I created this dish for my toddler, in my never-ending quest to get her to enjoy food and mealtimes as much as my wife and I do. She can be the pickiest of eaters (whose toddler isn’t?) but LOVES mushrooms and peas so I adapted a couple of “grown up” recipes and made a meat & veg pie that she demolishes on a regular basis. Don’t get me wrong, my wife and I love it too but after we’ve thrown in a bit of salt!
My daughter currently has about 5 or 6 dishes that she LOVES for dinner. Typically if I ask her what she wants for dinner I am met with “pasa, pasa” (which is pasta for those of you not up to speed with baby lingo) and if it’s not pasa then it’s “pie, pie” (that’s the same pie as in grown up talk if you also aren’t up to speed with that lingo!). I shit you not it takes her about 2 minutes to demolish this particular pie, shoveling it into her wide open mouth, not surrendering a drop to the floor! Is that a good thing, should my kid be eating that fast? I think so; the quicker she eats dinner, the quicker I am drinking my pinot!! Also, as I say, this recipe isn’t just great for your kids. With the addition of a little salt and maybe some herbs, it’s a great all round family pleaser, unless you are at the picky teenager stage then I guess I can only wish you and future me luck!
The inspiration for this pie came from pasta dish that my wife craved every night throughout her pregnancy. My wife would be in work and she would text asking what was for dinner and no matter what I said – fish, chicken, steaks, broccoli, apples or even chocolate – I would be met with “is there gonna be pasta???” It’s no wonder our daughter is always asking for pasta too. Trying to get her (our daughter that is) to eat food other than pasta, I got some further inspiration from our home country (Ireland) and said “potatoes it is”. I then took the pregnancy pasta dish of chicken, onion, mushroom & bacon in a cream sauce, edited it slightly and well the rest is in the picture above and the recipe below so you can read on to see yourself.What makes this particular recipe so good is that it’s not only super tasty, but it is cost effective and freezes really well too. I make a big batch of this (and other gems I’ll share with you in subsequent posts) and then I can just whip a little tub out of the freezer, let it defrost in the fridge overnight and come feeding time it’s about 50 seconds in the microwave and dinner is on the table. Good job too because, lord knows, come 4.30/5pm toddlers have even less patience than they usually have during the day!