Hey Mamamates 👋 We’ve had the pleasure of speaking to Adam Shaw; a trained chef, founder of , and author of How to Grow Your Family! With a huge community behind him, Adam really is the go-to guy for everything positive, fun and feel-good family food. We recently challenged Adam to create three healthy, flavourful and unique recipes using Mamamade leftovers - the first recipe is at the end of this blog, but first, let's get to know Adam a little more...
Hey Adam! Tell us a little bit more about yourself, At Dad’s Table, and your family…
Hey! So I’m a Dad of 2 little pocket rockets (4 and 2), with another on the way very soon! I’m also a trained chef and the founder of At Dad’s Table where I specialise in fun, feel-good and delicious family food.
Where did your love of food come from, and what inspired you to start At Dad’s Table?
I’ve always loved cooking and eating out. When my wife became pregnant with our first child I was really excited by the thought of cooking her delicious, feel-good food for her and baby. However, on further research I felt a lot of food advice to be quite passive, focussing more on what you can’t eat, not what you can. There was nothing around the different requirements of each trimester and no acknowledgement of how to eat well if you’re not feeling great. It almost felt like we were failing as parents before we had begun!
So I started creating positive, fun, and healthy dishes for her, which took into account how she was feeling throughout the course of her pregnancy. Since our kids were born I’ve taken that food-positive approach to weaning and family dishes. Food should be something to make you feel good, not stressed!
We challenged you to create three new recipes out of Mamamade leftovers - what recipes did you whip up, and why?
So I decided to make a breakfast, a pram snack or finger food, and a family dinner. Overnight oats made from Mamamade porridge, white bean, spring onion and pea fritters made from Mamamade White Bean Purée and beetroot risotto made from Mamamade Beetroot Purée. Firstly these are great if you have purées left in the freezer and your little one has moved on to the next stage. Secondly, they’re great for feeding the whole family if you have older children too, and thirdly, it really helps you make the most of the 100% organic ingredients so they don’t go to waste.
Can you share any top tips you have for cooking and meal planning when it comes to raising children who are at different stages of their eating development?
Sure. I’m a big fan of cooking once for your family, no matter who is around the table. When we were weaning our second son, for example, my eldest was around 3 and the last thing we wanted to do was spend time making lots of different dishes for everyone. We’d make one family dish each evening, purée or finely chop for my youngest and give small portions to my eldest (usually separated on the plate!) Batch cooking savoury muffins, scones, fritters and so on were a real lifesaver for a lunch on the go or pram snack that everyone could eat.
Tell us more about your brand new cookbook, How to Grow Your Family: From Pregnancy to Parents, One Meal at a Time?
How to Grow Your Family really charts the food journey we’ve been on as a family. It’s full of 120 recipes to take you all the way from the 1st trimester through to family food, via the fourth-trimester fog, one-handed snacks and weaning. All the dishes are designed to make you feel good during these exciting yet exhausting few years!
How does Mamamade fit into your schedule as a family?
I just love the convenience of it. It’s top-notch, quality food whenever you need it, just waiting for you in the freezer.
HOW TO MAMAMAKE ADAM’S BLUEBERRY, BANANA, LEMON OVERNIGHT OATS
Serves 4, though half the quantity if you wish to make less!
What you need:
2x Mamamade Blueberry, Banana & Lemon Porridge
Approx 300-400ml coconut milk
4 teaspoons of chia seeds
Fresh raspberries and blueberries to decorate
How to make:
Divide the defrosted Mamamade Blueberry, Banana and Lemon Porridge between 4 glasses, plastic cups or small bowls.
Sprinkle a teaspoon of chia seeds over the top of each.
Pour approx. 75-100ml coconut milk over the oats. Stop when the top of the porridge is covered by the milk.
Cover and refrigerate until the next morning.
Remove from the fridge and decorate with fresh berries to your preference. Remember to cut your berries in a safe way for baby-led weaning!
How amazing is this 4-ingredient recipe! I can't wait to try it out myself, but if you beat me to it, let me know how you get on in the comment section below or send us a DM on Instagram.
Thank you once again Adam for this CMPA-friendly overnight oats recipe perfect for the whole family, if you want to see more of his recipes click here for his Instagram 📸 And stay tuned for more - we’re cooking up some beetroot risotto and white bean, spring onion and pea fritters recipes coming soon!
Himanshi + Team Mamamade