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...

January 30, 2019

 Last week saw us entering a diet consisting mainly of gluten as my daughter was asked to undertake testing for Coeliac disease. We'd avoided it so far, as when she was younger she was petrified of having a blood test and (at the advice of a doctor) opted for a gluten free diet which, because I was also unable to eat gluten, was a simple transition for us to make. When our son also showed signs of being allergic, he started to...

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...

January 9, 2019

Now I do love a flapjack. I'm not sure if it's me convincing myself that the oats and dried fruit make them a (slightly) healthier snack or because they are just so easy to make! And this recent variant will not disappoint. By storing them in the freezer, you also have the added bonus of a supply of goodies ready when you need them, along with the family forgetting they are there so they don't disappear within a day!

This recip...

December 5, 2018

Those of you who follow me on Instagram, or have read one of my articles, will know how important inclusivity is for me. One of the main things for me, as a parent of children who are allergic to gluten, is to ensure that they never feel left out or that they are different to their friends. So, I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to join Asda’s Christmas inclusivity project this month and really impressed with the work the...

October 11, 2018

 Halloween starts the run of exciting events that lead up to Christmas. Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas are certainly something to celebrate and have a bit of fun, but for children with allergies, this can prove a little tricky! One thing that I am pretty proud about having navigated this tricky path, is how I feel that my two don't appear to miss out. Let me share my tips and I would love to hear if you have any extras...

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...

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