Chilli with Dips – A Perfect Family Dinner is a paid collaboration with McCoy’s Muchos Tortilla Snacks. We love a family meal that brings everyone to the table and my simple chilli with dips served with crips or chips (as folks over the pond call them) is one of those meals. It is a real hands-on family favourite.
OK I am going to admit I am not a doner kebab person at all, in fact I don’t think I have ever had one – I have tried a little, but I was veggie for 14 years, but all the men of the house LOVE them. So i decided to have a go at making our own fakeaway slow cooker doner kebab. I had seen lots of recipes for slow cooker meatloafs made from beef mince, so knew that it would be pretty OK, what I wasn’t prepared for was just how much the family enjoyed it.
Sweet Chilli Chicken with Noodles is a paid collaborative post with Hello Fresh. “Boys’ are bottomless”, one of those things that people say to you that you never quite understand until your boys hit puberty. It is certainly true that I have two very good eaters on my hands and I often wonder if they have hollow legs. This sweet Chilli Chicken with Noodles is one of a new range of recipes from Hello Fresh in their Food for Thought collection created after they discovered that on average Brits spend 26 seconds appreciating their recipes before tucking in. The Food for Thought recipes includes an additional step to help you enjoy this more »
Mama’s Simple Sausage Meatballs is a paid collaborative post with Sacla. These simple sausage meatballs in a tomato sauce are deliciously tender and will become a family favourite meal asked for again. Tender, soft, flavorful meatballs, made with sausage and just a few other basic ingredients. Easy to whip up for a weeknight, and nice enough for weekend dinner. The ultimate food hug in a bowl.
Chicken Sausages and Roasted Vegetable Traybake is a paid collaboration with Richmond Chicken Sausages. I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Richmond Chicken Sausages last week and after trying our some fabulous recipes using them cooked by Angelica Bell (who won celebrity Masterchef) I came home inspired. They were truly delicious and have 30% less fat and 20% fewer calories (find out more on Richmond Foods Facebook Page). I was really impressed with the fantastic taste and could see straight away how they would fit into our family menu plan.
The first Jersey Royals usually herald the start of the BBQ season here in the Mad House and we are delighted to be working with Tesco to share with you our Crushed Jersey Royals recipe using Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes now that they are finally in season. You have the Beast from the East to thank for the season starting later this year! Tesco Jersey Royals are delicious, earthy and nutty and one of the traditional foodie signals that Spring has arrived.
How to make the perfect mashed potatoes is a paid post in collaboration with the Tots100 and The Co-Op. I am passionate about making sure that my children grow up with cooking skills to last them a lifetime. I try to ensure that at least once a week I cook with each of them and now they are getting older they do the cooking and I am on hand if they need reassurance or help with anything.
I don’t know about your family, but my family love miniature versions of anything and these bite-size twice baked potato bites make for an easy and yummy snack or side. They are super simple to prepare in advance and then warm up later. I always have to make extra as they want them again the day after.
Do you have pizza nights? We do and have done since the boys were little . This homemade pizza recipe certainly is tried and tested as it has been our failsafe recipe which has been used since before the boys were born so for around 15 years! I have learned that kids love pizza and letting them top their own is a great way to encourage them to eat something new. Plus it is super simple to prepare and make, so much so it is our regular Saturday night meal and now we have a wood fired pizza oven we are loving Saturdays even more!
One of the most monotonous bits of parenting is feeding. I swear I spend hours thinking about what to prepare, shop for and cook that we will all eat as a family. You see, I want to prepare something healthy, scrummy and delicious and to see empty plates at the end of the meal. Our dinner times are sacred and I want to keep them that way. I see a good meal as a way of bringing my hungry boys to the table each night. This Creamy Leek and Mustard Chicken meal is a fantastic meal which was a big hit with my family.
I am passionate about the fact that I want my boys to grow up with great skills in the kitchen and instill in them a love of cooking and also provide them with some fabulous staple meals. These Veggie Taco Bowls are so simple to make and are really filling and nutritious. We are working with Uncle Ben’s in the run up to International Cook With Your Kids Day on 15th October 2016 to highlight their fantastic Ben’s Beginners cooking hub. Veggie Taco Bowls Ingredients 1 250g package Uncle Ben’s® Mexican Style Express Rice® 6 20cm Corn Tortillas 1/2 can (400g) no-salt added Black Beans, rinsed & drained 3/4 can (340g) no-salt added more »
I used to love ready meals. ready meals were all that the husbeast and I ate before I was pregnant. It wasn’t that I couldn’t cook, it was that I didn’t cook. Then I got pregnant and no matter what I ate I was sick! Then I gave birth to a wonderful son and I swore that he would only eat real food. And you know what I nearly drove myself to an early grave making sure that he didn’t have a jar.
This Szechuan Beef recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. We first had this at my sister in laws (she is an amazing cook), so we pinched the recipe off her and it is a great weekend fakeaway, which is much loved by my boys. I am delighted to bring you this recipe in conjunction with Simply Beed and Lamb as part of their live slow campaign.
One of the things I am passionate about is eating with my family. I have fond memories of eating around the table when I was growing up and so does the husbeast. Up until recently we have managed to eat together pretty much each night, but what with after school clubs, scouts, football and youth clubs some night are more of a challenge.
Wednesday nights are our kryptonite. Both boys have to be at after school clubs and have other commitments, so dinner needs to be fast, filling and family friendly. Plus I go food shopping on a Thursday, so by Wednesday, we tend to be eating from the freezer and when McCain challenged us to make a simple midweek meal with their frozen sweet potato fries I decided to hand it all over to the boys.