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Small changes we’ve made to reduce our kitchen waste

I’ve shared a lot recently about how we’re trying to reduce our use of single use plastics and general kitchen waste on my social media.  We have a long way to go but I’m feeling positive about the changes we’re making so thought I’d share them on here.  They may not be perfect and I know we could do more but it’s a step in the right direction and that’s what matters.

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Super simple meal plan on a budget

Gosh it’s been a while since I posted a meal plan!  I’ve been doing them but haven’t posted them on my blog.  I haven’t really posted much on my blog recently if I’m honest and I need to sort that out.  So here’s this week’s super simple meal plan.  As always I was shopping on a budget and I’ve had loads of questions about how I save money on our food shop so I’m going to share a few top tips in this post too!

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Apple and raisin rose swirls

These refined sugar free treats are really easy to make and are loads of fun for little foodies. (I don’t know about you but my kids love anything in fancy shapes!)  This was my first attempt at making these so there’s a few things I’d change if I made them again (just with the presentation) but I’ve added my top tips based on my mistakes in the recipe below!

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Blueberry quinoa bars

For the first time in a while, I had the urge to get creative in the kitchen.  I raided the cupboards to see what we had in and decided to make these blueberry quinoa bars.  I’ve tried a few recipes for similar quinoa bars in the past so decided to see if I could make something tasty with the mismatch of ingredients I had in the house.  They were really quick and easy to make and turned out really tasty.  The kids really enjoyed them which, as always, is the most important thing!

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Mid January Meal Plan

I’m feeling motivated this week!  I’m fed up of looking in the mirror and being unhappy with my reflection.  I’ve always put so much time and effort into giving the children healthy meals but I’m guilty of not doing the same for myself.  Over the past 6 months I’ve gained a stone and a half and I’ve lost so much confidence.  It’s time to stop crying into my chocolate about it and do something to fix it!  I go on holiday in June and would love to be able to enjoy myself and don’t want fear of my wobbly bits to get in the way of that.

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Quick and easy microwave recipe: Sweet chilli salmon!

I don’t know about you but some days I just can’t be bothered to cook!  Maybe we’ve got in late or the kids have been particularly challenging but sometimes I just don’t have the time or energy to slave over a hot stove or even bother to preheat the oven!  My secret weapon for these kind of days, I have no shame to say,  is my microwave.  There’s so many quick and easy microwave recipes that we use in our house and I thought it was about time that I shared one of them!

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Banana and raspberry oat bars

It’s been a grim weekend here, really windy and rainy.  Harry goes completely stir crazy when he can’t get out as much as he’d like so I decided to do some baking with him to keep him entertained!  He loves baking and these banana and raspberry oat bars were the perfect recipe to make together.  It’s really quick, easy and he loved learning how to make repeating patterns when adding the toppings!  They are perfect for a healthy snack in packed lunches and went down a treat with Harry and Megan!

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Chickpea and vegetable curry

We’re still doing Veganuary at the moment and I’m surprised how much we’re enjoying it.  This chickpea and vegetable curry was so filling, tasty and really healthy.  It’s definitely something we’ll make again!  I can’t believe how much we’ve been enjoying the meat and dairy free meals.  Planning more meat free meals is definitely something I want to keep up with throughout the year.

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