Sundays for us are the one chilled breakfast day of the week. No school run. I don’t teach any Pilates classes so it’s a day to take time over brekkie and have something different. This is one of my favs.
So here is a my super simple recipe for you. These pancakes are easy, quick to make and packed with nutrition too, plus filling due to the seeds.
These are also perfect if you weaning as the pancakes are soft and make great finger foods. My children are always very happy when I decide to cook these.
Drop a serving spoon portion onto the pan/griddle and allow to cook for a couple of minutes, look for the bubbles on the top then flip it. These need a little more TLC than normal pancakes when turning them over.
I served mine with greek yoghurt and fruit.
Enjoy and let me know if you make them, I’d love to see your pics!
I’m always after ways to get more veggies into the children and myself. Hubby likes to do his own thing at lunch, so I made these as a preparation for the toddler, baby and my lunches. They were fast to make and went well warmed up with a salad for lunch. Make a batch, freeze a batch and feel smug all week.
Carbonara is one of those meals that my husband adores, but being full of cream, (which I don’t like and it doesn’t like me), I never make it. Then I felt inspired. Somehow in the midst of sleep deprivation these idea pop into my head. It was a pile of spirallised courgettes and carrots that gave me the idea. I had prepared them ready for a stir fry but they started talking noodles to me, which led to carbonara. It may have been due to eating out and reading a pasta/pizza style menu the night before 😉
With a well stocked kitchen this was a literal doddle to make. It took 10 minutes from start to finish as I had the veggies prepped already. One of those meals you can prep ahead and then cook in a flash. Even better I had a little toddler helper who really enjoyed all the beating of the eggs, the stirring and big bonus, he ended up eating a fair bit of carrot as we cooked.
I used rice noodles because I fancied them and they are so quick to cook! You could of course use spaghetti. I didn’t add the parsley to this batch but it would make a great addition, as would bacon!
You know those moments when you have a craving for chocolate? For me it is usually mid afternoon, that lull part of the day. Or just before teaching a class, when I need a pick-me-up and energy boost. So I created these beauties to help me, as I’m kind I thought I would share 😉 Now who wants one?
Note: these are delicious and easy to make, but you do get messy hands!
Packed with nuts and dried fruit I find these great to grab 1 of as I’m on my way to teach a class. My children like them as part of their pudding calling them “chocolate balls”.
Miss K: “Mummy can I have more of those chocolate balls? I wasn’t sure about them on first bite but they are scrummy”
Shall I tell her they don’t actually have chocolate in them?
Cocao Power Balls
A power packed healthy treat with that chocolatey hit.
I went on a conference a whilst ago and was served the most amazing RAW chocolate. It completely intrigued me so I of course asked for the recipe and then promptly filed it away for a later inspired moment. That moment came when I wanted to make some yummy, healthy inspired treats for my Pilates with Priya: “Pimp Your Pelvic Floor” course. Yes really.
OH MY DAYS. This may mean I don’t buy chocolate every again.
Well that’s a bit ambitious but it really is a great replacement for the bought version. I love 70%-85% dark chocolate. This bites the bullet.
Nutritionally this isn’t that different to other shop bought high quality dark chocolate brands. However it is easy, therapeutic and fun to make, plus you can make it your own adding in flavours ….. the perfect gift for friends or a treat at the end of a dinner party perhaps?
Is it healthy? Well I rank it as healthier than milk chocolate and a little of what you like is definitely good 🙂 Cacao is a good source of antioxidants and contains magnesium. So as an alternative to chocolate this is a good way to go. Remember… all things in moderation 😉
My family love pizza and so I usually make extra and we have leftovers for lunches. However being picnic weather I don’t always find cold pizza transports well. So this weekend I played around with making pizza pinwheels which have promptly been names pizza rolls by Miss K. Her initial comment was “Mummy what’s this” followed by “Can I have another”. My 9 month old baby also found these easy to eat and quickly demolished one.
The fiddly bit about these is rolling them up, and that really isn’t too tricky. What is tricky is keeping enough back for the freezer stash too! What I love about these is how versatile they can be, you could fill them with all sorts of things. I pretty much emptied my leftovers out of the fridge for these ones.
These transported very well, in fact probably better than sandwiches would have done. They survived Miss K shaking the picnic box, turning it upside down and a trip in the bottom of the buggy.
Healthier than sausage rolls, pies and pasties…. A definite must for the picnic season and the buffet table too.
4 tbsp lentil soup (optional, it was leftover in my fridge, you could use pesto!)
100g shredded cooked chicken breast
Make the dough by hand or in a bread machine.
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5/200C.
Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick, aim for a rectangle.
Spread the tomato puree and lentil soup/pesto on the top.
Cover in the toppings.
Now start to roll it up lengthways. start at one end and work all the way along, just turning the edge over, then continue this process rolling it a bit at a time working lengthways along the dough each time. Try to roll it fairly tight.
Now slice it into 1 inch rounds.
Place onto a greased, floured baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Leave to cool and store in an airtight container.
By Priya Tew, Dietitian UK
Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/
Freelance Dietitian specialising in helping those with Eating Disorders and a Media Spokesperson for the profession.