Healthy Red Meat Meal

I’ve said it before, having a child with allergies is really tough. It’s difficult to get all the right goodness that they require in to their diet at the best of times as a toddler parent let alone when the ingredients your child is allergic to are in the majority of the supermarket foods.

The way I get around this for dinnertime is to cook all the basic but fresh foods, what I mean by this is I can cheat and chuck a jarred curry on some chicken for him unfortunately!

It’s much easier to stick to fresh cuts of meat, so for this meal we had a sirloin steak. Steak is one of those meats, infact all red meat, that has received such bad press recently and for a long time, I even remember my nan talking about it when I was pregnant that she felt red meat was great for you but it always receives such negative press that people just dismiss it. Oscar LOVES red meat, especially spaghetti bolognaise!

Red meat is such a great source of iron, zinc, b vitamins and potassium.

Dr Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist and mother, says: “Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning can help to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.”

So allow me to share with you this quick and easy delicious meal I made for the whole family last week.

I cooked 2 sirloin steaks, Ciaran and I have one each and we each just cut a piece of ours off for Oscar then he has his own portions of vegetables etc.

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On this occasion I went for thinly sliced crispy potatoes (with thinly sliced spring onion added to the adult meals) mangetout, corn on the cob and asparagus- all really healthy and great that I’m not needing to cook two separate meals for us and Oscar- this means we can also sit down as a family which is so nice when we’ve been at work all day.  Oscar LOVES corn on the cob much more fun that boring old sweetcorn!

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This all took about 40 minutes to make from start to finish which I think is amazing, and yes, it tasted incredible!

What kind of meals do you make for your family using red meat? Do you have a particular red meat opinion? If so where did it stem from?

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“This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.”

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Letter To My Baby- 2 Years

Hello my little skids,

Well, you’re two whole years old now I simply can’t believe it! You’re walking and running around, playing football with daddy. You love your puzzles and your cars, especially the one you can sit in. You also love mummy’s make up, you use my beauty blender and powder to apply your own make up and brush your hair. Mummy likes this because you copy exactly what we do which shows me you’re learning and taking everything in!

Your current favourite movie is Moana, you love it because it has so many songs in it every time the songs come on you get up and dance around.

You are obsessed with cleaning, which again, mummy loves. Once I’ve finished my cup of tea you carry my cup out to the kitchen and put it on the side, same with our plates and yours when you’re all finished.

You like to wear mummy and daddy’s shoes around the house which always brings laughter.

You also enjoy gardening, you’ve always very much been an outdoors boy but now you like to be productive, you get the watering can and fill it up and water all the plants and help mummy pull the weeds out.  Nanny Jill bought you some gardening tools for your birthday and your other grandparents bought you tool kits, yet you’d still rather use REAL tools and REAL watering cans.

Mummy has finally given in and you’re officially starting nursery this week, which is very scary for Mummy and Daddy but also so so exciting, you’ll have your little uniform and your back pack and then you’re starting dance and football next week and life is very much moving at a fast pace.

You’re so clever, you love cleaning your teeth, you love getting your juice out of the fridge in the morning and pouring your own breakfast oats, you’re very independent and we are so proud of you. Your little character is fantastic and I cannot wait to see what’s next for you my little baba.

All my love,

Mummy