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Save Money on Family Food

How on earth do you save money on family food when it feels like all the family could eat a horse - each! - on a daily basis? It really racks up, doesn't it? And that's before you add in those too-tired-to-cook takeaways and I-just-don't-have-time ready meals. Plus coffee and lunches and snacks and whatever when you're out and about ......

How To Bulk Freeze Mashed Potatoes

Loads of our fave family recipes involve lovely, creamy mashed potatoes. Shepherds pie, fish pie and fish cakes are some of my daughter's top meals. And personally I love stomach lining gnocchi ... home made from a big heap of mashed potatoes ... and slathered in cheese sauce. And mashed potatoes are simple, right?...

Freezer Food Storage

OK I admit it, I am in love with my freezer! I could not get food on the table without it. And it saves me a heap of time AND money. But it's not exactly what you'd call organized. I have some total essentials that get used up quickly but quite a bit goes in there never again to see the light of day. Until I am rooting around and find something 7 months old, am totally unsure whether it's safe to eat so and chuck it out just in case. Hmmm ... so much for saving money! ...

Time Saving Freezer Essentials

Like most mums I have freezer must haves. I bet you do too. And like me, I bet yours include chicken breasts, sausages, fish fingers, peas & ice cream :-) But the last few years I changed how I plan meals ... OK so I didn't used to plan at all ... and now I've got 12 new freezer essentials. These 12 are my new must haves because week in week out they save so much time & money. They are my secret weapsons for getting food on the table fast ... and for totally cutting the amount we waste ... ...

Easy Meal Planning

I love food & I love cooking. But I'm not a brilliant cook. I'm not even good. And I am downright hopeless when under pressure to cook food fast because we've been doing too many other things. As a busy mum & mediocre cook I totally rely on meal planning to get food on the table. ...

Essential Grocery List

Do you struggle to get healthy meals on the table fast for the whole family without breaking the bank? I so do. It's hard. And I absolutely can't do it without a good grocery list that ensures the essentials are always in the pantry, fridge and freezer. My list of grocery essentials has changed ... lots more healthy stuff on it ... but has actually ... oh my goodness ... been on the go for over 10 years!!!   And this little list really has saved me heaps of time and money. ...

Quick Pasta Lunches

Working from home it's often just me for lunch. On my own and juggling work & washing it's too easy to skip lunch or grab something so light that by mid afternoon I'm tempted to snack on rubbish. This is where pasta comes into it's own. You really can throw together a super tasty, quick past lunch in the 8 minutes it takes to cook pasta. And pasta will keep you going as it's pretty low GI. (Particularly whole wheat). ...

Quick Dinner Ideas

Quick, tasty, nutritious dinners are the holy grail ... I think ... of mums the world over. How do you get a dinner on the table quick that both you and the kids actually want to eat and which is at least vaguely healthy? ...

Top Food Freezing Tips

Freezing food is definitely an essential way for me to get meals on the table day in, day out whilst I juggle a million other things. So I am always on the look out for top tips on how to make the best possible use of my freezer. ...

The Veg Risotto ALL Children Love

A while back I shared our secret pasta sauce recipe that guarantees even the most veg phobic child will eat their spinach, broccoli, cabbage etc.This risotto recipe is another fave in which veg can be hidden whilst still being great for grown ups.We don't make it as often as the pasta as - let's be honest - risotto is a tad fiddly.But the peas, asparagus and broad beans finally appearing in the green grocers are crying out for a lovely, buttery risotto.If you have a child like mine who will never knowingly eat a whole piece of vegetable and hates "bits" in her food this could present a problem, but this risotto is certified bit free for fussy eaters.The recipe is basically a simple risotto adapted from one of my favourite cook's Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. It just takes a few extra minutes to make it "veg hater" friendly....

Pasta Sauce with Hidden Greens

I so love green veg and can totally feel the difference physically if I have got my daily fill of all those amazing vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that they're so bursting full of.But, I think even mums with the least pernickety kids on the planet will agree that children find the flavour of most green veg too bitter and the texture too ... well yucky! I have a pretty pernickety daughter who hates the texture of all vegetables AND all fruit. But every week, without fail, she happily eats large helpings of spinach, broccoli, chard, cabbage, kale, watercress etc -  you name it and I'm telling you she eats it! And the secret to this eighth wonder of the world? ...

Save Money With Your Freezer

Our fridge used to be full of food and half of it would go to waste. If you opened it now, you might think it looked a bit bare. There's dairy and juice but not much more because almost everything else has gone straight in the freezer. And doing this, we save money because less is thrown away and actually eat far more fresh fruit and veg.  A real win win.The five things I have found most helpful in this approach are: ...

Freezer Essentials

I just need to make clear - again - in case of any doubt - that I am NOT a domestic goddess! And no this is not false modesty with an expectation that you will immediately jump in and assure me that my house "is always spotless" - it really isn't. And I can't even