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    Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Green Bean Pesto

    raw green beans, chopped sat on a white worktop


    My Pepper Pasta Sauce recipe was such a success, that I thought it would be good to try some other pasta sauces. I had some green beans tucked away in the fridge, so decided to use them to try a green bean pesto.

    A quick an easy green bean pesto recipe using fresh ingredients. This recipe is perfect for baby led weaning (BLW) and takes minutes to make. Serve alongside some pasta. Green beans are full of vitamin C, magnesium and iron. This recipe is great for toddlers who are fussy with their food.

    Dex loves green beans. Over Christmas he ate them on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day. They are so easy to pick up and shove in his mouth and the bright green attracts his attention. Green beans are also known as French beans, string beans or snap beans and are jam packed full of Vitamin C, iron and magnesium.

    I started to make the green bean pesto by gently frying the green beans in a little olive oil. For me, it’s preferable to cook them this way so that they don’t lose any of the nutrients and they remain a vivid green colour.

    A quick an easy green bean pesto recipe using fresh ingredients. This recipe is perfect for baby led weaning (BLW) and takes minutes to make. Serve alongside some pasta. Green beans are full of vitamin C, magnesium and iron. This recipe is great for toddlers who are fussy with their food.

    After frying them for a few minutes, I put them in the blender along with a dash of olive oil, a handful of pine nuts, lemon juice and a few shavings of parmesan. I blitzed the mixture until it formed a thick paste. You may find you need to add more olive oil if the consistency isn’t right.

    I had some tortellini stored away in the freezer, so I boiled six pieces. I only used about a tablespoon of the sauce and kept the rest in the fridge for another day. This sauce can also be frozen as well if you like.




    Alongside the tortellini and green bean pesto, I also offered a few green beans and some sweet potato. Dexter devoured the lot. The tortellini is incredibly easy to pick up and put in his mouth and soft enough to gum and swallow. He adored the green bean pesto and I can’t wait to pair it with some pasta tomorrow.

    Let me know of you try this recipe. It certainly is an easy way to get some veg down a fussy toddler.

     

    A quick an easy green bean pesto recipe using fresh ingredients. This recipe is perfect for baby led weaning (BLW) and takes minutes to make. Serve alongside some pasta. Green beans are full of vitamin C, magnesium and iron. This recipe is great for toddlers who are fussy with their food.

     

    Blogging Goals for 2017





    I started blogging in October 2016 and it’s been a pleasure to be able to record everything I’ve been doing with Dex. Through blogging, I’ve met some really lovely people and read some excellent posts. It’s been so nice to see people take an interest in what I am writing about and I’ve been so pleased in how the blog has grown in such a small amount of time. These are my five 2017 blogging goals.

    1. Post a minimum of two blog posts per week.

    Since I’ve started blogging, some weeks I would post nothing and other weeks I would post everyday. I want to ensure I am consistent with my blog posts. I don’t want to post multiple times a day, but I want to post regularly. It will be my aim to post at least two times a week with engaging and relevant content.

    2. Increase my Tots 100 ranking.

    2017 blogging goals

    Not everyone buys into the Tots 100 ranking, but I think it’s a good tool to see how my site is performing. What annoys people is that you sometimes drop in the ranking despite having an excellent month. This is because you are ranked against other bloggers and if they’ve had a better month than you, then you will drop places. As of December, I rank 1081 out of around 8000 bloggers. It would be a dream to break into the top 1000.

    3. Increase traffic to my site by 10% each month.

    Traffic to my blog isn’t that high and this is because I am not getting much from Google. In November (my first month), I had 560 visitors and 2400 page views. This month (so far) I’ve had 1250 visitors and 3800 page views. Most of my traffic comes from Instagram and Facebook so what I need to work on is Pinterest and most importantly, SEO. First and foremost, I need to write interesting and engaging content and then ensure I market it properly. By increasing by 10% each month, my page view targets would look like:

    Jan – 4200 Feb – 4600 Mar – 5000 Apr – 5500 May– 6000 Jun – 6600 Jul– 7200 Aug – 8000 Sep – 8800 Oct – 9600 Nov – 10500 Dec – 11500

    4. Earn money from my blog.

    I’m under no illusions that it is easy to make money from your blog, but by the end of the year I would like to be earning something. At the moment, I am lucky enough to already be receiving products to review and earning a few pence from Google Adsense. With more traffic, the ads will receive more impressions (and hopefully clicks) which would add a few pennies to the pot. Being able to charge for a blog post is the dream. I also use Amazon Affiliates and earn money if people click a link on my site and then go on to purchase something. It’s incredibly difficult to earn with this method. I’ve had 207 clicks and only one purchase, earning me 33p in two months!

    5. Increase my DA

    2017 blogging goals

    My current DA (as of December 2016) is 14. I was as surprised as anybody when the first Moz update came in and my score was that high. I expect it will drop as we enter the new year, but by the end of next year I want it to grow. It would make me so happy if it was over 20 by the end of 2017. That is at the top of my 2017 blogging goals. To achieve it I need to get some links on other established blogs; grow my social media following and increase my traffic. The main thing I need to do (and yes, I keep saying it) is write good content.

    What are your goals for 2017?




    Baby Led Weaning Chicken Recipe

    baby led weaning chicken nuggets on a baking tray ready to be cooked

    I am always looking for new ways to incorporate meat into Dexter’s diet. The reason we need to start feeding our babies solids at six month is because their stores of iron start to run out and we need to replace them. Meat is a great source of iron. Chicken has 1.3mg per 100g. This baby led weaning chicken nuggets recipe makes moist and most importantly, healthy, chunks of deliciousness. There’s no worry of added salt and unknown ingredients. It’s a simple recipe using only three ingredients (plus some extra herbs and spices) and pretty quick to make.

    Related Post: Baby Led Weaning Friendly Iron Rich Food




    baby led weaning chicken nuggets coated in breadcrumbs and waiting on a greased surface to be cooked

    I took a fillet of chicken and cut it up into nugget sized pieces. You can cut finger sized pieces if you want to make goujons. Either way works as you can see from the photo below. If baby is just starting out, you might want to try bigger pieces first.

    I prepped a baking tray by spraying it with Fry-light / Pam cooking spray and got two bowls ready. In one bowl I cracked an egg and whisked it with a spoon. In the second bowl I mixed breadcrumbs, paprika, oregano and garlic powder.

    I coated one of the pieces of chicken with the egg and then dipped it in the breadcrumb mixture. Once it was sufficiently coated I placed it on the baking tray and repeated with the rest of the chicken.

    I baked it in the oven at 180C / 350F for 20 minutes. Make sure that your chicken is cooked thoroughly by slicing into one of the nuggets. Juices will run clear and you will see only white meat, no pink.

    preperation of baby led weaning chicken nuggets: one bowl of breadcrumbs, one bowl of whisked egg and raw chicken sliced into nuggets on a heart shaped chopping board

    Leave to cool for a good ten minutes before offering to baby.

    Dexter was able to easily pick up the nuggets and the chicken was moist enough for him to chew and swallow. My husband adored these and can’t wait for me to make more. He wants us to experiment with adding different herbs and spices to the breadcrumb mixture. He likened them to McDonald’s Chicken Selects.

    Another baby led weaning success! Let me know if you try this baby led weaning chicken nuggets recipe.

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    Easy to follow recipe for baby led weaning chicken nuggets, using ingredients you will find in your store cupboard, a healthy alternative to freezer food

    BLW Recipe // Flatbread Pizza





    Pizzas are a huge staple in this house, we love ordering them for takeout, buying them fresh from the supermarket and making our own. Before Dex, we would make our own dough, spend hours proofing it, rolling it and baking it. We rarely have time to do this now, so we needed to find a quick way of making our favourite Italian food.

    I like to buy Lebanese flatbreads and build up pizza toppings on them. We use chicken, chorizo, spinach, ham, cheese, jalapenos; anything that you would normally put on a pizza. Of course it also needs a tomato base and we like to use a tin of Cirio pizza sauce.

    I put the pizzas under the grill for a couple of minutes until the cheese is bubbling away. I also like to make cheesy garlic breads the same way as well. (Of course if you are going to put meat on your pizza, I recommend cooking the meat first)

    It’s much healthier to offer Dex one of these pizzas instead of a supermarket or takeaway one. I know exactly what has been put on it and they are not greasy in the slightest. What’s more, I don’t have to worry about salt content either.

    Dex loves all the different tastes and the flatbread remains soft enough for him as long as it isn’t left under the grill too long. We usually make these as a quick lunch or eat them alongside a small pasta dish as an evening meal.

    Let me know if you try these pizza flatbreads. They’re so easy to make and it’s lot of fun building the toppings too!

    Disclaimer: I was given a range of Cirio products to sample and review on this blog. You can read the review here. All views about the range are my own.

     




    2016 // My Alphabetical Year in Review





    Thank you to Maria over at Mummy to Logan for tagging me in this very different way of doing a 2016 review. This is pretty difficult, but I got there in the end. It’s been an incredible year, the best of my life so far. Here’s why:

    Alcohol – not a drop has passed my lips in 2016. I haven’t missed the hangovers or the anxiety that comes with them. I have a new found addiction to Coke Zero, but it doesn’t contain any calories or guilt!

    Baby Led Weaning started in November. It has been so much fun (and stressful!) It’s so great watching Dexter learn about new tastes and textures.

    Christmas will be spent at my Mum’s house this year. We go over on Christmas Eve. I’m making the dessert.

    Dexter was born on May 20th this year. The happiest day of my life? Can’t remember much as I was so tired.

    Baby Einstein is my favourite brand of toys. We have an activity centre, jumper and lots of little toys too.

    Fireworks – We spent New Year’s Eve, Bonfire Night and countless other summer nights watching the fireworks from our balcony.

    Grasmere – I spent my birthday here this year. We stayed in a five star hotel and I hobbled around with my big pregnant belly and ridiculously painful pelvis.

    Help to Buy ISA – we saved he maximum possible in our ISA this year. Hopefully by July 2017 we will have the amount we need for our deposit.

    Isolation – I have felt very isolated this year being off sick from work and then having a baby. For that reason I am looking forward to going back to work next year

    Job – My husband got a permanent job in a school after being on temporary contracts for three years.

    Karen (my mum) became a grandma for the first time.

    Liverpool Women’s Hospital is where I have birth to Dexter.

    Morecambe- We have visited twice this year. I love it. I can’t even tell you why, but I love being here.

    Neil (my husband) did really well during the race season and brought home lots of trophies and medals. He also became a dad for the first time and is amazing at it.

    Omelettes – I have eaten more omelettes than I care to admit this year. They say on Slimming World, you start to despise the sight of eggs. All those omelettes helped me lose 40lbs this year.

    Pregnant – I was pregnant for nearly five months in 2016.

    Quentin – Neil suggested this name for our baby but there was no bloody chance.

    Reds True Barbecue – the last restaurant Neil and I went to as a couple without a child. I can’t even remember what I ate now, but I drank a non alcoholic iced tea and when we were walking home, he made me laugh so much I was crying and holding onto the wall for support. Everyone was staring at me. I was ready to burst, they probably thought I was in labour.

    SPD – I went off sick in January suffering with this. It lasted all the way until I gave birth. It was truly horrendous, I struggled to do anything.

    Trump was elected President of the US in a shocking victory. The world became a darker and scarier place.

    Unicorn_crap_cleaneats is the Instagram username of my friend Leanne. She lives on the other side of the country and we have never met, but she has been an amazing support to me this year. She’s always there if I want to moan/screen shot her and she is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. She truly is my twinny. Thank you Leanne for being a great mate this year.

    Vauxhall Children’s Centre is my local centre where we go to classes like Baby Babble and Music Rhyme Time.

    Waddling – I have spent most of the year waddling around either pregnant or recovering from child birth.

    Xerxes – The name of the eagle on an episode of Family Guy. I have watched more Family Guy and American dad this year than I care to remember and yes I am clutching at straws here to think of something beginning with X.

    Yawns- I have spent about 10,000 hours yawning this year due to lack of sleep. It’s all been worth it though *yawn*

    Zelda – spent a lot of January and February playing this game while I was off sick. It kept me sane. I had never been off sick before and it was really hard going from a million miles an hour to zero. This game kept my mind occupied while my body rested. It made the days go incredibly quick as well. I never did complete it.




    Dexter’s 7 Month Update




    Yesterday, Dexter turned seven months old. I cannot comprehend how quickly the time as gone, yet at the same time, it feels as if he’s been here forever. He is such a happy and content child, we are extremely blessed. This is what is new this month:

    • Dexter is drinking 7oz bottles around five times a day. He will often skip a bottle during the day but make up for it in the early evening.
    • He has 2/3 meals a day, all baby led. He eats things like banana, crumpets, apple, satsuma, pancakes, pasta.
    • He had his first proper illness this month and first trip to the doctors. He suffered with a runny nose and hacking cough.
    • He moved into his own room this month. We are still seeing one or two wake ups per night.
    • He now has two teeth. Both came through in the space of a couple of days.
    • He is able to get himself up on his hands and knees and shuffle backwards but cannot yet crawl.
    • He can sit unsupported and no longer falls to the side or backwards.
    • He has two or three naps a day, ranging from half an hour to two hours if I am lucky.
    • He hasn’t been weighed by the health visitor but he looks to weigh around 21lbs according to my scales.
    • The jumperoo is his favourite toy.
    • He is pooing three times a day now he’s on established solids and poos every time he goes in the jumperoo!
    • He is starting to grow out of his 6-9 month trousers. He still squeezes in a few 3-6 month tops though.
    • He loves banging his hands on the floor and scratching surfaces like carpet and sofas to make a noise.




    Baby Led Weaning Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

    Oh my gosh, these enchiladas are so yummy and smell absolutely divine. I am so happy to share this baby led weaning chicken enchiladas recipe with you because you are going to love the taste. It’s going to be messy for baby and maybe go a little lighter on the spice but it’s going to be so much fun. The chicken is lovely and moist and easily chewed and it’s going to give baby a taste explosion!




    four images, first of chicken breast in a bowl, second after chicken has been pulled, third with the spices and tomato sauce and fourth with the chicken ready to be put in the enchiladas

    Start by cooking four breasts of chicken wrapped in foil in the oven for thirty minutes.

    Place the breasts in a bowl, then using two forks, pull apart the chicken until fully shredded.

    Add a tin of Cirio Finely Chopped Tomatoes with garlic and onion to the bowl, along with, a tablespoon of cumin, paprika, cayenne and oregano. You can also add a tablespoon of Tabasco, depending on how well your baby does with spice.

    Related Post: Baby Led Weaning Chicken Curry Recipe

    baby led weaning chicken enchilada on a plate ready to be rolled

    Mix thoroughly then add a cup of grated cheddar cheese. Mix again.

    Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the mixture onto garlic and herb wraps (any type of wrap will do but these are my favourite). Add a little more cheese to each wrap, then roll tightly and place into an oven dish. Repeat until all the wraps are full and the chicken has been used. I like to throw even more cheese on top, because I’m a cheese addict!

    Related Post: Family Friendly Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

    baby led weaning chicken enchiladas topped with cheese and ready to go in the oven

    Bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 120C. Leave to cool for at least twenty minutes before serving to baby. These enchiladas will be piping hot when they come out of the oven and need plenty of time to cool.




    Let me know if you try this baby led weaning chicken enchiladas recipe and what you think.

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