One of Isla's favourite foods is pasta and one of her favourite meals is the one I'm about to recount to you here. If she is going through a little phase where she's not eating much (which happens about every other week!), then I make this meal and I know she is guaranteed to eat it! It's adapted from Annabel Karmel's New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner and Isla gives it the thumbs up every time. The beauty of it is that it's also so quick to make:
Salmon and Broccoli Pasta
1 small onion
1 garlic clove
small amount of oil
1 tin of wild red salmon
broccoli florets - about half of a head of broccoli that you buy in shops
pasta - I tend to make about a handful - spaghetti is her current favourite
142 ml carton of single cream
As much parmesan as you want
Fry onion and garlic in the oil until soft. While doing this cook the broccoli and the pasta. Once they are cooked and drained pop them in the pan with the onion and garlic, along with the red salmon. Then pour in the cream and parmesan and mix well until the cheese melts.
This can be frozen, so I generally keep one portion for that days dinner and then freeze the other portions. Sometimes I add other bits of veg in there that I've got knocking about in the fridge - red pepper/ mushrooms and I'd fry these along with the onion and garlic at the start. This recipe is great because it's a fishy one and sometimes these babies can be a bit funny about fish.
I love Annabel Karmel's book. It's great because you can make the meals for all the family, they're not just for the little ones. Give this one a try and see if your kids like it.