We know the upcoming weeks are going to be a difficult time for a lot of parents, especially with schools closing, and we want to do what we can to help mums and dads feel supported.
Kids thrive off of having a routine, so we think it’s important to stick to structured mealtimes where we can, while also making sure they’re not bored!
Cat Gazzoli, founder of Piccolo healthy kid’s food and formula (a total wonder woman – she’s just had a baby in lockdown, while launching a new formula range) has pulled together her top tips and favourite pantry-based recipes to help out over the next few weeks.
“We’re mindful that people might not be able to get everything they need right now but they still want to feed their little ones varied, well-balanced meals and to keep them as nutritious as possible – so we’re sharing our suggestions on how to use your pantry essentials and make the most of batch cooking,” Cat says.
Meanwhile, Piccolo nutritionist, Alice Fotheringham, urges parents to take the pressure off their shoulder. “Don’t focus on what your children are eating at each meal, but look at what they are eating over the whole week,” she says. “Chances are they’re getting a good variety of ingredients over a few days, so it doesn’t matter if you can’t get hold of something one day or you don’t get a chance to cook another. If they’re old enough, why not get your children to help with meal inspiration?”
Give them a few ingredients you’ve got in your fridge and cupboards and get them to cook up a good recipe for dinner that night!”
Oats are a great carb to choose – rich in fibre, and higher in protein and fat than other grains, they’ve also been found to support sleep.
This is a quick and easy recipe for your little one to get involved with if they’re new to cooking – with only 10 minutes of prep, you won’t have to hold their attention for long!
It’s also super versatile, so if you’re having trouble getting fresh fruit, sub the apple for some frozen berries or dried berries. Goji are a great one for extra nutrients.
This bread is the perfect staple to have in your house. With no proving & no kneading, it’s a doddle to make – and full of fibre, fatty acids and vitamins. Why not make two at a time – eat one now and freeze the other! And its lasts a full week in a proper zipped lock bag.
This recipe was made for batch-cooking! A saviour in busy households when you’re looking for something quick, easy and satisfying, packed with vegetables, protein and wholemeal carbs.
The soup calls for tinned vegetables and beans, so a great go-to when you can’t get your hands on fresh veg.
Another freezer-friendly dish and one which the kids can help prepare. Couscous is super nutritious, a great plant-based source of protein and boosts your immune system – a win win…win? It can be also stay a few days in the fridge in a proper airtight container and used as a side or a main.
This pesto and chicken pasta is a classic favourite, and a great option if you have some pasta to use up. The pesto is easy to make and you can combine it with lots of other dishes over the next few weeks to increase your intake of healthy fats.
Using only common cupboard ingredients, these veggie burgers are perfect when fresh produce isn’t so easy to get hold of – and they go down a treat with kids (especially when they’re let loose with the food processor). Full of ingredients which support sleep, like oats, chickpeas and sweet potatoes, they’re a god-send when they’re feeling a little restless and super easy to batch cook and freeze!
If you’re anything like us, you’ll need a little something to satisfy your sweet tooth – and we’ve got just the recipes for you, using pantry essentials only. Kids love baking (almost as much as we love clearing up afterwards…) so it’s a great time to get them hands on in the kitchen and focus some of their energy on experimenting with different ways of decorating.
Other fun recipes to try out with the kids:
It’s an unprecedented time where kids are at home and at a bit of a loose end, which we know is difficult to manage.
If your little one’s birthday is coming up, we’re sure you haven’t heard the end of it… Self-isolating as a kid can’t be fun as it is, but if it’s your birthday, that adds a whole other layer to it! Don’t let the day pass without any celebrations – try getting the kids involved and rustle up one of these birthday cakes!
Alice, has put together her Dos and Donts for Giving Leftovers to Babies. Piccolo is all about minimising food waste, but we still need to be very careful when bulk-cooking and freezing food for babies.