lockdown recipes

3 Recipes to curb lockdown boredom with your little one

lockdown recipes

Running out of ideas to pass lockdown with your little one? Why not try one of these fun recipes:

  1. Yummy Hummus

  2. Wicked Wrap Pizza

  3. Magic Mug Cake


Spending so much time at home staying safe with young children has presented parents of the nation with a whole new set of challenges – how do we keep them occupied all the time?! Here at Hamilton Nursery we have lots of ideas, so in this article we will explore 3 great recipe ideas that can easily be made together with your little ones to pass the time and create tasty and healthy treats.

Running out of ideas to pass lockdown? Give these fun recipes a try!

Yummy Hummus

This is a great opportunity for the children to weigh and measure their own ingredients, an important aspect of our curriculum and can be served in so many different ways. Our hummus is always a hit with our Pre-School children!


1 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon tahini paste

The juice of half a lemon

1 clove of garlic

Half a teaspoon of cumin

Black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons of olive oil


  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend away! Keep going until a smooth paste forms. If needed add a little more oil to loosen the mixture up.

Our hummus is great served as a dip with vegetable sticks, as a sandwich filler or stuffed in peppers or portobello mushrooms!

TOP TIP: Try different variations when making our hummus, add beetroot for a delightful bright pink version or roasted red peppers for sweetness. You can even add cocoa powder and honey for a sugar free sweet dessert version!

Wicked wrap pizzas

Get that takeaway feel but with an easy to make and healthier alternative! For more about healthy eating for your little one check out our food and nutrition blog post.

Serves 4


4 wholemeal wraps

4 tablespoons of tomato puree

100g of grated cheese of your choice – we like a mix of cheddar and mozzarella!

Half a red pepper, diced

Half a red onion, diced

Half a courgette, diced

1 low salt vegetable stock cube

Sprinkle of mixed herbs


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Heat a frying pan on a medium heat and add a little oil. Put the pepper, onion and courgette in the pan and sprinkle over the stock cube. Fry until the veg is soft.
  3. Place each wrap on grease proof paper on a baking sheet. Mix the tomato puree with a little water and the herbs and spread it over each wrap in a thin layer.
  4. Evenly distribute the cooked veg over each pizza and sprinkle on the cheese
  5. Bake in the oven for approximately 8 minutes until the cheese melts and the edges crisp up
TOP TIP: support your little one to have a go at chopping their own vegetables, the more ownership they have over preparing the meal the more likely they are to eat it!

Magic mug cake

A simple sweet treat for after dinner – and it’s low in sugar too!

Makes one mug cake


30g all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup

Tiny pinch of salt

60 ml milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

A few drops of vanilla extract

A few chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Grease the inside of a mug with cooking spray or a little oil
  2. In a mixing bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder until well combined. Add the milk, honey or syrup, oil and vanilla extract and mix until fully combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the mug and sprinkle with chocolate chips if using these.
  4. Put the mug in the microwave and microwave in 30 second intervals until the cake is just set
  5. Remove from the microwave (WARNING: the mug will be hot), allow to cool a little and enjoy!

TOP TIP: Try different types of mug cake using the same basic recipe, maybe take out the cocoa powder and add cinnamon or maybe grated carrot and ginger for a carrot cake.

Interested to know how we are preparing for life after the pandemic, see some of the steps we are taking.

Are you looking for more recipe ideas for your little ones? We love these ideas from the National Childbirth Trust!


By Rachael Atkins

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Hamilton Nursery approach to healthy eating

Food and Nutrition for Babies and Toddlers

Food and Nutrition for Babies and Toddlers

Babies, toddlers and pre-school children grow and develop quickly and we have to ensure they get the right nutrition, energy, calories and nutrients they need. Healthy eating is crucial for children’s development and something we really value. Here at Hamilton Nursery we love food and are keen to share that love of food with all our children.

It is also an important time for children to learn about what they eat. This knowledge enables them to develop good habits of consuming healthy foods. Children should have a varied diet they can enjoy with the whole family. We know it can be hard as parents to know exactly what our children should be eating (and in what proportions) to get the right nutritional balance.

A varied selection of menus in collaboration with parents

We like to keep our menus exciting and current to support the children to develop a positive relationship with food and nutrition. To do this we reassess our menus every six to eight weeks.  Staff involve the children and their families in this process.

Recently we used our online platform to open up conversations about what children like to eat at home and what recipes are always a hit. After collaborating with our families, we incorporated these ideas into our menus and are lucky enough to have some parents coming in to host cookery sessions with the children soon.
Why don’t you try out one of our latest recipe cards here.

Role models and routines

Food is freshly prepared in our kitchen and delivered to the classrooms. Once there the children independently self-serve their meals. This promotes self-confidence and develops the children’s knowledge of healthy choices, portion sizes and recognising when they are full.

You can carry this on at home by giving children small responsibilities to make mealtimes exciting. Try getting them to set the table for everybody and count how many plates they need. They can also help to prepare parts of the meal.

Nurturing an understanding

Responsibilities like these are an important part of children’s development as they make sense of the world around them and learn to be healthy, happy and active adults.

Here at Hamilton Nursery Leicester we plan activities to develop children’s understanding of food and where it comes from. We also discuss how we can reduce waste and how we can make good choices about the foods we eat.

Our nursery chefs schedule time to cook alongside the children. This helps them to think critically about where our ingredients come from and how they will make us feel when we eat them.

When hunger strikes…

An important part of this growth and development is for children to recognise how hunger feels. They need to know when they have eaten enough and feel full. It is important to keep this in mind when planning snacks into the children’s day. This is something we consider when planning our menus.

Annabel Karmel recommends keeping snacks such as vegetable sticks, rice cakes, bread sticks and cheese prepared and handy for when hunger strikes. You will find these types of ingredients featured on our menus.

Health and wellbeing is a huge part of our ethos. If you are looking for a nursery place here at Hamilton Nursery, Leicester, why not give us a call or book a visit and you may even sample a little of one of our delicious meals!

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