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COOKING FOR TODDLERS FOOD & COOKING ARTICLE

Broccoli and Cheese One Pot Risotto
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.

In the third webisode in the series, Lesley cooks up a delicious Broccoli and Cheese risotto with the minimum of fuss, using just one pot!

Lesley’s tip:

It’s vital to get vegetables into your toddler’s diet, and I found a great way to do this by adding broccoli into a cheesy risotto. Concealing the ‘good stuff’ in a tasty dinner is a great way of getting those nutrients in. Also, chicken is a great source of protein and toddlers like it because the flavour isn’t too strong.

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BROCCOLI AND CHEESE ONE POT RISOTTO

Broccoli and Cheese One Pot Risotto
Broccoli and Cheese One Pot Risotto

"It’s vital to get vegetables into your toddler’s diet, and I found a great way to do this by adding broccoli into a cheesy risotto. Concealing the ‘good stuff’ in a tasty dinner is a great way of getting those nutrients in. Also, chicken is a great source of protein and toddlers like it because the flavour isn’t too strong." ~ Lesley Waters

Ingredients

7 g butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
55 g risotto rice
55 g small broccoli florets
300 ml whole cows' milk
300 ml chicken stock (look out for low salt stock found in health food shops if not using home-made)
55 g frozen petit pois
55 g cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast, finely diced
25 g mature cheddar, finely grated

Method

  • Heat the butter in a pan and cook the onion over a medium heat for 5 minutes until softened.
  • Stir in the rice and broccoli and cook for a further minute.
  • Mix the milk and stock together and add 1/3 to the pan. Simmer rapidly for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add another 1/3 of liquid and cook for a further 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the final 1/3 of liquid and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until the rice is soft and tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Stir in the petit pois and chicken and heat through thoroughly.
  • Stir in cheese and serve.

Servings: 2

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