What’s for lunch #2: Cheese omelette

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Preamble

This is the second in a series of quick, simple, tasty and above all healthy lunches for you to share with your baby and/or toddler.

I love eggs. There, I’ve said it. I learned back in University in 1999 (eek) that scientists had got it wrong all along – just because eggs contained cholesterol didn’t mean they raise a person’s cholesterol levels. It just goes to show that science and nutrition science in this instance is ever changing. What we think is the truth now may well change with greater understanding, through more research in the future.

Nutrition bits

Where to start… well they contain good amounts of protein, vitamins A, D and E,  iron, zinc, B vitamins, particularly B12 and riboflavin and folate. They also provide high levels of minerals including iodine, selenium, phosphorus and some zinc and iron too.

You will need…

  • 3 medium free-range eggs
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cheese
How to…
Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat with a fork until smooth.
Heat a non-stick frying pan and add the oil. When the oil is hot, pour the eggs into the pan.
Using a wooden fork or a spatula and working in a circular motion, move the eggs in the pan around, while at the same time moving the pan back and forth across the heat. Allow the eggs to start coagulating.
Stop moving the pan, let the bottom of the omelette begin to cook through and brown a little
If you are in a rush – and/or need to check on baby – pop the pan under the grill to cook the top of the omelette.
Sprinkle cheese on one side of the omelette, put it back under the grill until the cheese has melted and then fold over.
Tip the omelette onto a plate. Cut fingers of omelette for baby/toddler and the rest is for you.
These photos are from a couple of months ago. You can see I served with summer vegetables. Now I would serve with cooked vegetables and/or low salt/low sugar baked beans for baby/toddler.
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We had omelette today too – we had just come back from a baby/toddler group and I didn’t have very much in food wise. I put chopped parsley in the pan – just before the eggs. Hopefully, by adding herbs and other green vegetables to dishes, I won’t be asked “what’s that green stuff?” at future mealtimes.
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Portion sizes

You’ll know if your following this blog I refer to Caroline Walker Trust CHEW! portion size guidance. I don’t weigh at every mealtime but I do often as it helps me to learn to estimate portion sizes visually.

*9 month olds: I gave 3 x 20g finger portions of omelette to baby, and about 40g baked beans(mash/chop the baked beans). If you’re giving other veg as finger food then give about 20g

10-12 month olds: 4 x 20g finger portions of omelette, 50g baked beans, or 30g veg as finger food

1-4 year olds: 5 x 20g finer portions of omelette, 6og baked beans or 2 x 40g portions of veg

And you: you get whatever is leftover –  and try to have two portions of veg (that’s 2 x 80g of vegetables)

*As have said on previous posts, from experience I don’t think younger babies will eat enough finger food to meet their nutrient requirements, so am recommending this for older babies.

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