned or fresh and diced
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 courgettes
  • 3-4 cauliflower florets
  • 3-4 broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 60 g plain flour
  • 500 ml milk
  • 150 g grated cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Brown mince with the oil in a pot over a low heat then add chopped tomatoes. Finely slice all vegetables, add them to beef and tomatoes, cover and simmer.
  3. To make the cheese sauce, melt butter in a pan, add flour and cook while stirring for about 1 min.
  4. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly over a low heat until sauce thickens. Then add cheese and stir until melted.
  5. When the beef, tomato and vegetable mix has thickened, pulse quickly using your MultiQuick 5 Baby hand blender.
  6. Layer lasagne sheets, mince sauce and cheese sauce in an oven dish until all ingredients are used up, with cheese sauce as the top layer.
  7. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in the oven for 20-30 mins.


Mediterranean quiche

12 servings 
Prep time: 35 minutes 
Cooking time: 30 minutes 
Baking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200 g pastry flour
  • 100 g butter
  • ½ tsp iodised salt
  • 2-3 tbsp cold water
  • 2 onions
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 courgette
  • 100 g tomatoes, seeded
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 3 sprigs basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Iodised salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 g sour cream
  • 200 g feta cheese

Preparation

  1. To make the dough, place the flour, butter, salt and water in a bowl and use your hands to knead together into a small, smooth ball. Wrap the dough in foil and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the onions and slice into strips. Wash and rinse the peppers and slice into thin strips. Wash the courgette, remove the ends, cut in half lengthwise and cut into slices. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces.
  3. Peel the garlic, cut in half and add to the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory. Wash the herbs, pick the leaves from the stems and add to the garlic. Chop everything together very finely.
  4. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and sauté the onions and vegetables until tender. Season the garlic herb mixture with salt and pepper.
  5. Meanwhile, place the eggs and sour cream in the beaker. Add salt and pepper. Blend to a consistent mixture with the MultiQuick 5 Baby hand blender.
  6. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Roll out the dough and press into a greased tart pan (Ø 28 cm). Add the vegetables from the pan, distributing them evenly. Dice the feta cheese and sprinkle it over the vegetables. Finally, pour the egg mixture over the tart.
  7. Bake the quiche in the middle of the oven for about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, release from the pan and cut into 12 slices.

Tip
If your little ones are not eating the quiche, adding one or two chilli peppers will give it a nice heat. 


Beef and pumpkin risotto

Makes approx. 900 g / 8-10 portions
Cooking time: 20-25 mins

Ingredients

  • 30 g butter
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed
  • 200 g beef mince
  • 250 g risotto rice
  • 1 l hot chicken stock
  • 300 g pumpkin, diced
  • 100 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 40 g parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. Chop the onion using the chopper accessory.
  2. Heat butter and oil in a large pot, add onion and garlic and sauté over medium heat until lightly brown.
  3. Add beef mince, and stir-fry over high heat for 5 minutes, until well browned.
  4. Add rice, fry for 1 min. Then add a quarter of the stock and stir continuously for 2 mins, until liquid is absorbed.
  5. Keep adding stock, a little at a time, stirring in the pumpkin, and mushrooms after half the stock has been added. Keep adding and stirring until all liquid has been added and rice is soft.
  6. Chop the parmesan cheese with the chopper accessory and put it in the pot while stirring.
  7. Remove from heat and serve immediately. For older family members, Risotto can be seasoned with salt & pepper.

Tip

For younger babies, you can purée this dish using your MultiQuick 5 Baby hand blender.


Turkey steaks with pepper and onion goulash

4 servings (2 adults and 2 small children) 
Prep time: 35 minutes 
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 400 g turkey steaks
  • Iodised salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 onions
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 200 g whipping cream
  • Thyme
  • 8 sprigs basil

Preparation

  1. Rinse the turkey steaks with cold water and pat dry. Then cut into strips, cutting against the grain of the meat. Press flat with a large kitchen knife and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Peel and quarter the onions. Clean the pepper and cut into chunks. Place both in the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory and roughly chop.
  3. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and fry the steaks for 4 minutes on each side, then remove and keep warm. Then add the pepper and onion mixture and sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Then stir in the tomato purée and cream. Season to taste with salt, pepper and thyme. Return the medallions to the pan and warm them up.
  4. Wash the parsley, pat dry, pick the leaves from the stems and chop finely in the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory.
  5. Arrange the turkey steaks on the plate with the pepper and onion goulash and sprinkle with parsley. This goes well with mashed potatoes or pasta.

Tip
You can also use pork loin in the place of turkey steaks.


Caprese sandwich

2 servings (for children) 
Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 sprigs basil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp toasted pine nuts
  • 2 slices of whole grain toast
  • 2 slices of mozzarella
  • 4 slices of tomato

Preparation

  1. Wash the basil, pat dry and pick the leaves from the stems. Using the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory, blend the basil together with the olive oil and pine nuts into a fine paste.
  2. Spread the paste onto a slice of whole grain bread. Distribute the slices of tomato and mozzarella over top. Cover with the second slice of toast and cut in half diagonally.

Tip
If desired, it can be lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.