I'm very good at following recipes, and had no trouble with the "Serves 1" from my old student cook book.
So now I need lunch recipes that serve me and my toddler, so, "1 and a half" From briefly perusing Amazon, there's no such thing as a "Mum and Toddler Lunch Recipe" book that doesn't come with "Serves 4" or "Makes 16".
It feels like the only recipe I have these days, somehow, has turned into something-on-toast.
What are your best lunch recipe books that don't involve making lunch twice? What should I change in my approach?
It feels like I'm holding my breath playing a game of operation. Help! Annd this became a mini-rant.
I don't use recipes, just make her whatever I'm having normally. Eg Jacket potatoes (1 large, 1 smaller) Pasta salad Sandwiches or toast Type of ploughmans or similar picky plate with cold meats/cheese/salad/veg Quiche Savoury muffins or pie Leftovers from a dinner
Make a serves 4 meal then portion up and freeze leftovers? I don't really do recipes for family meals but make up stews, spag bols, chillis etc or if I'm doing a tray bake with fish or chicken I adapt the quantities but adding a bit more or less.
I've never used recipes for my toddler and I lunches. It's always been by what they can help me cook. So lots of scrambled eggs, stuffed potato skins, pancakes & fruit, toasties, crackers with cooked meat on the side & a small cheese selection, risotto using veg& any leftover meat from the previous nights roast dinner...twice a week I would take us to a cafe to introduce them to a vague idea of what a school dinner hall is like (they are served at the table in school to a set menu).
I batch cook soup and have that every other day with fruit / bread / cold meat / cheese / random fridge stuff. Then one day fish (smoked haddock / fish fingers / salmon fillet in foil) with potatoes and veg. And other is eggs or baked potato with topping. Boring but easy!
We just have sandwiches and/or soup for lunch, main meal in evening.
Can you not just use your "serves1" book and make 1 1/2 times the quality? If you want a family recipe book Fay Ripley's Family Food is good - tells you how to adapt recipes to make them more toddler friendly