• Thomas Price

Have baby food for dinner.

You know what’s fun? Spending a whole day, chopping, steaming, pureeing vegetables, freezing them in portions. Then cooking dinner for yourself and after serving your toddler (only to have them say they hate it and making another blessed jam sandwich), oh but now your dinner is cold. Sorry.

When I went to the clinic for Mila’s six month check up the nurse showed me a chart. It showed the same meal three ways, which is what I’m attempting to do now, to stop cooking a million meals and to start streamlining the dinner process. Also because my baby has decided that her taste is too superior for savory tinned food. Awesome…

It also has it’s benefits for me and my husband because there is some accountability in the amount of vegetables we eat. I have to ask myself WILMCET? (would I let my child eat that) and if the answer is no, it’s best that I hide in the cupboard and quickly devour it so that it never actually happened. That’s how it works isn’t it? If a tree falls in the forest blah blah blah?

I asked the question on my Facebook page the other day, how many ingredients is too many to substitute? The reason I asked, wasn’t really rhetorical, I really wanted Chicken Cacciatore but literally had none of the ingredients. I did it all in my fake thermomix. So I came up with this. I don’t know what to call it, but it’s kind of like Cacciatore’s Cousin. Anything that can get my family unknowingly downing this volume of vegetables is a winner.

Yes I’ve got a fake one. Yes it works. It’s from Target. It cost me less than $300. The differences are: It doesn’t

have reverse speed, and the electronic scales are external rather than internal. Something that (for the $1700 I saved) I’m willing to forgo. They are always the immediate questions when I say I have a hack one.But you don’t need any sort of fancy cooking technology to do it. If you’ve got a food processor and a saucepan you can basically do everything exactly the same.

The benefit of these machines, is that in the twenty minutes that it’s cooking for, I can leave it to stir itself, while I bathe my children.Anyway, if you don’t have a Thermomix, Thermoblend, Bellini Intelli Kitchen master, or whatever else is on the market, you can still do this. Just not all in one machine.

Cacciatore’s cousin Recipe Type: Weeknight Dinner Author: Aleesha Price Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 35 mins

Serves: 4

  • 600 g chicken thigh fillets, cubed

  • 1 brown onion, halved

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 2 tbsp chicken stock

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 80 g red wine

  • 150 g mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 zucchini, quartered

  • 1 carrot quartered and peeled

  • 1 can – 400g can tomatoes

  • 1 pinch salt & pepper


  1. Add Onion, Garlic Zucchini and carrot. chop 7 sec/speed 7. (Or do this in your food processor) basically you want to hide these into the sauce

  2. Add 20g olive oil & saute 2 min/90C/Speed 1

  3. Add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the mushrooms

  4. Cook 20 mins, speed 1, 100C

  5. While that’s cooking, slice the mushrooms or bath your kids (and boil the kettle ready to cook the pasta)

  6. Add mushrooms cook for a further 8 min, speed 1, 100C

  7. Once it was cooked I left about one serving left in the base of the bowl, and added pasta and a few dashes of cooled boiled water. I then blended this on speed 6 for 30 seconds to make baby food.

  8. If you’re using this recipe as baby food, you may choose to leave salt and pepper out until the end.

If you’re using this recipe as baby food, you may choose to leave salt and pepper out until the end.

For my toddlers, I shaped it into a love heart on a Peppa Pig plate and coated it in cheese, apparently later that night she told my husband she had cheese for dinner… Which she basically did ughhh.

And then yours.

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