Interview with Janani
Every month we cast the spotlight on inspiring female talent and parents to share with our community. This edition, we chat to Janani; a mum, foodie and law graduate.
Fans of her Instagram feed, are treated to a smorgasbord of; one-pot wonders, fuss-free pasta, and homely meat-free dishes with a nod to her time living in India. All marvellously conjured up for her three-year-old daughter Tara. It’s no surprise that brands like Aldi and Little Dish have collaborated with her.
How has motherhood changed the way you cook?
Before Tara, my recipes were repetitive and mostly depended on my mood. I had a very busy job, so it was all about super quick meals and one pot dishes without a thought about nutrition.
During weaning, it became clear that I needed to expose Tara to different foods and promote healthy eating from the start. But we needed to set an example, so our way of eating as a family changed significantly.
Today, I use fresh produce over canned processed foods, I’ve lowered our salt intake, and I’ve stopped preparing deep fried foods.
What can parents do if they have a fussy eater?
There are three key parent hacks to feed nutritious foods to fussy eaters.
What is your go-to dish?
There are days when I know she is going to be fussy, I think it’s one of those ‘Mom instincts’ on those days, I make her favourite - mixed veg curry and cumin rice. It’s an absolute winner with a blend of five different vegetables and a generous handful of nuts like cashews and almonds.
What’s next for ‘Everyday Eats with Tara’?
I have something very exciting coming up on Tara’s birthday this year, but it’s a secret for now.
I’m also launching a campaign to support small businesses, using my Instagram page. The goal is to collaborate and help them, as I move toward becoming a full time recipe developer and content creator. There’s a lot to learn, I’ll never stop learning…..