Risotto The One Pot Wonder

One thing I love is one pot dinners I make them quite often, whether it is pasta, casserole, stir-fry, curry, or tray bakes I’m all for cutting corners.  It makes feeding a family a whole lot easier and less time-consuming, not to mention less washing up which is always a bonus cause the last thing you want to do is a huge pile of washing up after a hectic day.

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Birthdays and Chocolate Cake…

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Birthdays are a big deal in my house. Like most children they look forward to the one day it’s all about them and no one else. The hype steadily escalates weeks in advance, their fluttering butterflies of excitement provide a spring in their step which is hard to hide. Crossing off the days on the family calendar and counting down how many sleeps till the big day is all part of the anticipation.

My middle sons 6th birthday was no different I think amplified because six is a big deal! “I am now on two hands Mum”. The next faze in their little lives. Starting school, learning to read and write, beginning to be self organised, tying their shoe laces and making real friendships seem to be all part of this year of turning six! What seems like over night he has grown up to be a big boy,  really not so big as small things seem like the world to them,  like cupcakes for classmates, birthday stickers and chocolate cake with strawberries can make the whole day.

I am certainly not alone when I say that they grow up too quickly, so let them have their special day, love them, hug them and if they want to wear a ninja turtle costume to bed including face mask let them, they are only six once! Recipe below… Continue reading “Birthdays and Chocolate Cake…”

Easy Mix & Bake Nut-free Choc Banana & Coconut Muffins

Running out of ideas for kids school lunches?

These mix and bake choc banana & coconut muffins are the perfect  nut-free lunchbox treat. With using alternatives to sugars, good quality 70% dark chocolate and wholemeal spelt flour makes them a healthier yet still super yummy, kid friendly snack. You can swap the chocolate and use sultanas or blueberries to keep things interesting.

My kids love them, make a batch and freeze them in ziplock bags for easier lunchbox treats.

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The Real Deal Mac ‘N’ Cheese with Peas & Broccoli

One thing I’m big on is hidden preservatives in food. I try to avoid them like the plague. Sadly there is too many quick meal options targeted at us in the supermarkets that a filled with the stuff.

We have kind of been sucked into the ‘quick’ and thoughtless way of cooking that makes dinner an easy option. Grabbing a pre-packed jar or powder packets of sauces that we think are an easy option when we are pushed for time. But if we stop to look at the ingredients on the back you would be shell-shocked to see what’s actually in them numbers, artificial flavours, colours and additives that just aren’t necessary and actually quite harmful to us over time.

I really want parents to know out there that cooking good food doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. It is usually a few ingredients put together simply that takes not a lot of time at all.

I called this “The Real Deal” because it is just that REAL. Made with REAL ingredients and tastes fresh, light and tasty. Took me 35 mins to make from start to finish so if you ask me I’d rather feed my family this fresh old favourite than a jar full of who knows what any day of the week.

I added some veggies of course for extra nutrition but if you have fussy kids just leave them out or add some veggies they like.

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Portuguese Chicken Skewers with Garlic Yoghurt

This is such a handy spice recipe to have I use this on a variety of chicken dishes such as whole roast chickens, chicken drumsticks, chicken burritos and these char grilled chicken skewers. You have the option to have it hot and spicy or by leaving out the Cayenne Pepper you can have it mild for the kids if they prefer.

Serve it with some soft tortillas, charred lemon or cooked corn cobs but my favourite now is with my Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Basil Pesto . A family feast to satisfy a hungry brood.

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