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Scout’s Pink Fish Macaroni
by Chef Lesley Waters

Celebrity Chef Lesley Waters cooks great food for fussy kids

We all know what it is like when it comes to tea time with kids – it can be hard enough getting them to sit still at the table let alone anything else! Between the ages of one and three years it can be difficult to get them to eat the right foods, and to know if they are getting enough nutrients, particularly as some toddlers can become fussy eaters during this time.

Help is here with Celebrity Chef and mother Lesley Waters along with SMA Nutritionist Anne Sidnell who have designed six easy meals to satisfy even the fussiest of taste buds, and helps provide balanced meals with key nutrients like Iron, Omega 3 and 6 and Vitamin D that are needed for healthy growth and development.

The first recipe Lesley cooks in the series is Scout’s Pink Fish Macaroni, her daughter’s favourite meal when she was a toddler.

Lesley & Anne’s tip:

Salmon is really great to use in this recipe as it is a mild fish most children like and it also contains Omega 3 which is important for brain and eye development.

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Scout’s Pink Fish Macaroni"This is still a favourite with my 9 year old daughter. You can use any small
pasta shapes for this dish."
~ Lesley Waters


25 g butter
25 g plain flour
400 ml whole cows’ milk
55 g small broccoli florets
140 g boneless, skinless salmon fillet, diced finely
55 g macaroni pasta, cooked


  • Pre-heat the oven to 190°C, 375°F, Gas 5.
  • Place the butter, flour and milk in a medium pan. Whisk over a medium heat until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add broccoli to the sauce and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the salmon and cook for a further minute.
  • Gently stir in the cooked macaroni and two-thirds of the cheese.
  • Pour into an ovenproof dish.
  • Mix together the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs and scatter over the top.
  • Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes.

Servings: 2

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