I made this for Little Chop’s dinner tonight and it got the Fussy Toddler tick of approval. Creamy, cheesy, yummy – what’s not to like? I almost got stuck into it myself!
I must admit, I don’t really use recipes or measurements when I’m cooking at home, unless I’m baking, so these quantities are estimates, but it’s not an exact science – so don’t worry! Plus, you can substitute in other veggies like pumpkin or sweet potato if you like, or use some leftover roast chicken instead of tuna.
This recipe will feed one fussy toddler, so just multiply it if you need to.
1/4 cup broccoli in bite size pieces
1/4 cup cauliflower in bite size pieces
1 tbs tinned tuna
1 tbs white beans (cannellini, butter beans or even chick peas)
2 tsp butter/ margarine
2 tsp plain flour
150 ml milk
1/4 cup grated tasty cheese
Put the broccoli and cauliflower on to steam. When they’re nearly tender, add the beans and steam for a further 3 minutes or thereabouts.
Meanwhile, melt the butter on medium heat in a small saucepan, add the flour and stir in until smooth. When the mixture begins to look frothy, remove from heat and gradually whisk in the milk. Return to stove and stir over medium heat until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in most of the cheese – set aside a little for the top.
Stir the veggies, beans and tuna through the cheese sauce – smashing the veggies and beans a bit as you go. Spoon into a ramekin. Top with the leftover cheese and put under the grill until bubbly and a little bit browned.
Allow to cool a little as the cheese will be very hot.
Serve to your aspiring food critic.
*I’m thinking about writing a regular post called ‘Fussy Toddler Friday’ – assuming I can come up with a new recipe every week that satisfies Little Chop’s discerning taste buds. Scrap that, it’s never going to happen.
Maybe every second Friday…