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.
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.
My kids don’t seem to think that it’s a perfect picnic unless there’s also a bag of crisps present.
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.)
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?
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.
A couple of weekends ago, I made my first ever Christmas pudding.
The start of the school term is the signal to step into a world of pencil cases, permission slips, assemblies and reading books.
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?
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.
Just recently, I’ve been making my own pesto.
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.