March 12, 2019

Following on from yesterday's post, I wanted to share with you some ideas for using pasta as a sandwich alternative in your child's packed lunch. When I first saw the fusilli pasta from Genius I knew that it would work perfectly with so many different recipes and provides a healthy alternative to a simple sandwich. With three times the fibre of gluten containing pasta, the fusilli (like the penne from yesterday) also contains...

March 11, 2019

 Have you tried the new pasta range from Genius? It's seriously good and has the added benefit of being good for your gut, which is really important for those of us suffering from coeliac disease or gluten-intolerance. In case you didn't know, gluten can cause long term imbalances in your gut if you are allergic, including reducing the amount of certain types of important bacteria found there. I have certainly noticed a huge c...

March 7, 2019

I've reached a stage where I am so bored of making lunches, and I know that I am in a convenience based rut of sandwiches paired with a bit of fruit or, if I'm feeling really adventurous, a pitta bread. So over half term I raided the cupboards and knocked up a batch of these delicious cheese and carrot muffins. The only problem was they disappeared within the day, meaning that the next day found me heading  back to the drawing...

January 10, 2019

 This dish is such an easy one to make, and don't worry as you don't need to include mussels in it as the photo suggests (unless you like them that is!). I used to avoid paella as a dish until the kids developed a love for anything with chorizo in it. My daughter also adores prawns, so a paella was suddenly a possibility but definitely not an easy recipe to pop on the table throughout the week. We all really enjoyed this adapt...

October 3, 2018

"But surely such an English classic can't be made without meat?" I hear you cry. Yes it can, and i'd even venture as far to say that you couldn't actually tell it was meat free either, thanks to my new trusty friend Quorn mince. Now, I must be honest here, and admit that there have been many years when I have avoided using Quorn, but now I can't see myself not having a bag in the freezer. It even cooks from frozen, simply add...

September 26, 2018

Perhaps my most important post yet! One of my favourite childhood memories is of talking to my grandad as he cooked a roast. He always made gravy from scratch and any other type just wasn't the same. I might be talking out of turn here, but I think the art of making your own gravy at home is slowly losing popularity now that there are so many instant granules on the market and,  for a long time, I must confess that making my o...

September 13, 2018

I'm sat here today trying to write, but what is mainly occupying my mind is how to give the kids a decent tea in the one hour window we have between getting home from school and leaving for swimming lessons. I want something that can be made in advance and simply warmed through as we walk through the door, will be eaten with minimal fuss, yet still fill them with goodness and stop them from hankering after cakes from the leisu...

June 18, 2018

This Saturday was a bit drizzly where we were. The children had a party in the afternoon and I wanted to rustle up something quick and easy for all the family that was full of colour to contrast with the grey sky,  whilst having the added bonus of packing in lots of goodness. Looking through the fridge for inspiration, I noticed that we had quite a lot of tinned sweetcorn, a few carrots...

June 8, 2018

I almost didn't add this recipe to the blog as I thought it might be a little boring. Yet, when I first started cooking for the kids (long before the days of avoiding gluten), my cooking skills were limited and I know that something easy and nutritious like this pasta sauce would have been a recipe that I would have appreciated. So I hope it is as useful to you.  I have made this recipe so many times that I almost forget that...

April 23, 2018

I don't know about you, but lunch boxes are a daily occurrence in our house. Times that by two, five days a week and throw in the odd day trip or a 'just in case the place we are visiting doesn't sell gluten free food' visit and you will probably agree that that is a lot of food preparation! Like most parents, I sometimes find myself getting into a bit of a rut. Either I'm sending out the same old things each day as I know the...

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