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Bright Horizons Butternut Squash Risotto

My love of food and cooking has really rubbed off on my children, Mini Gourmand likes to cook at any given opportunity and has become a rather good baker, Baby Gourmand likes to chop vegetables and has recently participated in an 8 week cooking class where he has been learning about pastry and how to make different sweet and savoury dishes.

Letting your children experiment in the kitchen does have it’s benefits especially when you are so busy with work that you don’t have time to cook dinner!  Armed with a recipe book and a pile of ingredients I sent my children off to make Butternut Risotto.  I’d already looked at the recipe and to be honest it didn’t look right so with a bit of tweaking and the replacement of pudding rice for risotto rice, addition of some salt free stock, mushrooms and some Parmesan cheese they were ready to start.

To make this recipe you will need:
300g Butternut Squash
20ml Vegetable Oil
200g Chopped Onion
4 Chestnut mushrooms chopped (optional)
2 Cloves of Fresh Garlic
400g Risotto Rice
1 Litre of low salt stock (we used chicken)
400g Haricot Beans
100g Fresh Spinach
10g Fresh Parsley
Generous grating of Parmesan (Optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6.

butternut squash

2. Prepare the vegetables by – peeling, deseeding and dicing the butternut squash, Peeling and chopping the onion, peeling and crushing the garlic, chopping the mushrooms

3. Drain the beans (net weight should be 480g) and chop the fresh parsley.

4. In a large mixing bowl, coat the diced butternut squash in half the oil.

5. Place on a baking tray, making sure the pieces do not overlap. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until soft.

6. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a deep saucepan.

Saute vegetables

7. Add the onion and garlic and heat until it softens.

8. Add the rice and mix well for a few seconds to coat with oil, then pour in one-third of the stock and bring to a gentle simmer.

9. Cook until almost all the stock is absorbed.


10. Add a little more stock and the beans. Cook until almost all the water is absorbed.

11. Continue to add the stock a little at a time until it has all been absorbed and the rice is cooked.

12. Stir in the roasted butternut squash, spinach and half the chopped parsley. Stir regularly until the spinach has wilted. Stir in the grated Parmesan.

butternut squash risotto

13. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley before serving.

This recipe was a huge hit with both Mini Gourmand & Baby Gourmand and Mr Gourmand even had enough left over for lunch the next day.  Knowing that your children are eating a nutritious meal is so important when they are out of the home, If you would like to find out more Bright Horizons recipes you can visit their website, the recipes appear in their nurseries up and down the country catering for children from the age of 3 months up to the age of 5 years.

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butternut squash risotto


Disclaimer: I was sent a cook book, apron and ingredients for the purpose of the review.

Meal Planning Monday (11th May 2015)

I’m really not feeling inspired at the moment when it comes to meal planning, I think I’ve been so busy recently that I can’t seem to find the time to come up with new dishes to feed my family and because of this we are either eating the same/similar things or eating what I consider to be junk food although others would see it as comfort food.

I’m going to start sitting down with my mammoth bookshelf of cookery books and try to find some form of inspiration, I have a few clean eating books on my Amazon wishlist so I may need to make a few purchases to help with my new healthy eating plan.

This week The Gourmand family will be eating:

Monday – Turkey Fajitas

Tuesday –  Cheese stuffed Jacket Potatoes with salad

Wednesday – Paprika Chicken with Salad

Thursday – Homemade Pizza

Friday – Home made Burgers in Brioche Buns

Saturday – Salmon with New Potatoes and veg

Sunday – Hake, truffle mash and baby vegetables


And that’s our meal plan for this week, pop back next week for Meal Planning Monday.

Meal planning monday


Meal Planning 23/09/2013

Last weeks meal planning was a massive success and by doing this I reduced my shopping bill by around £50 which seems crazy as I still purchased my meat from my favourite butcher (Aubrey Allen) and bought high quality fruit and veg.  My wastage was halved meaning less trips to the bin!  All of the dishes I’m cooking this week are suitable for baby led weaning meaning I don’t need to cook something separate for Arthur.

This week we will be eating:

Chicken biryani and Saag Paneer

Fish & Fennel Pizza

Bombay chicken

Salmon Risotto

Home made fish fingers, wedges & peas

Red onion & Goats cheese tart


I’m enjoying meal planning so much that I already have next weeks written down, all I need to do now is sort out some recipes for sweet treats.