I love cooking yummy, nutritious meals for my family and trying out new recipes for the boys. We mostly eat all together as a family and I have always offered the boys a variety of new tastes and textures since weaning. We have our firm family favourites (spaghetti bolagnese, curries and of course, fish fingers!) but I love to try new recipes as often as possible. We have recently taken part in the #HealthyRedMeat challenge with Britmums and the dish I created was piri piri pork. Usually you would associate piri piri with chicken, but I wanted to try something different. I like to include red meat in the boys diet a few times a week as it provides a range of important nutrients that are often low in toddlers and children – including iron, zinc, and B vitamins, selenium and potassium. The Meat Advisory Panel is partnering with Britmums to promote red meat in the diet of children, due to recent misleading information putting red meat in a negative light. It is important to know the facts in order to make the right choices for your family, and not let the nutritional benefits be overshadowed. Dr Emma Derbyshire, a Public Health Nutritionist who happens to also be a mum, says: “Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning can help to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.” With this in mind, we sat down to enjoy a family meal of pork – a meat we don’t often have but is so versatile and delicious.
- 4 pork loins
- 2 x can of chopped tomatoes
- 2 x red onions
- 1 x red and 1 x yellow pepper
- piri piri seasoning (I used JD Seasoning – so good!)
- 150 ml chicken stock
Preheat oven to 180 degree. Brown pork in a frying pan using oil and make up chicken stock. Chop onions and peppers and spread out across the bottom of a large oven dish. Set the pork loins on top of the vegetables. Add the chopped tomatoes to the stock, and then the piri piri seasoning. Pour the mixture over the top of the pork and vegetables, spreading evenly and place in oven for 30 minutes. Ensure meat is cooked throughout before serving.
I served the piri piri pork with pasta as it is always a hit with the boys, but it would go well with rice too, and added some grated cheese.
The meal went down really well with the boys – they love flavoursome food and I have always given them mild spices from a young age. The pork was tender and easy to eat, complemented by the spicy tomato topping. It made a really nice change from our usual meal and it is one I would definitely do again. Arthur who is a fantastic eater cleared his plate, and Ted did pretty well too. My husband thought it was delicious – a really warming family meal. Now that the season is changing I am looking forward to more hearty meals like this – beef stews in the slow cooker and Sunday Roasts!
What do you enjoy eating with your family? Xx
*This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat Challenge, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel*