| Posted by Healthy Groms
Meet Kat...the chef behind Kat's Delicious Kitchen.
As a mother to two fussy eaters, Kat knows all too well about the trials and tribulations of trying to encourage a little one to try something new, or just to eat their darn dinner. Lucky for us, she shares her tips, tricks and a whole bunch of kid-approved recipes, on her blog Kat's Delicious Kitchen.
She's a huge fan of Jamie Oliver and his push for a Food Revolution, something we can all agree on no doubt! Plus, it of course helps that he's British and pretty dang funny.
You are the master of baby, toddler, children and let’s face it…family meals too! What is your secret to getting those little fussy eaters to eat?
I don’t really see myself as a master or expert of anything, I am just a mom who loves food and cooking for my family. I have two very fussy eaters, one more than the other, because of them I started my Blog to share meals for fussy eaters. My recipes often contain hidden vegetables, as that’s the only way to get my kids to eat certain vegetables.
I find food such as meatballs, tots, croquettes, sauces, patties, muffins and smoothies are perfect to sneak in extra vegetables and even fruits! By involving my kids to cook with me in the kitchen has made them want to try new vegetables, even those which they have strongly rejected in the past.
What are your children’s favourite meals that you cook them?
My kids’ tastes change like the weather, one day it’s their favourite food and the next day they would tell me that they don’t like it anymore. However, a good old homemade chicken noodle soup never disappoint!
What is your husbands’ favourite kids meal, turned adult meal?
He loves elderflower soup with chopped apple and raisins and serve with rusk. This is now a family favourite.
Who or what inspires you?
My mum is my hero! She is my inspiration for cooking hearty and homemade food for my family. I grew up in Sweden with a Chinese-Vietnamese background, hence one often finds a rounded fusion cuisine in my recipes. The blending of culinary worlds to create something new and hybrid is what’s make me tick in the kitchen.
I admire and love Jamie Oliver for his dedication and passion to educate parents and the UK government to provide healthy food and future for the children. His message about Food Revolution is so powerful and I am a big supporter of it.
Briefly describe your day on plate…
Our typical day on a plate during the weekend looks like this...
Breakfast: Waffles – my kids love Apple & Cheese Waffles
Mid morning snack: Fruits or smoothies
Lunch: Quinoa Vegetable Fritatta (see below for recipe!)
Afternoon snack: mixed smoothie, rice crackers, fruits, popcorns
Dinner: Chicken Rice Croquettes serve with salad
Coffee or tea? And how do you have it?
I drink 2 small cups of coffee with oat milk for breakfast, and throughout the day I only drink herbal or fruit tea.
If you could invite 3 people to a dinner party, who would you invite and why?
Jamie Oliver because he is so funny and cute.
Gwyneth Paltrow because I love her as an actress and her cook books
My best friend who always makes me laugh
What motto do you live by?
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow
By Albert Einstein
Quinoa Vegetable Fritatta
1/2 cup cooked quinoa (cold)
1 medium carrot (grated)
1/2 small cauliflower (grated)
1/2 cup green beans (steamed or cooked then chopped)
1/2 cup cheese of choice (we like Cheddar and Gouda) - optional
1/2 tsp pink / sea salt (omit for babies under 12m old)
olive or coconut oil for frying
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat up a large frying pan with oil over medium high heat. Add carrot and cauliflower and sauté until almost cooked, then add chopped green beans and let sauté for a couple more minutes
Move the veggies to a large bowl, add quinoa, cheese, salt and eggs. Mix until it's well combined.
ine a medium size baking tray with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into it and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the middle comes out non stick