Cooking For Kids: Zucchini Slice

New “Recipe Reviewing”

Since starting my new job as an au pair I have come into everyday contact with a cooking appliance called Thermomix. For those who don’t know, the Thermomix is a cooking appliance which boasts over 20 functions in one unit.
And it’s pretty damn cool.
For an avid cook like myself this pushed my “play time” buttons, eager to explore what tasty creations this appliance could help me accomplish.

Anyway, this post isn’t a review of the Thermomix itself, (although I would really encourage going to a free cooking experience with them and just having a go at making some super tasty creations and seeing all the different functions this one appliance uses!).

Rather, this “recipe review” idea came from my love for adapting recipes and the eye opener it’s been cooking for toddlers and young children.

Cooking For Kiddies

Since becoming an au pair dinner times has been a real eye opener for me.
The struggle can be exhausting; the changing appetites, toddler tantrums, constant negotiating:
“No you can’t have ice cream if you haven’t eaten your main meal…”
“If you’re hungry enough for ice cream you can eat your vegetables…”
“You liked carrots yesterday what’s wrong with them today?!”


The struggle to get them finishing a meal (or even sitting at the dinner table). One day they love your cooking the next day you do the same thing and meltdowns are occurring left right and centre.
My love of cooking just isn’t reciprocated.
My enjoyment for colourful plates full of veggies and fruits certainly isn’t.
I felt enormous respect at my own mother, how the hell did she manage to raise two boys and me with table manners and healthy appetites? What did she do to get me to sit at the table and not riggle my way off?
It was also an insight to the exhaustion and frustration she tustve felt when I was desperately ill with anorexia, trying to get me to eat, and watching me cry in front of platefuls of food she’d endlessly slaved away to make “Joss recovery friendly”.

The I was told…

“Joss, the role of a parent/carer is to provide a nutritious meal on the dinner table, it’s not your job to force the children to eat. When they learn that’s what they get at dinner time, they will choose to try new foods”.

My Mission: To provide tasty, nutritious, foods that families, friends and kiddies will enjoy.
My Passion: Helping people become the happiest, healthiest, versions of themselves.

These “Food Reviews” will share some of my Top Favourite Recipes that align with my mission and my passion.
Recipes I found work well, including any adaptations I have made to increase flavour, meet different dietary needs and, all importantly, sneak in more veggies!

Since most the time I am using the Thermomix I will post both variants of the recipe when I can, or at least link to a tried and tested alternative for you .


ZUCCHINI SLICE


The Zucchini Slice is basically a quiche without the pastry.

I was introduced to this recipe through a cooking session with Thermomum_au. We had a fab morning together exploring some new recipes, and this one you can find in the “Basic Cook Book” that also comes with a recipe chip for those using a Thermomix.

So all credit must go to Cookidoo for this recipe, however, I have made some all important additions upping the veggie content, meeting different dietary requirements and increasing that flavour experience we are all after!

It is packed with eggs, veggies and little bit of cheese, so provides a really filling high protein snack, perfect for lunch boxes or a grab-and-go snack.
I personally love them as a post workout snack to tide my huger over until the next big meal.

Course: Light Lunch or Snack (perfect for lunch boxes)
Difficulty: Easy
Prep/Cook Time: 15mins/30mins

Ingredients

  • 80 g olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 100 g cheddar cheese, cut into pieces (3 cm)
  • 350 g zucchini, cut into quarters
  • 1 brown onion (approx. 150 g), cut into quarters
  • 3 rindless bacon rashers (or reduced fat ham) approx. 160 g , cut into pieces
  • 5 eggs 
  • 100 g rice flour 
  • 1 pinch sea salt 
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper 

Alternatives

Vegetarain? Simple remove the bacon
Add More Veggies: Use half the Zucchini and add in the remaining weight with carrot and diced up red capsicum(red pepper).
Herb Up: Try adding in mixed herbs, fresh basil or garlic salt
Rice Flour: make yourself using Thermomix (250g on speed 9, 60 seconds) x3
Flour Alternatives: can use Self Raising Flour (1 Cup/ approx. 150g)


Method

  • Pre heat oven to 180C and line a muffin tray (or I used silicone muffin cases)
  • Place cheese and zucchini (and any other veggies you’re using) in Thermomix (alternatively use a food processor or manual grater) and grate it at speed 6 for 10 seconds. Place into a mixing bowl and set to the side.
  • Place onion and olive oil into the Thermomix and chop using speed 7 for 4 seconds.
    Alternatively, chop up onion and cook with olive oil over a medium heat until light and transparent.
  • Add sea salt, black pepper and bacon, and sauté for 2 minutes, speed 2, at 80C.
    Add in the salt, pepper, bacon/ham into the pan and mix for a further 2 minutes until the hame is cooked through.
  • Add in the rice flour, eggs and cheesy vegetables, and mix on speed 5 for 30-40 seconds.
    Transfer the mixture in the pan into the bowl with the grated vegetables and cheese. Add in the rice flour and eggs and stir well until all combined. Mixture should be medium runny in its consistency.
  • Transfer into the lined muffin cases and bake for 20-30minutes, or until light brown around the edges and are springy when touched.
    You can test by inserting a skewer into the middle or gently pressing on the top.

Nutrition per portion (2 medium muffins)
Calories 1297 kJ / 309 kcal  Protein 12.4 g Carbohydrates 12 g Fat24 g

Serving Suggestions
Great hot or cold, served with side salad and smoked salmon.
Pack wrapped up, or in tupperware container in lunch boxes with cherry tomatoes.

Storage
Store in air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.


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