Red Meat & The Weightloss Edit: Mama’s Beef & Leek “Not Quite” Pie

Red meat is an important part of our diet but it's had a lot of bad press recently. As far as I'm concerned, the saying 'Everything in moderation' applies here. Red meat is a great source of Iron and lost of other vitamins like zinc, potassium, B3, B6 and B12.

I’m a firm believer that a balanced diet means just that; a balance of all the food groups (even the naughty ones!) There are so many fad diets and confusing information that it’s easy to get mystified as to what we should and shouldn’t be feeding ourselves and our kids. Continue reading “Red Meat & The Weightloss Edit: Mama’s Beef & Leek “Not Quite” Pie”

The Weightloss Edit: Weekly Motivation & Meal Plan

Welcome back to the Weightloss edit. A couple of weeks ago I decided that my health (and waistline) needed to seriously get back on track. Moving home was a big time and we cut corners with food, celebrated with food, and relaxed with food throughout! Last week I lost 2lbs (despite a whole load of chocolate falling into my mouth!) but this week's progress has been unexpectedly interrupted by an evil stomach bug of unknown origin.

Last week I vowed that I was going to start being healthier and hopefully shed some of the pounds I’ve gained since moving last month. In the grand scheme of things, I don’t have a lot of weight to lose, but I’m a good half a stone heavier than when we moved, which means I’m a good stone or more from my ideal weight. I’ve decided to keep myself motivated with The Weightloss Edit, and hopefully I can help others to stay motivated too. Continue reading “The Weightloss Edit: Weekly Motivation & Meal Plan”

Ragtag Risotto: Let’s Get Cooking!

Ragtag Risotto Lets Get Cooking

Ragtag Risotto is so named because you can pretty much throw anything into it that you have to hand! Risotto is an ideal family meal, perfect for first eaters, young children, and grown ups alike. Now that Amelia is a little older, this is one that I like to get her involved with cooking too. Wills often eats a huge portion of this – even his Grandma was flabbergasted when he polished off an entire portion that I had left for him when she babysat recently!

You don’t have to stick to the ingredients I have listed, and I often don’t depending on what we have in the fridge and cupboards! Leftover chicken from a Sunday roast works fantastically, as does smoked bacon (fat removed). You could keep it really simple and just use onions and mushrooms (and vegetable stock to keep it vegetarian), or go all out and add in a mix of seafood, using fish stock instead of chicken.

This recipe makes a huge amount of food, so is perfect for freezing, batch cooking, and saving for lunch the next day. It’s also the perfect budget recipe, without feeling like you’re eating on a budget. I have cooked this for friends and family who have been really impressed at what feels like an indulgent meal, yet it’s cost me next to nothing to make!

Serves
4-6*

Cost Per Person
£0.68p

Freezable
Yes!**

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Amelia’s Crusty Chicken: Homemade Chicken Goujons

Amelia's chicken goujons

The older Amelia gets, the more I have to remind myself that she is capable of more than I sometimes give her credit for. This was never more apparent than a couple of weeks ago when she asked to help me make chicken goujons for dinner. Continue reading “Amelia’s Crusty Chicken: Homemade Chicken Goujons”