The weather here today is awful!
The weather here today is awful!
We ran out of snacks yesterday and the kids were getting hangry! (It was 9 am so didn’t bode well!) I decided to rummage in the cupboards and see what I could make for them to avoid a non essential trip to the shops.
I don’t know about you but I love pop tarts! They’re a real guilty pleasure of mine as an occasional treat but lets face it, they aren’t the healthiest of snacks. I decided to have a go at making something a little bit healthier that I could enjoy with the kids and it was surprisingly easy.
Ok, so you may think I’ve lost the plot a little when you read this recipe but I promise you they’re worth trying! Megan is quite a fussy eater and getting healthy protein into her can be tricky but she loved these!
With the indulgence of Christmas behind us I thought it would be a good idea to get back to basics and share some foodie ideas using leftovers or food we might otherwise throw away. This recipe gave some rather sad looking bananas a new lease of life!
This is one of my favourite, under 10 minute meals for when I just can’t be bothered cooking! You can switch the prawns for chicken if you prefer.
This is the first time I’ve ever tried making my own sausage rolls and I’m so pleased with how they turned out. They look a little rough around the edges but tasted sooo good! I hope you like them too!
I can’t believe it! I’ve finally found something that Megan will not only eat but ask for seconds of! These cheesy bean croquettes are great for using leftovers and are perfect for babies who are doing baby led weaning. Mashed potato and beans are really difficult for babies to pick up and feed themselves but these are really easy for babies feeding themselves.
My kids love fish fingers and chips so I decided to make a healthier version myself. We walked to the shop but they didn’t have any white fish so I got salmon instead. I ended up making these salmon nuggets and served them with home made chips. They were a big hit with the kids and so much healthier than pre made options. They can be frozen which makes them perfect to make in advance and save for those ‘just can’t be bothered cooking’ days!
It’s the first day of the Summer holidays and we’ve had a busy morning. We baked these ‘breakfast doughnuts’ which were a big hit with the kids. They were really easy to make so even Megan could help. They make a great snack or breakfast treat and are perfect for making with kids as they’re so easy to do!
These porridge cups are so quick and easy to make. They’re just 2 ingredients and are perfect for serving fun little snacks. I served mine with yoghurt and fruit but you could fill with ice cream and use as a healthy alternative to cones or whatever else you can think of!
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!
I don’t know about you but the second we have a bit of sunshine my son immediately asks for ice lollies! Shop bought ones can be expensive and full of sugar and additives so I picked up some silicone ice pop moulds from B&M to make our own healthy smoothie ice pops.
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!
A few weeks ago Alistair picked Harry up after school while I was at work. They cooked together and made these turkey burger balls. They were sooo tasty! I wish I could take the credit for this recipe but it’s all Alistair and Harry’s creation so they 100% deserve the credit.
This week I’ve been challenging myself to make our meals for as little money as possible. This paella was really tasty and inexpensive. It worked out at 53p per person and was really easy to make.
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!
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!
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.
I know it’s still November but I asked on social media and it seems that people are ready for the festive spam so here it is. My first festive recipe of the year! These orange and cranberry biscuits are the perfect treat for your little one. With no added refined sugar they make a great snack for your little ones (they also taste great with a cup of tea for us parents)!
These quick and easy muffins make a great breakfast or snack for your little one. They’re really easy for baby to pick up so perfect for baby led weaning.
Beans are a favourite in our house. Both children love them but they can be really tricky for a baby who is doing baby led weaning to eat. Putting them in a wrap makes it so much easier for baby to pick up and eat. It’s such a simple little twist on beans on toast that makes life so much easier!
This creamy tomato soup tastes extremely similar to a certain big brand’s popular cream of tomato soup. It’s super easy to make, really tasty and packed full of sneaky veggie goodness!
Ok, confession time, I think this may be the first dessert pie I’ve ever made! I fancied something Autumnal and cosy for desserts this week so I decided to make my take on a ‘pumpkin pie’ but using something that we have more readily available all year round, butternut squash!