Sunday, 30 December 2012

Oodles of Noodles for toddlers

An 'OMG what am I going to feed him' moment came upon me a few days ago.  Not that the fridge wasn't groaning but it was groaning with all the high fat foods for the festivities to come.  So I came up with this.  A delicious (if I say so myself) slightly sweet sauce which worked well with the noodles and would also be great with some chicken.




Oodles of noodles (aka Prawn noodles with honey and 5 spice sauce) - serves 1 toddler

Ingredients

1oz, 30-35g dried noodles
1/3 Red pepper (capsicum)
4 Mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp Oil
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Honey
a large pinch of 5 spice powder
2 tsp water
1 tsp Cornflour (cornstarch)
A handful of cooked prawns (defrosted if frozen) or cooked chicken

Method

Cook the noodles following pack instructions but cook them for a minute or two less than recommended as you will be stir frying them.

Heat the oil in a wok and start to stir fry the mushrooms for a minute or so.  Mix the soy, honey, 5 spice, water and cornflour together.  Add the pepper to the wok and stir fry for a further minute.  Add the drained noodles, prawns and sauce and stir together until everything is hot through and the sauce is clinging to the noodles.

Allow to cool a little and serve.  Very popular with my little man.  He had a face covered in sauce afterwards!



Not one for babies this because of the honey.  Honey is a lovely, natural, safe food for kids over 12 months but before that age, it's possible they can contract botulism from it.  This is because honey often contains botulism spores.  Normally it's not the spores that make people ill but a toxin (poison) which is formed in the food.  The spores can't germinate in the honey and make the toxin so it's completely safe to eat if you're not really young but in the immature gut of a baby, the spores can germinate there and cause illness.  Cooking does not kill the spores either so steer clear of honey if under the age of 1.  After that, it's completely fine.

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