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Cheesy Baked Pasta

Cheesy Baked Pasta | Laceys Lunches

A big week in our house this week. Lacey is walking now, well four or five steps 😉 There had been great excitement in the house as she shows everyone who calls. She is changing everyday, growing up into a little girl.

Pasta is by far her favourite food. She gobbles it up so we have pasta on the menu a couple times a week. Pasta is one of those ingredients that is so versatile and the different shapes fascinate Lacey. Lacey loves to chat, and meals times never quieten her. She loves picking up her food and chatting, almost like she is commenting on what she is eating, its so adorable!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 pound minced beef
  • 4 cups cooked pasta – 2 cups uncooked
  • 2 cups of passata
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium-heat and add onion, garlic and red pepper flakes. Saute until onions have softened, about 4 minutes. Crumble in the minced beef and cook until the beef is browned, about 5 minutes. Add the passata and the oregano can cook for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cooked pasta and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese.
  4. Spoon the pasta mixture into a casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top and the parmesan cheese too.
  5. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

Cheesy Baked Pasta | Laceys Lunches

Cheesy Baked Pasta | Laceys Lunches

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did :)

Elisha  xox 

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Roasted Vegetables Parmesan Chips

Love Sundays, getting a little bit of a lie in and they just relaxing for the morning before getting lunch ready. The pace on Sundays are usually one of slow, that’s how they should be to I reckon! We can just hang out and enjoy being a family.

Today was one of a little excitement as Lacey started taking one to two steps unaided, Yeah 🙂 We are so proud of her big milestone! She was walking carrying her stuffed toys, she was so chuffed with herself.

For Sunday lunch I usually cook a meat roast with roasted vegetables, they are the best! We love a selection of vegetables, and anything goes usually! Today I decided to do something different with the vegetables and coat them in a parmesan cheese and bread crumb coating. And they were delicious! Lacey loved them, I cut the vegetables in like chips and they were so easy for her to pick up.

Roasted Vegetable Chips | Laceys Lunches

Roasted Vegetable Chips | Laceys Lunches

Roasted Vegetable Chips | Laceys Lunches

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheedry breadcrumbdry breadcrumbse
  • A pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • A selection of vegetables –  courgette, carrots, sweet potato, parsnips.
  • Olive oil or cooking spray

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 240° Celsius.
  2. Coat two baking sheets lightly with cooking spray or thinly with olive oil.
  3. Slice your vegetables in thin strips, resembling chips. If they feel wet, pat them dry with a paper towel.
  4.  Place the milk in a small bowl.
  5. Combine the bread crumbs. cheese, salt and pepper in a seperate bowl.
  6. Dip each vegetable in milk, and then drip into the cheese breadcrumb mixture. Arrange in single layer on baking sheets.
  7. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until browned and crisp, , flipping each over halfway through. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Roasted Vegetables Parmesan Chips | Laceys Lunches

Roasted Vegetable Chips | Laceys Lunches

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did :)

Elisha  xox

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Fish Goujons

Fish Goujons

Adapted from Annabel Karmel

 Fish goujons | Laceys Lunches

Growing up in Ireland, Fish Fingers for tea was a common item on the menu in every household. They bring back such fond childhood memories!

Poor Lacey is teething again, she had a very unsettled nights sleep last night and it a tiny bit clingy today, sitting on my lap as I type 🙂 On days like these comfort all round is the only thing, especially when it comes to food! She just loves fish, having fish for dinner at least once a week during the Summer, these Fish Goujons make a great Autumn dish. The little fish fingers made with tender white fish, cod or hake, make for easy eating for those tiny fingers. Baked in the oven in a little oil these goujons are very healthy. I served ours with baked sweet potato fries and garden peas.

 Fish Goujons | Laceys Lunches
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbs. Flour
  • 300 grams fresh white fish fillet, such as Cod or Hake, cut into little-finger-sized strips
  • 2 Tbs. sunflower oil
Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Mix together the bread crumbs, the cheese and the seasoning, and place into a large plate.

2.Spread the flour out on another large plate.

3. Beat the egg in a separate bowl.

4. Toss the fish pieces in the flour, then dip into the egg and then coat with the bread crumbs and cheese mixture. Lay the coated goujons on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

5. Drizzle or spray some oil over the strips. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the crumbs are golden brown and the fish is cooked through. Turning halfway through. Adjust the baking time according to the thickness of your fillet. Try not overcook the fish as it will be dry and hard.

Alternatively you can heat the oil in a large frying pan over moderate heat and fry the goujons until they are golden and the fish is just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels to remove excess oil before serving.

Check the temperature before serving.

Fish goujons | Laceys Lunches

Fish goujons | Laceys Lunches

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did :)

Elisha 

xox

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Leek and Potato Cakes

All wrapped up today with a fire on I needed something warming and comforting for lunch, and I decided to make potato cakes. Lacey is now 13 months and we are using the Baby Led Weaning method with her. Baby Led Weaning, quite simply, means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning. You just hand them the food in a suitably-sized piece and if they like it they eat it and if they don’t they won’t. It really suited us as my daughter loves to feed herself, little miss independent! I would highly recommend it to anyone who is beginning to wean their baby. There is no purees, no ice cube trays, no food processor, no baby rice, just you and your child, eating food that you enjoy.

Leek and Potato Cake | Laceys Lunches

Ingredients:

50g Plain Flour
450g Potatoes (cooked & mashed)
1 Egg (beaten)
5cm stick of leek (finely chopped and sweated until soft)
Salt & Pepper
Milk (if mixture is too dry)
Butter or oil for frying.

Method:

  1. Put the potato, leeks, flour, egg, salt and pepper into a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well until all ingredients come together; add a little milk, if necessary.
  3. On a floured, roll out the mixture to about 0.5cm thick and using a cookie cutter shape into 9 small potato cakes.
  4. Heat oil or butter in a pan and cook the potato cakes until nicely browned on each side.
  5. Cakes can be served immediately or kept overnight in a fridge. Reheat in a hot oven (200°C, 400°F, Gas Mark 6) for about 15 minutes before serving.

Leek and Potato Cake | Laceys Lunches

Leek and Potato Cake | Laceys Lunches

Leek and Potato Cake | Laceys Lunches

Leek and Potato Cake | Laceys Lunches

Leek and Potato Cake | Laceys Lunches

Leek and Potato Cake | Laceys Lunches

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did 🙂

Happy October!

Elisha 

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About

About

Welcome to Laceys Lunches; a Mom’s guide to baby led weaning.

 Laceys Lunches

My name is Elisha and I am an Irish Mama in training, wife and food blogger. We are living in the beautiful west of Ireland and my passions in my life to name a few are baking, food and my family!

As a new mother of a beautiful baby girl, I wanted her to have the best start to life, breastfeeding for the first year of her life I wanted to continue on with healthy and nutritious diet for her. My daughter is now 13 months old and we have been using the baby led weaning method with her since she was 6 months old. Baby Led Weaning, quite simply, means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning. You just hand them the food in a suitably-sized piece and if they like it they eat it and if they don’t they won’t.

Our baby led weaning journey began when Lacey was six months of age, we introduced solids to Lacey in the form of pureed fruits and vegetables such as pear, apple, sweet potato, carrots and butternut squash.  In the beginning Lacey was a fantastic eater, she would happily gobble up all her meals, always looking for more.  However it didnt last long and meal times quickly became a source of frustration and disappointment as Lacey refused to be spoon fed.

Lacey now spent meal times thrashing her head from side to side to avoid the spoon coming close to her and she was getting very upset during meal times.  I tried everything but to no avail. Both upset with the whole thing, something I never wanted as meal times should be full of fun and enjoyment.  We couldn’t continue on like this so I decided to give this new trend of Baby Led Weaning a go. Searching on the internet there is lots of great information available for new Moms and Dads who are stepping into feeding for the first time.

It really suited us as Lacey loves to feed herself, little miss independent! She loves to explore the new textures of food, it is fantastic for their development. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is beginning to wean their baby. There is no purees, no ice cube trays, no food processor, no baby rice, just you and your child, eating food that you enjoy.

Lacey now gets so excited for meal times, something I always imagined meal times would be. She is like me, a lover of vegetables! Meal times are now a joy for all our family, its lovely to be able to sit together as a new family, we catch up on our days events and enjoy the same delicious home cooked food!

Here you will find a delicious collection of baby led weaning recipes that I hope your little one will enjoy as much as my gorgeous growing daughter did.

You can join Lacey’s Lunches food adventure and receive fantastic Baby Led Weaning recipes directly to your inbox, all you have to do is simply sign up to follow our blog!  We would also love to hear all about your experiences, thoughts and recipes with Baby Led Weaning so please feel free to comment and share 🙂

Let the fun meal times begin,

Elisha

xox