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Frozen Fruit Push Pops

It has been a while since we have baked or cooked anything that we have shared on the blog and now that summer has officially arrived I thought it was time we got back to sharing some tasty treats! I thought that sharing one of our favourite picnic additions would be perfect to get us started on our summer recipes.

When we go on picnics throughout the summer we tend to take a few things with us that are very conventional such as sandwiches or wraps, cocktail sausages, yoghurt, buns or cake, water or juice and a few other bits we have made around the time we go. We do always try to also make our frozen fruit push pops that day before we go too.  Filled with any kind of fruit or veg you like they are versatile and filled with nutrients. Plus they are very refreshing, making them the perfect addition to a picnic with children.

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Let’s Get Cooking – Puff Pastry Pizza

For our Let’s Get Cooking post I am telling you all about one our most loved recipes that is easy to make and you will all be able to join in as a family! We are making Puff Pastry Pizza. This tasty recipe is perfect for either lunch or dinner and is pretty quick to make too.

To make Puff Pastry Pizza You will need:

  • A roll of ready rolled puff pastry (You can make your own but this went very wrong the last I tried)
  • Tomato puree
  • Cheese (Grated of any kind is best)
  • Some vegetables ( We used peppers)
  • cooked meat (We have used ham and pepperoni
  • A spoon each
  • Baking paper
  • Oven tray (you may need 2 )
  • A knife ( sharp)
  • Chopping board

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To make Puff Pastry Pizza:

First you will need to cut your puff pastry sheet into equal portions (if you are making this for a toddler you can divide up smaller portions after cooking as they need to cook evenly). We cut ours into 4 equal quarters of the puff pastry sheet. Do this part yourself or let another adult do it as you will need to use a sharp knife. Once your puff pastry is cut you need to give each person a square of baking paper that is bigger than the puff pastry.

While you have your chopping board out you should cut your veg up into small chunks (or they won’t cook well). I cut up our Peppers and left them on the chopping board. You can do these first two steps before seating your children to join in if you like.

If you are using ham or chicken you can get the kids involved by asking them to rip it all up into small pieces. D and Uncle L love doing this ( although D didn’t want to help much )!

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Now you will need to spread on your tomato puree. It is best to do this with the underneath side of a spoon. If you tilt the spoon slightly so it is on the edge this works better and will spread evenly. ( D wasn’t too happy that Daddy needed to do his!)wpid-wp-1445820617741.jpeg

Now it is time to add your ingredients to your puff pastry pizza. You can really go mad here and add whatever you like. Don’t worry if someone doesn’t want to add much. It is their pizza and with toddlers you can still add a few bits before the they add they cheese to sneak some veg on there that they like! I think someone got hungry half way through and started putting things in his mouth instead of on the pizza!

Once you are finished adding everything you like on your pizza you now need to add your cheese. We always use mild Cheddar as this is the only cheese everyone eats so it is the only one I really buy. However you are welcome to use your favourite cheese.

Now it is all finished and you just got to cook it in a preheated oven at 180 oC for around 10 -15 minutes. I usually pair our pizza with some sweet potato chips which I prepare before we sit down to make our pizza. These are really simple to make you just cut up some sweet potato into good sized chips. Add to an oven tray and drizzle some oil over the top. Pop in the oven with your puff pastry pizza and you have a great dinner.

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We didn’t have any sweet potato chips this time as we had a big lunch and this is pretty filling!

I hope you all enjoy these as much as we do. I have never heard a bad thing from anyone who tries them. If you missed our stuffed peppers recipe you can check it out by clicking the link.

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Let’s Get Cooking.. Stuffed Peppers

I have been trying to get D involved more in making our dinner’s and although there is only so much you can make with a toddler we have been pretty successful so far. We now have a few recipes that are toddler friendly and we are having a good ratio of what we all eat.

Uncle L doesn’t like these so he didn’t participate with us. We are making some stuffed peppers the toddler friendly way.

What you will need;

  • Chicken (already cooked, we bought some from the shop that you use in sandwiches for an easy and fast dinner.)
  • Peppers, any colour. You need 1 pepper for every 2 people.
  • Cheese (any kind you like)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Tin foil
  • Oven tray
  • Scissors ( preferably child friendly)
  • Bowl

 

To get started first make sure you have all washed your hands! Once everyone has clean hands place a small square of tin foil in front of each participant ( You will not want to wash every dish you would require and this is easy for children to help clean up!) Once everyone has what they will need you then need to push in the stem of the pepper before pulling it out and remove all the seeds by tapping on the tin foil before using your hands if required. Be careful not to take too much of the pepper out with the stem.

 

Once your Pepper is seed free you will need to rip it in half (literally). Place your thumbs on either Continue reading “Let’s Get Cooking.. Stuffed Peppers”