Harry’s having one of those days today where he has asked for a treat none stop since he woke up. When Megan went down for a nap we decided to go and cook up a treat in the kitchen. Stocks were low, we were out of oats which are my usual base for healthy treats like this so I decided to give lentils a try. I’m so happy with how these carrot and apple lentil muffins turned out and Harry and Megan really enjoyed them too!
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It’s been a while since Harry and I baked together. This was another, ‘make it up as we went along’ recipe. It was really quick and easy to make and they were so tasty! Healthy too which is always a bonus!
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I made these sweet potato pizza bases yesterday because I had a sweet potato that needed using up and I can’t believe how tasty they were! I shared a photo on my Instagram and Facebook and had such an amazing response that I thought I’d add them to my recipe page to make it easier to find in future.
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Sometimes you can’t beat the classics! Bubble and squeak is the perfect way to use up your leftovers and makes a really tasty lunch for your little foodies.
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These curried chickpea and couscous muffins are really quick and easy to make. They are a fantastic source of protein for little ones and syn free as a little bonus for any parents like me who are doing Slimming World and like to only cook one meal for themselves and their children.
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I’ll be honest, there’s not an awful lot of interests that Harry and I share. Don’t get me wrong, I love learning all about snails, dinosaurs and mud with him and I’ve found enjoyment in activities I never thought I would but it’s not what comes naturally to me. Recently we’ve started spending Megan’s nap times baking or cooking together and it’s become one of my favourite parts of the day. We make something most days, whether it’s baking cakes or just making scrambled egg on toast, and through cooking together have found a wonderful shared interest and a new way to bond.
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This spiced raisin porridge bread recipe came from another one of Harry and my baking mornings. We found a recipe for porridge bread in the My Fussy Eater cookbook and decided to give it a go. We’ve made a few recipes from this book now and they are all really easy and tasty. I’ll insert a video of Harry making another recipe from it at the bottom of this page. Literally recipes so easy to follow that a toddler can do it!
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With the weather being so sunny, frozen treats have been the perfect way to help cool the kids down while providing my 8 month old’s gums with a bit of relief while she’s teething. Shop bought ice lollies tend to be expensive and full of sugar and additives so I’ve been making my own. I had some leftover mix the other day and, on a whim poured it into some moulds.
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Baked beans are a great food for filling up little tummies with healthy goodness. They’re packed full of protein and are considered one of your 5 a day. When you’re baby led weaning though they can be tricky for little one to pick up and get into their mouth. They slide off toast and through fingers far too easily. The cheesy bean wrap is a great alternative to beans on toast and is so much easier for baby to pick up and feed themselves!
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These courgette boats are a really fun way of serving lots of veggies and healthy goodness to your fussy little eater.
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This hearty cowboy hotpot is great for those cold days when you want something warm and filling to eat. It’s perfect for the whole family and really easy to make. It’s packed full of healthy goodness with lots of veggies, I like to cut them big so that my 7 month old can pick them up easily and my fussy husband can pick the onions out of his. You can cut them smaller if you prefer though.
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I’m back on it this week at Slimming World and feeling positive about losing the weight I gained last week. I’m still battling the sweet cravings though and am fighting against the urge to fall back on my old ways of, ‘if you can’t have sleep have sugar.’ Today I had terrible chocolate cravings but didn’t want to fall at the first hurdle. I decided to get creative and make some 1 syn cheesecakes instead. They were tasty, not quite a family sized bar of galaxy caramel but they definitely curbed the sweet cravings. They worked out at 1 syn each but the recipe makes 2… and I ate them both!
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This is my take on a Slimming World recipe that you can find here. Continue reading “Crustless veggie quiche”
Megan has been weaning for a week now and she’s taken to it as well as her brother did. I had some potatoes to use up so decided to make some potato croquettes. I added a soft cheese centre to make them a little bit more exciting and both kids loved them!
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For Valentine’s day in the past we have always been big fans of the Marks and Spencer’s meal deal. This year however, I am on Slimming World and slowly but surely I’m losing weight and getting healthier. This year I’ve decided to make a Slimming World friendly meal for Valentine’s day. I still wanted a dessert that tastes like a naughty treat and was really excited when I found out you can make 1 syn brownies! They taste as good as they look and you’d never guess they are so low in syns!
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With Valentine’s day round the corner I decided to make a little treat for Harry. I adapted my carrot and lentil hearts recipe to give it a bit of a Valentine twist and these beetroot lentil hearts were the result. I love how the beetroot makes them a pretty pink colour and they tasted great too!
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Harry loves mini quiche, muffins or omelettes so these all day breakfast quiche were sure to be a hit. They didn’t disappoint.
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I’m always after new and fun snack ideas so when I saw these pop up on My Fussy Eater’s Instagram page I had to give them a go! As with anything I make, I’m terrible at following recipes and always end up subbing ingredients for what I have in the cupboards but these veggie lentil nuggets turned out so well, they were delicious!
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Yesterday was one of those days where Harry decided he wanted a biscuit. He seems to think he’s the Highway Rat at the moment and is developing quite a sweet tooth. He will appear at the door of the kitchen and say, in his best baddie voice, “give me your buns and your biscuits, give me your chocolate and cake.” I decided to make him a little treat with some bits and bobs that we had in the cupboard and created these blueberry and carrot flapjacks.
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These quinoa chocolate cake bites have very quickly become a new favourite in our house. They are super easy to make and healthy, but taste really naughty so are a great alternative to standard chocolate cake or brownies!
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The new year is upon us and I’m ready to start a serious healthy kick for our whole family. I’m joining Slimming World next week and am keen to find foods that are on plan but also suitable for the whole family. One of my biggest challenges is eating less bread. I love bread! I wanted to find an alternative that would satisfy my need for carbs and potato cakes are what I came up with! Harry really enjoyed them and they filled us both up until dinner time!
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These mincemeat twists are quick and easy to make, they are really tasty and the perfect shape for little hands to hold. They aren’t the healthiest of snacks but, hey, it’s Christmas! I’ve always been the kind of mum that believes treats are fine in moderation. Harry has healthy food 99% of the time and would ask for an apple before he asked for a biscuit any day. The occasional treat is part of life and, at 2 years old, I think it’s important that he see what a balanced diet is by experiencing a good balance of healthy food and the occasional treat. Obviously I totally understand that some people would rather avoid refined sugar completely, in which case why not check out my festive chickpea cookie recipe at the bottom of this page!
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