Are you always too busy feeding everyone else in the morning to think about yourself?

I am often leaving the house on the school/work/childminder run with no food or drink inside me. By the time I get back home I often dash straight out the door to get my train into work. This means that I am sitting at my desk about to start a days work having been up for at least 3 hours and not had a single thing to eat or drink. This leaves me feeling lethargic and then leads on to a headache. I am however happy that my children were fed a healthy and filling breakfast, and feel fantastic that they will have had a good start to their day. I have kidded myself for a long time that this warm glow of achievement is enough to keep me going in the morning too. I realise I am wrong! As a mum you do put your children’s needs first, and when everything is a mad rush you often leave yourself to last, and more often than not leave yourself out altogether. How do we expect to be able to operate our jobs as parents if we don’t fuel ourselves? I wanted to share a recipe that I used when I was breastfeeding Ethan, as it’s something you can give your children in the morning at breakfast and you can drink in gulps as you move around them getting them their drinks, packing their bags, finding their shoes, finding your car keys etc etc. It has healthy fruit, filling porridge oats and lots of calcium from yoghurt and milk. I have called it the Power Smoothie. I made it this morning and it is also a good thing to give your children if you have run out of your healthier breakfast options. This morning I found I was low on milk for cereal and had forgotten to order my normal ‘healthy’ bread on my Asda shop and only had a cardboard white loaf that my husband bought from the corner shop – a slice of that with jam would not keep my energy burning boys full for more than 5 minutes. I felt better when I was then able to give them the Power Smoothie alongside the cardboard bread and ticked all the boxes for what a good breakfast should contain. Plus, they love it and I left the house less hungry and ratty as I had managed a glass too.

Power Smoothie

Power Smoothie

Power Smoothie

 

Ethan enjoying his Power Smoothie!

Ethan wanting more power smoothie!

Ethan wanting more Power Smoothie!

Are you passionate about feeding you and your family healthy and delicious food at speed?

We eat so much fast food now because it is so readily available, and our lives don’t seem to allow us time to cook. I figure being a parent is hard enough without having the added time pressures of providing healthy and filling food for your family every day. If you are passionate about making sure you and your family is given healthy and delicious food, even when you have extremely little time (or no time) to cook, then I hope this blog will help you. I don’t want to create more regular recipes that aims for meals done in 30 minutes, because normally this is not quick enough. I want to make it easier for parents to feed themselves and their children by learning from my own family journey of fine-tuning my cooking to increase speed, maintain taste and improve nutrition.

I aim for recipes to take any time up to 22 minutes (the time it takes to cook oven chips). The recipes are easy to read and require minimal equipment. They are affordable, delicious, nutritious, filling and freezable. And, before you ask, yes I have tried buying a ready made dinner from M & S and Asda, and I can safely say it took me longer to get the meal out of the packet, read the instructions, get the oven warmed up (or stir the meal every 2 minutes in the microwave) than cooking from scratch. After all that I was still hungry as the portions were certainly not big enough, the salt content was too high and it was very expensive!

If you enjoy cooking then it can be relaxing to flick through your recipe books, decide on a recipe, buy all the ingredients and embark on the culinary skills and paraphernalia needed. Having a family does not allow you this pleasure very often, and why shouldn’t you have tasty meals every day of the week that don’t take forever to prepare? My recipes will require no arduous tasks such as whipping egg whites into stiff peaks, nor require any hard to find ingredients such as squid ink that leave you wandering through supermarket aisles searching forever! You won’t need to over spend on your food budget, as you will not be required to buy any truffle oil or Foie Gras.

You won’t be expected to turn the oven down to different temperatures at various intervals, or marinade anything overnight.  This does not mean that the food you produce from my recipes will taste any less delicious, and you will certainly have more time to get on with the thousand and one other things you need to be doing.

I have tried to keep words to a minimum so that you won’t spend 10 minutes just reading the recipe! I have designed recipes to suit a family journey – traveling from the very beginning of conceiving to raising your family. I hope my ideas will help you to feel more in control of your food and not feel so dragged down by the kitchen.

My fast food family journey so far has been years from the start of my first pregnancy. My journey will continue as a mum who is passionate about nutrition and taste in food for my family. I’d like you to cut some of the corners of the roads I have taken, and benefit from the lessons I have learnt to make it an easier and more enjoyable food journey for you and your family.

Morrocan prawn harissa