Pequerrecetas, healthy food for the little ones

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Pequerrecetas, healthy food for the little ones

Rodrigo de la Calle, one of the chefs who joined the Pequerrecetas project at Rey Juan Carlos University Hospital. Photo: Rey Juan Carlos University Hospital.
Rodrigo de la Calle, one of the chefs who joined the Pequerrecetas project at Rey Juan Carlos University Hospital. Photo: Rey Juan Carlos University Hospital.

Fish cubes in citrus sauce, giant ravioli in pine nut and truffle sauce, cauliflower muffins, orange cream crepes… These are some of the Pequerrecetas: a series of recipes for children designed by top chefs, some of them from Spain, and the paediatric department at Rey Juan Carlos University Hospital.

Under the supervision of Dr Iván Carabaño, Head of the Paediatric Department, and his team, chefs Mario Sandoval, Andrea Tumbarello, Rodrigo de la Calle, Íñigo Urrechu, Nino Redruello and Omar Malpartida came up with a series of healthy meals using popular ingredients with children.

The ingredients used include pasta, vegetables, fish or eggs. The suggested dishes are rich in antioxidants and feature staples of the Mediterranean diet.

There are six recipe books available so far. Each contains an introduction by the chef in charge, four recipes, ten eating tips and a series of nutritional notes. The meals in each book are healthy and nutritious, using popular flavours to create healthy eating habits.

A menu full of choices

The recipe book prepared by Mario Sandoval (Coque, two Michelin stars, Spanish National Gastronomy Award 2013) is based on meat and fish.

Andrea Tumbarello (Don Giovanni) has designed Sicilian-style meals using pasta and Mediterranean ingredients like olive oil or nuts.

Íñigo Urrechu (El Cielo de Urrechu) resorts to rice and fish for his recipes, while Rodrigo de la Calle (El Invernadero) has created a series of vegetable-based culinary illusions.

Last but not least, Nino Redruello (La Gabinoteca, Las Tortillas de Gabino, La Ancha, Tatel, Fismuler) unveils the secrets of Spanish omelette, whereas Omar Malpartida (Tiradito & Pisco Bar, Barra/M, Chambi) offers flavoursome Peruvian dishes with an antioxidant twist.