Squeeze half a lemon onto steamed broccoli florets or green beans for a tasty twist. Little helpers will love being in charge of the squeezing.
Look for ways to add herbs
Tear basil into a tomato sauce, sprinkle parsley or chives into an omelette or blitz basil with toasted pine nuts, Parmesan and a little olive oil to make a yummy homemade pesto.
Experiment with spices
Try making a mild curry sauce with turmeric, cumin and coriander. You’ll need to heat the spices gently in a little oil and make sure they don’t burn. Mix mild curry powder into a cheesy sauce to give it a delicate new flavour, or add a tiny pinch of chilli powder and lemon juice to mashed avocados for a yummy dip.
Sprinkle in some super seeds
Add sesame seeds to steamed green veg and carrot batons or sprinkle toasted pumpkin seeds into roasted veg.
Give garlic a go
Crush or finely chop garlic and cook it gently in a small amount of olive oil so it releases flavour into your sauces.
Try tropical twists
Slice open a vanilla pod and add the wonderfully aromatic seeds to plain yoghurt. Layer chopped mango, banana and strawberries with the yoghurt for a quick and easy pud.
Create yummy compotes
Steam rhubarb with the zest and juice of an orange and a little grated ginger or soften chopped apple with a tablespoon of water, a handful of raisins and a pinch of cinnamon. Two delicious compotes to liven up a bowl of yoghurt or porridge.
Mix fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries or chopped dried fruit, like figs and apricots into porridge and unsweetened muesli instead of adding sugar.
Passion fruit pulp and seeds are fun for little hands to spoon out and have a lovely crunch to them - a perfect topping for puds and porridge.