Of all the questions I am asked, the most common is ‘what can we cook thats makes dinner time easy and is baby friendly’. I get that being a parent is busy job in itself. Take yesterday for example, by the time I had done the food shopping, cleaned the house, hung out 3 loads of washing and helped my little boy with his homework I was thinking that never ending question ‘whats for dinner?’ and with no real urge to do anything but play football in the park with the kiddies I decided to do the simplest dinner I know – a tray bake.
Tray bakes (sheet pan recipes) are so handy, you just throw all the ingredients into a baking tin, make a yummy sauce and bake it until cooked. The brilliant thing about this dish besides the fact that is so fast and easy to make is that it is cooked in just one tray. I always line mine with parchment paper because afterwards you can peel it off and throw away with not even a pan to clean up!
I love the mixture of these vegetables, roasted sweet potato is just delicious and I crave roasted peppers and garlic every week. You can mix match with any vegetables you have in your fridge too so by all accounts this could very well be this evenings dinner for you without having to go to a shop!
Sticky sauce was one of my favourite as a kid but I wanted to make a healthy version with only the best nutritious ingredients. I used 2 really ripe peaches that smelt so deliciously perfumed and blended everything up into what looked like an almost smoothie like mixture. My 9 year old sniggered and thought I had gone a little insane when I poured it over the vegetables, the exact words were “your actually using a smoothie in the dinner, are you o.k Mam?”. The great thing about this dish though is that it is a great way to get your little ones to eat their veggies. When baked in this yummy sauce they are gloriously sweet which the little ones just love. I think I will take credit for having the last laugh 😀
There will be lot’s more baby friendly, family dinners over the next while all designed to make life that little bit easier. If you have a quick dinner that your family loves I’d love to hear about it and hope you all make this one because its delicious!!!
Aileen & The Family 🙂