Okay, I’m going to hold my hands up in the first sentence and admit that this cake is not particularly healthy – it contains some pretty serious amounts of chocolate, sugar and butter.
We eat fish regularly. I love how something so tasty is packed full of nutrients, and yet it takes just minutes to cook.
With the days getting warmer, we’ve started having more days out – and this means picnic lunches. I love the way they’re a budget-friendly option for eating a tasty meal together, removing the need to stand in a queue or throw away sandwiches that you’ve forked out for. Once your kids have picked out the bits they liked, of course.
I remember the last time I went to a fast food restaurant and wolfed down one of their meals. Despite all those calories, I still had a gnawing, empty feeling in my stomach afterwards. The food had barely touched the sides. (Knowing me, I then ate something else.)
There’s nothing like challenging yourself to try two new 30-minute meals a week – and then blogging about it publicly – to encourage you to pick up a cookery book.
In my determination to get out of my boring food rut, while at the same time focusing on weeknight dinners that can be served up within 30 minutes, I’ve invested in a slow cooker. (Read more about my Healthier Mummy challenge here: Do you have mealtime déjà vu?)
Just recently, I’ve been making my own pesto.
I’m certainly not whiter than white when it comes to junk food in our family. I try to be healthy but at the end of the day, I’m just a normal mum serving up food to three kids – one of whom is particularly fussy – to a deadline: ie their hungry tummies plus school and bedtime schedules.
For the last two months, I’ve been a member of a lunch club at work. Once a week, five of us get together to eat lunch, taking it in turns to bring in a home-cooked meal.
One of the treats in our house used to be Friday night Pizza Night. (That was before it became Friday night Pancake Night after my recent success with wholemeal and spelt pancakes.)
But recently the kids have started asking for pizza again.
I decided to find out what my own children thought of pancakes, made using spelt and wholemeal flours, and with not a sugar bowl in sight.
Last week, bored of my food, I pledged to be more adventurous with my meals – yet still eat healthily while keeping preparation and cooking time to 30 minutes or less. Click on the link to read last week’s blog post: Do you have mealtime déjà vu?