i cook this a lot. mainly when i need to clean out my fridge and re-stock the freezer with meals for stanley. everyone though is happy. i have a clean fridge, and stanley gets a healthy meal i know he loves. in fact this is my fail safe dinner. if he's tired or being tricky, or ill. this, with some pasta always goes down and i don't feel bad because it's home made and packed full of the good stuff. winner.
so here's how to do it. sorry if i'm telling you THE most obvious recipe in the world, but hey, sometimes it's nice to be told the simple stuff...

first up some ingredients you might need. you could of course use anything else. this is what i had in the fridge. i've done this recipe with squash, aubergine, beans and broccoli too. throwing in some spinach at the end too is so good, a great way to sneak in extra greens.

chop up the vegetables into roughly the same size. you don't have to worry about it being chunky it's going to have a blitz at the end. then roast the life out of them with some olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper if you like.

while this is happening bring the can of chopped tomatoes or you could use passata, to a boil with a clove of chopped garlic and some herbs thrown in. i've used rosemary and dried oregano. but thyme, basil etc would be nice too. simmer with some water (about a cup full) for about half an hour (or until the veg is done.) just don't let it reduce down too much. add some more water if you need.

when the veg is nice and roasted and sweet add it to the tomato sauce and give a good stir to combine.
then i transfer to little glass ramekins. i don't like to store any food in plastic. especially stanley's. i worry about what leaches out of the plastic, (even bpa free) especially when you freeze and re-heat. so these work perfectly for me and they are the right portion size to add to pasta etc. i also use it with white fish, chickpea patties, chicken and couscous...anything really. sooooo handy to have in the freezer, and great to do a massive batch!

if you have any fail safe toddler recipes i would seriously LOVE to hear them. i get stuck in such a food rut sometimes with stanley.....it'd be great to share below in the comments or with any links to sites you have! many thanks :)


  1. It looks delicious and reminds me a Turkish dish called "Türlü"
    I think this recipe can be helpful.http://almostturkish.blogspot.com/2008/05/green-bean-stew-with-meat-etli-taze.html
    You can cook it with or without meat and we always stock this kind of foods to eat even in winter.
    Have a good day Sarah!

    1. thanks gulcin, that does look nice i might try it out. i'll let you know how i get on! thanks so much for your message. x

  2. Yum! this is making me hungry!

    I know this will probably seem very unimaginative but my sister-in-law swears by macaroni cheese with more interesting bits added if our nephews (who are really fussy with their nosh!) are having a picky faze. We make it a lot too for ourselves but add finely chopped bacon, peas and sometimes chopped tomato and spinach - if we're feeling more fancy then little lumps of goats cheese or blue cheese find their way in.

    we use penne or big tubes and the peas and other veg get stuck inside, so if Stanley was having a no-greens-day he probably wouldn't notice! Our nephews seem to like it and don't notice they're being tricked into eating veg stuck in the pasta! x


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