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12 ways to eat well for less

12 ways to eat well for less

Here’s my take on sticking to your budget, while still eating healthily.

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Tips for coping with Christmas dinner

Tips for coping with Christmas dinner

For me, Christmas Day is a weird combo of over-excited, hyped-up kids + post-festive admin euphoria high (no more spreadsheet, yay!) + feeling a bit hangdog after a late night of frantic last-minute wrapping and a few drinks.

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What to do when your toddler refuses to eat

What to do when your toddler refuses to eat

The transition from baby to toddler is the start of a whole new life as a parent. Suddenly, it’s all about the 4 Ps – playgroups, pull-ups, potties and, er, pickiness at meal times.  

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6 ways to get your kids to try new foods

6 ways to get your kids to try new foods

At some meals, the eldest two can be great. But I also hear ‘Yuck!’ and ‘I don’t like that’ regularly, especially when something a little different is served.

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Toddler snacks review: Organix Goodies

Toddler snacks review: Organix Goodies

I’m an Organix No Junk Mum, which is why they’ve recently sent me a sneak peak of their new Goodies products, which aren’t yet in the stores. The kids and I have had a lovely time, tasting and testing.

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Things I wish I’d known about weaning

Things I wish I’d known about weaning

After weaning three babies, I can say that I’ve had my fair share of being batted with spoons and smattered with purée.

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A cookery book to help your child like vegetables

A cookery book to help your child like vegetables

With my little boy still a bit of a veg swerver, I’m always on the look-out for ways to make vegetables just that bit more interesting.

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Eating the seasons and other healthy eating tips

Eating the seasons and other healthy eating tips

We all want our children to eat a healthy range of foods so that they have nutritionally-balanced diets. The long-term plan: to help them learn to love good food for life. But right now, today, when you’re always so busy and every day is a tired day, it can sometimes feel like you’re knocking your head against your wall.

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Trying out a Second World War pudding

Trying out a Second World War pudding

My eldest daughter has been studying the Second World War at school. And as part of that whole shebang, she’s ended up with a few copies of original Ministry of Food War Cookery Leaflets, which were produced by the government to help people with rationing.

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Why we need better labelling of children’s food (and about being an Organix No Junk Mum)

Why we need better labelling of children’s food (and about being an Organix No Junk Mum)

Hey, I’m an Organix No Junk Mum!

As regular readers will know, I’m on a mission to promote fresh, healthy food for children and families, and encourage kids to tuck into more fruit and vegetables – starting with my own super-fussy eater boy. (An update on his progress is coming in a future blog post.)

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Super-fast vegetable soup for children

Super-fast vegetable soup for children

Just recently I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my children’s diet. I’ve been making sweetcorn fritters with extra red pepper, trying to sneak salad into their sandwiches (they may pick it out but at least it makes me feel better) and, for long car journeys, preparing plastic containers of carrot, celery and cucumber sticks as snacks.

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How to help your child like vegetables

How to help your child like vegetables

I love vegetables, but number 3 child hates them and has done so since he graduated from baby purées.

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Going sugar-free: 11 tips to help you give up sugar

Going sugar-free: 11 tips to help you give up sugar

After over-indulging in chocolate and sweets over Christmas, I had been feeling rather uneasy about how reliant I’ve been on refined sugars to get me through the day. So I’ve been on a no-sugar mission since the start of this year.

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Going sugar-free: why I’ve given up sugar

Going sugar-free: why I’ve given up sugar

It was my daily treat of two squares of chocolate every evening that did it. Over time this indulgence had morphed into three, then four squares, and sometimes more. But what really troubled me was that even when I didn’t fancy it, I would tuck in – as though it was my right.

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No-sugar homemade cranberry and clementine sauce

No-sugar homemade cranberry and clementine sauce

A couple of weekends ago, I made my first ever Christmas pudding.

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Homemade fish fingers for children

Homemade fish fingers for children

While it would be lovely to be the kind of mum who knocks up pastry, bubbling stews and veggie-packed risottos after the school run, it’s just not going to happen. So – as I think I’ve said before – there will always be room in my freezer for a box of fish fingers. 

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7 mistakes parents often make when weaning

7 mistakes parents often make when weaning

If your baby is coming up to weaning age, you might be wondering where to start. Which flavours will your child feel drawn towards, and which will they spit out? Should you wear a smile or a raincoat? Is it best to start with fruit or vegetables, invest in a gallon of baby rice, choose baby-led weaning, or just throw your hands up in the air and admit you don’t have a clue?

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How to sneak vegetables into packed lunches: sweetcorn fritters

How to sneak vegetables into packed lunches: sweetcorn fritters

The start of the school term is the signal to step into a world of pencil cases, permission slips, assemblies and reading books.

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Healthy crisps for a picnic lunch

Healthy crisps for a picnic lunch

My kids don’t seem to think that it’s a perfect picnic unless there’s also a bag of crisps present.

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How to cook steak for a special treat

How to cook steak for a special treat

When I go out to eat, if I’m feeling dog-tired, I might order steak – I find it really perks me up on a my-kids-have-been-too-noisy-I-can’t-cope kind of day. The immediacy of the effect is probably more psychological than anything to do with the high iron levels in red meat. (Sadly, the mineral just doesn’t affect energy levels that fast.) But still, who cares if the dish makes you feel better?

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6 kitchen tools for healthy summer eating for kids

6 kitchen tools for healthy summer eating for kids

Take a look at some of my favourite kitchen gadgets and tools for serving up healthy summer food and drink to your children. (But of course these kitchen helpers will work the rest of the year round too.)

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Healthy lamb, quinoa and feta burgers

Healthy lamb, quinoa and feta burgers

I haven’t made burgers in years, but I’m going to start serving them more regularly now – I’ve been inspired after learning just how many nutritious ingredients you can actually pack in them.

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Bento boxes for children’s lunches

Bento boxes for children’s lunches

I’m really loving the current flurry of bento boxes in the shops – they’re such a lovely idea for kids’ lunchboxes.

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How a cartouche can help you cook onions and healthy stews

How a cartouche can help you cook onions and healthy stews

Have you ever checked your onions when cooking healthy soups, tagines and stews, and find they’ve gone all brown when you actually you wanted them to turn translucent instead?

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A gluten-free cake for pudding

A gluten-free cake for pudding

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.

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Making pesto

Making pesto

Just recently, I’ve been making my own pesto.

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Hands-on cooking class at L’atelier des Chefs in London

Hands-on cooking class at L’atelier des Chefs in London

We eat fish regularly. I love how something so tasty is packed full of nutrients, and yet it takes just minutes to cook.

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Banana and berry smoothie, plus sultana buns

Banana and berry smoothie, plus sultana buns

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.

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How to make a healthy picnic for kids

How to make a healthy picnic for kids

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.

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6 tips for starting a lunch club at work

6 tips for starting a lunch club at work

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.

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Food to keep you feeling fuller for longer

Food to keep you feeling fuller for longer

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.)

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Cooking class for kids: making pizzas

Cooking class for kids: making pizzas

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.

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Fast food for dinner – Bill Granger’s prepare-ahead fish cakes

Fast food for dinner – Bill Granger’s prepare-ahead fish cakes

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.

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Healthy pancakes for kids

Healthy pancakes for kids

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.

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Slow cooker beef and ale stew with dumplings

Slow cooker beef and ale stew with dumplings

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?)

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Winter salad of goat’s cheese, quinoa, beetroot and pomegranate

Winter salad of goat’s cheese, quinoa, beetroot and pomegranate

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?

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8 ways to shake up a boring food repertoire

8 ways to shake up a boring food repertoire

Ever felt that your stomach as well as your mind can experience déjà vu?
In the last few months, I’ve been having this sensation regularly.

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How not to put on weight this Christmas: 11 tips and tricks

How not to put on weight this Christmas: 11 tips and tricks

We all eat and drink too much at this time of year. I know I do.

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10 ways to get your child to eat vegetables

10 ways to get your child to eat vegetables

Wondering how to get your child to eat vegetables? Here are some tips

My toddler, aged two and a half, hates vegetables. If he tastes the teeniest slither of pea, he actually picks it out of his mouth. It’s quite astonishing to watch.

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Homemade mincemeat: is it healthier?

Homemade mincemeat: is it healthier?

A few years ago, I made my first mincemeat – here’s what happened when I researched whether it’s healthier than the shop-bought stuff.

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Is it time to ditch your child’s lunchbox ham sandwich?

Is it time to ditch your child’s lunchbox ham sandwich?

On packed lunch days, as I make my kids their sandwiches for school, I feel torn.

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